The Best Water Pipe for Concentrate Smokers
Not all water pipes are created equally. In fact, your water pipe rather reflects your personality, and it’s important to find the right tool for the job. Here’s a secret we are going to share with you: Water pipes and dab rigs are essentially the same thing. However, there are some more suited for the job than others. So let’s review what’s good for when you decide to take a dab from your water pipe.
Size: Typically stoners love water pipes with some girth (amiright, ladies?!). Size does matter, but in the case of concentrates bigger is not always better. You’ll want something that is under around 14in. Concentrated dabs are very potent and you need to be sure you’re not taking rips that are too large.
Style: Painted glass water pipes, novelty style glass, and water pipes with intricate designs may not work well with concentrates. You want something basic and simple. We recommend beaker style water pipes or even straight tube pipes. These pipes are easier to clean, easier to smoke from, and typically will have just the right amount of filtration you need to keep the clean flavor you want from your smoke. Too much filtration and you’ll bring down the content of your smoke too much.
Let’s assume you’re new to concentrates and maybe you need a little help knowing what you need to get started. Here’s a handy list!
These replace the traditional bowl that water pipes boast. The banger (or banger hanger) is a neat little curved bucket looking bowl that will allow your concentrate to melt without losing it into your water pipe.
Used to get a small amount of your concentrate into the banger is the dabber tool. These come in metal, silicone, and glass styles and are just based on your preference for which you like most as all work great! Some dabber tools even have a little personality on them like our character dabber
Once your concentrate is there and melted to the best temperature you will need a carb cap. These come in a huge variety of styles to check out, all usually glass. Check out our rubber ducky carb cap that slingshots you right to your childhood! This is used after it’s heated. Place the carb cap over your banger top as you take a rip from your water pipe. This creates the smoke effect you want. Remove the carb cap to clear the pipe.
Lighters need not apply when we are talking about concentrates. They will not get the job done. You need a kitchen quality food grade butane torch to get your banger heated up to the temperature you need for it to melt.
And that’s it! These are the tools you need and now you’re ready to venture into the world on concentrates. If you need any of these essentials for your smoke session give our online smoke shop a look or else stop into one of our five retail stores in and around Louisville, KY. See you soon!
Not all water pipes are created equally. In fact, your water pipe rather reflects your personality, and it’s important to find the right tool for the job. Here’s a secret we are going to share with you: Water pipes and dab rigs are essentially the same thing. However, there are some more suited for the job than oth
Is it Better to Use a Waterpipe for Concentrates?
Recently it seems like smoking or dabbing concentrates has become more common. The government hasn’t provided any real data on its consumption or the true pros and cons of concentrates versus smoking plant material, but many people assume it is safer and healthier. Most experienced smokers use water filtration to make the vapor even cleaner. Anyone who has smoked concentrates in a waterpipe knows that water provides a better experience for your lungs. But if you’ve used water filtration for wax, you’ve also seen the concentrates lost (called reclaim) in the water. This is the sacrifice of clean vaping and the pressing question – Is it really that much better to use a waterpipe for concentrates?
Concentrates are effectively an extract that removes most of the organic matter and leaves the consumer with mostly the active ingredients. Those concentrates are much cleaner than smoking or vaping flower, but there are also risks to dabbing it. For example, concentrates are very hot and heavy with quite a bit of vaporized oil in each hit.
Concentrates are most commonly vaporized in a dab rig or concentrate vape pen. Dab rigs are the preference of most connoisseurs because the heavy vapors are passed through water filtration. To achieve the most pleasurable hit, filter the vapor through water by using a dab rig waterpipe, preferably with a percolator and recycler on it. This cools the vapor and removes some of the excess concentrates in the vapor. These concentrates that are removed as it is passing through water end up accumulating and coagulating in the water at the bottom of the pipe. This brings us to the crux of this dilemma – Do you value your health more or are you more concerned with the concentrates that have been lost in the water?
I’m sure that people’s opinions are split on this issue. But we feel strongly that your health is the most important thing. If you are going to dab, we encourage everyone to use effective water filtration. In fact, you can always even recover those accumulated concentrates, and reuse them. You can collect it in many ways but the best way is to use a reclaim catch to collect some of the excess reclaim before it can reach the chamber and the water. Check out our previous article to learn more about reclaim catches.
In a recent study by MCR Labs, the laboratory tested some of the reclaim that had accumulated in four different pipes. This reclaim was found to contain the same active ingredients as the concentrates but in different concentrations. So not all of the value is lost when the concentrates are vaporized the first time, and your health has been relatively preserved. Additionally, as mentioned before you can collect and reuse what you recover.
So we want to encourage you all to be healthy and use water filtration whenever possible. The best place to buy a waterpipe is at waterbedsnstuff.com or you can head into one of the 13 retail stores in and around the Columbus and Central Ohio area.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
**The beliefs and opinions expressed in this blog are not those of Waterbeds ‘n’ Stuff.
Discussion of whether it is better to use a waterpipe for concentrates? All the pros and cons of whether water filtration is better for dabs.