How to prolong the life of your pipes and bongs

Published Aug 20, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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There’s nothing worse than a cracked, clogged, or otherwise non-functional piece when you’re ready to sit back, relax, and partake at the end of a long, hard day. It’s annoying, expensive, and not always possible to rush out and buy a new one by the time you finally notice your unfortunate circumstance, and when it’s your favourite bongs, it can even take an emotional toll. Most consumers spend a fair amount of time and money picking out a delivery tool, which is why we don’t want to consistently or regularly have to replace it.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find any bongs or pipes that will last an entire lifetime of use and abuse, but there are ways to make them last longer if you’re willing to put the time, energy, and effort into doing so. Still, if you follow these five tips and tricks, you’ll be guaranteed at least a few more sessions worth of time with it. The most important being number 1, because if you don’t start this journey right, then it’s also not likely to end on a positive note.

1. Pick one that’s made from a durable material

Glass bongs are incredible for so many different reasons, like their aesthetic appeal and the way they deliver a clean, fresh taste, untainted by the sterile material, but they aren’t the best choice if you’re looking for a device that’s going to last long term. The same is true for pipes, dab rigs, and any other tools you can think of. The hardier the better, because then you’ll know that it will be able to handle a few drops, which are bound to happen at some point or another.

2. Clean it after every use (but be gentle!)

Frequent cleaning can add months and even years to the life of your bongs or pipes, as it’ll keep the device from getting clogged up and make resin easier to remove without rough scraping. However, it is important to do this with the appropriate tools, a soft-bristled toothbrush or cloth. Anything more abrasive is likely to scratch your piece, which can make it weaker and more likely to break and that is especially true in the glass of glass bongs, as they can be ravaged by something as simple as a metal bristled pipe cleaner. A quick rinse when you’re done is all it takes to add years of life to almost any device.

3. Do not store water in it

Water bongs and pipes are considered to be luxury tools, as they cool and filter the smoke, leading to a smoother more enjoyable hit, but a lot of consumers don’t realize that leaving them filled with H20 could be hazardous to both their health and the lifespan of their devices. The huge temperature difference can influence the strength of glass or metal, plus it’s going to stick up the place while it builds harmful bacteria that are eventually going to clog it up. It might seem easier to keep your bong full of water and loaded, but if you do, it’s not going to last nearly as long.

4. Remove the bowl whenever possible for storage

Have you ever noticed that most breaks happen in the stem which feeds into the neck of a bong? The same can be said for various types of pipes including silicone, as the bowls are made of glass and it’s prone to shattering under pressure. All it takes is one little bump from the wrong angle, and the whole thing could break, which is why it’s a really good idea to remove them completely when your device is safely stashed away in storage.

5. Invest in a safe storage solution

We’ve all lost a bong or two from pets or even friends accidentally knocking them over. It’s just part of owning fragile goods that are left around when you’re stoned and not exactly paying the best attention. It’s more likely to happen to those who leave their devices out on a table or shelf that is easy to access, and that’s why those aren’t very good places to store anything of importance.

To avoid this devastating mistake, you might want to check out soft protective lined bong bags or boxes, which are designed to discreetly hide your device in a way that should make them safe for travel. It’s another expense, but for $20, you could add years to the life of your bongs or pipes, so it’s a worthwhile investment that will eventually pay for itself.

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