In the event that you are on a tight budget, but still want to get the best bang for your buck, we got the list for you. It’s all about small glass pipes. We really need to set what exactly you are looking for, maybe you don’t know yet – either way, we got something for you. Below are a number of options, read over each one and see the advantages/disadvantages to each piece:
Handheld Stone Smoking Pipe
This great pipe features a grey and black mottled look that happens to enhance its aesthetic appeal and it comes with an onyx carved style. It has a size of 2 to 3 inches (5cm to 8cm) and it has great functionality as far as the handling of heat is concerned. The fact that it’s stone makes it extremely hard to overheat, the downside is that when it does get hot, say using a butane torch type lighter, ad the cool down time is NOT fast!
So this isn’t a prime choice to get if you want to have a session with essential oils, concentrates or waxes on top of your legal herb. In fact, it’s basically you moving on to the next piece once it overheats, so it’s not good for larger groups, just solo sessions. It is available in a wide array of types and styles and all of them feature extremely sizeable bowls; this allows for large and copious amounts of smoke in a single load.
Classic Wood Sherlock Hand Pipe
Another one of the great small glass pipes available in the market at an affordable price, is the wooden Sherlock pipe. To be honest, even if you’re not a wood pipe fan – this is pretty freaking cool. Obviously, the first thing that the word Gandalf puts into people’s minds in the Lord of The Rings character, Gandalf, usually while smoking the pipe of the same name. Wood is classic (like cave-man classic), and the Sherlock style is honestly one I’ve just fell in love with when it comes to hand pipes.
It comes in a very small size compared to average Sherlock pipes out there, minimum 6 inch (15cm). The reason for the smaller size, is that is intended to mimic the small size and characteristic of small glass pipes in the 2 to 4 inch range. This also lends to a more stealth approach that most Gandalfs don’t deliver (it’s like wielding a sword sometimes). It has been made using Briar wood which is a feature of all high quality English style wood pipes. Its stems feature removable filters which work very well to enhance the production of good-smooth smoke.
The wood is average at dispersing heat, and before you start, you should burn the inside of the bowl to create a charcoal layer that protects the mouthpiece and provides a smoother smoke. The only downside (or upside) is that the wood delivers a very mild smoke, and hides some of the tastes from the current herb you’re smoking. It also, if not cleaned often, can build up and deliver unique flavors much different from the herb that you have currently loaded in your bowl, due to the previously used herb’s flavors. Take this as you will, it’s a great choice for those on a budget.
Classic Glass Gandalf Pipe
This is a great pipe that has been made using the traditional Sherlock Holmes style. While the Gandalf has a longer stem or kneck, this pipe reminds you of the old black and white movies where the dad would light up his pipe in the living room while reading his paper. It’s a well built piece that will certainly deliver for years to come – in fact, I find most people lose these pipes before they break them.
It features a ‘wood grain’ that is very deep and very well polished. It also features metal filters that can very easily be replaced. These metal filters work very well to ensure that only quality smoke is produced when the pipe is in use. The best thing about this pipe also is that it does not require frequent cleaning. It handles heat fairly well with the bowl bottom and cleaning isn’t too hard with a little rubbing alcohol and a pipe cleaner.
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Glass Animals Pipes – Cobra
This is for those who are on a budget, but looking for some glass art. These pipes feature a snaking style to their stems and usually a Cobra head to a bit in front of the bowl. These great small glass pipes actually come in quite a variety of shapes of Cobras, colors and sizes. They are of actually really very high quality glass for the price, and their tails are the lip where you take your puff, a carb in the neck area and a bowl right I the middle. Like all well made glass, they reduce heat well and are great for parties. They can be tricky sometimes to pass around though, so be weary. What seems like a solid grip, becomes the person holding “air” because of the twist in the pipe (when they’re used to a straight pipe), and to the floor it falls.
Multi Swirl Glass Chillum Pipes
Dichroic Chillum Pipe Color Changing Silver Fumed Glass with Triple Green Marble Grip and Colorful Designs
Great pipes that are available in 3 inches (8cm) sizes. We’ve talked about Chillums before, but they really are great for getting really strong, heated puffs of smoke. When Chillums are long, 6+ inches (15cm), they deliver a much smoother and cooler smoke; however, when they are short, it’s hot and a rougher smoke. This of course, is preferred by some, who like the coughing that comes with the territory. Whether you like your smokes smooth or harsh, you have to admit, they are beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.
Multicolor Sherlock Pipe
Fire Rainbow Wig Wag Sherlock Pipe
Another great pipe, designed according to the traditional Sherlock Holmes style. The pipe is high quality, and as mentioned earlier in the “classic Sherlock pipe” style, it delivers a smoother smoke than most of the pipes on the list (save the wood, which is mild). The fact that the pipe is glass, also makes it disperse heat quickly. Of course, with the smaller stem, you’re going to get a harsher hit, but the Sherlock style, adds that extra inch or two to smooth and cool down your smoke enough. It has a height of approximately 4 inches (10cm) and you can be sure that it is worth every cent that you will pay for it.
Mephisto Glass Pipes (Spoon pipes or Onies)
These pipes are approximately 3 to 5 inches in length (8cm to 13cm) and they feature the string-style artwork that is popular. I think when everyone walks into a head shop, local convenience store or gas station – 9 times out of 10 they see the Mephisto style pipe. Well, now you know the name to it. These pipes are at the bottom of the list. Why? Because they are everywhere, and when people think of cheap pipes, this is the image that pops in the thought bubble they have. It’s not a bad pipe, it’s just very “standard”. The positives are, it doesn’t break very easy, it’s glass and easy to clean, there are literally 1000+ styles to choose from, and your local head shop is going to have 50 to 100 of these laid out in their glass cases compared to the other styles on our list. The bad parts, it’s the same old – same old, the stem is straight which means harsher smokes and hotter temperatures. Quality is usually sub-standard as most local head shops sell China made glass Mephistos since they are soooo easy to make.
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