The final step in prepping a hookah is firing up a quality coal to get the smoke flowing. But what are your options, and is one safer or cleaner than the other?
Hookah coals boil down to one of two options: quick-light briquettes, or square coals made from coconut shells. As the name suggests, quick-light coals are easily lit in seconds, even with a small flame. Coconut-based coals require an electric stove top or single coil electric burner, and need 5-15 minutes of heating time before fully ignited.
What about cleanliness of the burn? Coconut coals are made from coconut shells and 100% natural, so they are the most eco-friendly as well as odorless and tasteless. Quick-light coals, on the other hand, will use chemical accelerant to allow the quick light to occur. However, quick-light coals do vary in quality; the Three Kings brand is among the best, using top-quality European hardwood to create clean-burning and odorless briquettes.
For more on hookah coal options at City Cigar, please see the categories below. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions on this or any other product.