Arizer Solo Wood Stem – Blackwood – Bog Oak – Cocobolo – Granadillo
I began making the Ed’s Wooden Arizer Solo Stem as an alternative to the stock glass vapor stems that come with the Arizer Solo. Measure in at 4” in length at just a little over a 1/2” OD, fit snug and secure in the unit, has 4 slots to provide for extra airflow. A 1/2” screen is installed with a retaining clip over the top so it never falls out. A small stainless steel pin is inserted through the bushing and into the wood to ensure there is no separation. Being wood they are virtually indestructible. All pieces have a 14mm tapered mouth piece making them useable as a water pipe attachment!
I began making the Ed’s Wooden Arizer Solo Stem as an alternative to the stock glass vapor stems that come with the Arizer Solo. Measure in at 4” in length at just a little over a 1/2” OD to fit snug and secure in the unit. Each has 4 slots to provide for better airflow. A 1/2” screen is installed with a retaining clip over the top so it never falls out. Being wood they are virtually indestructible. All pieces have a 14mm tapered mouth piece making them usable as a water pipe attachment!
My Wood Arizer Solo Stems are made from 4 different species, African Blackwood, Nicaraguan Cocobolo, Guatemalan Granadillo, and Scottish Bog Oak(while stock lasts). Blackwood is by far one of my favorite species to work. The finish is the finest of all I feel. Cocobolo is my second in line of favorites with so much life and vibrance. Granadillo is a choice wood that reminds me a lot of Hawaiian Koa but much more dense. Bog Oak is some of the most expensive wood I have ever worked and most assuredly the hardest to obtain. It has been radio carbon dated to be over 5,300 years old, what a conversation piece!
I have designed and am making these stems now with a completely new wood to bushing style connection. Making it easier with less hassle for cleaning for you the user. You will notice that ever stem that ships out now December 15th, 2015 comes with a few extra screens and now 3 high temperature orange orings. I am now turning a small groove into the wooden shaft that presses into the stainless steel bushing where I slide on oring over the end of the shaft and into the groove. The shaft is then pressed into the SS bushing and held in place securely with a compression fit. Having the oring allows the user to simple slide off the bushing and easily remove the screen while leaving the clip in place. You can then take a cotton swab dipped in high proof alcohol and swab out the inside of the stem and bushing. Let it dry, place a new screen under the clip, the oring should still be in good shape but if not simply take the old one off and slide on a new one, then press the shaft end of the wooden stem into the bushing for a solid fit.
Please do remember, these wooden stems should never be washed, soaked, submerged or dipped in any liquid what so ever! This will cause the wood to swell and may crack, surely it will discolor and neither is any of these any good!
Here’s a tip on how to really clean the inside of your Ed’s wooden stems – take a paper towel and twist it into a tight rope, then feed it into the stem through the mouth-tip end while twisting & pushing it through …keep twisting and you will route out any unwanted residual matter – works much better & more thoroughly than with Q-Tips. If you want an even cleaner extraction, use a very thin wash cloth or handkerchief and moisten with alcohol – use twist & route method above and have a fresh showroom-new Ed’s TnT custom stem! And don’t forget to use your Ed’s Bomb Ass Butter to reinvigorate the wood;-)
Blackwood, Cocobolo, Granadillo, Bog Oak