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How To Pack A Hookah Bowl


Contrary to popular belief, MYA Hookah actually has several different kinds of tobacco bowls, or burners, as we call them: the standard Egyptian bowl, the large Egyptian bowl, the Clay Egyptians, the Lebanese bowl (which is just a male version of the Egyptian), and several specialty bowls that come with such hookahs as the Mozza and the Mikro. All of MYA Saray’s bowls have the standard holes in the bottom bowl. 

The Egyptian and the large Egyptian bowl are different from the “traditional” hookah bowl and the typical “modern” bowl in that they tend to be deeper. For folks more used to packing the shallower “traditional” or “modern” bowl, this extra depth can sometimes lead to over packing and reduced air flow. This reduced air flow will cause burning or charring, leaving you with a less than ideal experience. To correct what is often perceived as a lack of heat, people will often add even more charcoal to the over packed bowl, making it burn even worse. 

How to Pack a Hookah Bowl

So, how do you pack a hookah bowl? The trick is to pack it loose enough to allow good air flow. We’re going to share our technique with you, but what will really make a difference will be the air flow test at the end. This test is a simple way to make sure that no matter how you actually packed the bowl, the air flow is sufficient for a good session.     

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how to pack a hookah bowl

You will hear people insist that you must leave a very small gap at the top of the bowl and you will hear others argue about packing your bowl all the way to the top. With proper heat control, it is okay for the foil to touch the tobacco, but overpacking can lead to improper air flow. 


Air Flow Test #1

hookah bowl air flow Once your bowl is packed, it's time for the first air flow test. Hold the bowl up and put your mouth on the bottom of the bowl, where you would put it on the top of the hookah stem. Now, suck in slowly. Does it feel like there is anything restricting the air flowing through the packed bowl? You should be able to get the same air flow from a packed bowl as an unpacked one. Now, give it a few harder pulls, is the air flow still good? If your answer is yes, the bowl is properly packed. If your answer is no, you can make some adjustments to free up the air flow in the bowl.

Last but not least: foil and holes. This part is easy and very important. Place the piece of foil over the top of the bowl, push the foil down while keeping it taught across the top of the bowl, and press the excess foil down and around the outside of the bowl to secure it in place. DO NOT push the foil down into the bowl.      

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Air Flow Test #2

Every one has their own method when it comes to depth, size, spacing, etc., when it comes to poking holes into foil. However you make your holes, there is one last quick air flow check you can make to see if your foiling and hole punching was successful. Do what you did in the first test and try pulling air through the bottom of the bowl again. A little restriction is to be expected, but if the air doesn’t flow smoothly and easily, you may want to try and blow through the burner or re-foil for a better air flow.

Place the bowl back on top of the hookah and add your coals. We hope you found this guide on packing your hookah bowl useful. ENJOY!

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