Hookah Heat Management: 101

A lot of people have issues with heat managing their bowl correctly, this can make or break a good hookah session, many products on the market that are sold through various internet vendors, products such as the Kaloud lotus, Apple on top bowl, flavor saver, Provost heat management system, etc. I’ll be describing each of these, where you can get them, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each of these products.

Kaloud Lotus

Kaloud Lotus Heat Management

Kaloud Lotus

So the first product I’ll be discussing is the Kaloud Lotus, many of you probably know this product very well and already know what comes out of using the lotus. The lotus is a semi-small device that replaces the use of foil and sits flush on top of the bowl.

The lotus usually fits on any bowl such as the HJ Harmony Bowl and Alien Bowl. People also say it works on the HJ 80ft Bowl. The lotus opens up from the top with the handle shown in black and depending on the size of your coals, 3-4 could fit. The lotus has small bumps on the bottom that gives the tobacco some space for air flow. Also, the top of the lotus has interaction-able vents that can be moved around for less heat and closed for the max heat.

All tobacco works with this device, Starbuzz, Fumari, Hookafina etc. But something wouldn’t recommend is using this on dark leaf tobacco’s, Hookafina BLAK, Tangiers, etc.. It produces too much heat for these tobaccos. It burns way too quickly and you’ll end up with a terrible session.

Pros:

  • Looks super nice
  • modern Design
  • Great on normal shisha
  • Coals last longer with the Lotus
  • Never have to buy foil again

Cons:

  • Little on the pricey side but totally worth it
  • Takes a while to heat up for the impatient ones such as myself
  • If you’re a dark leaf smoker like me, you’ll probably hate this product

You can find this product here at TheHookah.com

Apple on Top Hookah Bowl

AppleOnTop Hookah Bowl

AppleOnTop Hookah Bowl

The apple on top bowl is a silicon, non-breakable, easy to wash and in some ways a heat managing system in itself. The bowl has a metal, perforated screen that comes with the bowl. The bowl is pretty deep and is a vortex inspired bowl, so juices never leak. Cant pack dark leaf tobacco’s in this but it’s still a good bowl, and the screen that comes with it is pretty thick so it makes up for its non-foil usage.

Pros:

  • Bowl will never break
  • Super easy to wash
  • Looks pretty cool

Cons

  • Cant pack dark leafs in it
AOT Provost

AOT Provost

Apple on top has another product that accompanies this bowl that is similar to a lotus but just looks different. The provost heat management system is similar to the lotus in terms of what its used for and how its used, just plop the coals and when you need less heat open the vents, and when you need more heat, close em’ up! The Provost also works on any other hookah bowl since it has a built in screen that sits right on top of your shisha.

Flavor Saver

Flavor Saver

Flavor Saver

The flavor saver created by HookahJohn has been pretty popular lately, I actually use it all the time I think its pretty useful, some might disagree. The flavor saver take all of the complicated ideas of heat managing systems and puts them in the simplest form possible. Its just a wound up piece of metal you put on the top of your foiled up bowl, I really like the simplicity of the device, it keeps your coals a quarter inch above the bowl so your coals aren’t touching the bowl, awesome device in my opinion.

Pros:

  • Can be used on any bowl
  • Cheapest alternative to heat managing
  • Very malleable

Cons:

  • Look’s cheap
  • Ash of the coal falls through the slits of the device

–Written by Mena
Hookah master

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