Glass pipes provide a clean, great tasting smoke for you to enjoy. Choosing the right pipe and the accessories that you may need can improve the smoking experience even further. Here, you will learn a few tips that can help you choose the right products to provide you with the optimum smoking experience.
You want a glass pipe that will be durable, easy to clean, and comfortable to use. It is best to find a pipe that is made of thick glass. Thin glass will heat up very quickly, be more fragile and more difficult to safely clean. Sure, the fancy pipes with all of the fine details look awesome, but remember, you will have to clean it at some point and those intricate bends and loops can make it a more difficult and time consuming project.
Look for a thick glass pipe made of borosilicate glass. This glass is used to produce laboratory grade equipment and will last much longer than lesser quality glass. If you choose a pipe made of borosilicate glass, you can choose a thinner glass. If you opt for the lesser quality glass, go with a thicker pipe.
Herb grinders help to expedite the process of separating dry herbs. Instead of using a pair of scissors and your fingers, you simply place a small amount into the grinder and give it a quick twist. The grinder will help the herbs to burn more smoothly and prevent the loss of plant matter and pollen that would otherwise stick to your fingers.
Grinders come with two, three or four chambers. The top is where the herbs are placed, the second catches the ground herbs and the third and fourth will catch the pollen and fine particles.
Grinders are made of plastic or metal and come in various sizes and price ranges. The size you choose is determined by the amount of herbs you plan to grind at once.
There are various methods of burning the herbs in your pipe.
- Traditional lighter – fine for everyday use
- Zippo lighter – can be an issue because the flame is always pointing up
- Herb irons – no flame required. Heats the herbs without the burned taste of a flame. (Be sure to purchase one with an auto-shutoff so you don't burn your house down if you forget to turn it off.)
Check out retailers like The Minds Eye Glass Gallery to find all of the supplies that you need to have the best glass pipe smoking experience possible.