A glass pipe is a quintessential purchase for any smoker, novice or experienced. However selecting the right pipe can be difficult when you are are presented with a large selection. To help narrow down your selection to high quality pipes, there are certain things to look for.
Pipe length. The length of a pipe serves as more than just convenience. While a short glass pipe may be easy to fit into your pocket, it also means the smoke has less time to cool down inside the chamber before it reaches your mouth and lungs. As a result, short pipes usually result in hotter hits. Longer pipes mean the smoke has more time to cool, making your hits less harsh. There are ways to mitigate the harshness from short pipes, such as using hem-sick instead of a lighter. However it may be worth it for novice smokers to opt for a slightly longer pipes.
Bowl size: On a glass pipe, the bowl size and opening can determine how much product you will be able to smoke in one session. Even more important to consider is the size of the hole at the bottom of the bowl. This is where smoke will enter the enter the chamber. If the hole is too small, the pipe may get clogged frequently due to lack of airflow. If the hole is too large, you run the risk of sucking product into the chamber and into your mouth. Most pipes already have a good size bowl hole, but it is important to identify and avoid any outliers.
Mouthpiece size: On the topic of size, the size of the mouth hole opening is also an important factor to consider. If the mouth hole is too large, ash and herb may end up in your mouth due to increased air flow. Hot ash may burn your mouth, so it is critical to check that the mouth piece on a pipe is not too large in diameter.
Price: Pipes are priced based on a number of factors. The quality of the glass itself, whether it is domestic or imported, and whether it’s mass produced or one of a kind. Before you purchase that cheap pipe that seems like great deal, take a closer look. Is the case filled with multiple exact replicas of the same pipe? (Mass produced). Is the pipe incredibly lightweight? (Cheap materials), is the price too good to be true? You don’t need to shell out your entire paycheck on a single glass pipe, but a high quality pipe is worth the extra cost.
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