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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, shivaonline.co.uk 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.

V12 Twisty Quartz Blunt

If you find that rolling your own smokes it difficult, or is something that you have tried to master but never been as successful as some of your friends, then the V12 Twisty Quartz Blunt is just the thing for you.

To get that perfectly rolled cigarette all you have to do is to is to fill the V12 Twisty Quartz with your choice of tobacco blend, or herbal mixture, by removing the rubber cap and poking your tobacco or herbal blend in the end, then twist the mouthpiece until it is filled.

Simply light the end, and you can enjoy your smoke in the same way as you would smoke a blunt! Naturally you will find that it begins to fill with ash, but all you need to do to clear it is to twist the mouthpiece and you can carry on enjoying your favourite tobacco or herbal blend.

The V12 Twisty Quartz Blunt is manufactured from the highest quality quartz glass and measures up at close to 4 inches or 100mm in length with a diameter of 5/8th of an inch, or again around 15mm. We supply the Twist Quartz with the essential cleaning brush and a spare O ring all for the price of £19.99, no more worries about that perfectly rolled smoke again!

For a great smoke, choose the Atomic Glass Twist Pipe

This great pipe from Atomic is sure to make you stand out amongst your friends and what is more, it is a great smoke too, particularly when you load it with your favourite herbal mixture or tobacco.

The Atomic Glass Twist Pipe offers great value for money, it is very functional and you would not find it difficult to keep clean and continue to provide a sweet smoke. This is made possible with the easily detachable bowl; we have also found that the twisted stem will easily accommodate a standard pipe cleaner.

Connoisseurs will fully appreciate its quality, but so too would someone who is a novice at the pleasure of pipe smoking, we cannot keep it all to ourselves can we?

Offered by us at just £4.99 it is very affordable to have more than one of the four vibrant colours of Black, White, Blue and Green. Or why not ask “Santa” to put one into your Christmas stocking, or as a gift for a friend?

Experience the best of both world’s with the 2-Way Tantra Pipe

The 2-Way Tantra Pipe is the best of both worlds; use it as a standard pipe or twist it around as a chillum, the choice is yours. This beautifully hand carved pipe comes complete with a smooth soapstone bowl and all you have to do is add a pipe screen, your chosen mix and you’re ready to go!

To use, simply unscrew the end cap and pipe bowl and swap them over, easy. The 2-Way Tantra Pipe measures 142mm long and 52mm high in pipe mode, and 161mm long by 34mm high when in chillum mode.

The 2-Way Tantra pipe is available now for just £6.99, so what are you waiting for? Experience the best of both world’s today.

For pipe screens to go with this pipe, click here.

Dr Hoffman Water Cooled Pipe

This water pipe is “cool” in every sense of the word, cool colours from which you can choose, we offer, blue, green or amber, and the Dr Hoffman Water Cooled Pipe offer by us of only £14.99 means that you could afford to buy all three and choose a colour to suit the mood that you are in when deciding on a cool smoke that this pipe is certain to deliver.

Using simple, but well-tried techniques, the smoke from your favourite tobacco or herbal mixture, is drawn through a helical pipe, which is in fully submerged in water, the result is a cool smoke delivered at the mouthpiece, a heat exchanger in fact.

The pipe is brought to you, through us, directly from India and is constructed using borosilicate glass, and for ease of cleaning, the pipe is made in two parts, a detachable bowl and a main body! To operate is simplicity, just fill with water and pack the bowl with your favourite mixture and light up then you are in for the “coolest” of hits.

Magnetic Journey Pipe V3

There are many ways in which people choose to enjoy a smoke but, the trusty pipe has stood the test of time. History suggests that the tradition of pipe smoking was around and practiced by Native Americans long before it was introduced into European cultures in the 1500’s. Although it is disputed, school history had us all believe it was Sir Walter Raleigh brought it to England, along with the humble potato, from Virginia in 1586, can you recall the picture of him peacefully smoking his pipe when his servant, who believed he was on fire, threw a bucket of water over him!

Pipes here in the UK have been made from a variety of materials including: briar, clay, ceramic, corncob, glass, meerschaum, metal, gourd, stone, wood, the classic English pipe was made from various combinations, most notably was the Calabash, or “Sherlock Holmes”.

To get the very best smoke, pipes have to be kept clean, this can be tiresome for some people, they will then be delighted therefore with the Magnetic Journey Pipe V3 which is screen free, easy to clean and very portable, making it ideal  for all occasions including travel. Because it has no screen, buying replacement screens is not necessary, it is very easy to disassemble and can be cleaned after use with a wipe from an alcohol wipe; in just 30 seconds, you’ll have a fresh, clean pipe.

The Magnetic Journey Pipe V3 is assembled in three parts and these are held together with two strong magnets in the centre of the pipe. It is heat resistant and therefore stays cool to the touch; it has a locking lid which means that when you have had a satisfying smoke, just snap the lid down and this puts out the tobacco or herbal mixture that has been smoked.

We offer the Magnetic Journey Pipe in two distinctive colours, “Nickel and Dime, or Passiv-8” and we are giving a discount of 14% of the recommended price, making our price just £29.99. These pipes are not only beautiful to look at, but they deliver a cool smoke, and are incredibly simple to use and easy to clean.

Screen Queen Deluxe Screenless Pipe

The main thing that most of us want when lighting up and enjoying a pipe of tobacco or herbs, is a cool clean smoke, the Screen Queen Deluxe Screenless Pipe is designed to provide just that. This pipe is certainly one of the most reliable, easy to use, and easy to clean and generally provides a great smoke, according to the feedback from users have said when they have reported back to us.

The removable bottom of the bowl acts as a screen or gauze, which means that no additional screen is needed. Removing the screw in plug at that bottom of the bowl ensures that the user can clean it with ease and it also means that when in use provides good airflow for the perfect burn, as it helps keeps ashes and plant material from obstructing the airway. From around the time when pipes first came upon the scene, one thing that smokers preferred was a long stem; this meant that the smoke was cooled prior to reaching them; this as we know ensures a pleasurable smoke. This is something the Screen Queen Deluxe offers with its long stem, cooling the smoke as well as catching a lot of the tar that you would otherwise inhale, again easily cleaned using a long pipe cleaner.

Offered in a choice of colours, blue, bronze, green, red black or silver and presented in its own hinged box, this is a pipe for the connoisseur that guarantees: No screen or gauze needed, sleek in appearance, easy to take apart, clean and reassemble, with a guaranteed even burn.  Put simply this pipe is amazing.

Atomic Silicone Pipe

This silicone pipe is a recent addition to our collection of pipes and smoking devices and we are quite excited about, we feel sure that judging from responses we have had, you are too. We have been used to using borosilicate glass pipes for many years and the smooth experience of using them is not in question, but how does the silicone pipe compare?

If you are unsure about silicone, the first thing to say is that it’s similar in shape to its glass cousins though fashioned from medical grade silicone. Silicone is also lighter than glass, which makes it perfect for taking the pipe out and about, it is also a fairly easy to clean as simple as a quick wipe down with an alcohol wipe and as we all know a a clean pipe is a happy pipe.

The Atomic Silicone Pipe is both fun and durable, it is available form us in a selection of colours, both striped as well as solid. It features a removable spill-proof silicone lid; these simple, pocket-size pipes also include a built-in 15cm screen.

This pipe is really an “atomic” pocket sized beauty and weighs in at just 12 grams packing that right amount of weight to satisfy your needs; pocket sized at less than 10 mm in length, proving again that size simply does not matter!

Choose your Atomic Silicone Pipe from either solid coloured, or striped colour, or as they are offered at only £4.99, why not choose one of each?

Upright Ribbed Mirror Pipe

Here is a pipe that will get all your friends talking, this variation on the Ribbed Mirror Pipe takes it one step further, and it is a very practical smoking piece. As a smoker you will find that it will sit perfectly on a flat surface, useful when you need to collect another beer from the fridge, or perhaps just relaxing between smokes and it will not get knocked over either.

Smoking a pipe is satisfying as we all know; Albert Einstein once remarked that pipe smoking “contributed to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” Whether the observation is true or not, pipe smoking has had many other famous devotees, among them Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the fictional Sherlock Homes, who often disappeared into a haze of pipe smoke while solving his cases. Of course we cannot claim that any of these eminent persons have smoked an Upright Mirror Pipe, but had this pipe been around then, then they probably would.

We strongly recommend that you use a screen for this pipe, we offer a brass made screen which is flexible, and so it can be moulded into the required shape and size for your pipe bowl. Changing your screens for pipes, bongs and water pipes on a regular basis will ensure maximum filtering for healthier smoking.

The pipe is made in India and so it has that wonderful rustic, handmade feel and it is offered by us at just £5.99 or two for £9.99 there is a choice of black, green, mauve or royal blue.