It's not the purge that sticks, guys.
It's the ball bearing in the hose port. The removal is a problem because it has a small metal rod that goes across the hose port to keep the ball bearing in place (in the lower portion of the port).
Is this ball bearing even necessary? Do I need it to autoseal since it's only a single hose hookah? I don't want to snip it and then find it doesn't smoke.
I was reading about the airsoft bb fix but don't think I can apply it here in this case with much luck since the ball bearing does not come free from the hose port.
@Colter: How did your friend torch it? And did he have a similar problem with the hose port threading fusing in place or is this just a general suggestion for these garbage SS pieces?