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are OGB showerhead downstems equal or as good as Alex K showerhead downstems?

budz and bhombs
DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
  • Jan 18, 2015
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  • budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 19, 2015
  • #2
  • Really?! Nothing at all guys?? no opinions on the question. i want to start buying my glass parts from OGB off ioffer but if the alex k showerhead ds is REALLY that much better, if get that 1 im guessing. im just wondering how the 2 compare. ive heard NOTHING but good things about BOTH, im just wondering if they hit pretty similar or is there a difference or even a few? w either 1 of the showerhead ds’s, the ash, etc. snapped through the slide(bowl) wont get all stuck up in the downstem will it?! i DEF dont want that, to me it LOOKS like and w my experience w other showerheads(cheap/cheaper ones w slimmer slits :-/ ), the resin, ash gets caught up in the downstems ALL the time! i dont want to have to take it out and have to empty ash and ish outta my downstem. but like i said, ive ONLY heard good things about BOTH, i just want to know what ppl think that have gotten the chance to use or that have both! im planning on purchasing a new tube for my bday, if u havent seen it mentioned in other posts, hah, and ive got it down to 3.. its soooo hard to FINALLY JUST BREAK DOWN AND CHOOSE! i want to MAKE SURE ILL BE HAPPY w my purchase and most importantly the functionality of my new piece! so far, its between a Zob 14in., a HVY clear beaker 16in., and a Manifest(MGW) 14 in. then a OGB showerhead DS MOST LIKELY, unless i get told or convinced the alex k is THAT MUCH BETTER! well see. ANNNYONE, please give me your . id GRREATLY appreciate it!

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    photobooth
    Well-Known Member
    • Jan 19, 2015
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  • breathe
    Well-Known Member
    • Jan 19, 2015
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  • Good choice with the whole smaller beaker/shower head combo. IMO that combo is super under appreciated and often overlooked in lieu of “MAD PERCZ BRO. 1111. 11!1”. With it you’ll be getting an awesome combustion and vaping piece that will be super adaptable to your needs.

    If you’re super concerned about ash chillin in the downstem, I would say your options are getting a carbon filter, getting an ash catcher, using a screened or semi-screened bowl or just getting used to it. Any showerhead you buy will have problems with keeping at least some of the shit you snap down there in the perc. Alex K’s do a pretty good job with the size of there slits, but no down stem is immune. I really can’t comment on the OGB showerheads, but their customer service is awesome so you could probably email them and ask your questions directly.

    Also, not sure if this fits the bill, but there is a nice cheap HVY beaker in the classifieds right now that comes with a couple of downstems. You could get that and then decide what your opinion would be on a showerhead. I’ve had that style HVY beaker before they are nice and simple and well made. The joint is a little peculiar, but sorta nice because it’s so low profile and works well.

    Whatever you decide best of luck! sorry about the lack of responses, but like @photobooth said it’s not exactly surprising given where we are

    budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 19, 2015
  • #5
  • Good choice with the whole smaller beaker/shower head combo. IMO that combo is super under appreciated and often overlooked in lieu of “MAD PERCZ BRO. 1111. 11!1”. With it you’ll be getting an awesome combustion and vaping piece that will be super adaptable to your needs.

    If you’re super concerned about ash chillin in the downstem, I would say your options are getting a carbon filter, getting an ash catcher, using a screened or semi-screened bowl or just getting used to it. Any showerhead you buy will have problems with keeping at least some of the shit you snap down there in the perc. Alex K’s do a pretty good job with the size of there slits, but no down stem is immune. I really can’t comment on the OGB showerheads, but their customer service is awesome so you could probably email them and ask your questions directly.

    Also, not sure if this fits the bill, but there is a nice cheap HVY beaker in the classifieds right now that comes with a couple of downstems. You could get that and then decide what your opinion would be on a showerhead. I’ve had that style HVY beaker before they are nice and simple and well made. The joint is a little peculiar, but sorta nice because it’s so low profile and works well.

    Whatever you decide best of luck! sorry about the lack of responses, but like @photobooth said it’s not exactly surprising given where we are

    yeah, i already talkd to that guy about his HVY. its just to small for my liking. i want a 14-16 inch beaker. not a 10 inch. im the 1 who got him to go down to $50 shipped bc i showed him brand new 1s that where nicer then his for 65$ plus shipping, he was originally gonna sell it for 75$ altogether! haha
    but yeah, u got that right, about the beaker tubes w no percs w a nice DS showerhead setup, VERY UNDERATED! thats what im shootin for rather then a nice perc’d beaker! as u can tell, i like beaker styles hah but hey, thanks for being COOL about it, and answering at least part of my posts. its not like ppl DO NOT TALK ABOUT GLASS AT ALL or some sht on this site. if i have a question about somethin, im gonna ask it. SORRRY photobooth!

    ps- and BTW, i 1st signed up for TC, guys were TOTAL assholes when i tried to ask ANYTHING! i just didnt like A LOT of the ppl i met. so i joined here. and im not gonna say i dont combust, and i will NEVER stop, but i ALSO vape! and i LOVE both! i dont see whats wrong w that. Sorry.

    Frederick McGuire
    Aggressively Loungey
    • Jan 20, 2015
  • #6
  • I think you’re reading into @photobooth s post too much.

    You specifically asked about how the downstem works for combustion.
    I know a lot of peeps around here still combust, but primarily it tends to be vaporists around here.

    I read your OP, and once you started asking about how the DS handles ash I knew I wouldn’t be much help to ya.

    I’m pretty sure photobooth was just explaining why you weren’t getting responses.

    I’ve owned an Alex-K downstem, and I don’t really see the value.

    For like $10 more you can get a sovereignty gridded downstem which hits a bit nicer IME.
    Or for like $20 less you can get a OGB showerhead that is essentially the same thing.

    I mean, there’s not much going on in a showerhead DS, so I don’t really see the point in paying for a brand name for one.

    I actually find I get really nice performance out of my 11-hole punched downstem – I prefer it to the Alex k I had.

    My punched hole and Sovereignty downstems also both have an opening at the end that would allow ash to fall through.

    budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • grdwaste
    Glass Psycho
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 20, 2015
  • #9
  • wow! THANKS man! i appreciate it! ive been thinkin the samething after thinkin bout it, im just gonna grab a OGB DS and a 18mm glass on glass whip adapter?!(think thats what there called) from him. and funny thing is i just was browsing the other day and came across that rezblock forum. so the cranberry extract works nice too? where would i find this product and is there a brand name or do i simply just look for cranberry extract like in a grocery store?! thats an awesome thing to know! thank you! im def gonna be using it, hopefully ill find some. thanks again man for the info.

    ps- although, unless u have owned 1 or know some1 that owns 1, u probably wouldnt know, but ive been looking at this MGW(Manifest) 16 inch beaker.

    and from what ive found, the downstem that comes in that MGW is a showerhead type and ive found a few ppl say its a nice diffused ds. im just not positive. if i end up getting this tube over my other 2 im stuck on, then ill just wait and see how there ds is then if it sucks, ill get a OGB showerhead! shoot, might anyways just to have a couple options!

    grdwaste
    Glass Psycho
    • Jan 20, 2015
  • #10
  • Best brand and it has to be alcohol free extract. Its about $10-15 cheaper on amazon

    Look on the right side and buy it from one of the other sellers. On amazon Will be cheaper that way.

    budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 20, 2015
  • #11
  • Best brand and it has to be alcohol free extract. Its about $10-15 cheaper on amazon

    Look on the right side and buy it from one of the other sellers. On amazon Will be cheaper that way.

    so this stuff wont effect the different tastes of my PHIREY budz?! hah but really, it doesnt change the herbs flavor or anything? i love the idea, im about to order atleast a bottle right now. and do u recommend getting the 1 u linked or will any alcohol free 1 do. thanks again bud

    ps= just wondering.

    grdwaste
    Glass Psycho
    • Jan 20, 2015
  • #12
  • so this stuff wont effect the different tastes of my PHIREY budz?! hah but really, it doesnt change the herbs flavor or anything? i love the idea, im about to order atleast a bottle right now. and do u recommend getting the 1 u linked or will any alcohol free 1 do. thanks again bud

    ps= just wondering.

    budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • grdwaste
    Glass Psycho
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • Frederick McGuire
    Aggressively Loungey
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 20, 2015
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  • Mr. Gweilo 420
    • Jan 21, 2015
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  • budz and bhombs
    DAB SPECIALIST/ POKER GRINDER
    • Jan 21, 2015
  • #18
  • plenty of other nice ppl already helped me out, if u havent noticed, so its all good. i dont know whats so hard to understand in that post but ok. do u not kno how to read?! or. smoke a bowl! oooooh WAIT! i can tell ur 1 of those SUPER SNOBBY vaporists, if im understanding what i just read. VAPE a bowl!

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    Well-Known Member
    • Jan 21, 2015
  • #19
  • I’m a terrible writer, my posts are often unorganized and hard to follow but DAMN your posts take it to a new level. I’ll speak for Mr. Gweilo and say that it has nothing to do with vaporizing or smoking, its the way you choose to write and present yourself on the forum.

    Now I’m just basing my answer on the title. I’ve had a lot of different downstems, some were American made and others were imported. Cheap, expensive, lots of holes, only a few, high water level, low water level, carbon filters, diffuser beads, whatever – it doesn’t matter. You’re only going to get so much diffusion through a traditional beaker with downstem set-up.

    If you want to spend $20 more for a name-brand downstem than go for it, there’s going to be little difference besides build quality and origin. It all comes down to preference. Personally I’ll choose OGB over some big name producer like Alex K for something generic like a downstem. Additionally I don’t see any reason to buy a name brand beaker unless its 9mm thick glass or heady, there are so many other options that will have the same quality and offer more in the way of diffusion. If you can afford to buy a basic $150 beaker from ALT you can afford to buy a couple downstems to test out the differences. I mean you can buy imported glass for the same price as most downstems.

    When you finally get tired of fucking around with downstems (because lets face it, everyone knows they’re a pain) you should look into more functional glass with a fixed stem, you’ll never turn back. I’m not saying pieces with downstems are bad, they’re just less convenient to use and more likely to break.

    im going to be buying 1 of them for my new tube soon, and im gonna get a perc-less beaker tube, a zob, a HVY, or a MGW.. im just wondering from the ppl who…