Pipes are popular because they’re easy to use, easy to carry, and are perfect for both solo sessions or sharing with friends. The one downside of smoking out of a pipe, however, is pull-through a small hole. When you pull too hard on burnt herb and ash, it can be sucked through the pipe and right into your mouth, some call Scooby snacks. It happens to the best of us, but thankfully there’s a simple solution. All you need is a pipe screen, the must-have accessory for wood, glass, stone, and metal pipes. This article teaches you all about how to use pipe screens and how to pick the right screen for your style. Even vaporizers use screens to filter and give you a great hit.
Why Use a Pipe Screen?
The most common pipe screens are made of metal mesh, cut into small circles, which can be bent to fit the inside of your bowl. The idea is that while smoke and fine ash fall through, large chunks are held in place. Using a pipe screen keeps your pipe a cleaner, but more importantly stops large clumps of ash from being pull through to your mouth. Its not fun to eat these burned up piece of herb.
Some people even use screens when smoking from water pipes and bubblers to help keep their water clean. Bongs sometimes have large bowls too, where unsmoked material can be accidentally sucked through. Use pipe screens to prevent this unnecessary waste of un smoked herb. An ash catcher is also a great addition to a water pipe to help keep the rig clean.
Different Types of Pipe Screen
Pipe screens come in a few common materials: metal, ceramic or glass. Metal pipe screens are commonly made from aluminum, brass or stainless steel. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to know exactly what metal a screen is made from or to ensure a trustworthy manufacturer. The metal screens from 7th Floor vapes are made from stainless steel
Additionally, metal screens must be replaced periodically so you consistently have a great smooth hit. Over time, metal pipe screens become coated with black resin and develop holes, usually from poking with a poker. Despite these downfalls, metal screens are popular because they’re cheap, easy to find and really work great.
Glass pipe screens provide a better solution. Unlike metal screens, which must be replaced often and may be made of unsafe metals, glass screens are safe to use and last forever. Although they’re not as cheap as metal screens, glass screens are still affordable on any budget. Ceramic screens are also made to last.
Tips on How to Use Pipe Screens
Metal pipe screens come in different sizes, usually ranging from 0.5” to 1”. Bigger bowls need bigger screens. Because metal screens are so malleable, you must simply press the mesh disc into the pipe until it fits flush with the bottom of the bowl. Be sure that the screen covers the hole so material sneaks by. Metal and wood pipes typically have holes in the side, while glass bowls have holes on the bottom.
Remember to brush metal screens clean often to avoid clogging and check for holes regularly. Never overheat a metal screen, since this damages the screen and may even release dangerous chemicals depending on the metal. If you smoke regularly, we recommend changing metal pipe screens once every couple weeks or a month is recommended, or when your bowl becomes clogged.
Glass screens are easy to use. Available in a number of shapes and sizes, simply drop a glass pipe screen over the bowl’s hole and pack tobacco on top. Remember to remove and clean your glass screen often with a cleaner, and don’t let it get covered and stuck with resin.The easiest way to break a glass pipe screen is by digging around for it with a poker because it’s disappeared in a pile of resin.
You don’t need to replace glass screens due to wear unless you break them. Since they’re made out of glass, these screens can be fragile. Be careful with glass pipe screens and they will last forever. If they become chipped, however, be sure to replace them.
DIY Temporary Pipe Screens
Now you know how to use pipe screens and maintain them for the best performance. You ordered some quality glass pipe screens from Elev8 Glass, but in the meantime you may still need a screen! It’s time to get crafty with some DIY pipe screen solutions.