Natural Hookah Charcoal vs. Quick Light Hookah Coals
Natural Hookah Charcoal vs. Quick Light Hookah Coals

With so many hookah coal options on the market, which brand and type should you choose? Generally, hookah smokers will use either a natural coal, such as Coco Brico Hookah Charcoal , or a quick-lighting coal, like Ignite Quick Lite coals. Not sure of the difference? We'll walk you through it. Each category has it's pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, but in the end, only 1 type can be "the best." We put 2 hookahs of the same flavor side by side and smoked with both types of coals to compare the taste, clouds and overall performance of quick light coals vs. natural coconut coals. 

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With so many hookah coal options on the market, which brand and type should you choose? Generally, hookah smokers will use either a natural coal, such as Coco Brico Hookah Charcoal , or a quick-lighting coal, like Ignite Quick Lite coals. Not sure of the difference? We'll walk you through it. Each category has it's pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, but in the end, only 1 type can be "the best." We put 2 hookahs of the same flavor side by side and smoked with both types of coals to compare the taste, clouds and overall performance of quick light coals vs. natural coconut coals. 

Natural Hookah Charcoal

So what do we mean when we talk about "Natural hookah coals?" There has been a growing trend over the last 10 years towards natural coconut hookah charcoal.  No, it doesn't taste like coconut! The product is made from the left over coconut shells at coconut farms.  The shells are processed into charcoal and compressed into briquettes.  These coals have become the standard for so many hookah enthusiasts because they last longer and give off a clean heat that does not interfere with the shisha flavors. Depending on your preference, these coals are available in various sizes and shapes, including flat squares, cubes, large cubes and recently new circular shapes and wedges to accomodate HMD's like the Kaloud Lotus or Starbuzz Nar Head.  Here are a few of our popular natural coals, but there are many good options to choose from in our hookah charcoal category.

Coco Brico Coals - All Sizes and Cases

Coco Brico Charcoal

  • Buy in bulk for incredible savings
  • Our best selling coal for lounges
  • The coal of choice here at the office
  • 100% natural coconut 
  • Wide variety of shapes and sizes

 

Titanium Charcoal

  • Great bulk lounge cases
  • Popular, well known brand among enthusiasts
  • 100% natural coconut 

Coco Nara Charcoal

  • One of the first Coconut Coals
  • Extremely well known name brand
  • Available in flats and cubes

             

Overall outlook

Pros:  Best flavor, longest life, and lower overall cost.
Cons: Require a separate heating source, longer preparation time

In order to properly light natural charcoal you will need a consistent source of heat. There are a few options when it comes to burners. You have the standard Single Coil Burner, the Fumari Coal Heater, and a few other options. If you operate a lounge, we'd highly recommend having a few on hand as they do go out over time. If you own a smoke shop that offers a selection of natural charcoal it is also wise to offer these burners to your customers who may not already have this sort of heating element available at home.

Hot Plate Coal HeatersFumari Electric Hookah Coal Heater

Quick Light Hookah Charcoal

 Quick lighting, fast lighting or instant lighting charcoals as they are known, typically refer to hookah charcoals that come in a foil wrapped roll of 10 discs.  These discs are infused with a chemical accelerant that lets hookah smokers ignite the charcoal tablets with a simple lighter.  They will sparkle and begin to burn quickly and can be ready to smoke in under 1 minute.  Quick light coals are generally sold in 33mm (small) and 40mm (large) sizes that give users some customization on heat level and longevity, but quick lite coals can be found in few other size variations. These coals are quick and convenient as their name implies, but they have some limitations in terms of burn time and varying degrees of flavor interference that range from brand to brand.  We can say, however, that many cheaper brands of quick light coals were designed for use with incense cones and oil burners, and were repackaged for hookah use.  We find that some brands can have a really intense chemical aftertaste. Yuck!


Ignite Hookah Coals - All Sizes and Cases

Ignite "Quick-Light" Hookah Charcoal   

  • Best tasting quick-lite charcoal: virtually odorless and tasteless

  • Available as 33mm or 40mm diameter coal piece

Pros:  Easy and quick to light, can be used almost anywhere
Cons: 
Shorter burn duration (more coal changes necessary), residual coal flavor interference

Quick-light charcoals are normally made of compressed coal dust and contain a quick-lighting chemical (typically sulfur), to enable them to light up with ease. These can be ignited simply with a plastic lighter. While less popular among the masses, there are those die hard hookah smokers that swear by these coals. It is important to note that due to their hazmat classifications, we are unable to ship quick-lighting charcoal internationally or via air mail domestically. As always we are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have in regards to our selection of hookah charcoal so please do not hesitate to contact us. Happy Smoking!

We want to know about your hookah coal experience

What are your thoughts about hookah charcoals and the pros and cons of natural coals and quick lights?  If we left out any important information, please let us know in the comments below.