What is Natural Charcoal?
Natural hookah charcoal uses organic ingredients such as coconut shells or husks, orangewood, lemonwood, and sometimes bamboo! Natural charcoal is free of the chemicals used in quick light charcoal. This means that you’ll receive a cleaner, longer burn with less ash on your hookah bowl and a better tasting sesh!
Coconut Shell Charcoal
Coconut shell charcoal is the most popular choice for natural hookah coals. Many of the current natural charcoal brands boast the eco-friendly nature of producing charcoal made from coconut shells. To make this type of charcoal, coconut fruit is plucked from their trees in places with a tropical climate and the husk is melted down into a paste. Before the paste hardens, the coconut shell is compressed into coconut charcoal briquettes. The tight compression allows for longer burn times than traditional quick light coals, with an average of 4 times longer!
Pros and Cons of Coconut Charcoal
Coconut charcoal allows for you to enjoy a longer hookah session with more flavor from your shisha tobacco. Coconut charcoal also produces less ash and limited cracking throughout your smoke and offers better heat distribution over your shisha. Coconut shell charcoal also burns at a lower temperature than quick light charcoal. Typically, coconut charcoal is able to reach the “sweet spot” for your shisha tobacco. Lower temperatures allow you to smoke to the bottom of your hookah bowl without scorching the top layer, which means more time to smoke! Lastly, coconut charcoal does not produce any unwanted smells or taste, which offers you the perfect hookah experience.
On the other hand, natural charcoal isn’t considered “convenient” during prep time. Natural hookah charcoal doesn’t light as quickly as quick light charcoal, and you’ll need an electric coil-top charcoal burner to heat them. It takes around 6 to 8 minutes to light natural charcoal. However, you’ll only need to light one round of charcoal instead of firing up rounds of charcoal every 15 minutes or so to keep the bowl and shisha heated.
How To Use Natural Hookah Charcoal
The first thing that you’ll need to use natural charcoal is an electric coil burner to light your natural coals. Here’s how you light natural charcoal using a coil burner!
- Place 2-3 natural charcoals on the coils of the burner until one side of the charcoal is glowing red.
- Take your hookah tongs and flip the heated side of the charcoal to heat the other side of the briquette.
- Once the whole briquette is glowing, take your hookah tongs to transfer the coals to your hookah bowl.
- After you’ve finished smoking, place the natural charcoal into water to fizzle out before disposing of it in the garbage. It’s that easy!
The Best Natural Hookah Charcoal to Buy Online
At Cloud 9 Smoke Co, we make sure to find the best natural hookah charcoal on the market to provide you with an exceptional hookah experience! To help you narrow down your options and help you decide, here are some of our staff favorites.
CocoVapor Flats ($9.99) - Made by Vapor hookah, CocoVapor is one of the most popular brands of natural charcoal on the market. These coconut shell coals are compressed into individual rectangles so they don’t produce a lot of ash and will remain securely in place in your hookah bowl. CocoVapor Flats are able to burn three times longer than most charcoal on the market!
Titanium Cubes ($13.99) - Titanium Cubes are another popular choice in the hookah community. These coals are made from 100% compressed coconut shell without any additives to provide you with a tasty, fulfilling smoke session. These cubes are larger coals for those who prefer a bigger, traditionally shaped charcoal.
Zahrah Coconut Shell Hookah Charcoal ($13.99) - The Zahrah Coconut Shell Hookah Charcoal is an all-natural alternative to quick light charcoal and enhances the taste and smell of your favorite shisha tobacco! This charcoal is an eco-friendly, efficient way to fuel a powerful hookah sesh.
CocoBuzz Hookah Charcoal ($8.99) - Made from compressed coconut husks, CocoBuzz Hookah Charcoal will provide you with a clean-burning, long-lasting hookah session. This natural hookah charcoal contains zero harsh chemicals and does not leave any unpleasant odor or taste when lit. Each sesh from this charcoal will last approximately 2 hours!