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How to Clean, Repair and what to look for when Buying a Glass Pipe

How to Clean, Repair and what to look for when Buying a Glass Pipe

Glass pipes can get dirty and become filled with residue. It is a good idea to at least blow the ashes out of your pipe after every use or clear the bowl with a toothpick. A connoisseur will clean the bowl with alcohol after each use removing the inevitable resin around the rim. Running a thin pipe cleaner through the pipe on a regular basis is also highly recommended. A note for the novice: The pipe cleaners that are purchased from arts and craft stores are not the same as true pipe cleaners. Always purchase pipe cleaners from a reputable smoke shop to ensure you are getting quality cleaners specifically designed for this purpose.      

Occasionally you may need to wash your pipe out with warm soapy water. If the pipe has become too dirty for the soap and warm water to handle,  Just run the glass piece under hot water then fill it with salt and a smaller amount of water and shake, repeat until clean. There are also several cleaning solutions available that are made specifically for glass pipes that are ok. You can also soak the piece in alcohol to break up the residue and then use salt or a pipe cleaner to clean. Leaving the glass piece in alcohol over night can take off the fuming from the inside of the glass.

Glass pipes are prized by smokers for their clean hit without compromising flavor. They are ready to use immediately, as opposed to wood pipes which often need to be “broken in” before the smoke becomes enjoyable, and they do not get as hot as clay pipes during use. They are easy to clean, easy to use, and double as a unique work of art.

Before buying a glass pipe for the first time, it is a good idea to inspect the piece closely. Make sure that there are no cracks or chips and that the bottom has a flat spot. Even a seemingly insignificant chip can cut your lip and a round bottom will mean the pipe will constantly roll and spill. Damage to the glass near the bowl can quickly worsen and cracks will eventually worsen and spread and probably disable the piece.

If your bowl is intact but it has a crack you can still try repairing it but this is tricky to do and could make the problem worse.  Put your pipe over the burner on a gas stove top. Let the crack het up until it is red making sure to heat the area around the crack as well. After about ten minutes the crack should either disappear or becomes smaller. When you are satisfied with the repair cool the glass piece very slowly so it does not crack. This is the trickiest part and you will have a good chance of breaking the piece so remember to let it cool slowly. If it is not cooled slowly enough the crack will spread and your glass smoking piece will be ruined.

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