Re: What is up with stems on hookahs?
I have noticed the same issue of the stem not going far enough into the base.. I added a defuser on mine to extend the stem a bit.. I find on some hookahs the stem is so high up that u have to fill the water too high and it splashes the water up into where the hose connects... this rusts a non washable hose much faster.
just my opinion.. not all hookahs have the short stem.