Are Glass Water Pipes Better?

Are you wondering what makes glass water pipes better than their wood, ceramic, or silicone counterparts? Pipes have been around for a long time, but glass water pipes are a much more recent addition and most people agree that they are one of the best options available. So, let’s take a look at how they came to be in the first place.

A history of how glass water pipes came to be

Smoking utensils have been around for more than 2000 years. Originally, they were made from materials like wood or bamboo. Ancient culture saw smoking as a very important part of their culture, and smoking throughout history has had a number of important religious and social implications.

Indians for example would often use the wood from local trees to make smoking implements, back then it was for religious purposes. In China and Vietnam, it was bamboo that was primarily used to make bongs almost 1000 years ago. As the industrial revolution started to pick up speed, metal became a popular option as it was relatively cheap and fairly easy to get at that time in history. Most people at the time would use metal for the bowl and mouthpiece. The way that smoking implements have developed has mostly depended on the kinds of material that people on hand at the time.

Glass water pipes

Senior man lighting a glass water pipe

Glass water pipes are primarily created from borosilicate glass which is known to be capable of withstanding fairly intense heat. Borosilicate is made from a mix of boric oxide, silica, soda ash and alumina which are melted together. These materials together have a natural transparency and a high melting point which makes them capable of withstanding temperatures up to 500°C.

One of the reasons that glass water pipes have become so popular is because they are considered to be highly reliable and because they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They can also be coloured in a variety of ways, making them popular with art collectors. Artists all over the world now experiment with the material and with different glass blowing techniques to create beautiful, trippy designs. When compared to wood or metal alternatives they are a much better choice because they have much better heat isolation which means you won’t feel the heat when you’re using it.

Purchasing tips

If your planning to buy this smoking utensil then you’ll find it difficult to make a bad choice, there are a lot of different options out there. One of the main limitations you’ll want to take into consideration is your budget. The cost of glass water pipes generally depends on the materials and level of artistry used in creating them. Certain designs will also be more expensive. A bubble for instance will usually be more expensive than a spoon pipe design. Generally, the cost of your smoking implement will be dependent on the process of making it. Designs that are more difficult to make will command higher price tag. 

When you’re buying a new smoking implement, especially one made from fragile materials, make sure you’re buying from a reputable seller. There are a lot of different people selling these both in-store and online. It’s important that you buy quality pieces that are durable enough to last, and most importantly are safe. You don’t want to end up burned or hurt from a poorly designed piece. You also want to make sure if you’re ordering online that your new item will be packaged properly, there’s nothing worse than having a new piece arrive and discovering that it’s broken.