Hookah coals are used for heating the tobacco in hookah smoking. Hookah is also called shisha, Nargile, and hubble-bubble in different countries and areas. With the popularity of hookah around the world, the demand for hookah coals is rising fast. You can find them on the shelves of supermarkets and online shops. So if you want to start or extend your charcoal business, it is a good choice to produce hookah coals.

Cube,flats,finger,lotus hookah coals

How are the hookah coals made? I think It will take you a lot of time to gather the information. Fortunately, we have done this tough work for you. In the article, we will tell you how to make the best hookah coals from the selection of raw materials to the hookah charcoal packing.

Best materials for making hookah coals

Most of the hookah coals on market are made from coconut shells and fruitwood. Different from the other ordinary biomass charcoals, hookah coals must be smokeless, odorless, have low ash residue, long burning time, have consistent heat, etc. So we can only choose the raw material from hardwood, coconut shells, fruit trees, etc.

coconut charcoal and fruitwood charcoal for making hookah coals

Below is an article about the materials for making charcoal, you can find more information.

Production process of shisha charcoal

About the production process of shisha charcoal, there is not much difference with other charcoal briquettes production. Carbonization–charcoal grinding–mixing with binder–compress hookah charcoal–hookah coals drying–charcoal packing.

Recommended carbonization furnace

We recommend the hoisting carbonization furnace. It carbonizes the materials into charcoal in a batch, the operation is simple. Especially the vertical loading is perfect for coconut shells.

What kind of binder can be used for shisha charcoal

Because carbon powder has no plasticity, it must be formed by adding a binder. For hookah charcoal binders, we do not recommend chemical agents, as they will produce harmful gases after burning. Commonly used are corn starch, potato starch, tapioca starch and so on. You can choose the cheapest starch as the binder based on the price of these starches in your local area. When using starch as a binder, please note that it must be gelatinized first, and then mixed with charcoal powder. For 100 kg of charcoal powder, about 5 kg of gelatinized starch is added.

Gelatinized starch as binder for shisha charcoal briquettes

Choose the right briquette machine upon the shape of hookah coals

  1. Shisha charcoal press machine can produce oblate and cube shape shisha charcoal.

  2. The charcoal extruder can be used for producing finger coals and cube hookah coals. 

Shisha charcoal packing

Package is not only the last step but also an important work of shisha charcoal production. You can find that the hookah coals sold on market are all with nice package. It is a not a easy work for the workers to pack these small cubes or circle hookah coals. The hookah coals packing machine will liberate the workers from this difficult task.

Some Additional information about hookah coals

  • Most popular size of shisha charcoal

    Cube: 25*25*25mm

    Flats: Dia. 32mm, thickness 14mm

    Finger coals: Dia. 20mm, length 100mm

  • Biggest coconut charcoal manufacturing country: Indonisa

  • Removing the coconut husk (fiber) from the shell is good for improving the quality of coconut charcoal.

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