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Old November 1st, 2008, 07:21 AM
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Default Boiling Egyptian clay bowls

So I heard Dunkel say he heard some people do it, since Egyptian bowls are so cheap here I thought what the heck. I cleaned it as much as I could, then boiled some water in a stainless steel utensil, then dropped the bowl and let it boil for a few minutes.

The verdict? Nothing bad happened. The water turned blood red which means all the shisha juice and glycerine are boiled off the bowl. Still have to smoke using it to see what's up.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Default Re: Boiling Egyptian clay bowls

good idea. but I think my egyptian clay bowl is beyond saving. It has a hard, black ring of burnt stuffaround the outer edge that would need to be chipped off w/a chissel. Considering they'e only $3 a piece I should just grab another.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 09:49 AM
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does it give away bad taste to have burned shisha glycerin or whatever it is left opn ur bowl?
I had a favourite bowl for like two years.. Clay bowl.. So it was verydeep and wide so after a very long time , w/a cleaning it also got this burnt stuff around the edge like a half inch thick.. But it didnt seem to bother me then.. Still worked good
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Old November 1st, 2008, 10:08 AM
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Default Re: Boiling Egyptian clay bowls

just try an abrasive sponge. .or just leave it in water with baking soda and vinegar for a while. . . .t wilmake th smell go away

It's what i do with my hookah parts before putting them away for storage
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Old November 1st, 2008, 10:28 AM
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just try an abrasive sponge. .or just leave it in water with baking soda and vinegar for a while. . . .t wilmake th smell go away

It's what i do with my hookah parts before putting them away for storage
i'd imagine this method helps clean out all the residue on the inside the bowl, which would be extremely hard to get rid of with a brush. interesting that the boiling water removed a lot of the extra stuff, i'll have to try this if my bowl ever gets too dirty but i usually rinse it out after every few uses and have only had it for about 6 months thus far. i think i've got a little while to go before i'll give this a shot
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Old November 1st, 2008, 10:44 AM
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I've never had a problem w/taste or anything like that. Still works like a charm!
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Old November 1st, 2008, 11:30 AM
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it will always work fine, the "clay" is fired so it is really ceramics, you wont put water back into it.

as to getting the back ring off take a scotch brite pad to it and if that plus boiling and a scrub after dosent get it off, you should really start cleaning your bowl better when your done
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thanks, I'm pretty sure I know how to clean my bowl.LOL. I'm saying I'm not too concerned w/the issue.
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I immerse mine in a vinegar/water solution for half a day (it's just convenient I pop it in the solution before I go to bed then rinse the following day) then put it through several water rinsing cycles. Once I started doing that it's all hookah happiness at my house.
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Has anybody tried using isopropyl/rubbing alcohol? works fine on glass...IdK about clay or metal tho?
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Has anybody tried using isopropyl/rubbing alcohol? works fine on glass...IdK about clay or metal tho?
I tried cleaning with ethyl alcohol (ethanol). It worked OK but it would get expensive using that regularly. I don't use isopropyl because I don't like the additives.
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Has anybody tried using isopropyl/rubbing alcohol? works fine on glass...IdK about clay or metal tho?
it would work but lemon juice or vinegar will work just as well when soaking it. also a scotch brite pad will get basically any and all junk off unless it has imbedded in a small divot or deep scratch

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I mean I know Isopropyl should take out most residue but that makes sense. If natural lemon juice or even vinegar works just as well then I'd rather stick with the natural stuff. Lets face it your going to end up smoking whats left behind... Thanks Kalkail and Mattathayde!
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I mean I know Isopropyl should take out most residue but that makes sense. If natural lemon juice or even vinegar works just as well then I'd rather stick with the natural stuff. Lets face it your going to end up smoking whats left behind... Thanks Kalkail and Mattathayde!
if you rinse it nothing should be left, its ceramics, its not going to absorb much if anything (and it would probably take weeks and weeks to get it to start absorbing anything at all)

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Default Re: Boiling Egyptian clay bowls

I would imagine a non coated clay bowl would not work with that then again maybe.
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it shouldnt matter, all bowls are fired (thus changing it from "clay" to "ceramics" ) i am almost positive you cannot reclaim ceramics into clay after it has been fired, at least just by soaking it in a liquid. i mean eventually you probably could and with the right chemicals but i wouldnt be worried at all with any of these listed

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