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Old September 27th, 2008, 03:00 AM
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Default Rust in the stem.

So i was getting a funky taste in my hookah. Long story short it wasn't the hose, and the stem looked rather gunked up. I was told by someone to wash it out with baking soda, water, and lemon juice or vinegar. That's what i did, and a week later the inside of the stem is ridden with rust. In the 6 months i've had this, it's never rusted until i used baking soda and vinegar on it.

So my question is, i obviously can't get all that rust off 100%, but if i clean it out best i can are there any health risks in smoking out of it? It's not COVERED in rust, i could probably get a good 90% of it cleaned off. Most of it's on the downstem area, near the two holes below the hookah where the smoke's drawn in.

I'm pretty sure this is a stupid question, but flavor issues aside since i don't think that will be a problem if i clean it well, are there any health risks on smoking with a little bit of rust in the stem? I know i'll get a lot of 'maybe probably' answers, but i looked on google and such and the best i could find was if you ingest rust. Nothing on smoking out of material with rust on it...
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Old September 27th, 2008, 04:23 AM
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Default Re: Rust in the stem.

Shouldn't be a problem unless u inhale the rust, yet i'm wondering how you'd be able not to when puffing...
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Old September 27th, 2008, 04:41 AM
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Shouldn't be a problem unless u inhale the rust, yet i'm wondering how you'd be able not to when puffing...
dahadurrrrr, what?
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Old September 27th, 2008, 07:31 AM
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Default Re: Rust in the stem.

Get an actual rust cleaner and use that on the inside. Should strip all the nasty out. Make sure to wash the bloody hell out of it after though.

I would not smoke from a rusty hooakh. Not only could there be health risks but it is going to ruin any flavor you try.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 07:33 AM
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Default Re: Rust in the stem.

WD-40 the hell out of that hookah !
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Old September 27th, 2008, 11:11 AM
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WD-40 the hell out of that hookah !
That's what i was thinking. I'm holding off on smoking it, even after when i'm going to clean it, just to get a few second opinions on if any residential rust that i can't reach or can't clean off would be a problem at all.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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what's WD-40
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Old September 27th, 2008, 12:21 PM
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what's WD-40
http://www.google.com/search?q=wd-40

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Welcome to the official site for WD-40, the product that protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture, and lubricates
It's very greasy though, and has quite a smell to it. I'd really have to wash my hookah good when i decide to do this, to make sure i don't get any of that taste while i'm smoking.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 12:29 PM
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Default Re: Rust in the stem.

I don't think WD-40 would remove rust so well. You need something abrasive like brillo or steel wool.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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yeah...wd40 would just poison you and the hookah. that stuff never comes off. you really need a steel wooly. just attach one really well to a straightened clothes hanger then go crazy
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Old September 27th, 2008, 12:51 PM
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Default Re: Rust in the stem.

use the scotchbrite home made stem brush and just scrub it, all the rust will come out. if it rusted after you used the lemon juice and baking soda it means you didnt clean it out well probably or the metal was junky and/or had a cheap coating that cot stripped off or a combination there of.

dont use wd 40 and i would not use an industrial rust cleaner, good old abrasion will do the trick

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Old September 27th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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Alright, now the tricky part is going to be arranging some steel wool around a stick or something to fit in the stem of my hookah. It's hard because it's not one straight line

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Wish me luck, haha.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 10:59 PM
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take hanger, undo said hanger to a straight piece of wire, get scotch brite pads, cut said pads in to strips, fold wire in half, place piece of pad at end, twist wire to hold it, move up a few inches, repeat.

scotch brite works as well as steel wool for the most part and doesnt rust
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