Hookah 101: An Introduction To Shisha And How It Works
Traditionally, Shishas are water pipes widely known to have originated in Asia. They have now made their way into multiple cultures around the globe. Shisha is now available in a wide variety of models and styles — from the more classic look to the cutting-edge high-tech variation of today. Around the world, people address it with various other names, but Shisha is the most commonly used term. It is also known as Hookah, Nargile, and Chicha.
How Shisha Works/ The Shisha Pipe
When heated, specially prepared tobacco produces smoke, which travels through a bowl containing water before entering a long pipe that resembles a hose and can be inhaled by the user. The smoke is inhaled using a mouthpiece that is built into shisha pipes.
Tobacco may be found in a variety of flavors, and occasionally it is combined with a dark brown sugar known as molasses sugar, which gives the smoke an aroma that is frequently described as being sweet. In most cases, heat is generated through the combustion of wood, coal, or charcoal.
The shisha pipe (also known as the hookah, shisha, narghile, and hubble-bubble) comprises a head, body, bowl, and hose with either a fixed or disposable mouthpiece, depending on whether the waterpipe is intended for domestic or commercial use.
These components are arranged in a way that the tube extends down from the head through the body, terminating within the water contained inside the bowl.
Flavored shisha tobacco is placed in the head of the shisha pipe. Charcoal is placed on top of the tobacco-filled head, separated from the tobacco by an airgap and a perforated aluminum foil sheet (Figure 1.0), resulting in heating. In contrast, unflavored shisha tobacco is not separated from charcoal and is burned during use.
When the consumer draws through the mouthpiece, the shisha cloud is pulled through the body of the shisha pipe under a vacuum, through the water, and is subsequently inhaled.
About The Tobacco
There are four components that go into making hookah tobacco. Along with tobacco, it also consists of flavoring, sweetener, and glycerin. When heated, the glycerin that is present in the concoction evaporates together with the aroma, creating a flavorful vapor or smoke.
The amount of nicotine in basic tobacco and its flavor can be altered to some degree depending on the varieties of tobacco used. Most of the time, a kind of tobacco with almost no flavor and a low level of nicotine is utilized.
- Head: Clay is typically used to construct the head, which is a container and is also commonly referred to as the pot. Other commonly used materials used to make the head include glass, silicone, aluminum, etc. The shisha tobacco is placed inside the bowl, and it is then covered with aluminum foil.
- Head adapter: It is a connector between the head and the pipe. A seal holds the head onto the head adapter when it is installed. A charcoal plate is often affixed on top of the pipe using the adapter.
- Column: The portion of a shisha that is typically the longest and is comprised of the column of smoke. It has the function of a smoke pipe and channels the smoke in a downward direction. It serves by providing a cooling effect.
- Base: The hookah’s base is where the action happens. It is the link that connects the smoke column, the dip tube, and the connectors to one another. In addition to that, it joins the glass to the remainder of the pipe.
- Dip tube: The dip tube guides the heated smoke into the bowl and enables it to cool down by projecting between into the water in the bowl.
- Hose: In the end, the smoke is breathed in through the mouthpiece of the hose. It includes a connector component, the hose itself, and a mouthpiece all together in one package.
- Bowl: The big container that sits beneath the structure of the smoke column is known as the bowl. It maintains the right level and supplies the necessary amount of water for smoking.
Now you know your Shisha basics. You are ready to experience Shisha and enjoy savoring its wonderful flavors. Stay tuned for more Shisha insights.