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by Wade Hill
February 26, 2017
Coconut coals - something that has drastically changed how hookah has been smoked in the last ten years or so. I think it's safe to say that many members of the community haven't smoked with anything else (save for quicklites). It's safe to say that coconut coals are what helped bring popularity to a young American hookah scene, as you didn't have to mess with lemon wood coals. There have been many different brands of coconut coals throughout the years, with CocoNara coals being the old king (and now relative garbage), Titanium coals being one of the current best selling, and Cocourth being one of my personal favorites. With Cocourth being on a current drought due to buying a new factory, I found myself amiss for what to do as far as Cube coals go. I've been trying a lot of different cubes, from Titanium, to Charco Flare, to Black Diamond. None of these have really piqued my interest terribly. They all had some kind of issues to them - either they weren't consistent, they didn't last as long as I would like, they didn't have the right heat output for me, or they were just messy as hell. I've heard about Prestige Coco Coals for a while now, as they're something that gets a lot of love among the online hookah communities. I took a chance, and snagged some for myself, to see what all of the hype was about. So today, I'm going to be telling you guys a little bit about one of my new favorite coals on the market, and why you should give them a chance yourself.
Right away, the first thing that I noticed with these coals is that they're super consistent. The box is very even, and it'll please anyone with OCD when they open it. They're all the exact same size, and of the box and a half that I've gone through so far, I've had yet to find a coal that isn't the same as the rest.
These light faster than any other cube coal on the market. It takes them roughly six minutes to fully light on my burner, roughly two or three minutes faster than any other cube coal on the market. When I did a side by side comparison with a flat coal, it took them about the same time to light as a coal that's roughly half their size. Granted, they do have a campfire odor to them when lighting, however, I think it's well worth it considering how fast they light.
These have a very nice heat output. It's nothing insanely hot, nor is a weak heat output. Rather, it's just a nice and happy medium area, where three cubes will be fine for most modern tobaccos - two for Tangiers. Since they're so consistent, you'll get the same heat output from every coal, which honestly should be a standard for coals at this point (but isn't, sadly).
These coals, without a doubt, are some of the longest lasting coals on the market. This is where the hype really becomes apparent. They last an easy hour and a half (on foil!), with pretty consistent heat output throughout the entire session. While they do ash a ton, like a TON, I've found that it really doesn't make a huge difference in the long run. In one of my testing session, I had a bowl of Tangiers Grapefruit in an 80ft bowl, and even at the hour and a half mark, I was still getting fantastic smoke output, thanks to the even heat I was getting from these coals.
While lighting time and consistency are all well and good, I could look past those things if any other coal could give the same level of longevity as these, as that's what's really the most important thing in a coal at this point. These coals, however, excel in just about every category. They have a consistent side, fantastic heat output, and exceptional longevity. The only true downside is that they do ash a bunch, probably more than any other coal on the market. However, I haven't found that to cause any kind of negative impact onto my smoking, so it's not even something to consider in my mind, unless you really hate ashing your coals. So, all in all, these are my current go-to's for cube coals. They rival Cocourth Cubes at their best, and blow just about every other cube coal out of the water. Until Cocourth makes a consistent comeback, these are the cubes you should be picking up. They warrant the hype, and they're absolutely fantastic coals, regardless of the setup in which you're using them. They are a little pricey, but if you're wary, you can certainly pick up a small 24pc box to give them a try. I highly recommend picking them up, as they've blown away every expectation I had for a coal. As always guys, thank you so much for tuning into another weekly Hookah Hereos blog post, and happy smokes!
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