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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:18 PM
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Hey,

I recently bought a new 10" hookah. I was really looking forward to trying it out, but now I am getting this strange taste coming from it - a rubbery taste. I know what it is from though, my hookah has a rubber nozel that fits into the bottom of the clay bowl at the top to help with air flow



and it has a rubber seal at base grommet.

(http://www.maharajahookah.com/images...kah-rubber.jpg).

Both of which smell really rubbery. It washed it with lemon, baking soda and warm water and scrubbed the rubber pieces. But it didn't help. Is there anything I can do about this to get rid of the rubber taste?




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I actually haven't even attempted smoking through it yet. I have yet to even light anything on it. Because when I opened up the box I could instantly smell the rubber. And when I took off the glass base - the smell from the base grommet was just as powerful. I hooked up the hose and just took a few breaths through it to see if the taste would acompany the smell. And it did. It was at this point I washed it all.. but the smell still lingers. It is just cheap rubber you think?

Can I buy bowl grommets from smoke shops that sell hookah?

The bowl itself has about a 2 inch width.

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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:21 PM
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Default Re: Rubber taste coming from new hookah?

the base grommet shouldnt affect anything. Its the bowl grommet. when it heats up its giving you that taste. you need to replace that grommet.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:30 PM
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How big is your bowl? How large of a coal are you using? A 10" hookah is very small, you may be over heating the grommet.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:31 PM
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Well I actually haven't even attempted smoking through it yet. I have yet to even light anything on it. Because when I opened up the box I could instantly smell the rubber. And when I took off the glass base - the smell from the base grommet was just as powerful. I hooked up the hose and just took a few breaths through it to see if the taste would acompany the smell. And it did. It was at this point I washed it all.. but the smell still lingers. It is just cheap rubber you think?

Can I buy bowl grommets from smoke shops that sell hookah?

The bowl itself has about a 2 inch width.

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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:31 PM
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try changing the grommet out, if you don't have an extra grommet use some paper towel or electric tape as a replacement. See if the taste is still there, if not then then you found the problem.

also, try cleaning the grommet, rinse it under hot water and try soaking it in baking soda or even vinegar, it might remove the smell/taste.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 09:33 PM
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Even when I'm breathing in through the hookah without anything burning - it still has this rubber taste. It is just cheap rubber you think?

Can I buy bowl grommets from smoke shops that sell hookah?

Also - the base grommet also has that very powerful rubber smell to it without anything even burning.
You can definitely buy new grommets at smoke shops.

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try changing the grommet out, if you don't have an extra grommet use some paper towel or electric tape as a replacement. See if the taste is still there, if not then then you found the problem.

also, try cleaning the grommet, rinse it under hot water and try soaking it in baking soda or even vinegar, it might remove the smell/taste.
Have you used electric tape? I wouldn't recommend it, it will melt at a lower temp than the grommet will. I completely agree with paper towel though.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:05 PM
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Ok, I'll try soaking it in vinegar. If it does not improve the taste/smell of it then I will buy some new ones at a smoke shop, or I will try the paper towel idea.

I'll let you know how it turns out!
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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:27 PM
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Ok, I'll try soaking it in vinegar. If it does not improve the taste/smell of it then I will buy some new ones at a smoke shop, or I will try the paper towel idea.

I'll let you know how it turns out!
Good luck.
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Old March 9th, 2010, 01:30 AM
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i would try smoking it first. you might find that even though it seems like a strong sent now, it really doesnt come through in the smoke.
give the washing a shot, then try this.
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Default Re: Rubber taste coming from new hookah?

A lot of the time the hose has a little bit of a rubber to taste. Light up a couple hookahs with strong flavor and see what happens after a couple times. Usually I have to smoke something on the stronger side to "break in" the hose.

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Sound like your heating up the bowl grommet
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You want to delete the first link out of your post. You can get banned for that.
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No. They carry... Uh... Things we'd rather not associate with in this community.
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Default Re: Rubber taste coming from new hookah?

My QT had the same problem with the base grommet, a strong rubber/bbq smell. Just smoke some really strong stuff the first couple of bowls and it'll be ok.
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Why don't you just try and smoke out of it first, you might not even be able to taste/smell that rubber.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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Default Re: Rubber taste coming from new hookah?

Like some have suggested already, I would try smoking out of it first to see if the rubber taste still lingers. And not just one bowl either, sometimes the hose has a rubbery smell and taste if it is new, so I would clean that out first and then smoke a few bowls before getting a new grommet. If, after you've broken it in and the smell is still there, I would get a new grommet, or try taking a coal off of it.
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