Types of screens for weed pipes and bongs

Published Jun 3, 2019 10:07 a.m. ET
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If you are new to the big wide world of marijuana pipes and other cannabis accessories, then it might be hard to decide which products are worth your time and investment. Most of the focus and hype is placed on the smoking devices themselves with eye catching colors, and functional designs to suit any need. What is so rarely talked about are the cannabis accessories that truly help these kinds of tools function. A screen isn’t just an aesthetics piece, and its presence serves a vital purpose to the overall design of most bongs and pipes, but there isn’t just one kind of screen. There are many different designs, colors, and a couple of different materials that are available today.

Though all marijuana pipe screens serve the very same basic purpose, there are pros and cons to either type, or many people swear by never using one at all. It’s important to consider the implications of these kinds of decisions before you run into problems based on your chosen or lack of cannabis accessories.

Pros and cons of using a screen in a marijuana pipe or bong


  • Prevents ash from getting into your mouth
  • Compact and safe to store with other small cannabis accessories
  • Stops weed grind from falling out of the bowl
  • Prevents the smoking device from getting clogged
  • Not very expensive


  • If you have an oddly shaped or sized bowl, it can be challenging to find a screen of either type to suit your needs
  • Clogs the airflow smoking devices faster
  • Easy to lose
  • Can sometimes make the bowl smaller, which results in the device holding less

Types of screens for weed pipes and bongs

There are two different materials that are made into screens for marijuana pipes, including glass and brass metal versions.


Glass pipe screens are made of many different types of glass and are often painted and or shaped into unique and exciting shapes that work perfectly to filter the content of a bowl.


Brass material pipe screens visually resemble a metal strainer that you’d find in your kitchen but are made of a much finer mesh without any sort of coating.

Pros and cons of glass screens


  • Wide range of colors to choose from
  • A broad range of designs available
  • Reusable and recyclable
  • Can't blow holes while in use


  • Cannot be manipulated or adjusted
  • Very fragile
  • More expensive than the metal alternative
  • Stays hot for a longer period after use, which increases the risk of getting burned

Pros and cons of metal Screens


  • Adjustable and form fitting
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Can withstand travel and drops
  • More affordable
  • Cools down almost immediately after use


  • Easy to lose
  • Easy to tear
  • Doesn’t last long
  • Basic designs and no different colors

In the end, neither type of weed pipe screen is superior to the other, and both kinds have perks and downsides depending on how your device’s bowl is designed, how often you travel with it, how often to use your device and several other personal preferences that are more challenging to predict. If you are used to old school metal screens, I highly recommend at least trying a glass version to see and experience the difference between the two for yourself.


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