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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:39 PM
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Question Hard to draw in?

Hey guys,

My current set up is a "Mod" hookah, vortex bowl, Al Fakher sour apple, and the hose is some random one i picked up at a market. The hookah is about two years old and it used to draw in like I was breathing normally, no real effort. But lately it's been difficult.

I cleaned it real well last night, about 20 minutes at the sink, hot water, soap, scrubbing, everything. Now I just lit up another bowl of sour apple and it's still hard to draw in.

Any idea what might be clogged?

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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:44 PM
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How are you packing your AF? If it's too dense that can restrict air flow.

Also try taking a draw threw your hose while it's not hooked up to your hookah to see if it's the problem.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:50 PM
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Packing it like i normally do, sprinkled in. The bowl I'm smoking now i made sure to push the shisha a bit away from the holes near the Vortex. And i just disconnected the hose and it breathes normally. Could it be the small hose inside the base that the smoke goes up through? (not sure of the name)
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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:56 PM
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your thinking of the downstem I believe. My guess is either the water level is too high. Or the common chamber is getting gunky and is restricting the flow.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Maybe just pack youre tobacco in the vortex a little looser. What i normally do is just get a toothpick and make a circle around the spire so that there is a space between the holes and the tobacco. Hope this helps
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Old February 7th, 2011, 04:00 PM
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Could be, next time try taking just your stem and sucking threw the top where the bowl is placed (after you clean it) to see if there is any air restriction. Also try checking your purge valve (where the bb is).
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Old February 7th, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Sorry in my previous post I mean HOLES, not HOSE lol. The little holes inside the base near the rubber grommet that the smoke goes through. Do those normally clog up?
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Old February 7th, 2011, 04:15 PM
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Never heard of them doing that, my friend has had the same hookah for 3 years and it still smokes great. If you think that might be the issue then you can get a cheap little bristle brush and run it threw it to at least clean it out and see if that helps.
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Sorry in my previous post I mean HOLES, not HOSE lol. The little holes inside the base near the rubber grommet that the smoke goes through. Do those normally clog up?
that would be the holes that lead to what is more thank likely the common chamber and yes those can clog under certain circumstances. try and run a very small flexible brush or q-tip through them if you can and see if it helps to clean it out
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Old February 7th, 2011, 04:29 PM
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as an experianced user of vortext bowls, you can tell if your vortext bowl needs to be cleaned by whether or not you can still see the paint, if its black all throughout the bowl and thats just the hookah resin then you need to get in there with a bristle brush of some kind and clean all that discolored gunk out of there, you will get much better flavor and airflow, if all else fails check to see if your ball bearings in your hookah need to be lubed, that could also be a problem.
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My Vortex bowl is pretty clean. It's still red over 90% of the bowl. I'll try the cutips through those little holes when i clean in an hour or so. Hope that helps.

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Hey guys just a little update. Looked closer and saw my vortex was clogged with burnt shisha from the inside. I took a small drill bit head (can't remember size) and re-holowed them out by hand. All is well
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clean the chamber and the hoses, pick up some new hoses washables are good, clean the stem as well just clean everything check the water level and poke a decent amount of holes
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Ensure the bungs/seals are doing their job.
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pull the hose off the hose port and take a hit from the hose port, that will eliminate the possibility of a kinked or clogged hose, then we can go from there.
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Hey guys just a little update. Looked closer and saw my vortex was clogged with burnt shisha from the inside. I took a small drill bit head (can't remember size) and re-holowed them out by hand. All is well
good work man!
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