How to clean a metal pipe:
In order to keep your new pipe working well, you will need to clean it every once in a while. This is our preferred method on how to clean a metal pipe with a rubber mouthpiece.
- Remove mouthpiece if it’s rubber. We’re working on removable wooden mouthpieces but aren’t there yet.
- Scrape out as much tar and residue as you can from the bowl. I use a paper clip.
- Poke out screen from back end. Again, I use a paper clip for this. (This step can be skipped on the screenless pipe)
- Soak cap and bowl and screen (unless replacing) in isopropyl alcohol (or your favorite cleaner from the head shop) for at least an hour. Some people like to heat the alcohol before use as it does work a little better.
- Remove pipe from cleanser and rinse under hot water. You may need to scrape around walls with a toothpick or paper clip while rinsing.
- If any residue remains, repeat.
- Replace screen and rubber mouthpiece as needed. You can order them here: Brass Screens and Mouth Pieces.
Wood mouthpiece models should not be soaked. Other than that cleaning method is similar. Remove as much of the gunk from the bowl as possible, remove the screen and swab the inside of the bowl with an alcohol (or other cleanser) soaked Q tip. You can also poke the cleanser moistened Q tip through the hole on the wood mouthpiece to increase draw.
A pipe cleaner can also be helpful as it’s rigid yet flexible. I use a paper clip and a pipe cleaner.
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