I've decided I can't roll with the dry stem. No matter how I try to modify my technique, I always end up getting a sore throat after using it. Either too dry, too hot, or both. I'd honestly rather smoke. So I'm definitely going to be picking up a water piece. I pulled the cotton off the ends of some (supposedly) 100% organic swabs, and tried using it as a filter in my Nano stem, but the taste was awful. Maybe they used some sort of adhesive to stick it to the end of the swab?