Re: Nothing is working anymore
Lo MikeHookah I know what you are saying I live in South Africa as well.
Both hookahs you have are Chinese Knockoffs. Go tho Bruma Flea Market and see the Egyptian Guy (first hookah kiosk when you enter and go straight on your left) he has some Egyptian stainless steel hookahs. They are traditionally chambered and smoke fine. I was lucky in finding 4 solid brass old Hookah Stems. Next get some Plastic tubing from Hardware store and make your own hose there is no washable hoses here just the el cheapo stuff. Go to the nakhla shop around the corner there and get some fresh Nakhla there.
As to your problems with the Chinese I think the hose is rusted and the hearts are rusted out.
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