Hookah Tongs: The Best Way To Handle Charcoal
Do you love smoking hookah? If so, you know that handling the charcoal can be tricky. If you're not careful, you could end up getting burned or worse, burn your furniture or carpet. That's where hookah tongs come in handy! Hookah tongs are the best way to handle charcoal, and they're definitely worth investing in. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using hookah tongs, tips on how to use them and recommend some of the best tongs in the market.
What are hookah tongs for charcoal?
Hookah tongs are a tong-like tool that is used to handle charcoal safely. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but they all serve the same purpose - to help you safely pick up and move around hot charcoal that burns at 450 Celsius degrees or more.
Benefits of using hookah tongs
There are many benefits of using tongs for charcoal, and we will highlight some of the most important ones below.
- They help you avoid getting burned. This is probably the most important benefit of using tongs for charcoal. If you're not careful, it's very easy to get burned, or drop them on the floor when handling charcoal. Tongs will help you avoid this by allowing you to pick up and move the charcoal safely.
- They make it easy to move the charcoal around. Hookah coal tongs give you much more control over the charcoal than your hands alone would. This is especially helpful if you're trying to rearrange the charcoal on your hookah bowl.
- They help you avoid wasting charcoal. Tongs make it easy to grab small pieces of charcoal that might otherwise be difficult to grab with other tools. This helps you avoid wasting charcoal, which can save you money in the long run.
- They're just more convenient. Hookah tongs are simply more convenient to use than using anything else. They're faster, easier and less messy.
The different types of hookah tongs for charcoal on the market
There are many types of tongs on the market, so how do you know which one is right for you?
All tongs are made of metal materials that will not melt when in contact with the charcoal and can handle temperatures over 450 Celsius degrees. Most of them rely on the flexibility of the material to work, but can get permanently deformed if you put lots of force. Thus there are also some premium spring loaded options!
Keep reading to see the different types of hookah tongs for charcoal. so that you can make an informed decision!
Metal tongs without handle covers: Basic metal tongs are the cheapest type of tongs. Most metal tongs have a serrated edge that you can use to grip the charcoal. They rely on the metal material’s flexibility to work, but if you push them hard they get deformed permanently. These tongs offer no protection between the metal and your hand and can get pretty hot if they are left in contact with charcoal for a few minutes. Thus they are an inexpensive option if you’re just starting out with hookah smoking.
Plastic handle tongs: Plastic handle tongs are the next option that add a plastic handle on the metal tongs, to make it easier for you to handle without getting burned. Plastic does not handle heat well and if left in contact with charcoal for a lot of time they will probably start melting or burn. Never get the plastic part in direct contact with the charcoal, that is just to protect your hand. Again, just like basic metal tongs, they rely on the flexibility of the material, so do not put too much force when picking charcoal, or you risk permanently deforming them.
Silicone handle tongs: Silicone handle tongs add a silicone cover over the metal tongs to increase the protection of your hands when using them. This type of tongs is becoming more popular among hookah lovers. Silicone handle tongs have some common benefits with wooden handle tongs - they are comfortable to hold, don’t conduct heat and are durable. Though, low quality silicone handle tongs conduct heat similarly to plastic tongs.
Wooden handle tongs: Wooden handle tongs is usually the most premium choice. The parts that get in contact with the hot charcoal are metal materials, usually stainless steel or aluminum, but the handle part is made of wood. Wood can be a very stylish and contemporary option to any product. They have the same serrated edge to grip the charcoal, but they also have a wooden handle that is much more comfortable to hold. Wooden handle tongs are also less likely to conduct heat, so they are a safer choice overall.
Our Vestara tongs are made of high quality machined aluminum, premium quality wood handle in different finishes to match your preference, and a spring loaded actuation mechanism. In contrast to most options in the market, these tongs will not deform under any amount of force, will not get you burned no matter how hot the metal part gets, and are built to last!
What is the best material for hookah tongs?
All tongs that are designed to work with hot hookah coal, are made of metal, usually aluminum or stainless steel. There are a few options on the handles though as we explained above. Most cheap tongs do not have a handle cover to protect your hand. Based on quality and price you will find plastic handle tongs, usually the inexpensive option, silicone handle tongs, and wooden handle tongs which are often the most premium solution. So you need to decide based on the quality of the product and the additional features. Cheap and thin metal tongs are easy to deform and do not last long.
The science of hookah tongs for charcoal
Typical tongs rely on the principle of elasticity, a material's ability to return to its original shape after being bent or stretched. This makes typical metal tongs an unreliable tool as they will often warp and become misshapen. As a result, your tongs will not be able to grab the coal properly, and you'll have to replace them more frequently.
Thus, it is better not only to buy tongs that are made of a thicker and more durable metal, but to also look for tongs that are originally designed to not break that easily.
At Kaloud, innovation is at the heart of everything we do.
We strive to provide unique products that offer both style and function. Our Kaloud Vestara tongs are made of high-quality materials that are designed to not warp or deform over time.
The mechanism that opens and closes the tongs does not rely on the principle of elasticity, but instead it uses a spring-loaded design. This means that the tongs will always return to their original shape, and you'll never have to worry about them breaking or becoming misshapen.
Thus, premium machined Metal tongs with wooden handles like the Vestara tongs will never get deformed, while ensuring your safety and comfort while you enjoy your hookah session.
How to use tongs for charcoal?
Tongs for charcoal are very easy to use, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, always make sure that the tongs are clean before using them.
Second, when using tongs, be careful not to drop the charcoal as this can cause it to break and create a mess.
Finally, do not place the tongs on a surface that can get burned if they are hot. Wait until they cool down to store them.
Tips on using hookah tongs for charcoal
Now that we've gone over some benefits of using tongs for charcoal and how to use them, let's give you some tips on how to use them.
- Be careful not to drop the hookah coal tongs. This may seem like common sense, but it's worth mentioning. Tongs are made of metal, and they can get very hot. If you drop them, there's a good chance they will land on something (or someone) and cause a serious burn.
- Don't use tongs that are too small. If the coal tongs you're using are too small, they will be difficult to control. This can lead to accidents, like dropping the tongs or getting burned.
- Don't use tongs that are too big. On the other hand, if the tongs you're using are too big, they will be unwieldy and difficult to control. Again, this can lead to accidents.
- Choose the right material. Hookah coal tongs come in a variety of materials, including metal and plastic. Each type of material has its own benefits and drawbacks. Metal tongs are the most durable, but they can get very hot. So, the finest option is to use tongs that are formed of metal and plastic or wood.
- Use gloves if necessary. If you're handling hot charcoal, you may want to use gloves to protect your hands, if your tongs do not have a handle cover that protects your hand from heat.
P.S. Ensuring you use tongs properly is essential to having a great smoking experience and avoiding any accidents. So, choosing the right charcoal is. If you don't know how to pick your charcoal, check out the article "Premium Coconut Charcoal: Where To Buy Yours?"
The best hookah tongs for charcoal on the market
If you're looking for tongs to use for your charcoal, we've got you covered. At Kaloud, we offer a variety of tongs that are ideal for use with hookah charcoal. Our tongs are made from high-quality materials and they're designed to be easy to use.
Vestara tongs help you handle your charcoal without getting burned. We made these hookah coal tongs of durable aluminum and wood and they have a comfortable grip.
The tongs are also easy to use, thanks to their simple design. These hookah tongs have a wide jaw that makes it easy to grab pieces of hookah charcoal, and the tongs themselves are lightweight, weighing 110 grams, and easy to maneuver.
Vestara tongs are also available in four different editions:
While we created all four from high quality aluminum and wood, they come in different colors and types of wood, making each tong one of a kind. You may find them in our e-shop, or choose an online hookah shop for the minimum price of $72. Though, keep in mind that there are a lot of replicas of our products out there, trying to trick you, so if you find a cheaper price for the Vestara tongs compared to our e-shop price, they might be replicas!
FAQs about tongs for charcoal
Now that we've gone over everything you need to know about tongs for charcoal, let's answer some frequently asked questions.
Do I need tongs for my charcoal?
While tongs are not required for every hookah session, they can be very helpful. Tongs make it comfortable to grab small pieces of coals and they help you avoid wasting coals.
How hookah tongs help manage hookah heat?
Hookah tongs help manage hookah heat by allowing you to remove hot coals from the hookah safely. This helps you reduce or increase the heat of your hookah as needed. For achieving better heat management, we recommend using an HMD device, like the Kaloud Lotus.
How often should I tong my charcoal?
It's up to you how often you tong your charcoal. Some hookah smokers tong their coals after every puff, while others tong it less frequently.
Are silicone tongs safe to use?
Yes, silicone tongs are safe to use. There are different grades of silicone. Some are high heat resistant. Silicone in this category will not melt or warp when exposed to high temperatures. Though they are not as durable as wood handle tongs. After a few uses, silicone tongs may start to show signs of wear and tear.
Where can I find hookah tongs?
You can find hookah tongs for charcoal offline at hookah shops and online in sites like Amazon, 5starshookah, hookahjunkie, southsmoke, sobehookah, hookah-shisha and eBay, but none of these tongs compare to the quality of the Kaloud Vestara tongs.
What are the best tongs for charcoal?
The best tongs for coals are those that are created of metal and have a silicone or wood handle. Metal tongs might be ok if you are just starting, but they can get very hot. Premium tongs that have a thick tip are usually the most reliable tongs.So, the best option is to use tongs that are made of thick metal and feature a silicone or wood handle.
How hot do tongs get?
Tongs can get very hot, so be careful not to drop them. If you're handling particularly blazing coals, use gloves to cover your hands if your tongs do not have a silicone or wood handle. Though, with Kaloud Vestara tongs, you can be sure to handle your charcoal without getting burned.
What is the fastest way to turn off charcoal?
The fastest way to turn off charcoal is to use tongs to remove the burning pieces from the hookah and put them in water. The coals can keep burning for hours. Another option once you remove the pieces is to put them on an ashtray to let them go out on their own over time. Note that you need to transfer your hot coals to a safe location, like a metal tray. Finding reliable ashtrays for your charcoal is essential. Avoid the hassle of dealing with hot coals by using Aeolis Charcoal Holder, a premium ashtray that could be a beautiful addition to your hookah setup.
How do I clean my tongs?
You can clean your tongs by washing them with soap and water. If your tongs tips are dirty, you may need to soak the tips in vinegar or lemon juice overnight, just make sure not to damage your beautiful wooden handle with chemicals.
P.S. If you are using Vestara tongs, you can simply wipe them with a cloth once they are cool. This will help you retain their natural beauty.
Where can I buy hookah tongs for my charcoal?
You can purchase tongs for your charcoal at most hookah stores or online. At Kaloud, we offer a collection of tongs that are perfect for use with hookah charcoal. We created our tongs from high-quality materials , with the user in mind and they are built to last!