Fill fresh clean water in the glass vase, the amount of water to fill depends on your hookah shisha type. Your goal is to fill just enough water to ensure the bottom part of the stem is only submerged about 1 ½” into the water when the stem is mounted securely.
Most hookah shisha have rubber fitting to secure the stem and vase attachment, after insuring your stem has such fitting, Insert the metal stem into the Vase by applying pressure downward while rotating the stem so it fits snugly, and insure the bottom end is submerged.
hookah shisha ashtray
Place the circular ashtray on top of the metal hookah stem, and the rubber attachment (the larger grommet) to the top part of the stem to secure the tobacco clay/ceramic bowl later and create an air tight seal.
Insert the hose rubber attachment (the smaller grommet) into the hose port on the metal hookah stem, and insert the stem end of the hose into the port snugly. Do this for all hoses if using a multiple hose shisha/hookah
Apply shisha tobacco
Sprinkle some ALRAYAN tobacco molasses into the clay/ceramic bowl, and be sure not to over pack the bowl, as you want good airflow through the tobacco.
Firmly cover the tobacco in the bowl with a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side down and sealing the edges. Also, it is advisable to keep a minimal amount of airspace between the top of the tobacco and the underside of the foil. Punch small holes in the foil using a pin or a tiny pointed object, remember to distribute the holes evenly to encourage good airflow distribution.
Fasten the clay/ceramic bowl on top end of the stem. (Note: too many holes in the foil will result after placing the lit charcoal in fresh unheated air to combine with the hookah smoke resulting in a less thick smoke, and too little holes will restrict air flow, it’s recommended to test the air flow before lighting the charcoal)
Lighting the charcoal
Lighting the charcoal: Please consider and follow all fire safety precautions and warnings as mandated by the laws of your country. A. Quick-lighting charcoals: Use the charcoal pincers or well isolated metal bowl to secure and safeguard the lit charcoal. Start the igniting process with a lighter, match or fire source, let the charcoal continue sparking until all igniter chemical is out, and only the charcoal is now slowly burning. Briefly blow on a charcoal piece until it is red hot. B. Natural charcoals: Natural coals take longer time to light, and therefore require more exposure to fire to get them red hot. Set the charcoal on either a gas or an electric stovetop burner (preferably in perforated isolated metal container) for ease of use and to reduce the risk fire due to sudden sparks, this takes about 8 to 12 minutes. A blowtorch from any hardware store works well too, but requires constant attention and full awareness of fire safety precautions.
Placing the charcoal
When the coal in either type has a grey ash coating, gently place the coal on top of the foil of the molasses clay.
Charcoal wind cover
A metal charcoal windscreen can be used when smoking outdoors to prevent the wind from blowing hot charcoal or ash. The windscreen can also be used indoors as safety major to prevent accidental falling of burning charcoal.
The air exchange valve, or one-way valve (usually adjacent to the hose port on the stem), allows the user to clear stale or overly thick smoke from the vase. This is done by blowing into the hose and pushing the used smoke out through the air exchange valve. The valve is blocked off by a steel ball bearing, which prohibits fresh air from entering the hookah when sucking on the hose.