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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:55 AM
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Default Broken bowl fix: Good or Bad?

So I go to pack up my first bowl of Nahkla Earl Grey (thanks thehookster for the trade) and I do one of those fumble/attempted-recovery deals where you drop it and try to grab it from above but end up spiking it into the ground instead... Great.

To be honest it didn't fracture the way the last bowl I broke did, it split pretty much into 4 large chunks. I glued it back together with crazy glue and it looks legit enough except for the fractured glazing along the places where it cracked. You guys think it's good/safe to smoke out of? It's honestly the best/most favored bowl I own...

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Mid-sized egyptian clay phunnel bowl (by Ali at Caravan)
broke into 4 fairly large pieces with minimal microscopic shards
stem didn't fracture just the actual exterior of the bowl
glued together with crazyglue brand super glue

ps- i did get to the earl grey via tangiers mini, amaaaazing flavor and very unique... a lot wetter than the other schaharazade I've tried...
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: Broken bowl fix: Good or Bad?

Those Caravan bowls are something different and great for some reason or another. I have one and it smokes differently than my other Egyptian style clay bowls. However, do not smoke out of a bowl you have glued together. The coals will heat the glue and it will likely melt as well as release some nasty fumes. You don't want to be inhaling glue fumes.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Crazy glue is cyanoacrylate. You do not want to inhale the fumes from it when it's heated. Toxic and an irritant. He's dead Jim. Enjoy your other bowls for a while and order another.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:42 AM
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welp that settles that... thanks for the scientific break down...

anyone know how to fix a bowl without using an adhesive that will kill you (I don't intend to try on this bowl it's for future ref)
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:13 PM
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The way that clay works it's nearly impossible to make it food safe after it has been broken and "fixed" because once it's fired the only way to actually bond the pieces together is using epoxy or some other adhesive. The firing process is what seals everything, hardens the clay and makes it safe for heat and use as a hookah bowl.
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