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Hookah Coals - What's What?

by Wade Hill April 24, 2017 0 Comments

Hello again, and welcome back to the weekly Hookah Heroes blog post. Here at HH, we're all about improving your hookah session, and getting you the best bang for your hookah buck. We've taken a look at many of the things that can help you get the best products for your sessions, including hoses, bowls, and even tobaccos. So today, we're going to be covering one of the final parts to the ultimate hookah session - hookah coals. Coals are an imperative part of your session, and bad coals can ruin an otherwise great session. So, today we'll be talking a little bit about what defines the two major categories of coals, as well as highlighting some of our favorite coals here at Hookah Heroes. 


The first major category of coals - most everyone has tried these at the beginning of their hookah journey, and many still use them. While these seem to be more accessible to the newer smoker, something that can never be stressed enough is the impact that natural coconut coals can have on your session. Quicklite coals, as the name implies, are quick to light, and have an accelerant in their composition that helps this process. While yes, they can be lit easily, here's why you shouldn't use them:

1: They give off a nasty coal taste. This is the biggest reason by far. If you've never tried a hookah without quicklites, let me tell you, it is a whole world of difference. If you really want your hookah sessions to have clean and pure flavor, natural coconut coals are going to be the way to go. 

2: They have a disgusting odor. 

3: They're messy... really messy. 

4: They're actually more expensive. If you look at them on the surface level, generally speaking, yes - a pack of quicklites is cheaper than a box of natural coals. But break that down a little bit. For example - if you're looking box to box, it becomes quickly apparent how much more expensive they are. A box of Three Kings (100ct) is $18.99. Whereas a box of Black Diamond flats (120ct) is $9.99. Sure, maybe it's a higher startup cost to buy a burner, but the difference will be saved after a few boxes of natural coals. 

Silver Tabs

While technically a quicklite coal, Silver Tab coals, in any of their various versions, are a higher grade of fast lighting coals. They impart very little coal taste onto their sessions, and they can be lit off of each other. If you're looking for a coal to light on the go, this is what I would wholeheartedly recommend. They're exceptionally messy, yes, but the quality of session is miles better than what you'd get from a normal quicklite coal. 

Natural Coconut Coals

Natural coals are 100% the way to go when it comes to your hookah sessions. They last much longer, they impart little to no coal taste onto your sessions, and they're not nearly as messy as quicklites. While yes, they do take longer to light, the longevity of the session makes up for that time lost without a doubt. Not to mention, it should take anyone at least about five minutes or so to set up their hookah anyway (packing the bowl, cleaning the hookah, changing the water, etc.). 

Our Picks

While there may be a lot of coconut coals to choose from, we do have a few coals that have caught our eyes for one reason or another. A few of our favorites are:

Cocourth - About a year ago, Cocourth garnered a lot of attention for their clean cut consistency and longevity. While they had some batch issues towards the end of last year, they're coming back soon, and we're very excited to see what the end result is. If it's anything like the original coals, they'll be absolutely fantastic coals. 

Prestige Coco Coals - These coals have been around for a while, but we finally had the opportunity for them to grace our hookah bowls towards the end of last year, and boy, were we blown away. They have an almost seemingly impossible consistency, outstandingly perfect heat output, and wonderful longevity. While they do ash like crazy, these coals are not something that should be slept on, as they're definitely some of the best on the market, without a doubt. 

While most of the other coals that are available from the Hookah Heroes inventory may not be solid, they're all very decent coals that will get the job done - Titaniums, Black Diamond, and Charco Flare, for example, are all decent coals for a solid price. 

What do you think? Do you agree with us? Are there any that we missed? What are your favorite coals? Let us know! We love to hear your feedback, and we love to grow with you! As always guys, thanks so much for reading, and happy smokes!

Wade Hill
Wade Hill


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