1. FILL THE GLASS BASE WITH WATER SO THAT THE STEM IS SUBMERGED ABOUT AN INCH INTO THE WATER.
  2. WET THE RUBBER GROMMET SO THAT THE STEM WILL SLIDE INTO THE BASE EASILY. WITH THE RUBBER GROMMET BETWEEN THE STEM AND THE BASE, PLACE THE STEM OF THE HOOKAH INTO THE BASE SO THAT IT FITS SNUGLY.
  3. PLACE THE CHARCOAL TRAY ON TOP OF THE HOOKAH STEM.
  4. SECURE THE BOWL ON TOP OF THE STEM WITH THE LARGE RUBBER STOPPER.
  5. BLOW THROUGH All OF THE HOSES BEFORE EACH SMOKING SESSION TO CLEAR OUT ANY SMOKE RESIDUE.
  6. PLACE THE HOSE OR HOSES INTO THE STEM. BE SURE THE CONNECTION IS AIRTIGHT.
  7. TEST THAT THE SETUP IS AIRTIGHT BY PLACING YOUR HAND ON TOP OF THE BOWL THEN DRAWING AIR IN THROUGH THE HOSE. THE SETUP IS AIRTIGHT WHEN YOU FEEL A SLIGHT PULL ON YOUR HAND AND YOU SEE AND HEAR BUBBLES INSIDE THE GLASS BASE.
  8. BEFORE PLACING THE TOBACCO INTO THE BOWL, TRY TO BREAK UP THE CLUMPS AND REMOVE ANY LARGE PIECES OF LEAF STEM. THE LOOSE FLAKE TOBACCO SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE BOWL ENSURING IT IS EVENLY SPREAD AROUND, PACKED LIGHTLY, AND NOT SO HIGH THAT THE ALUMINUM FOIL IS IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH IT. BE SURE NOT TO PACK IT TOO TIGHTLY, SO THAT THE AIRFLOW IS NOT RESTRICTED.
  9. COVER THE BOWL WITH A SMALL PIECE OF ALUMINUM FOIL AND PERFORATE IT WITH A PIN OR SIMILAR OBJECT. THE FOIL SHOULD BE STRETCHED TIGHT TO HOLD THE WEIGHT OF THE COAL AND YOU SHOULD ENSURE ENOUGH FOIL IS USED SO THAT IT DOESN’T EASILY START TO BECOME UNDONE. PLACE HOLES IN THE FOIL WITH A HIGHER CONCENTRATION IN THE CENTER OF THE BOWL. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT MAKE THE HOLES TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL AS BOTH WILL RESULT IN AN UNFAVORABLE SMOKING CONDITION. METAL CHARCOAL SCREENS ARE A QUICK ALTERNATIVE. (NEVER PLACE HOT CHARCOALS DIRECTLY ON TOBACCO)
  10. FOR SELF-LIGHTING CHARCOALS: OUTDOORS OR IN A WELL VENTINLATED PLACE, GRAB A CHARCOAL WITH THE METAL TONGS AND HOLD OVER A UGHTER. THE CHARCOAL WILL SPARK AND SMOKE FOR A FEW MINUTES AS IT HEATS. WHEN THE CHARCOAL STOPS SPARKING, BLOW ON IT GENTLY TO MAKE IT RED HOT AND THEN CAREFULLY PLACE IT ON TOP OF THE COVERED HOOKAH BOWL. AS YOU SMOKE, MOVE THE COAL AROUND THE HEAD TO ENSURE THAT ALL TOBACCO IS USED EVENLY AND TO PREVENT IT FROM BURNING.
    FOR NATURAL CHARCOALS: USE A HEATING ELEMENT TO GET THE COAL RED HOT
  11. GENTLY PRESS DOWN ON THE CHARCOAL, WHILE DRAWING AIR IN THROUGH THE HOSE. IT WILL TAKE A MINUTE OR TWO FOR THE SMOKE TO BUILD UP INSIDE THE BASE.
  12. RELAX AND ENJOY A 600 YEAR OLD TRADITION!!
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