A hookah is a water pipe used for smoking shisha tobacco. Some hookah setups can accommodate multiple people, and others are meant for one person. But every hookah shares the same basic parts:
Hose handle: This is the mouthpiece of the hose where you draw in the vapor.
Diffuser: The diffuser breaks up bubbles to create a quieter smoking experience.
Base: The base of the hookah holds the water.
Downstem: This part of the stem is submerged in water found in the hookah’s base.
Stem heart: This bulky section of the stem includes the hose port and release valve and connects to the base.
Release Valve or Purge Valve: This part of the stem attaches to the bowl above it.
Hose: The long, flexible body that travels from the hose port of the hookah to the hose handle and mouthpiece you smoke from.
Hose Connector: The hose connector connects to the hose port where you draw out the vapor from the hookah.
Stem: This component connects the base, bowl, and hose.
Coal Tray: The coal tray holds all the lit coals for the hookah and catches fallen ash so it doesn’t land on other components or your lap!
Bowl: The bowl is the top part of the hookah holding shisha tobacco.
Bowl Stem: This part of the stem is attached to the bowl.