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Old July 4th, 2017, 06:14 PM
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I am not new to hookahs although I have been away from them for a spell. I want to return with a new hookah. I still have one of my original hookahs, what make and model it is I do not know.

The question I have has to do with the internal design. Does anyone know of a hookah that has a smooth bore from top to bottom? The hookah I have is made from cast metal which means the internal bore is quite rough which makes it a tremendous pain to clean and deodorize, no matter what size brush I use. The base is threaded to the vase. The stem and the base are cast. The down stem is a smooth pipe section. The three pieces all thread together. Does such a hookah exist that the ID of all three pieces is smooth? I ask purely for maintenance reasons.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 06:29 PM
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I think most pipes are smooth if I'm understanding your question correctly
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Old July 4th, 2017, 06:40 PM
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Yes, Fred is correct. Modern versions of "solid" pipes are rarely completely solid as the price of brass has increased, which has lead to designs incorporating a center pipe surrounded by cast sections that have been soldered together.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 06:43 PM
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Ok, here's a picture to help with my question. On my current hookah the pipe stem and the base were manufactured using a casting process which left the bore on the inside very rough and in some places not quite straight. The filter pipe is exactly that, a threaded pipe. I am looking for a hookah where the bore of the pipe stem and base are as smooth as the filter pipe. For example, if the bore of the two pieces in question were drilled through solid metal.
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Old July 4th, 2017, 06:48 PM
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So a newer pipe may be smooth on the inside? So my best bet would be to go to the local smoke shop and look at one in person? I was looking to order one online but if that's what I have to do to satisfy my requirements I may have to just do that.
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So a newer pipe may be smooth on the inside? So my best bet would be to go to the local smoke shop and look at one in person? I was looking to order one online but if that's what I have to do to satisfy my requirements I may have to just do that.
Yes, a solid pipe today will have a "smooth" ( copper or stainless) inner tube and downstem.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 07:21 AM
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Most new pipes will be smooth. If you really value ease of maintenance, you can go for a modern stainless hookah. In terms of being straight, smooth and easy to maintain they are pretty much all you want.
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Just troll eBay for old brass. They last forever.
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