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Doing Shisha Pipe the Right Way

New to shisha pipe smoking? Seasoned expert? Have questions? 

Worry not. We at Shiva have you covered! There is a myriad of hookah pipes, accessories, shisha tobacco flavours and sizes to choose from. Not only that, you’ve probably got a host of questions about how to get the best out of your shisha pipe, such as ‘which hookah produces the best smoke’ or ‘which hookah flavour is best?’

In this article, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you make those all-important hookah pipe buying decisions and answer any questions you might have.

So let’s get started.

What is the best shisha pipe brand? 

We are always being asked this question.

Whether you are looking to buy your first hookah pipe, or perhaps you are a seasoned smoker and would like to upgrade your current one… Knowing which hookah will give you the best smoking experience with so much choice online can be tricky. There are modern and traditional shisha pipes to consider, as well as size, materials used and cost.

We’ll wager you’re likely looking for a blend of durability, a smooth smoking experience and an attractive design. When considering which shisha pipe brands to stock, we have explored these key factors, so that when you are buying your shisha hookah, you will get all of this and more!

Rest assured, has everything you’ll need to get started! 

For example, our Mini Shisha Pipe is a portable hookah with an incredible design. It comes with many great features to make it easy for storage and transportation, and its sophisticated but straightforward glass base will look awesome in your home! All parts are made from the highest quality materials and is super-easy to assemble and use. 

mini shisha pipe shivaonline

If, on the other hand, you are looking for more of a statement or taller shisha pipe, then check out the Shisha Sensations AK47 Junior Hookah, which comes in your choice of Gold, Black or Silver and which comes supplied with a single hose and clay hookah bowl. This makes the perfect gift for even the most discerning hookah fan! 

Shisha sensation AK47 junior Hookah

Available in Gold, Black & Silver this piece would make an eye catching addition to your lounge, restaurant or shisha bar.

As with any purchase, you will want to do your research and look at hookas that will offer you durability. A quick Amazon search will reveal plenty of hookah brands that might be cheaper but will compromise on quality in terms of the materials used and the manufacturing process. 

Go on recommendation or find a brand that you trust. Because, if you make a good choice in the first instance, there is no reason why your hookah pipe can’t last you a lifetime.

 Are taller hookas better? 

Does a tall hookah really smoke better than a smaller hookah? 

There has been so much debate, disagreement and analysis into whether taller hookahs offer a better smoking experience. 

And here were are to set the record straight once and for all: the idea that taller shisha pipes either cool the smoke better or deliver a better smoking experience is a complete MYTH! 

One common misconception is that taller shisha pipes cool the smoke more than their smaller counterparts. Anyone who has touched a hookah bowl while smoking will know that it can get quite warm once the smoke has left the bowl and entered the shaft. As the smoke travels and is cooled by the air, it will cool somewhat, but the main factor in terms of the temperature of the smoke is the water. In reality, this renders the temperature of the water in the shaft irrelevant, as when it enters the water, it will always adjust, meaning the water is the most influential factor, not whether your hookah is tall or short. 

This means, whichever hookah pipe you ultimately go for, trust your personal preference. However, some people like to display their shisha pipes or have them as ornaments, so if you’re looking for a statement piece, taller may make more of an impression on your guests then check out Galaxy 2 hose shisha 



taller hookas galaxy 2 hose shisha

Measuring 55cm tall, the Galaxy comes included with two hoses, making it ideal for two people to smoke together.


Which hookah produces the most smoke? 

Looking to blow thicker smoke clouds from your hookah??

If – like us – you’re a serious hookah smoker – then it’s likely you’re a fan of the thick smoke cloud, and you want to see the biggest smoke cloud possible! 

It’s true that much of your smoke cloud will come from your preparation and set-up and how you manage the heat (which all comes with time and experience). However, the shisha product you choose is definitely a factor. When selecting your shisha, it’s good to know that a higher glycerin content will help you achieve a thicker smoke. 

Why is my shisha smoke not thick?

So, you’ve chosen a shisha product that has a high glycerin content, and you’ve spent time setting up your shisha pipe to ensure you can control the heat… But you’re still not satisfied with the thickness of your smoke. 

The next thing to look at is the size/thickness of your pipe. Some of the smaller/thinner hoses may be responsible for you not getting the thickness of smoke you’re after and so you might want to try using a wider hose to create more of an open draw from your shisha pipe. 

Which hookah flavour is best? 

If you’re like us, then you love to experiment with your shisha pipe flavours, and with so many to choose from, why not? 

Many popular flavours top the rankings year on year, but our advice would always be to try a few until you settle on the one you like the best. This is really going to depend on your tastebuds and the sort of flavours you enjoy in other areas of your life. Some people like to use fruiter flavours such as Mango, Raspberry and Strawberry and so if this is your bag then check out our product page where you can find these options. 

Similarly, if you’re a fan of a more refreshing smoke, there are plenty of mint-based options that are super-popular and popular with many of our customers. 

Does milk make hookah smoke thicker? 

One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is, “can I use something other than water in my hookah base?’ And quite often, people will ask whether milk will help to deliver a thicker smoke. 

The answer to the first question is yes. You can use pretty much any liquid in your shisha pipe to enhance the flavour, and like everything, this is down to personal preference. 

However, it won’t necessarily increase the thickness of your smoke. What’s more, while varying your liquid may enhance the flavour profile and, therefore your enjoyment, they can also make it a little more difficult to get a good draw, especially if you are using a slightly thicker liquid, such as milk. 

Does hookah bowl size matter? 

In this situation, size definitely matters! The hookah bowl has a significant influence – along with other factors mentioned below – on how long your smoking session will last. You can get hookah bowls in all sizes and styles. However, the bigger the bowl will determine how long you can smoke for. This is because a smaller bowl will hold less of your tobacco, whereas a larger bowl will naturally offer more space. 

So, if you are looking for a longer smoking session, we would absolutely recommend that you get yourself kitted out with a larger bowl. 

Some of our customers like to vary the length of their smoking sessions and so have decided to get both a smaller and larger bowl for each occasion. This can be a great way to mix up and vary your shisha pipe smoking and is ideal if you invite friends over to enjoy the fun. Check out our new Hubble shisha

Does hookah bowl size matter

The Hubble Shisha is a fantastic single hose shisha pipe, perfect for both first-time users and seasoned smokers alike. Measuring just under 45cm in height.

How long does a small hookah last? 

We reckon this question has been debated since hookahs were invented! And it’s a question we are asked with relative consistency. 

The reason is that there is such a long debate is that the answer is not straightforward, and it will always depend on a number of factors, including the shisha tobacco you are using, how you manage the heat, the hookah bowl you select and of course, your own preference. 

Can you put vodka in a hookah?

Yes! As we’ve previously mentioned, you can use any liquid base in your hookah pipe, but if more cloud is what you are looking for, then switching the liquid isn’t going to make much of a difference. 


Hopefully, having read this article, you have been able to find out the answers to any hookah-related questions you may have. If not, please do give us a shout and contact our customer services team, who are always on hand and happy to help.

From all of us at Shiva, we wish you Happy Smoking!! 

Thee Sherlock Holmes Traditional Pipe

Without in any way detracting from some of the modern eye catching designs to be seen today in pipes, many would argue that the traditional Sherlock Holmes pipe is the only true pipe that a serious smoker would wish to be seen with.

Sherlock PipeWe can all interpret what we consider to be the “true” Sherlock, but there are several variations on the one seen in picture books and on film and television. What never varies in the models which can be seen at our web pages is that in the six pipes shown practically all have the traditional bent stem, which is made in easy clean hygienic plastic, and the “business” end is crafted from traditional highly polished wood.

Pipe smoking has been a tradition in this and many other countries since The Spanish first introduced the pleasures associated with it from around 1559, although British School history would have us believe that it was Sir Walter Raleigh, he did in fact smoke a pipe and for certain introduce potatoes! However we know that tobacco had long been in use in Mexico and the Americas going back in time.

Looking through our web pages you can see the six styles of Sherlock Pipes all of which are priced at £19.99, but if you cannot decide which style you prefer, you can take advantage of our special of a “mix and match” selection of two pipes of your choice for £29.99, a saving to you of just a shade over £10.00, grab a couple and enjoy a relaxing smoke with this traditional and comfortable to use pipe.

Cleaning after use is easy as the Sherlock Pipe disassembles ensuring easy access providing a continued pleasing smoke.

Chongz Hairway to Steven Honeycomb Diffuser Bong

Yes it is a clever play on words, but The Chongz Hairway to Steven Honeycomb Diffuser Bong is a really new and exciting addition to our wide range of diffusers that can be seen at our web pages. Coming from Chongz it is, as expected, made entirely with the finest 5mm borosilicate glass.
A great feature of this bong is the beautiful honeycomb diffuser, this is not for show, this addition helps in the cooling and important filtration of the smoke which is does by producing tiny bubbles increasing the area to allow for the cooling of the smoke. Ice can be added to the bong through the ice twists which cools the smoke further by a huge amount.

The Chongz Diffuser Bong is now being offered by us in either a choice of Black or Green and it is sized at 11 cm (w) 33 cm (h) 12 cm (d) which we consider makes it an attractive piece to display too.

Each of the two options are being offered at our web pages for £44.99 and we can say that as Chongz has long been associated with high quality borosilicate glass products, this bong certainly lives up to the company’s high reputation and represent excellent value for money.


Only a few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that you would be able to light up a cigar or a carefully rolled cigarette without a flame, but that I what you can do thanks to the Arc Flameless Lighter.
The principal has been around for quite a long time now, in the form of the gas cooker lighter that can be seen in many kitchens to day. The great beauty of the Arc Flameless lighter is twofold; first it will light your smoke in even a gale force wind, but it also does not use any fuel, no butane or petrol, so there is no tainting of your cigar or cigarette.

One of the unique features of the Arc Flameless Lighter is the double arc which absolutely ensures that your anticipated cigar or cigarette is lit in an even and very quick manner. The manufacturers chose to make this lighter in Gun Metal or Icy Metallic, the choice is yours and can be seen at our web pages. It could not be easier to operate, just flip open the lid, press the button on the side and see for yourself the double purple plasma arc.

Users tell us that they get around 300 lights from a single charge, we supply a USB cable for re-charging and any standard USB port or wall charger either will quickly restore the battery to normal full state, you are ready to go again. No butane, no flints, no lighter fuel, all of this for £29.99 with very little further outgoing except a little electricity needed for topping up the battery.

Blazy Susan Pre Rolled Pink Cones

We know that pre rolled cone are the perfect way for the many of us that are not adept at rolling our own cigarettes using a herbal mixture or tobacco blends. The Blazy Susan is also a delightful pink colour, which we feel sure will appeal to many, and could make a perfect gift for that special person in your life.
Amongst the many features of the Blazy Susan is the fact that they are a slow burning, super thin, vegan friendly way to get your hit from your favourite mixture. Manufactured from the thinnest of paper, this guarantees that you get the best possible taste of the filling and not the paper!
Yes the cones are pink in colour, but the paper has been dyed with natural dyes. What is more we can tell you that the Blazy Susan Papers are proud that they are vegan and non gmo, made entirely with organic pigments which have been carefully sourced by the French producer.
Check the offer on our web pages, the Blazy Susan Pink Cones are pictured there and currently offered at £24.99 for a box of 50, or if you prefer to try a couple then we have them available at £1.50 for two. Why not light one up after the Christmas turkey.

Chongz 50mm Aluminium Grinder

We offer a huge selection of sifters and grinders at Shivaonline, items such as these are in everyday use by top chefs when they want herbs or spices ground down to specific sizes. The same applies to smokers of tobacco and herbal products; also to uses of tobacco snuff.

We list 136 of these products and unless you have a specific manufacturer in mind, it could be understandably confusing. However as with any product that we offer, we are more than happy to discuss your particular requirements or to answer any queries that you may have.

One of the all-time “go to favourite Companies” is Chongz who manufacturer a wide range of smoking related products. One of our big sellers is the Chongz 50mm Aluminium Grinder Pod. This precision engineered grinder is a stylish aluminium sifter grinder made up of seven parts all neatly held together though magnetism! The diamond shaped teeth make light work of the tobacco or herbs where even the toughest of these get shredded into finely cut pieces in a matter of seconds. The Chongz grinder has a fitted sifter screen which filters the herbs and stores that important potent part of the herb in the lower compartment

We are currently offering this  in either Black or Silver at our web pages for £39.99, this product sells really quickly, so we recommend that you place your order soon if you wish to be sure to be able to given this as a Christmas present, to either yourself, or to a friend.

Smoking Brown Thinnest Paper Rolls

We can offer a huge range of rolling papers all to be found on our web pages. However, we are happy to announce a new selection of unbleached, thinner papers which we believe will give a far more enjoyable un-tainted smoke using either your favourite tobacco or herbal mixture.

Smoking Papers is a brand that has been enjoyed by smoking connoisseurs for over a hundred and forty years, so they certainly know more than most about what makes a good rolling paper that continues to be enjoyed by many. When you are rolling a smoke the last thing that you want is your favourite mixture to be contaminated by the paper, which is why it is so important to have the thinnest paper to hold the tobacco or herbal mix. It should also not taint the smoke by using bleach.









Smoking Brown Papers are 20% thinner than average papers on the market; we know you will immediately notice that when using them. Of course, if you have not used this brand previously, it would make sense to be able to try a sample before bulk buying. We offer this choice with a single packet containing a 4-metre roll for the modest price of just £1.50 when you want to move on to a more competitive bulk buy and we feel sure that you will, we can offer a box of 24 at £28.99 or just £1.20 for a similar 4-metre length.

Why not join the many others that enjoy a cool; untainted smoke by changing to Smoking Brown Papers.

Herbal Tobacco

There can be no doubt that Herbal Tobacco has taken off in a big way it is believed to be a safer way to enjoy a cool smoke and from reports that we have had back from some of our customers they tell us they would not consider going back the standard tobacco products.

Greengo is a very popular product from our friends in the Netherlands perfect on its own, but it does mix well with other smoking products which many have found enhances their smoking experience. The Herbal Tobacco has a great rich and spicy taste and is blended using a mix of papaya, hazel leaf, mint and eucalyptus, how cool is that? The Greengo Herbal Mixture is a really good choice for those smokers who wish to enjoy a smoke, but want to cut out completely their nicotine habit.

An old, but the much-loved favourite in the Herbal Tobacco market is Real Leaf, who have been supplying their smoking products since 2012, during which time they have become the undisputed leader in the field. Real Leaf also works really well if you wish to combine it with other smoking products. The nicotine-free favourite includes a subtle blending of % red raspberry leaves, marshmallow root, and mullein. The feedback we have from user indicates that it provides the smoker with a very delicate texture along with a very pleasant aroma.

As an alternative to the standard Rael Leaf Herbal Tobacco, we offer a Real Leaf with added Wild Damiana, giving the smoker that little bit of added extra. All of the products are offered on our web pages in 30g packs at £19.99.

OCB Crystal Rolling Machine

There is a definite knack to rolling a perfectly long cylindrical cigarette, some people can make it looks so easy, remember those wonderful old Westerns where the Cowboy makes a smoke using one hand? Some of us cannot manage it with two! However, the OCB Crystal Rolling Machine will make the perfect cigarette which will be hard to tell form a “tailor-made” one.

All that is required is a supply of your favourite tobacco or herbal mixture, suitable paper, a good one is the Classic No.8 or Mascotte Green Organics, filter if you prefer one and then, roll the two rollers together moisten the edge and open up, there is your neat home-rolled cigarette waiting for you to enjoy. It really is that simple and for the very attractive price offered on our web pages of £2.99, or you can buy two for only £5.00 and have a spare in the car, pocket or handbag, whilst you always have on at home or when out and about.

Neat enough to carry around at 26mm (w) x 26mm (h) x 78mm (d) light in weight too at only 22grams, or less than an ounce if you prefer. This neat rolling machine would make a perfect companion for the Clip Shot Tobacco tin.

Dynavap The “M” 2020 Edition

You may have been vaping for some time and are used to the convenience and pleasure, but now could you be looking for a vaporizer with that bit more panache? Recently added to our extensive range of vaping items that can be found on our web pages, DynavapThe “M” 2020 edition is certain to give you the hit that suits you.

This is because it now features a clever method of allowing you to control the air flow and it works by adjusting form closed when you will experience a thicker steam, but opening up the flow of ait means that will provide a softer steam.

Like its predecessor the “M” 2020 is constructed from medical grade stainless steel, features a faceted tip with airflow serrations, but unlike some others does not need a battery, which of course can run out of power just when you need a smoke! Any external heat source such as a cigarette lighter will ensure that it will deliver the hits.

We believe that the “M” is the very first vaporizer that can be heated up in less than a few seconds using a cigarette lighter, or any other flame such as candle, or even that little glowing ember as you sit around a campfire. Simple to use just load a tiny amount of ground herbs into the Dynavap “M” tip heat up until you hear the distinctive click, and then you are on your way to inhaling full flavoured smoking.

This is a very affordable and fantastic vaporizer offered by us at £79.99, why not add to your wish list or buy now whilst still in stock.