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How to choose the right hookah coal?

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

There are two things that matter the most if you’re eager to a great hookah experience – the tobacco and the coal. Choosing the right coal isn’t, however, as easy as it seems. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you. In this post we’ll ta

lk you through on:

  • how to choose the right hookah coal

  • what’s the appropriate amount of coal for hookahs

  • the comparison of main coal types available

Let’s go!

Charcoal categories

In a nutshell, the hookah coals can be divided into two categories – instant (quick lighting) and natural coals. Broadly speaking, we can compare them as following – choose the natural coal if you have time and you want to experience a fresh, all organic hookah. On the contrary, choose the instant quick lighting coal if you want to be start your sessions fast. On average, traditional natural coals take up to 10 mi


​Traditional natural coals

Quick lighting natural coals

​Quick lighting coals

Time to ignite

7 to 10 minutes

1 minute

30 seconds

Accessories needed

​oven or a big lighter

small lighter

match or a small lighter


45 to 75 minutes

30 to 40 minutes

​25 to 60 minutes


​low amount

average amount

high amount


​natural tobacco taste

​natural tobacco taste

might have side taste


probably no headache

probably no headache

headache might occur

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