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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:44 PM
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Angry Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

Lately when i've been smoking, my hookah was REALLY hard to drag from. I tried cleaning the hookah stem, thoroughly cleaning the hose, made absolutely sure it wasn't how i was packing the bowl... and today i found the problem.

Here's a picture for easy reference, so you know where i'm talking about.



I've narrowed the clog down to the part i circled in green. I can look through the stem (From A to D) just fine, no clogs there. I look down the hose port (B) with a flashlight and nothing seems to be clogging it.

When i cover D with my finger, and blow in the hookah through A, it is EXTREMELY hard to blow through. So i'm led to believe there's a clog.



Here's what i've tried so far:
-Running water through it
-Running really hot water with lemon juice through it
-Putting a pretty long pipe cleaner through the (It doesn't go all the way, seems to get stuck on something metal)

So... i've run out of ideas. I'm just not sure what to do. For the record i have a 13" egyptian pumpkin hookah i got somewhere in Atlantic City, and it hit amazing for about 4 months before this clog happened.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:57 PM
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Default Re: Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

Use a piece of wire(hanger) narrow enough to fit in the openings of the hose port and the same port on the underside. See if you can knock what ever it is loose. Might give you an idea of what it might be.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:06 PM
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Default Re: Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

If you cover D with your fingwer and blow through A it should be hard to blow through! LOL That would be like covering one end of a straw and trying to draw through it. Not going to happen. Has to be something else wrong with it.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:14 PM
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Default Re: Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

Take a Q tip, and clean the heart out with it, aka the part that c and d go lead to.
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If you cover D with your fingwer and blow through A it should be hard to blow through! LOL That would be like covering one end of a straw and trying to draw through it. Not going to happen. Has to bie something else wrong with it.
I think he is saying his "heart" is clogged. If this is a common chamber, then just let it soak in lemon juice and baking soda for a while, then give it a good cleaning w/a narrow brush and rinse w/hot water. If there is only one passage from the hoseport to the vase then try cleaning that.good luck.
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If you cover D with your fingwer and blow through A it should be hard to blow through! LOL That would be like covering one end of a straw and trying to draw through it. Not going to happen. Has to be something else wrong with it.
.... Wow. Now i just feel like a dumbass. This is why it's a bad idea that the time i've been smoking hookah i've never really tried to figure out how it worked. I can start looking for the next problem here, i guess i'll find a reallllllllly long pipe cleaner and see if it's something in the hose, because i can blow through it fine. Although i still suspect it's a clog in the heart part. I'll give abu ronin's idea a try and leave it soaking overnight, see if anything comes up tomorrow when i clean it.
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.... Wow. Now i just feel like a dumbass. This is why it's a bad idea that the time i've been smoking hookah i've never really tried to figure out how it worked. I can start looking for the next problem here, i guess i'll find a reallllllllly long pipe cleaner and see if it's something in the hose, because i can blow through it fine. Although i still suspect it's a clog in the heart part. I'll give abu ronin's idea a try and leave it soaking overnight, see if anything comes up tomorrow when i clean it.
Maybe the metal ball in the purge valve is stuck? Have you checked that out yet?
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hmm either close up ever other hole and blow so it pops out try a hanger or sumthing to get it.. or maybe some like really hot water to losin it up other that that idk..
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:57 AM
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Clean the purge valve, just for the sake of cleaning it. Otherwise, it may be just your hose. If not, try puttin the hose on the hose port? and blow thru that. It's probably that thats clogged.
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Default Re: Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

I've checked the purge, all seems to be fine in there. I did leave it soaking in my sink in water and baking soda overnight, it seems a LOT of stuff got shaken loose in doing that, a lot of crap came out of it. A few pretty large chunks, which i'm pretty sure had something to do with the clog, because i just set up a bowl of cherry and it's smoking great again!

I HAD to narrow it down to the heart area of the stem, because that's the only place where i cannot physically see or test to see if it's clogged, and i guess that's what it was. I hope that doesn't happen again, lol. I'm still surprised at how much crap in there got knocked loose with soaking it. Thanks again everyone, especially abu ronin for your help.
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Default Re: Major clog in hookah stem, running out of ideas...

So is it smoking okay?

If not, throw it out. Or set it aside...
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