A bowls is an essential component of the hookah or water pipe. The main difference between a silicone brazier and an earthenware bowl concerns the materials used in their manufacture and the resulting characteristics.
- Silicone bowl: A silicone bowl is made of heat-resistant silicone rubber. This material offers good resistance to heat and breakage, making it durable and suitable for hookah use.
- Earthenware bowl: An earthenware brazier is made of clay fired at high temperatures. Clay is a porous material that can absorb moisture and help keep tobacco fresh while smoking.
- Heat retention capacity:
- Silicone bowl: Silicone is a material that has low heat retention capacity. This means that the silicone brazier tends to cool faster than a terracotta brazier. You may need to check and adjust the temperature more frequently during the smoking session.
- Clay bowl: Clay has good heat retention capacity, which means that the terracotta brazier can maintain a constant temperature for a longer period of time. This can allow for a longer smoking session without the need to frequently adjust the temperature.
- Heat transmission:
- Silicone bowl: Silicone has a low heat transmission capacity. This means that the heat generated by burning coal in the bowl may not be evenly distributed in the tobacco. It may be necessary to stir the tobacco during the session to avoid burning or uneven heating.
- Clay bowl: Earthenware has good heat transfer capacity. This allows more even heat distribution in the tobacco, reducing the risk of burns or overheating.
Both types of bowl have their advantages and disadvantages. The silicone bowl may be more durable and easy to clean, but it requires more care in setting the temperature. The earthenware bowl can maintain a constant temperature longer and distribute heat evenly, but it can be fragile and require specific care to prevent breakage.
The choice between a silicone and a clay bowl depends on the smoker’s personal preferences and the desired experience during the hookah session.