This week we wanted to talk more about the role of coal burners. When I first started smoking hookah over 10 years ago I would have an endless supply of matches and lighters around to start my quick lite coals. I recall a few times when I could not find a match in the house or a lighter with enough fluid to spark and light my coal. As a hookah smoker who had just made the perfect bowl I quickly went into panic mode.
As I started smoking more hookah and for longer periods of time I knew there had to be an easier way. I am not knocking the quick lite coals but my preference was for a longer smoking session and preserving my tobacco so that I could get the most out of my session. After checking out some coal burners I quickly realized the benefit if its use. Whether smoking in the house with a few friends or working an event I needed something quicker. Using the coal burner also allowed me to use both natural wood and coconut based charcoal coals. Now I must admit early on I tried to light some coconut coals with no success I held the small coal with my tongs and applied heat from my butane lighter for 5 to 10 minutes. After 10 minutes my lighter was piping hot and empty. I am proud to say that I have come a long way with regards to my hookah prep.
Ok so lets flash forward to 2017, these days you have a lot of different coal burners to choose from ether electric or butane. They range in price from $20 to $80. Now I am not saying that you need to go out and buy the most expensive one or the cheapest. It really does come down to personal preference. While I am not going to get into the different brands I will say check out the reviews for each and see which one you feel the most comfortable with. However, I will tell you the benefit of using a coal burner. Regardless of the type of coals you are using this is a great addition. Quick lite coals will be ready in a matter of seconds versus minutes. My favorite benefit is the addition of the coconut coals. These typically take between 7 and 10 minutes to light. Once lit you can enjoy about an hour of hassle free smoking. We would love to hear your experience with using them. Tell us what you like and what you don’t like.
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