Of course when you buy a pipe you want to choose the one that will best meet your smoking needs, right? Usually when you are looking for a smoking pipe, you will come across pipes made of glass, which are considered by many smokers the best option for a smoking pipe. The glass items are popular for many reasons. Glass pipes do not heat up on the outside as much as metal pipes. Many smokers also say that the taste is different if you smoke out of glass pipe bowls. To help you decide which pipe to buy, here are the most common advantages and disadvantages of using glass pipes:

The advantages of glass blown pipes

  1. They are convenient and very easy to use. Since pipes made of glass do not heat up like those made of metal, users enjoy smoking with glass pipes even more.
  2. The smoke is a lot different. With blown glass pipes you actually see the smoke as it fills the chamber.
  3. It has more character. Most smokers think that glass pipes get more interesting as they get older. Since glass pipes are transparent, they get smokier after regular use. This subtly alters the colors of the glass providing the “character” that most smokers love to see in their pipes.
  4. The taste. This advantage of course depends on who uses the smoking pipe. Some say it is better to smoke with metal or wooden pipes while others say the popularity of glass pipes is because of the taste it creates. For dedicated glass pipe smokers, using pipes made of glass is like the difference between drinking a good beer from a bottle instead of a can. You taste the flavor of the smoke without additional flavor left by a wooden or metal pipe.

The disadvantages of glass-type pipes

  1. They are more expensive. If you are on a tight budget, then you may want to choose a metal pipe instead. But if you want to spend more on a higher quality smoking product, then you want to invest in a glass pipe.
  2. They are much more breakable. Since they are made of glass, they can be very fragile. Metal pipes don’t break. They are also much easier to disassemble and clean without the risk of a glass pipe shattering if it accidentally slips from your hands.
  3. You can’t replace broken parts. It is one solid piece of glass so when it breaks, you definitely have to buy a new one.
  4. They are harder to clean. Since you cannot disassemble it like a metal pipe, it is harder to clean.
  5. Do you want to stand out from the crowd by owning a unique pipe with real artistic style? If so, whether it is your first time smoking or you are a long time smoker who is looking to change things up and explore a different style of pipe, then consider this information when purchasing your next pipe.

Author's Bio: 

Michelle Walker is an avid collector of hand made glass art. She is an expert on glass pipesof all varieties and particularly enjoys collecting glass on glass bubblers.