Hookah smokers will often sit around and talk about the greatest Shisha and BBQ Charcoal shisha (hookah tobacco) flavors and brands that exist. Then, they will move onto hookah sizes and styles from large to small, cheap to unaffordable, colors, hoses, and more. Yet, the most frequently overlooked piece of the hookah smoking experience is in fact what makes the whole thing work. The coal.
Once you sprinkle your shisha/hookah tobacco into your bowl and wrap a nice layer of aluminum foil around it, you will then place this important item on top. This item known as “the coal” will transfer its heat down through the tobacco which will ultimately fill the base with smoke and end up (momentarily) in your lungs. However, its not that simple.
Several types of coal exist in the growing hookah market and a beginner may find it difficult to select the best flame. The most common is the self lighting coals made by Three Kings. They are convenient since you can light one up with a Zippo, in the wind, possibly while its raining. However, the same chemicals that make it a quick lighting coal also add (often unwanted) flavors to your hookah smoking experience. Thus you exchange taste for convenience.
The next option is the lemon wood or olive wood based “logs” of coal. Often times referred to as “natural” coal, these tend to burn cleaner thus eliminating excessive coal flavors. They will not light with a portable flame unless you happen to keep a porto-torch in your glove compartment. Generally, you will require a stove top and a short waiting period. The end result could be well worth it since you won’t be tasting the chemicals of the self lighting coals.
Finally, there is the “charcoal bricks” which are often referred to as “Egyptian coal”. These charcoal bricks are also lemon wood and they resemble random shapes that appear as though you could barbeque with them. They have a long heating period on an average electric stove so you might want to get out that propane camp stove to fire up these coals. The smell of the coals cooking can overwhelm the pleasant smells of your house, so you might want to think twice before cooking coals in your kitchen. Despite their dominant heating odors, these coals provide the most flavorless heat source available in the hookah coal market. The charcoal bricks are often large and also burn quickly so don’t clutter your bowl.
Whichever hookah coals you smoke should ultimately depend on your preference and situation. If you are a natural coal smoker at home, it never hurts to keep a box of quick lighting coals around for those last minute trips to the beach.
A BBQ charcoal starter kit will give you so many great benefits during the summer months when you want to BBQ with the family. These items give you the ability to get your charcoal burning evenly and quickly, giving you the perfect even heat to BBQ within the shortest period. In addition to this, with the BBQ charcoal starter kit you don’t need to use petroleum-based fire starters, reducing the risk of your food tasting of chemicals.
The first thing you are going to want to take note of when choosing a BBQ charcoal starter kit is the quality. You want a product that is made of a strong and durable metal that is going to last for years. The metal used should be resistant enough to manage the heat of the charcoal without getting damaged.
Further you want to make sure the kit has holes evenly placed around the container. This allows for air flow to allow the charcoal to all burn at an even rate, so you can start cooking without delay.
Size is important. If you have a large BBQ you want to get enough charcoal burning that you can start cooking. Identify how much charcoal each of the kits you see can hold and this will help you choose a kit you know is going to give you years of enjoyment.
Another thing to look for is how portable is the kit. You need something you can pick up and move with ease, but also pack easily in with your camping equipment when heading off for the weekend with the family. There are some BBQ charcoal starter kits which are collapsible, which is ideal for storage, but also for transportation. These can collapse within seconds, offering you an added benefit.
The price should never be a deciding factor, but a good quality BBQ charcoal starter kit should not cost you an arm and a leg. When shopping around and looking at different suppliers, you should find that prices are relatively similar. Any company that is under charging considerably is definitely one to cross off your potential supplier short list. You will also want to find if the supplier charges a delivery charge, because that can push the price up that you may be able to get the same quality product elsewhere for a lower price.
Ensure you choose a supplier that has a good reputation for quality goods. Ideally the company you work with is the manufacturer. A company that manufactures these products paying close attention to detail to make sure you receive a product that you can use in the long-term. The only way to really ensure you make a good decision when it comes to suppliers is to do some homework.
It is always a good idea to use your search engine and do a search on the company and the product. You want to look for independent review sites and online forums that you can use to read honest customer experiences to help you make your decision which company is going to give you the product that is going to make your BBQ experience more enjoyable now and in the future.
Check their delivery time frames and prices before committing to buy, along with their returns policy. In the event the item arrives damaged or not as described, you want to be able to return it with ease. At the same time, you want to know your kit is going to be dispatched within the shortest period and arrive on your doorstep before your next family BBQ.