Hookah Kaloud : Answers to the most frequently asked questions

How it works, how to use it... Everything you need to know about the most popular Heat Management Device in the Hookah

Do you smoke Hookah and have questions about how to prepare with Kaloud? Mistersmoke has the answers! Discover below all the answers to your questions, our advice and our tips for smoking with Kaloud. Click on one of the links to go directly to the question that interests you.

  1. What is a Kaloud? What is it for, how does it work?
  2. Choose your model of Heat Management Device "Kaloud".
  3. Which Bowl to choose?
  4. Which charcoal to use with a Kaloud? Can you use self-igniting coal?
  5. How to light the coal for Kaloud?
  6. Kaloud open or closed? When to open the bonnet?
  7. How to clean your Kaloud?
  8. The price of a Kaloud
  9. Kaloud or Brohood? What is the difference?

| Definition : What is a Kaloud?


Increasingly popular with hookah smokers, the Kaloud is a Heat Management Device for Hookah that is simple to use but extremely clever. Intense heat, ease of use and a big smoke are the qualities that stand out the most when talking about this little accessory. Designed in the United States by the brand Kaloud Lotus, this device consists of two parts: a holder into which you insert your charcoal and a rotating lid with a handle. The latter allows you to adjust the flow of incoming air, thus ensuring perfect combustion of the natural coal cubes. Unlike the Brohood system, it is designed to replace aluminium foil and is placed directly on your Bowl filled with tobacco. No aluminium with a Kaloud!

Which Kaloud to choose?


Kaloud est un terme généralisé qui désigne en réalité le premier système de chauffe sorti sur le marché. Il s’agit de la marque américaine Kaloud Lotus qui a sorti le Kaloud Lotus 1, Kaloud Lotus 2, Le One Plus ou plus récemment le Kaloud Noir. Depuis sa sortie, de nombreuses marques comme Amy Deluxe, Skull ou encore Tsar s’en sont inspiré pour créer leur propre système de chauffe. Véritable Kaloud ou système de chauffe similaire ont tous le même principe de fonctionnement cité et expliqué précédemment. Des différences vont s’observer parfois au niveau des matériaux utilisés, du design et par conséquent sur le prix. En fonction de vos envies mais surtout de votre budget, vous pourrez alors soi vous diriger vers le produit original ou vers un système de chauffe chicha avec couvercle comme le Skull Power ou encore le Tsar Booster.  Vous êtes adapte des sessions de courte durée et recherchez un Kaloud ne nécessitant que 1 charbon ? Optez pour le système de chauffe Octopuz Plankton !

| Find a compatible Bowl


Il existe une multitude de foyers pour Kaloud. Toutes les marques de narguilé ont au moins un foyer compatible dans sa gamme de produit. Parmi les plus célèbre on trouve le fameux foyer Cascada, le foyer Ferris par Hookah John on encore le Ramses Isis V2. Vous en trouverez de tous les styles et dans tous les matériaux. Très souvent fabriqués en terre cuite, il se décline désormais dans de nombreux matériaux. Vous pouvez par exemple utiliser votre Kaloud avec foyer en verre comme le Foyer DUM. Mistersmoke a réuni les meilleurs foyers pour kaloud.

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Can you put self-igniting charcoal in a kalud?


Il ne faut JAMAIS utiliser de charbon auto-allumant (type Three Kings) dans un système de chauffe ! Tout système de chauffe “type Kaloud” (Tsar Booster ou encore Oduman Ignis) ne s’utilise qu’avec du charbon naturel. Certaines marques ont même tout spécialement conçu un type de charbon spécialement dédié à ce type de dispositif comme le célèbre FRESH COCO et son charbon en forme de triangle. Vous pouvez également vous diriger vers le charbon King Coco ou encore le charbon TSAR 26 mm.

How to light the coal for Kaloud?


When using this type of Heat Management Device, it is imperative to use natural Hookah charcoal. This charcoal, which is mainly made of coconut husk, is more difficult to light than a self-igniting charcoal because of its natural composition. You will not be able to light kaludo charcoal without a plate, with a simple lighter. You will need a Coal heater (electric or gas) to light your natural kalud charcoal.

Kaloud: Open or closed?


This is the most common question asked by beginner smokers with the Heat Management Device kaloud. Should the lid be left on during the session or not? Then the answer is YES, but mainly at the beginning of the session. After you have placed your natural charcoal cubes, they must raise the temperature of your tobacco. It is therefore essential to leave the lid on so that enough heat can build up. After a few minutes you can remove the cover.

| How to clean your Heat Management Device ?


How do you clean your Kaloud without fear of damaging it? We can only advise you to do as little as possible! Even though most Kaloud heating systems are made of resistant stainless steel, some cleaning products can be corrosive and damage the material. Cleaning with water and a soft sponge and drying thoroughly is sufficient. One last tip to keep your Heat Management Device as long as possible: NEVER preheat your kalud. This will not add anything to your preparation and may also damage your Heat Management Device.

The price of a Kaloud

One of the most frequently asked questions is: How much does a Kaloud cost? If you want to invest in the real American Heat Management Device Kaloud Lotus, you will have to pay around 50 euros depending on the model (version). Although the price may be surprising, it is partly justified by the quality of the materials used and the manufacturing method. For those on a tighter budget, fortunately for you, many other brands now offer their own Heat Management Device with prices ranging from €29 for the Tsar Booster or the Oduman Ignis Venus to around €35 for the Na Grani HMD.

Kaloud or Brohood?


Il est quasiment impossible de répondre à cette question tant ces systèmes de chauffe sont différents ! Hormis réguler la chauffe du charbon à chicha, ces deux dispositifs ont un principe de fonctionne différent, ne s’utilisent pas avec la même foyer et n’offrent pas le même ressenti pendant la session. Pour découvrir les points forts et points faibles de chacun de ces appareils, n’hésitez pas à consulter notre dossier complet “Kaloud ou Brohood ? Choisir son système de chauffe“. Et aussi…

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