5 Shisha Bowl Packing Techniques You Need To Master Right Now

5 Shisha Bowl Packing Techniques You Need To Master Right Now

First off, to begin this guide good hookah bowl is a must.

How often did you ruin a session due to a poorly prepared shisha bowl? Yeah, we all been there at some point.

When it comes to packing the bowl, people usually just put their favorite tobacco in a bowl and what happens next is one of the common issues.

Usually, coals overheat the tobacco and then you know what happens, the shisha is burnt. If the tobacco isn’t packed properly, that could also lead to a non-smoking hookah.

We will stop there and let’s learn how to do things the right way!

In the following article, you’ll learn all about 5 different shisha packing techniques and which one you should use for the most popular shisha brands on the market.

So let’s get started.

5 Different Ways To Prepare Shisha Bowl

Light Pack

Light packed hookah bowl

The light pack is one of the most popular techniques, and it’s intended to take into account the additional airflow to get to the tobacco. Using this method you can pack brands like Social Smoke, Al-Fakher, Fumari, and Starbuzz. To accomplish this, you just gently sprinkle the tobacco into the bowl, try not to pack it too tight. You need to ensure that there’s a lot of air current getting to the majority of the tobacco and remember don’t squeeze the tobacco. How high you’ll pack it will be reliant on the particular sort of tobacco, however, most perform best with a pack simply under the edge of the bowl.

Semi-Dense Pack

semi dense packed shisha

Semi-dense packing you can use for brands that require a considerable measure of heat, similar to Haze,  Nakhla, and Beamer. This sort of pack is accomplished comparably to the light pack, however, you’ll need to pack the tobacco into the bowl significantly more. You don’t need it squeezed too tight, however, nor do you need it to be super feathery. It’s a cheerful medium between a light pack and a thick pack.

Dense Pack

Dense packed shisha bowl

The dense pack is one that is used exclusively for Tangiers and is regularly alluded to as the Tangiers pack. you can make the Tangiers packing by firmly pressing the tobacco into the bowl,
leaving no space for air. Ensure that the tobacco is level, no matter how you look at it, and only a few millimeters under the edge of the bowl. Once again, the main sort of tobacco that should be stuffed like this is Tangiers, as it’s truly implied for this sort of pack. The tobacco from the image isn’t Tangiers, it’s just used for the sake of the tutorial. Other brands can’t be packed like this, and you will just waste your tobacco if you use this packing technique.


over packed shisha bowl

Overpacking is both a style of the pack and also a misstep that can be made when pressing. The distinction is truly in a unique situation. For instance, on the off chance that I said “you’ll need to complete a slight overpack with this tobacco”, it implies that you ought to pack the tobacco marginally finished the edge of the bowl. In any case, in the event that I said “that tobacco looks overpacked”, it implies that you’ve pressed your tobacco too high, and should pack it lower. The overpack is otherwise called the “Fletcher Pack”, as Fletcher Knoxville is famous for doing crazy overpacks with this bowl.


The Underpack is fundamentally the same as the Overpack in phrasing, as you can complete an Underpack style of pack, yet your bowl can likewise be under packed. The main genuine sort of tobacco that I would prescribe completing an under pack with is Social Smoke, however, so as a rule, it’s utilized to state that your bowl is pressed too low.


These are the 5 best ways to pack your hookah bowl. I hope it helps. In case you need help or have a suggestion, feel free to comment below. Until then, we wish you a lot of great hookah sessions.

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  1. Hi there! Such a nice write-up, thanks a lot. I have one complaint, you should seriously consider placing some images in this post because someone who hasn’t pack a bowl already they may need a more visual guide. Anyway, this article really explains how to pack a bowl.

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