Re: What is up with stems on hookahs?
I don't have that problem with either of my hookahs. They both get inserted to a depth of about 1/2" to 3/4", which is sufficient for them to operate properly. I add ice sometimes to make the smoke cooler if I want or I put the water in the vase and put the vase into the freezer for about 20 minutes before smoking it. That method really works well. Smoke happy.
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