How To Use A Water Pipe – Knowing The Parts

How To Use A Water Pipe: All The Important Pieces

The great thing about water pipes is they come in all different sizes and types. From tall, monstrous water pipes that stand at over three feet to small, portable and easy-to-manage water pipes, they all elicit a different experience.

For example, let’s say that you’ve recently just purchased a small, simple beaker water pipe. The instructions for this one are pretty easy: add water, add your substance of choice, grab a lighter and smoke away. Other water pipe combinations may have accessories like ash catchers, drop downs, dab nails and more that may be a little daunting to take in all at once.

Don’t sweat it. We’ll walk you through it. First, we’ll explain two different types of water pipes and their various parts.

Different Water Pipes: Stemless Water Pipes vs. Stemmed Water Pipes

While the water pipes shown here look drastically different from each other, you’ll find the steps it takes to use them are basically the same. Still, you might need to understand the different parts to get what we’re talking about.

Stemless Water Pipe Example

Let’s start by first dissecting this 16-inch water pipe. This awesome device is made up of many components, like the spinning disc splash guard. The neck, sitting slightly above the splash guard, is made of an impressive 50x7MM of Thick Ass Glass.  

As you move down the water pipe, you’ll find two honeycomb discs, which are a kind of percolator. The small holes aerate the water as you inhale. The purpose of this part is to allow for a smoother and more enjoyable hit.

Another important part of this stemless water pipe is the 16MM thick base. This base will keep your water pipe standing sturdy on your desk, table or nightstand.

Stemmed Water Pipe Example

Beaker water pipes like this stemmed example are more suited for first-time glass pipe owners. The reason is their wide base. With a beaker base, you get a large circumference base that will be sturdy for any table or desk and therefore easier to use.

The beaker water pipe shown here also has a diffused downstem. A diffused downstem is a downstem that has little holes in the bottom to diffuse the smoke without a separate percolator. Diffusion is literally the smashing or dividing of bubbles, increasing the surface area. The more surface area of the bubbles, the cooler your smoke will be.

Lastly, this water pipe features an ice pinch. If you’re a newbie, we’ll let you in on an age-old trick for smoother hits: adding ice. Adding ice cools down the smoke so that it doesn’t burn. The ice pinch holds the ice above the water line, where it can best cool the smoke. It’s an awesome addition for beginners!

Now that you understand these common water pipe parts, it’s time to start using them.

How To Set Up Your First Water Pipe

  • Inspect the glass pipe
  • Locate the removable pieces, such as the bowl
  • Insert the bowl into the opening (stemless or downstem)
  • Add water — enough to cover the percolators but not too much
  • Test out water levels by taking practice pulls. If the water reaches your lips, you have too much!

How To Use Your Water Pipe

  1. Insert your bowl into the downstem and add your herb of choice
  2. Light your herb with a lighter or hemp wick
  3. Place your lips over the mouthpiece at the top of the water pipe, and slowly inhale
  4. Remove your bowl, and take another hit to clear out all the smoke remaining in your water pipe
  5. Take as many more hits as you like!

Find More Of The Best Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for all kinds of reliable and durable water pipes and dab rigs. We’ve also got plenty of bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products now and find the right water pipes and accessories for you.



Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe: What’s The Difference?

If you’re considering smoking or dabbing, you might wonder how a dab rig differs from a water pipe. The short answer is that a dab rig is a type of water pipe — but it’s designed specifically for smoking oils or concentrates.

While water pipes in general have a long- established history among the smoking community, dab rigs specifically are more of a recent trend and a peek into the future of smoking.

Both are great options to invest in, but depending on your smoking preferences, you’ll have a clear choice among these two popular smoking accessories.

Learn the major differences between dab rigs and water pipes and which one is right for your smoking preferences.

It’s All About What You’ll Be Smoking

First, you need to consider what you’ll be smoking with this pipe. Smokers who use water pipes primarily use them to smoke tobacco, dried herbs or flowers.

Meanwhile, if you are using a dab, also known as an oil rig, you’ll be using a legal concentrate along with wax, oil, or honey. To use the dab rig, you’ll heat up whatever you choose as your concentrate on the dab nail to vaporize it.

Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe Parts and Accessories

Just like how you’ll be smoking different things with these items, dab rigs and water pipes have different parts to help you do so.

Water pipes will use the traditional bowl piece along with a lighter to help you smoke the dried flowers, herbs or tobacco.

Meanwhile, dab rigs use a dab nail instead of a bowl piece. You’ll need to heat the dab nail with a torch to help you vaporize what you’ll be smoking.

Size Comparison

Another noticeable difference between these two systems is the overall size of water pipes compared to dab rigs. There’s a reason for this difference in size, and not just appearances. Water pipes tend to be larger with more room for holding multiple percolators within the device. This is because, when smoking dry herbs and flowers, you don’t have to worry about them losing potency. You could have a water pipe the size of a room and not worry about the dried flowers or herbs losing their flavor as they travel.

Dab rigs are the exact opposite. Because dab rigs are used for smoking concentrates, you want the vapor to reach your lips as soon as possible for the best smoking experience.

Overall Cost

Obviously, dab rigs and water pipes will vary in their prices based on how elaborate you want to get with your smoking accessories. While water pipes and dab rigs have relatively similar costs, you’ll want to remember that more accessories might be needed for your dabbing system.

The Best Water Pipe or Dab Rig for You

Ultimately, the choice of whether you use a water pipe or dab rig is up to you. Again, before you purchase a new pipe or rig, you’ll want to consider:

  • What you’ll be smoking.
  • The parts involved with each system.
  • Overall size, especially if you have limited storage space.
  • The cost of the water pipe or dab rig itself and whether accessories will need to be added later.

Find the best option for you when you shop our full selection of water pipes or dab rigs. Or stock up and get one of each system!  


Most Popular Dab Rigs and Dab Accessories

Most Popular Dab Rigs at Thick Ass Glass

The most popular dab rigs at Thick Ass Glass consist of a variety of glass water pipes. From funky shapes and designs to classic pieces, our dab rigs are highly sought-after. One of these reasons is the quality. Our glass quality is some of the best in the business. When you purchase a dab rig from us, you know that it will last. Check out these popular dab rigs and try one yourself!


Leading off for us is the TAG – 12” Bent Neck Fixed 8 Arm Tree with a Honeycomb Perc. Try and say that one three times fast. This monster of a water pipe stands at exactly one foot high. You need all that extra space with this honeycomb percolator. This honeycomb perc water pipe is made with strong borosilicate glass to provide enhanced reliability. The bent neck allows for ease of use. This piece is not just one of our most popular dab rigs; it’s one of the most popular dab rigs online, period.


This small but mighty 3.5” pendant rig is built with an inline diffuser, which helps make the smoke smoother. This dab rig also comes with its own dab nail, so you have everything you need to get started in one package.


With a wide base, this dab rig is poised to take its position on your living room coffee table. The Hammerhead Perc dab rig stands at 8.25” tall with an extra-wide circumference. Basically, it’s a beast.  The hammer head percolators help to keep hits super smooth and easy to manage. They also come in a variety of colors, including white, sandblasted or graffiti engraved. Plus, you can choose between a male and female joint.


A dab rig with an incycler!? Yes. You’ve read that right. If you’re wondering what the heck an incycler is, it’s a piece of the oil rig that delivers smooth hits by keeping the water continually flowing. Another favorite feature is the 45x5MM can, because the smaller interior volume increases the flavor. Bonus: You can choose from several slick colors.

The Best Dab Rig Accessories

  • 3” Titanium Carb Cap With Dabber With Ball Point
  • 8.25″ Double Honeycomb Ash Catcher w/ Recycling E.C. – 18MM Male
  • 5.5″ Quartz Banger Carb Cap Dabber – 20MM Diameter
  • 4.25″ Square Body Grade 2 Titanium Dabber
  • Quartz Banger UFO Disc Carb Cap
  • Side Arm Titanium Domeless Nail
  • Quartz Round Bowl Domeless Nail
  • Quartz Honey Bucket with OFZ Carb Cap – 16x2MM-4MM Bucket
  • Titanium Flux Nail

Find More Dab Rigs and Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable dab rig. If you’re not quite in love with any of our most popular dab rigs, we’ve got plenty of unique options, too.We also have a variety of other bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the right water pipes and accessories for you today.


Top 4 Weirdest and Coolest Water Pipes

Top 4 Weirdest and Coolest Water Pipes

Looking for a unique water pipe for yourself, or maybe a kick-ass gift for someone else? We present to you our top four weirdest,coolest water pipes. But these babies are so much more than water pipes. They’re conversation pieces. Works of art. And anything but ordinary. Scroll through crazy colors, dizzying spirals and more.


Kicking off our coolest water pipe list is the Multiplying Inline Sextuple Recycler. At first glance, this piece is completely insane! With crisses and crosses of tubes, this may not even look like a water pipe to the untrained eye. With a plethora of recyclers, the hit gets smoother and smoother.  


The design of this water pipe varies. However, it’s efficiency is the same across the board. The Faberge Egg Klein water pipe is one of the coolest water pipes to come across your screen. Do you know what the original “Faberge” is? It’s described as a jeweled egg that was created for royalty in Russia in the 1800s. And as you can see,this water pipe is a jewel. Standing at just above 9 inches, it showcases dazzling percolators, and it’s available in a variety of radiant colors.


It’s a little more subtle than the colorful Faberge water pipes, but this piece is just as artistic. Check out the way the glass is formed in the middle and try to wrap your head around how it all connects. On top of its wonderfully weird shape, this Faberge water pipe also has a super slit donut perc, which creates a unique draw that sets this piece apart from the rest. With a bent neck, bellow base (bell-shaped base) and quality glass — you can’t go wrong.


This four-inch micro beaker is a small but mighty water pipe, designed for fun. Laced with a sick tye-die-like design, this micro beaker comes in three different color combinations. Choose from blue and white, red and white, or dark green and yellow. For this micro beaker, we suggest getting quartz or titanium for a longer-lasting nail.

You’ll Always Find The Coolest Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass water pipe. Plus, these water pipes spice it up and bring the funk! We have a variety of other awesome glass water pipes, bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the right water pipe for you today.


Most Popular Water Pipe and Dab Accessories

Most Popular Water Pipe and Dab Rig Accessories

Water pipe and dab rig accessories from Thick Ass Glass can help make your already-awesome water pipes and dab rigs even better. Add-ons like percolators, quartz bangers and more can help you enjoy your piece more. Whatever part of the experience you’re looking to improve, we’ve got an accessory for every water pipe or dab rig out there. And when you purchase a water pipe or dab rig accessory from Thick Ass Glass, you know it’ll last. Check out these popular accessories and try one yourself.


If you’re looking for a replacement water pipe slide, this one will do the trick. This water pipe accessory comes with a pinched screen, which stops excess debris from falling through and clouding the water pipe. At an affordable price, this slide even comes with a handle! You can also choose your color and size.


An extension of your dab rig, this accessory works perfectly with most all the dab rigs we offer. Choose between three different sizes, including a 10MM female and either a 10MM or 18MM male joint size. Made of our signature quality glass, this quartz banger has a wall thickness of 2MM. On top of its special ability to retain heat, it also offers great high air flow.


Don’t let a broken downstem keep you out of commission! This water pipe accessory is an ideal replacement downstem. We currently have a long list of sizes for you to choose from. No matter the size of your water pipe, we have the downstem to fit. Choose from sizes as low as three inches all the way up to six and a half inches. Made of our quality glass, this downstem is meant to last.  


Turn heads with this 45-degree quartz banger. Depending on the angling of your dab rig, this quartz banger could be the most useful dab rig accessory. Benefits of this quartz banger include more comfortable usage, heat retention and of course quality.


Kill two birds with one accessory. This titanium carb cap also acts as a dabber. Combining two uses into one product makes smoking more convenient. You can use the dabber to pull concentrate and then use the carb cap to cover your quartz banger. And you know it’s safe because the titanium is even purer than medical grade.

Find More Water Pipe and Dab Rig Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for all kinds of reliable and durable water pipes, dab rigs, and accessories. Didn’t find the accessory you were looking for? We’ve got plenty of other bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products now and find the right water pipes and accessories for you.


Most Popular Water Pipes for Smoking Dry Herbs

Most Popular Water Pipes for Smoking Dry Herbs

The most popular water pipes at Thick Ass Glass span a wide range of sizes and come with all different features. So there’s a little something here for everyone. Plus, our quality is unmatched. When you buy a water pipe from Thick Ass Glass, you know it’ll last. So check out these popular water pipes and try one yourself!


This water pipe is a spectacle. Whether you prefer blue, red, white or black — pick the one to suit you. This water pipe has a glass thickness of 7MM and stands at 16 inches. As you probably guessed based on the name, this water pipe has a double honeycomb disc. And there are more than 90 holes in each for extra smooth hits. It also features a cyclone spinning splash guard so that no water splashes into your mouth! Check this dry herb water pipe out now.


Sometimes, the classic water pipe does the job. There are no bells and whistles on this one, just great quality glass for smoking dry herb. At 18 inches tall,  it towers above other beaker type water pipes across the industry. These beakers feature a 50x9MM thick neck along with a SUPER THICK beaker bottom, ranging from 10-12MM thick. This all-around thickness is what sets our beakers apart from others. Some brands may have thick necks on their beakers while leaving the beaker bottoms thin at around 4-5MM, which is very fragile. This product, on the other hand, is so thick it could double as a home protection device!


Weighing in at just a little over three pounds, this piece is monstrous. And it may be just the dry herb water pipe you’ve been looking for. Things get taken up a notch with a triple honeycomb percolator and a spinning splashguard. With a glass thickness of 7MM, you can bet you’ll be holding on to this water pipe for a while.


The bent neck on this 15-inch water pipe makes it so much easier to hit. Since it stands at 15 inches, you can easily set this on the coffee table and use it without touching the water pipe. Oh, and want to see a cool honeycomb percolator? Then check this one out! The double interior honeycomb percolator provides some of the smoothest hits known to man. With high-quality glass and affordable pricing, this is one of our most popular water pipes for a reason!


This water pipe is straight out of space! The 16” Streamline Double Super Slit UFO Beaker is another sturdy and reliable piece from TAG. And with three levels of refining, before the smoke even hits your lips, it’s also one of the smoothest. It has a thickness of 7MM, and it’s ready to stand the test of time.

Find More Dab Rigs and Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for a reliable and durable water pipe. If you’d rather not follow the crowd by choosing one of our go-to options, we’ve got plenty of unique options, too. We also have a variety of options for concentrates. Plus, you can find accessories like bangers, carb caps, and domeless quartz nails. Browse our products and find the right water pipes and accessories for you today.


Most Popular Quartz Bangers

Most Popular Quartz Bangers at Thick Ass Glass

When it comes to dab nails, quartz bangers are all the rage these days! With the explosion of concentrates onto the scene, we have seen more and more sales of this product. Now, our name is Thick Ass Glass, and we specialize in glass. But even we love quartz bangers. There are many reasons you might prefer a quartz banger over another type of dab nail, including durability, heat resistance, and easy cleaning. Check out our top quartz bangers below.


Take this high air flow quartz banger. You get the high quality of the TAG brand, the benefits of quartz and the added air flow for a better hit. This quartz banger is available in a variety of sizes. From 10MM to 18MM and in both male or female presets.


As an evolution of the high air flow, the trough quartz banger leaves more room for concentrates. The opening of the banger is cupped to extend the amount of concentrate that you’ll be able to use. That makes it extra efficient, and it still comes at an affordable price. The quartz on this banger is FDA approved quartz crystal. It comes in sizes ranging from 10MM all the way up to 18MM. You also have the option of choosing either a male or a female piece.


This quartz banger has a special knack for holding heat longer. Since you’re looking at purchasing a banger, you know that you have to use a torch to heat up any dab nail, then apply the concentrate. Most of the time, you may be rushing with the torch and other pieces to get the perfect hit. With this quartz banger, you can stop rushing! It stays hot longer, so you can relax and enjoy the process. The conical pyramid quartz banger has a quartz thickness of 2MM. If you’re looking for a banger that’s extremely reliable, durable, affordable and easy to use, check this one out.

More Quartz Bangers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable quartz banger. We have a fantastic selection of other high-quality quartz products, including more quartz bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the quartz banger for you today.


Water Pipes Buying Guide – Everything You Need To Know About Water Pipes | Thick Ass Glass

Water Pipe Buying Guide – Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this maybe you’ve never bought a water pipe before. Maybe you’re looking for all of the valuable information you need to make a smart purchase of your very first water pipe. Good news, this is where all that valuable information lies. Within these words are lessons that you can hold dear for a lifetime. From first steps to potential after-thoughts, we cover all of the basics and more.

Price of the Water Pipe

Just like anything else, the price is the main factor whenever you’re purchasing something. Look at your bank and determine what kind of shopping you’ll be doing. While it’s fun to window shop, it’s best to go in with a budget. You can find fairly quality pieces for a lower budget, if you’re looking to spend that hard earned cash as a reward to your self, pay close attention to our bells and whistles section. Determine your budget and move forward.

Will This Be For Dry or Concentrate Usage?  

Now that we have our budgets laid out, let’s talk about the different types of glass pipes you could potentially come across. Water pipes can be divided into two categories, water pipes for dry usage and water pipes for concentrate usage. If you are using the latter, then you’ll also want to look for a few other things like quartz bangers and nails. If it’s the former, the simplicity of the water pipe will still be intact. Take a moment and think about which category you fall in. (Quick hint, you can fall into both categories – you’ll just need a water pipe that’s adaptable.) After you’ve got that figured out, let’s move into the more granular details.

What Size Water Pipe Is Best For You?

Water pipes come in all different shapes and sizes. Which one will work best for you? This is an internal question to ask yourself. Are you looking for a tall skyscraper water pipe? Or an averagely sized water pipe? While height is a factor in size, the size of female or male piece is important as well. If you are looking to use your water pipe with concentrates, make sure to purchase the correct size female or male banger and/or nail.

Additional Bells and Whistles For Your Water Pipe

Thankfully, we don’t live in the stone ages. Today, water pipes come with a wide variety of bells and whistles that make it easier for you to smoke. Take percolators, for example, they help to filter the smoke to make it nice and smooth. Other bells and whistles that you should look for if you are within budget are splash guards, recyclers, and honeycomb percolators. Splash guards keep the water from splashing into your face while recyclers are another addition to filter smoke. Keep your eyes open, most percolator designs look crazy! Once you move through the additional features, make the final decision. Is this the water pipe you want? With Thick Ass Glass, you’ll be able to keep it for years to come.

Durable Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass water pipe. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options from different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


Breaking Down Different Shapes and Sizes of Glass Dab Rigs and Oil Rigs | Thick Ass Glass

Oil Rigs and Dab Rigs — Their Different Shapes and Sizes and Why They Matter

When you’re choosing an oil rig or dab rig, the first thing to consider is quality. But if you’re buying from Thick Ass Glass, you’re already covered there. So the next thing to figure out is the size and shape. There’s no right or wrong choice, but the oil rig or dab rig you choose will affect how you can use it — specifically, what accessories will work and how much you can smoke at once. Read on to find out what questions to think about.

Is The Joint For Your Dab Rig Male or Female

No, we aren’t talking about the joint paper you use. We’re talking about the joint shape of a dab or oil rig. The joints can be either male or female, and they also come in various sizes. Now, this is not a sex education class, but the concept is basically the same. The male joint piece can go inside of a female joint piece, and a female joint piece can slide over a male joint piece. It’s not too hard to see if the joint piece you’ve selected is a male or female. You’ll just have to look at the “parts.” If you are using a female joint piece, then all your accessories must be male pieces, and vice versa.

What’s The Proper Joint Size For Your Dab Rig?

After you find out the sex of the joint piece you need for your dab rig, take a moment and look at the actual circumference of the hole. All joint sizes are not created equal, but every joint size is created for a purpose. Take a look at the advantages of the different sizes below, and find the right size for your dab rig.

10MM Joint Size

You may never encounter the 10MM joint size for dab rigs, but just so you know,  it exists. This joint size is rare, but it has a special purpose for specialized water pipes. In some cases, this one is known as the nano joint or the mini joint.

14MM Joint Size

The 14MM joint size is a more commonly seen joint size among dab and oil rigs. These joint sizes are perfect because they aren’t too big and they aren’t small either. If you’re not sure what size joint you currently have, there is a trick you can use. Place a dime on the opening of the hole; if it doesn’t fit, it’s a 14MM joint size.

18MM Joint Size

The 18MM can fit a dime, and it’s normally meant for larger dab rigs. This is also a very common joint size that can hold a lot at one time.

Knowing the size of your joint will also help you find the correct size downstem. We can teach you all about downstems another time. For now, just remember: If it’s made by Thick Ass Glass, it’s built to last.

Choosing The Right Dab Rig

The world of water pipes is at your fingertips. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options, including different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


The Biggest Benefits of Using a Glass Recycler | Thick Ass Glass

What Is A Glass Recycler?

What is a glass recycler? No, it’s not some cool recycling project from your local elementary school. Instead, it’s a revolutionary, easier way to inhale smoke. Glass recyclers “recycle” the smoke in additional chambers. While older and more traditional water pipes have been known to leave you coughing, these new aged futuristic glass recyclers will leave you feeling smooth.

Benefits of Glass Recyclers

Smooth Hits

The way the glass recycler water pipes “recycle” smoke makes it easier to clear. Without a recycler, you may experience the harsh and hot smoke of a more traditional water pipe. So how does it “recycle”? Once you start to inhale, the smoke begins a filtration process. Often, there are percolators that help the smoke to become more refined. It is pulled through the percolator and then put into another chamber that rids it of bubbles. As a result, a glass recycler water pipe provides a smoother hit.

Cooler Hits

Yes, you may look cooler if you use a glass recycler. Especially one with the TAG log on the side. But here, we’re talking about the temperature of the smoke. With traditional glass water pipes, the smoke only comes into contact with the water once, so it’s still hot when it hits your lungs. Say goodbye to that burning sensation with glass recyclers. In contrast to older water pipes, glass recyclers run the smoke past water again and again for a much cooler hit.

Glass Recyclers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass recycler. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options, including different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.