The Pros and Cons of Metal Pipes

June 18, 2019 Handheld Pipes

The Pros and Cons of Metal Pipes

Pipes are traditionally made out of wood. Eventually, crafting pipes evolved into different materials such as glass, silicone, and metal.

Metal pipes are made from different types of materials such as nickel, brass, plated steel, or anodized aluminum. These pipes come in various shapes and sizes to fit your needs. Of course, metal pipes have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to smoking. We’ll talk about each one to give you a general idea of what it’s like to have a metal pipe.

Pros

Variety

Metal pipes come in various shapes and designs and can function according to your needs. You have one-hitters that can help you save on herbs, and some have magnetic lids to keep the herb in place while in case you’re on the move. Another plus is that some designers incorporated wind protection so you can use them to when you’re outdoors.

Durability

colorful windproof aluminium hand pipe 4.5 inch

Metal pipes come with added advantages such as wind protection. This helps you enjoy your herbs in windy, outdoor situations.

Metal is one of the strongest materials on the planet. You won’t get the same durability from glass, silicone, or wooden pipe as you would with metal pipes. You can drop them, place them in your luggage, and they’re still good to go for the next session.

The durability will, of course, depend on the type of metal used. For example, aluminum is considered the weakest and most pliable of metals. Manufacturers often anodize aluminum, which is enforcing the material by thickening it. It also makes aluminum corrosion-resistant. Titanium, of course, is the strongest.

Cost

You can get a metal pipe without spending too much. Our black aluminum one-hitter costs $0.99, and its small size is perfect for a discreet session. This is good for those who wish to have an instant or temporary replacement if you forgot or lost your pipe.

Cons

Taste

Some pipe hitters say that metal pipes give off a metallic taste when using the pipe. Some prevent this from happening by “seasoning” the metal pipe. To do this, you let resin create a film of coating inside the pipe. Depending on how thick the resin is, your next session won’t have that much metallic taste.

Can get hot

Metal is a good thermal conductor and can get hot if used for too long. Other manufacturers include a silicone or rubber mouthpiece to prevent your lips from getting burned as you enjoy your herb.

“Cold” designs

Another thing about metal pipes is that the designs are too modern for lack of a better word. Glass pipes are more personal, especially pipes such as those made by Empire Glassworks. There are some unique metal pipes like the Saxophone Aluminum Metal Long Pipe, but they don’t have the same appeal and connection as do wooden and glass pipes.

Metal pipes are cool and easy to use. It does take a bit of adjustment to it because of the design and feel. However, most users love their metal pipes because of their durability and functionality. If you have any questions about our metal pipes, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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