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