How to Choose a Glass Pipe

April 17, 2019 Handheld Pipes

How to Choose a Glass Pipe

Getting yourself a glass pipe is highly personal. To some, it’s an extension of their personality and preference. Here are tips to help you decide on how to choose a glass pipe as your smoking buddy.

Know what you want from the glass pipe

Different glass pipes offer different smoking experience based on size, material, design and more. When buying a glass pipe, ask yourself the following questions:

psychedelic spoon pipe

Thick boro glass pipes can withstand rough handling and can deliver numerous enjoyable smoking sesh.

  • Where do you intend to use it?
  • Do you plan on taking it with you?
  • How often will you use the pipe? Is it temporary, occasional, or long term?
  • Why are you buying the glass pipe? Is it for recreation or medication? Will it serve as a temporary replacement for the one you lost/broke, or a permanent addition to your collection?

Once you identified your purpose for your glass pipe, you’ll now have a standard to follow as you hunt for that perfect pipe.

Durability and quality

Glass pipes are made differently. Some come with thick borosilicate glass, which is a scientific glass that can withstand high temperatures. Others are made with ordinary glass that are significantly weaker against pressure and temperature shock.

As much as possible, go for high-quality glass material like the Grav Labs Rocker steamroller pipe or this Psychedelic Spoon Pipe. Based on the appearance alone, you’ll notice how well-crafted these pipes are and how sturdy they appear. If you’re the type of person who is clumsy or prefer to have a pipe that will last for years, always go for thick boro glass for your pipes

Capacity

The size of the pipe’s bowl will tell you if it’s suitable for a one-hitter or longer sessions. The Multi-Color Twist Dichroic Glass is a perfect example of a one-hitter pipe that is perfect for a quick hit. If you prefer to have a more extended session that can last a few hits, you should choose one like the Pulsar Boro Glass Eye spoon pipe. It has a bigger bowl to pack in more herbs, so you don’t have to refill it during your session repeatedly.

Ease of use and design

glass gandalf long pipe 11 inch

Long pipes are easy to use and can give smoother hits, but the slender stem can make cleaning the draft hole challenging

These two often go hand in hand. A simple pipe is more comfortable and more practical to use. No ceremony – all you have to do is load, light it, and enjoy. Straightforward pipes may look boring for some, but they are super easy to use, especially when it comes to cleaning them.

There are, of course, stylish, chick, and fun pipes available like the Great Barrier Reef Spoon Pipe and the Dolphin Shape Gold-Fumed Glass Spoon Pipe. They are lovely conversational pieces, although using them might require some special care in timers of holding and setting down on the table.

Another factor to consider is the distance of the bowl to the mouthpiece. The length of the stem can help cool down the smoke. Shorter pipes mean there’s not much distance for the smoke to cool down first before it hits you. If you want a cooler, smoother experience, go for long pipes such as the Gandalf-Style 11-inch pipe. If you’re going to take it strong, Yellow & White Stripe Fritted Mini Glass Spoon Pipe is the one for you.

Portability

Pipes has a huge advantage over bongs and dab rigs: you can take them almost anywhere. You can either put them in your bag or inside your pocket. If you want to carry your pipe around with you, look for pipes that are between 3 in-5 in long. They fit in your hand and offer discreet smoking when you need it. Long pipes, however, can be a bit challenging to bring with you because the pipe is long and slender.

We hope these tips will help you choose the right glass pipe for you. If you have any questions about our pipe collection, please feel free to contact us or ask us in the comment section.

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