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Old March 17th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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Default Q: Where did this brass is better heat-wise thing come from?

I admit I haven't really done my research, but lately people have been promoting brass hookahs because they handle heat better? By this I assume they mean it doesnt conduct as much...because you don't want your hookah to get hot.

I guess I don't really have conductivity figures. But brass is made out of mostly copper which is an incredibly good conductor, and i think the remainder is zinc? Steel is not that great of a conductor.

Now i know alloying metals decreases their conductivity, but still, i don't see how brass can be so much worse at conducting that steel?

Unless the argument is not based on the material at all, but just the density of molecules? Heat transfer is slower when there are more molecules to "heat" up?

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