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by Wade Hill
August 13, 2017
Hookah bowls - arguably one of the most important aspects of a session. It's safe to say that without them, the session wouldn't even exist. In this day and age of high quality bowls hitting the market left and right, bowls are even more in the spotlight now than ever. With so many bowls floating around, it has to be asked: how does one take care of a bowl? We've all seen micro-fractures - the little cracks in the glaze on a bowl. While this does create an almost beautiful pattern effect on your bowl, it isn't good for it, as juice can leak into the bowl itself, between the cracks, and seep into the clay. It can take a while, but this is why you see many different bowls "bleeding" after a good session. The juice is leaking out, and therefore isn't being smoked - which is what you want! Today, we're going to be talking a little bit about how to avoid this, and what kinds of steps you can take to keep this from plaguing your sessions.
Let Your Bowls Cool
This is easily the biggest mistake that I see people make when it comes to caring for their hookah bowls. Once your session is done, let your bowl cool down before washing. Don't plunge a hot bowl into a sink, as this is the number one cause for micro-fracturing. When the glaze is exposed to such a rapid change in temperature, it causes it to fracture. While it usually starts small, once a bowl is cracked, it's near impossible to fix, so the best thing you can do is avoid doing this habit altogether.
Keep them Clean!
My biggest pet peeve when it comes to bowls is seeing a bowl that has never been cleaned. Take a Brillo pad, or a pad of steel wool, and scrape that black nonsense off of your bowls. This char buildup can hinder foiling bowls, especially if it comes to the rim of the bowl.
Another less frequent thing that I don't see people doing is cleaning the inside of their bowls. A pretty simple practice, simply take your stem brush and run it through the inside of your bowl once in a while. You'll be shocked at what comes out, especially if you're a heavy foil smoker.
Pull, don't Push!
The third and final tip that I can convey to you in regards to keeping your bowls safe and happy is actually a tip that I picked up from /u/m2i5k6e6 off of Reddit in what feels like forever ago. When you're putting your bowl onto your hookah, don't push it on from the top, as this can cause the port of the bowl to crack. Rather, pull it from the base, onto the hookah. This helps with keeping your bowl in one piece, and it's something that I wish I had known towards the beginning of my smoking career (RIP Egyptian bowl, gone but never forgotten).
Taking care of your bowls is a relatively easy process, and it's something that only benefits you in the long run. With these easy steps, your bowls will last for years to come. And with as many of you that I see with these expensive Stone and Mason bowls, you had best be taking care of your bowls, otherwise I'm coming for you. Stop bowl abuse. Give them good homes. What do you think? Are there any tips that I missed? Are there any ways that you specifically take care of your bowls? Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing your thoughts, and I especially love having a conversation about them! As always guys, thank you so much for reading, and happy smokes!
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