How to Clean a Proto Pipe

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The proto pipe is renowned for its innovative design features. But with all the tiny holes, it can be rather difficult to clean. No one likes to smoke from a dirty pipe, so it's important to keep it clean. More importantly, a pipe can become clogged, making it nearly impossible to draw a hit. Follow these steps and you'll have a clean and ready-to-use proto pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Small bowl
  • Paper clip
  • Your proto pipe came with a hard steel poker on the side. If the poker is still intact, use it to poke through the pipe, breaking up the resin that has formed along the insides of your pipe.

  • If you lost your poker, you can make a simple substitution using a paperclip. Paperclips have three bends in them. Simply unfold the outer two bends in the paper clip and you will have a straight poker with a small handle at the end. Use this in place of the proto pipe poker and in hard-to-reach places.

  • After you've loosened the resin, tap the pipe gently to dislodge it.

  • Place the proto pipe in shallow bowl and cover with the isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Allow it to sit for at least one hour. Occasionally, you'll need to pick up the pipe, close the ends, and shake the alcohol around inside the pipe. The rubbing alcohol will break down the resin that is stuck to the inside of your pipe.

  • Remove the proto pipe from alcohol bath, pouring any excess alcohol back into the bowl. Use your proto pipe poker and paperclip poker to scrape away at the remaining resin. If needed, you can disassemble the pipe to get to those tricky corners.

  • When satisfied with the level of cleanliness, reassemble the proto pipe and continue normal use.

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