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Cleaning Calabash acquisition

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    I just acquired my first Calabash pipe from a local antique store.
    I’ve read that you’re supposed to take off the Meer bowl to clean the gourd.
    I’m kinda afraid to take it off cause I don’t want to break the pipe.
    I was wondering if I could use a retort to clean it?

    Rico

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    Just a word of caution from my experience. I got a Calabash off ebay a while ago and used the salt trick to clean the bowl and it cracked

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    Hi shutterbugg:

    Ya, I read somewhere that you can't use the salt/alcohol bowl sweetening method on Meer.
    If I I'll post the reference link.
    Was it a fatal or was it repairable?

    Rico

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    I have cleaned/sterilized the stem & it came out great.
    Haven't done anything to the rest of the pipe.
    Waiting while I do some research.
    It is a gourd pipe, so I want to be very careful with what I do.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips?

    Rico

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    OK, now I'm confused.
    I've been reading and some say take off the Meer bowl and clean inside the gourd.
    Others say you don't have to

    I did get it from an antique shop, so I don't know it's condition.
    Do I clean inside the gourd or do I leave it?

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    You should try to carefully remove the bowl. Probably the inside is black and tarry. Not sure the best way to clean a gourd. I might try a toothbrush to loosen the dirt/tar. I'd be wary of using too much alcohol, not sure what effect that may have on the gourd, but perhaps a little on said toothbrush should be OK. Then wipe inside with a lint-free microfiber towel, these can be had in packs at Home Depot or Lowe's. Some may say go ahead and smoke it, but I would be inclined to clean it myself.

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    Now the the Big Question:
    How do I remove the bowl?

    Rico

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