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The Different Types Of Pipe Materials

When it comes to smoking marijuana, using a pipe is a great way to go. Pipes are convenient and help you avoid rolling joints, so you don't have to carry around rolling papers and tips. They are also smaller and less cumbersome than bongs, which can be rather large and difficult to store and transport. Pipes are a great alternative, especially if you intend on being mobile. 

When it comes to weed pipes, there are four commonly used materials for you to choose from, each with its own set of pros and cons. Let us look at each one. 


Glass is a popular pipe material because it is cheap, non-porous and resistant to bacteria. Glass is an excellent choice because it is not good at conducting heat, which means that it won't get hot and burn your mouth or your hands when used.

Glass also is simple enough in that it is easy to keep clean. One way is to boil the pipe and water for 10 minutes or to soak it in alcohol. You could also put it in the dishwasher.

Glass will also not affect the flavour of your smoking experience whatsoever and is known to provide a clean and smooth smoking experience. 


Metal pipesare no doubt more durable than glass. Whereas glass can break, metal cannot. However, metal can add a metallic undertone to the flavour of the smoke. Also, not all metals are safe to smoke with. Generally, brass is the best metal for this.

Cleaning metal is very easy and quick. The same methods for cleaning glass can be used to clean metal. However, it is not recommended that you put your metal pipe in the dishwasher as it can cause tarnishing to occur. The other downside of metal pipes is that they tend to be more pricey compared to pipes made from simpler materials such as glass or wood. 


Wood pipes are a classic. They have been used for hundreds of years for smoking tobacco and there is no difference when it comes to smoking marijuana. Wooden pipes are dependable, strong and affordable. However, wood pipes add their own flavour to the smoke, which can be off-putting to some. On the other hand, many people specifically like this aspect.

It is worth noting that a wood pipe needs to be prepared before it is used; otherwise, the first few uses will burn the wood inside the pipe and create an unpleasant smoking experience. To prepare the pipe, you should burn the inside of the bowl to create a layer of charcoal. Once this is done, you can enjoy your smoking experience without any issues.

Cleaning a wood pipe is not as simple as soaking it in water. To clean a wood pipe, you will need to use pipe cleaners and running water. Soaking or boiling the pipe can ruin it. Wood pipes are relatively inexpensive and are thus a good option for beginners, provided you are comfortable with prepping them.


Silicone pipes are a relatively modern invention and are quite novel in that they can withstand extremely high temperatures without melting or imparting any toxic chemicals into the smoke for you to inhale. This makes them safe and easy to use. 

The silicone material also means that the pipe is very durable and is thus a good option to use when travelling as it won't break in your bag. Silicone pipes won't get hot when used and are also very easy to clean, as they can be boiled, put in the dishwasher, taken apart and turned inside out with relative ease. They won't import any nasty flavours into the pipe either. 

However, on the downside, extensive use of silicone pipes over time, especially when not cleaned regularly, can lead to a relatively unpleasant smell that is hard to remove. Yet, silicone pipes are relatively inexpensive and are again a good choice as they come in a variety of styles and colours.

At Puff, we have a range of pipes to choose from made from various materials. Visit ourPipes page to order your ideal pipe today!

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