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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:12 PM
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Default Boiling Tangiers and Chinese phunnel bowls

Hello,

My bowls are gunked beyond repair LOL. Black burnt stuff is so sticky, tried a rough sponge and liquid dish soap, still nothing and it makes smoking sessions taste like crap.

So, I boiled an Egyptian clay bowl before, this time, I boiled 5 (2 chinese, 3 tangiers) bowls.

To learn from previous experience, I did the following:
[LIST][*]Used a bigger cooking utensil, so the bowl is completely submerged.[*]Added LOTS of liquid dish soap to the water, I figured water by itself won't de-gunk much of the sticky stuff.[*]Boiled for a much longer time, about an hour or something.[/LIST]Verdict? All bowls except one are completely degunked, I used my fingers to scrub off the remnants, they came off easier than ever.

Btw, let me go off topic and say that chinese is better than tangiers, burnt tobacco tends to not stick to them like tangiers.



Warning: let the bowls cool off in the cooking utensil before rinsing them, otherwise they might crack because of the sudden big change in temperature.

Now I can use my bowls again, nice and easy

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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:21 PM
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Ah very nice Ahmad! I need to degunk my Vortex bowl as the cone is a bit stopped up. I will try this method
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:11 PM
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Very Nice, I feel this might be the trick for my MYA bowl that has the unglazed middle - we will see after exams!
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:51 PM
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You can also use a very fine grit sandpaper, think along the lines of 1000 or more, and you can wet sand the gunk off, it works and you can also use some soapy water or boil it after, to get it squeaky clean, but be careful you don't sand it off too much.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 02:07 PM
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Btw, let me go off topic and say that chinese is better than tangiers, burnt tobacco tends to not stick to them like tangiers.
glad to hear your verdict on this; I just ordered a chinese one and was starting to wonder if I made a mistake
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Old December 6th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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i use a metal wooly and all the bowls i have are pretty clean. boiling them may be a good idea anyhow though
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the green scrub pads for like 30cents work perfect for this.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 09:38 PM
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wonder if I can boil my mnh scalli mod aswell. its pretty thin, what do you guys think?
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i boiled that thing every time i used it. it works.
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how about my mnh jet funnel.. theres no risk for it to crack or something right?
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Just be sure to not give it a thermal shock. Put it in the room temperature water and boil the water with the bowl in it. After that wait till the bowl cools down to a room temperature in the water too. Thats it. Takes a little time, but there shouldn't be any problem.
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alright thanks krampi
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When I boil my phunnels I use baking soda and it works everytime.
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My experience is opposite yours actually. My Chinese one gets shit gunked up on it constantly, and my Phunnels stay clean so I don't even have to boil them like I did my Chinese.
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I soak bowls in hot water but never boil anything. After I scrub with a scratchy sponge and rise I soak the bowls in alcohol for an hour or so to get the odor out. I then let them soak in cool water for about 30 minutes before letting them dry.
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Just boiled my bowls works great

Thanks for the tip
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You can also use a very fine grit sandpaper, think along the lines of 1000 or more, and you can wet sand the gunk off, it works and you can also use some soapy water or boil it after, to get it squeaky clean, but be careful you don't sand it off too much.
Gotta try that, but I am afraid I might end up sanding off the glaze

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i use a metal wooly and all the bowls i have are pretty clean. boiling them may be a good idea anyhow though
Trust me mine were gunked with burnt stuff beyond that. I tried metal wooly and it did nothing.

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the green scrub pads for like 30cents work perfect for this.
See comment above. Mine were burnt badly, the scrub pad did not do zelch. I abused my bowls pretty bad

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wonder if I can boil my mnh scalli mod aswell. its pretty thin, what do you guys think?
Yes, as long as it made of glass or clay or some heat tolerant material.

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how about my mnh jet funnel.. theres no risk for it to crack or something right?
Put it in lukewarm water, boil it with the water (do not dip in hot boiling water), then when it is done with boiling, leave it there to cool off with the water (removing it could expose it to much cooler room temp which might crack it or shatter it), then after the water is cold enough, remove the bowls and rinse them.


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Just be sure to not give it a thermal shock. Put it in the room temperature water and boil the water with the bowl in it. After that wait till the bowl cools down to a room temperature in the water too. Thats it. Takes a little time, but there shouldn't be any problem.
Ditto

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When I boil my phunnels I use baking soda and it works everytime.
Gotta try that next time instead of the soap.

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My experience is opposite yours actually. My Chinese one gets shit gunked up on it constantly, and my Phunnels stay clean so I don't even have to boil them like I did my Chinese.
I said chinese phunnels, not chinese clay. Did u mean that?

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I soak bowls in hot water but never boil anything. After I scrub with a scratchy sponge and rise I soak the bowls in alcohol for an hour or so to get the odor out. I then let them soak in cool water for about 30 minutes before letting them dry.
Damn it Hajo, u always come up with sophisticated answers to anybody's problem
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You can also use a very fine grit sandpaper, think along the lines of 1000 or more, and you can wet sand the gunk off, it works and you can also use some soapy water or boil it after, to get it squeaky clean, but be careful you don't sand it off too much.

Gotta try that, but I am afraid I might end up sanding off the glaze

Don't worry about it too much, just wet-sand it, dip the sandpaper in water, and sand a little, then dip it in water again, and repeat as necessary, until you are happy with the results.
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