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Choosing the Best Pipe to Fit Your Needs

Choosing the Best Pipe to Fit Your Needs

When choosing a pipe, it’s important to pick one that will best suit your needs. A pipe is like an extension of your personality; you want to pick one that will provide you with the smoke you prefer. There are many factors that can affect a pipe when picking one out. You’ll want to look to see if the pipe is filtered or not, treated versus untreated, the materials used to make the pipe, the shape of the pipe and stem, bowl depth, and which qualities to avoid. Instead of researching for hours on end, I’m going to provide you with a detailed list of qualities to look for in a pipe.


Filtered Versus Unfiltered

When choosing a pipe, it’s important to look to see if the pipe has a filter or not. The purpose of a filter is for the smokers who tend to draw too quickly when they smoke, resulting in “tongue bite,” or a burnt tongue. The filter allows the smoke to cool before it reaches your mouth, allowing you to experience more flavor with each puff. The filter helps to slow down the draw of smoke when inhaled by the smoker. Filters are also an excellent choice for those who are worried about the nicotine content in the tobacco, which is lessened due to the filter’s ability to absorb some of the nicotine. Just like a paper towel absorbs water, filters absorb moisture in the pipe. This is especially helpful for the smoker to avoid an excess of moisture buildup when smoking. Filters are also helpful for preventing tobacco and ash from reaching the smoker’s mouth because it fills the holes from the draught hole and borehole.

Using a filter does have its benefits; however, there are many smokers who prefer to smoke their pipe without a filter. Filters tend to hide some of the flavor from the tobacco because they absorb excess oils from the leaves. If you are the type of smoker than doesn’t inhale the smoke in order to experience the tobacco flavors, smoking without a filter will be a great choice for you. Having a pipe with a filter can be a disadvantage when you go to clean your pipe, however. Because you have to wait for the pipe to cool down before you clean it, you also have to take out the filter when cleaning due to the buildup of tar and tobacco. If you leave the filter in the wood while it’s moist, it can also damage the wood.


Treated Versus Untreated

When looking for a pipe, you may want to see if it’s treated or untreated wood. There are a few differences with each. First, treated wood is when the inner lining of the pipe is built up to allow for a longer smoke without overheating. On the other hand, an untreated pipe is just like it sounds; it doesn’t have a built-up carbon lining to allow for a longer, cooler smoke. A treated pipe is best used for beginner smokers who don’t want to break in their new pipe. An untreated pipe is better for a seasoned smoker who wants to break in their pipe by creating the carbon lining themselves via smoking it.


Materials Used

Unlike when copper pipes were first used in Ancient Egypt, most pipes are made from briar wood, derived from the briar root. Briar wood is solid, durable, handsome, and very heat-resistant (The Pipe Shop Edinburgh, 2020).



As mentioned in another article, there are several shapes of pipes that affect how the smoke is drawn, and the flavor of the tobacco. If you draw too quickly when smoking, you may want a longer stem, so the smoke has time to cool down before it reaches your mouth. If you’re a social smoker, you may want a pipe with a flat bottom to set it down in between conversations. If you’re a reader, you don’t want a pipe with a straight stem because it will be in your way when reading. You’ll want a curved stem, so the bowl is out of your face. If you think you’ll hold your pipe in your hand, you’ll want a thicker bowl, so you don’t burn your fingers. If you plan on keeping the pipe in your mouth for the duration that you’re smoking it, you’ll want a “saddle bit” which refers to the stem of the pipe. This type of stem is easier to keep in your mouth.

The shape of your pipe and length of your stem is largely dependent on your personality and the types of activities you do every day. You want the shape to reflect convenience for you, so it doesn’t become a hassle rather than a hobby.


Bowl Depth and Width

If you have a short bowl, this will result in a shorter smoke. On the other hand, if you have a deeper bowl, you will be able to smoke the tobacco for a longer period of time. If you don’t want to sit there for a long time, I would recommend a shorter bowl and vice versa if you want to leisurely smoke. Wider bowls usually allow for a greater reception of sophisticated complexities found in some blends, such as a high-quality English. A wide bowl (such as a pot shape), can offer the smoker a chance to taste the many components that make up a complex blend. 


What to Avoid When Choosing a Pipe

There are a few things to avoid when picking out a pipe. First, you want to avoid poorly aligned parts. If the pieces of the pipe do not accurately fit with one another, you’ll be subject to an obstructed airway and a wet smoke. Another quality to avoid is a metal filter. Unlike paper filters, metal filters cause the pipe to retain moisture, which leads to a loud, wet smoke and an unpleasant taste.

Although there are many factors in choosing the right pipe for you, that doesn't mean it has to be complicated. It’s best to do your research when choosing a pipe to smoke, because it will quickly become a frequent hobby for you. You don't want to be stuck with a pipe that doesn’t match your personality and deliver the right taste and draw that you’re looking for. Once you find the right pipe for your personality, you won’t be able to stop puffing!



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