Hand pipes or spoon pipes can be made of all kinds of materials such as our favorite glass, ceramic, wood, metal, silicone, rock or nearly anything out there. Some materials are better than others, like sorry, but who would use a plastic pipe. Just not a good ideas. The hand pipe has been around since about 500 B.C. A hand pipe is the perfect smoking apparatus to fit nicely in your pocket. Hand pipes deliver what is called a dry hit. This is because it comes right off of the burning plant, through the pipe and into your lungs. Many people will use a bubbler or water pipe to cool and filter the smoke or vapor, but a hand pipe still is perfect for on the go. Hand pipes can also come in an array of shapes such as a chillums, spoons, sherlocks and steamrollers to name a few.
We feel a glass pipe is the way to go if you have a choice. We feel that a glass hand pipe made from borosilicate glass will deliver a smooth nice hit with the most flavor. Do not ever go with a soft glass hand pipe. While you are good to go with a soft glass waterpipe and a borosilicate bowl, you need your hand pipe to be full borosilicate. The borosilicate can withstand thermal shock much better than soft glass as you use a lighter to combust the herbs.
Using a hand pipe is basic. You just put your herb, preferably ground up into the bowl part. It's up to the user if they want the bowl pressed or not. Some like a little and some like a fatty bowl. Light the bowl while keeping the carb held closed with one finger. Then about ½ way in your inhale you will let go of the carburetor, allowing air to flow into the pipe. This allows the bowl to stop burning while you extract the rest of the smoke from the pipe.
We do suggest a great little add on called he flavor savor for you glass hand pipe. Its really nice as it goes over the bowl part of the hand pipe and holds in the unburnt herbs in the hand pipe.
What are these chillums, batts and one hitters? Well they are basically the smallest of smoking pipes. These are for people that do not smoke a lot or they like small bowls. People like small bowls sometimes because they finish the entire bowl in one hit. Oh ya, the term one hitter. They feel this gives them more flavor and they never have that left over bowl issue. All bats, chillums and one hitters do not have a carb or carburetor. This means there is less control over how the user inhales the smoke.
This is usually a small piece of glass or metal with the smallest of bowls. Many times not much larger than a cigarette. A lot of the times the one hitters come in a storage unit called a dugout. One hitters are very portable and when partnered with a dug out keep the smell down and also have a pick and storage compartment built into them.
A bat is much just like a one hitter in that it is very small and can also work in a dugout. Not much to say here.
Now you ask what is a chillum? This is where it all kinda started many many years ago. They were first used in India by Hindu monks and holy men. The people of Inida have been using chillums for thousands of years, even before tobacco was introduced. Being that the holy men of India where using the chillum they have become associate with spirituality and meditation in much of Asia and Eastern Europe. Only recently has the chillum become popular in the western civilization.
To use any one of these chillums, bats or one hitters it is best to hold it upward at a 45 degree angle so as the herb does not fall out. You will fill you bowl end with some of your herbs and use a flame to catch the herbs on fire and inhale.
Some special chillums are made with the mouthpiece hole just on the side of the pipe. This designed to be held in your closed first. Then you inhale through your fingers so as not to put your lips on the pipe. People feel this was invented during the 60’s at a dead show.
Things to look for when choosing a hand crafted glass chillium
Chillum Size and Design
Very small chillums are for the on the go user and are very portable making them also very discreet. Usually larger chillums start to become more expensive and can become what is called a heady chillum. These are great for show stoppers and talking pieces.
Glass Thickness of a pipe and chillum
Glass is one of the greatest materials for smoking pipes as it is completely inert and does not affect the taste of the smoke. It also makes for a much easier cleaning process. The thicker the glass the more durable it is on average. But glass is glass and if you drop it on concret it will break. If not the first time, eventually it will break. Thicker glass also is very nice in a pipe or chillum when an artist does inside out work as the colors will pop inside the glass. We like thick glass. Oh and did you know what glass likes to be ¼ inch thick in its molten state. Just a dumb fact.
Bowl End of the pipe or chillum
Yep, this is where you put your good herbs in to be smoked. This is really all up to you. One thing to note is that a bigger bowl can always be loaded with less, while a small bowl is always small. Another big thing to always take into consideration is the size of the bowl hole. We thing about a 4mm hole is perfect. Some people like is smaller and some larger. Small holes get clogged more easily, while larger holes tend to let debris or scooby snacks through. A screen can help solve this issue, while we like just the perfect size hole.
The shape and size of the mouthpiece is a very important part of the pipe. This is where you put your lips, so it needs to be what you want to put your lips on. A hole not too small is best as a small hole can get clogged easily.
This is one of our most favorite hand pipe shapes. It has a lot of character to it, with a big bend in the shaft that holds nice in your hands. The famous Sherlock Holmes may not be the one to invent the sherlock pipe, but he was for shurlock the one to make the pipe popular. The sherlock pipe works the same has any other hand pipe and you should pay attention to the bowl hole size to make sure it is of your desired shape. Elev8 Glass Gallery will always make sure the hole is the proper size.