How do you pick and care for a pipe?

by Liu Renhao

How do you pick and care for a pipe?

What factors should you consider before selecting a pipe?
Whether it's constructed of glass, wood, metal, or acrylic, the pipe you choose should be based on the purpose for which it will be used.
If we're using it at home, we'll use a fine glass pipe, but for the trip, we'll use metal or thick glass, or wood...

What factors should you consider before selecting a pipe?

There are a few elements to keep in mind, such as the material and the size.

Then there's the matter of colour and aesthetics: a nice pipe is more appealing than an old one.
1 / The pipe's constituent sections.
A pipe is made up of many components:
A pipe is shown in a little diagram.
Then there's the bowl (hearth): the larger it is, the more tobacco you can put in your pipe and smoke for an extended period of time.
We often notice grids on the metal vats, which have a very huge hole, that allow us to avoid "eating" tobacco when smoking.
These screens are available in a variety of sizes and may be ordered individually.
(small or medium )
In the fireplace, we may set a grill.

The body: The longer it takes for the smoke to cool and soften before reaching your lips, the better.

The pipe will fit better in the pocket if it is smaller...
A variety of pipe body sizes are shown as an example.

The draw: The interior of the pipe; the broader it is, the simpler it is to pull the pipe and the more smoke you can take in at once.
From the biggest print on the left to the smallest on the right, here's an example of three distinct prints.

As well as numerous parts:
Some pipes feature an open draught at the end, referred to as a "air intake."
It is not obstructed, and you shut the pipe with your finger.
When you've taken in all of the smoke, raise your finger and continue to suck, which allows new air in and blows out the remainder.

Keep the air intake closed with your finger when the pipe is "open" on both sides.
Small pieces, such as rings to hold many sections together, a mouthpiece, and so on, may also be found in a compound pipe. They are often screwed and detachable.

A pipe made out of connecting rings, a mouthpiece made of metal...
2 / The supplies.
On the market, there are pipes made of various materials.

Traditional wooden pipes are usually classic in design, with a removable hearth (but not necessarily!) (screwed).
Wood is a classic and warm material.
It feels good in the hands and tastes well in the tongue.
It is, however, a "living" substance that will gradually wear down over time (developing a patina) while retaining the flavour and fragrance.
Wood is prone to warping and splitting when exposed to dampness.
This is unusual for a pipe, however.
A hardwood pipe, on the other hand, should not be cleaned with any liquid, even pure water.

Glass pipes are often the most attractive.
It is a low-maintenance material since, unlike wood, it does not "age" over time.
Glass does not become permeable and so does not break. Regular maintenance will remove smells, deposits, grime, and other contaminants.

The glass's opposite is that it shatters!

Some glasses are more substantial than others.

As a result, some bongs have walls as thick as 9mm!

Glass pipes are nevertheless delicate, with thicknesses ranging from less than a millimetre to two millimetres.

Glass pipes are often used at home, although certain compact ones, such as Black Leaf's "shotgun," may be taken with you on a stroll.

All-metal pipes are the most durable and ideal for “all-terrain” applications.
They are often detachable, making maintenance easier.
Metal isn't always the most comfortable material to chew, particularly when it's chilly outside.
They're generally attractive since the metal may be coloured and shaped in a variety of ways.

Acrylic (plastic)
Plastic pipes are multi-material because it is impossible to construct a 100 percent pipe out of plastic since it would melt!
As a result, there are many tiny "multi-material" pipes available: the pipe's body may be coloured or clear acrylic, the tank can be metal, and some pieces, such as the mouthpiece and assembly rings, can also be metal.
The pipes are usually small to medium in size.

The tank is constructed of wood, the body is made of metal, and the ornamentation is made of plastic...

3 / Dimensions and form
When choosing a pipe, consider the size: the smaller the pipe, the hotter the smoke you will inhale in your mouth.
The simpler it is to "pass" a pipe that is larger and longer.
You should also consider the "draught": the smaller the pipe's interior, the more difficult it will be to vacuum.

4 / Unique characteristics
Some pipes are unique, such as the air intake pipe I described before.
Others are “hidden” (mushroom pipes, for example), transformable (magnetic pipes...), or feature a unique shape for inhalation, such as the “eagle bill.”
Some are totally detachable, making cleaning simpler, while others, like the Popey pipe, have a centrally removable component, and cooling pipes, like the Black Leaf pipe in a box.
There are also "water pipes," which are smaller bongs known as mini bongs rather than true pipes.
How do you keep your pipe in good shape?
Be cautious; a filthy pipe is one you don't want to smoke!
The taste and odour of cigarettes may soon turn you off.
You must repair your pipe on a regular basis if you want to preserve this enjoyment.
Depending on the material, we employ various accessories and ways to do this.

For glass pipes, I suggest using our organic cleaning products. For gongs, I recommend using our organic cleaning products.

You submerge the pipe in the diluted liquid, wait, brush if required, rinse, and voila!

It's spotless.

For Metal Pipes: Follow the same steps as for glass pipes, with the exception that the quality of the metal should be considered, and the pipe should be allowed to dry thoroughly after cleaning if it has several pieces.

Warning! For wooden pipes!

Wood is a "living" substance that is sensitive to moisture.

I don't recommend utilising products or even water.

(With the exception of a metal fireplace that can be removed.)

Use a dry, single-use pipe cleaner.

Furthermore, a pipe cleaner is a required accessory for all pipes (save for a few exceptions, such as "USA pipes" in glass).