All-in-one shisha maintenance kit

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The Shishavac is an all-in-one narghile maintenance kit that would look absurdly out of place in most Middle Eastern cafes, but for home shisha enthusiasts, this espresso-machine-like device features an elegant brazier that uniformly lights the smoldering coals (promising perfectly heated coals within seconds) and easily clean the narghile hose… certainly the most nightmarish aspect of home shisha maintenance. At $249, though, The price is well beyond the budget of most narghile owners, who can usually manage to buy the most extravagant, multi-hosed shisha for about $50, but I’m entranced: I’d smoke my shisha a lot more often if I didn’t have to deal with cleaning the bugger.

Shishavac [Official Site]

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14 Responses to All-in-one shisha maintenance kit

  1. Anonymous says:

    I own a
    hooka lounge and I also own this device above! Saves a lot of time… Great piece of equipment. I highly recommend it!

  2. steamedpenguin says:

    Actually what terminology is used depends on where you are from.

    In the Levant (Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria) arghileh or narghileh is the most commonly used word.

    In areas influenced by Persian (Iraq, the Arab Gulf states, Egypt) shishah is more common.

    The tobacco soaked in glycerin and molasses is ‘mo3assel’ or honeyed tobacco.

    The dry tobacco is tumbak (tobacco). One method of preparation usually take a wad of tobacco, soak it in water then squeeze and layer the head.

    In the Levant a lot of the language to describe the water pipe comes from the Turkish, and in the Gulf it is Persian that loans out to Arabic.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bookmunkie’s got it right.

    The attitude that all forms of tobacco are evil is like “abstinence-only” sex ed.

    The amount of nicotine you get from smoking a hookah or a regular pipe is minimal compared to what you get from cigarettes. Yes, it’s relaxing; but so is a glass of wine or a pint of ale, and if all you want is to get drunk those are highly inefficient means of doing so.

    I’ve been smoking a regular oldschool pipe since long before steampunk retro-cool came along. It’s all about the oral gratification factor: taste and aroma (try the G.L. Pease blend called Montgomery: it’s “better than sex”); and with hookahs, the social thing of people gathering around a bit of fire and making smoke like dragons.

    And never discount the ancient archetypes when trying to figure out why people do apparently silly things like puff on smoke. Dragons, breathing fire, breath as spirit made visible, the campfire, the hearth, the four elements, and so on. These and others are more powerful in the human psyche than one might think.

    By the way, the smoke from shisha isn’t just nicotine and molasses, it’s also got the various flavor elements of the tobacco in it, along with whatever fruit essences might have been added.

    Oldschool pipe smokers also have our gadgets, though nothing quite as impressive as the Shishavac. A little metal three-way tool is quite sufficient for tamping down the tobacco in the bowl and loosening the ash when done, along with a supply of pipe cleaners for removing moisture and traces of ash from the stem; and a reamer for keeping the carbon layer in the bowl at the correct thickness. No electricity required:-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I read that as “All in one Shiksa vac”.

    I started to wonder what you have against non-Jewish women? Or why they need such attachments.

  5. Dangerpants says:

    @ Razzabeth:

    YES you can use it as a bong. Hookah = water pipe = bong. If you put drugs in the bowl it’s basically a bong.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow I used to love smoking my favourite was double apple. I stopped however because I thought it was to bad on my health and since i box this can have a major effect.

    According to this article the health community is still undecided as to whether it is harmful

    Is shisha smoking bad for you

    I might just smoke every now and again

  7. Razzabeth says:

    Okay kids, I work in a tobacco shop/hookah lounge, so let’s clear it up.

    Actual Arabic People (specifically Jordanians) call the pipe a hookah, and the hookah tobacco is called shisha for short.

    And no, you can’t use it as a bong. Unless, of course, you’re smoking hash, which is what the hookah was originally invented for. :)

  8. Enochrewt says:

    I’ll let my ignorance of shisha hang out, I thought this was a combination vacuum/duster/housecleaner.

    Can I use it as a bong? I don’t need to know what shisha is to enjoy it that way.

  9. steamedpenguin says:

    John,

    Any time you are in Minneapolis/Saint Paul drop by for some shishah.

  10. teamshadowboat says:

    But will it scrape my lungs clean?

  11. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Hashish for me please!

  12. bookmunkie says:

    It cleans your tobacco? Oh, wait, you’re just using some kind of non-standard terminology. For anyone as confused as I was the first time reading this, John is using both narghile and shisha to refer to the hookah. Actual shisha, the tobacco, is not mentioned in this post.

    In regard to the device itself, evenly lighting a coal in seconds would make that thing worth the price.

  13. bookmunkie says:

    TEAMSHADOWBOAT,

    You’ve fallen victim to the myth that because cigarettes are evil, cancerous things all tobacco is an evil, cancerous thing. It’s not exactly *good* for you, but what you’re implying is similar to saying that since you can get STDs having sex and it sometimes makes you smell funny afterward, all sex is bad and dangerous and only gross heathens do it.

    A hookah smoker doesn’t inhale smoke anyways. It’s vapor formed from heating molasses and nicotine. If the tobacco actually starts to burn, it becomes very harsh and nearly impossible to inhale.

  14. chef says:

    I think the redeeming feature is the coal lighter. For the vacuum thing, couldn’t you just make a house vacuum attachment or a handheld pump thing to cycle air or water through it? Hell, this is Boing Boing; where’s the penis pump shisha cleaning attachment?

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