Re: Q: Where did this brass is better heat-wise thing come from?
Well there are many different types of brass Yellow Brass, Red Brass, Copper Brass, Copper Red Brass. All of which contain different amounts of Copper, Zinc and Tin. And, who knows what syrians are really made out of, it could be some cheap alloy that is used to help reduce costs, or some old brass recipe that is used primarily for brass hookahs. Also, about the heat with copper stuff releasing gasses...Some syrians have a different material used for the top portion of the stem where it screws on top of the tray, Mine does at least, and it could be for that reason. It still feels like brass, but possibly a different material, or from a different batch of metal.