Bong on beach during summer sunset

5 Summertime Tips for Glass Pipes

Without a doubt, every smoker loves their collection of glass bongs, pipes, bubblers, dab rigs and more. Often, a smoking room's collection is the highlight of the space. A well-curated ensemble usually doubles as a dazzling display of glass artistry in addition to a functional lineup of tools. Now that winter is behind us and temperatures rising, summer is right around the corner. You know what that means? It's time to take advantage of the weather and the all-around good vibes. Therefore, glass pipes are the ultimate smoking tool for the season.

These compact, portable glass pipes are the ideal way to savor your dry herbs, without the cumbersome inconvenience of a larger piece. In this post, we’ll provide some helpful tips from your favorite online headshop for maximizing your glass pipes throughout the rest of the spring and the whole of summer.

1. Be Careful About Breaking Your Piece

Even today, after numerous decades and the availability of several alternatives, the glass pipe reigns supreme as the most popular, quintessential way to enjoy herbs. Sure, they may be the most basic, but they're the standard, and the go-to tool, for a reason. Sometimes, simplicity is the finest virtue a pipe or bong has to offer.

In addition to its function and ease of use, smokers love the glass pipe for its compact size and portability. You can easily conceal them in handbags, backpacks, diversion safes, or even just slide them in your pocket. However, with portability comes one, less-than-fantastic quality: the risk of breaking your pipe if you're not careful.


How to Prevent Glass Pipe Breakage

So how can you prevent this? Obviously, a glass pipe's potential for breakage depends largely on how you handle it. In addition, one other critical factor is the glass quality. Ordering high-quality, scientific glass pipes is a pretty reliable way to ensure they're as durable as they are compact. Basically, pipes of higher-quality glass simply reduce the odds of an unfortunate, frustrating sudden breakage.

Usually, online headshops offer much higher-quality products than the cheap, flimsy stuff you'll find in their brick-and-mortar counterparts. We generally have access to superior products, manufacturers and suppliers committed to delivering excellence in their craftsmanship and materials. Often, local headshops remain in trade solely with local sources and suppliers, embedding them in a finite network of subpar products they exchange among themselves. So, most likely, even if you were to visit a second local headshop after the first proves disappointing...well, you'll find the same stuff.

Of course, another reliable way to preserve your glass pipe is to store it safely and handle it carefully. Whenever you're not using it, keep it off high surfaces like countertops, shelves, table edges or mantlepieces. Also, protective cases are a worthwhile investment to prevent damage, especially if you're bringing it on the road. If you're prone to episodes of butterfinger drops, always be hyper-vigilant and super cautious whenever you're handling or cleaning your glass pipe.

2. Soak Up the Simmering Splendor of Summer

For smokers, one of the best ways to enjoy the summer is to find fresh, captivating and scenic places to smoke. In fact, it often has a very ritualistic, cultural feeling of tradition to it. Of course, there's nothing wrong with smoking at home or in the backyard. However, in the summer, you have way more options for outdoor locations to enjoy dry herbs with friends. Keeping the ritual alive with improvising new and unique experiences is a quintessentially-summer way to enjoy smoking.

Why not try relaxing on a pool float while taking a hit from your glass pipe? This isn't just a boss way to unwind and smoke your pipe with style. In addition, it's another one of those opportunities you can only take advantage of a couple of months a year, so enjoy it while you can! Obviously, this is another practice you should navigate carefully - it would be a real bummer to drop your pipe (and herbs) in the water. Of course, the beach is just as distinctly-summertime a place to unwind, enjoy the vibes, admire the seascape and hit your pipe throughout.

Planning a camping trip this summer? Glass pipes will make the perfect accessory to any campfire circle. Not only are they always met with enthusiasm and gratitude, but they're perfect for sharing (safely - keep it clean!) and easy to conceal and transport.

3. Enjoy Summer Events

Beyond the natural beauty of summer, there's a lot of stuff you can do that smoking can only enhance. Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives this past year, normal summertime events were seriously compromised. A lot of events involving large gatherings of people may not happen this summer, or they may simply be different than usual to ensure your safety.

If there are any county or state fairs in your area, they may prove an excellent experience with the inclusion of your glass pipe. Let's face it: nothing beats the taste of a hot, sugary funnel cake after the thrill of the Gravitron. And the only way to enjoy it more? Take a hit from your glass pipe.

The Fourth of July is another ideal opportunity for summertime smoking excellence. Few things are as spectacular as a thumb on your pipe's carb during a warm summer evening while multi-colored, captivating fireworks fizzle and crack and illuminate the sky around you. Pretty epic, right?

4. Play Video Games or Watch Movies

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and balmy nights -  nobody's denying that. However, a night in every once in a while isn't some egregious sin against Mother Nature. So when you decide to crank the A/C and stay in, why not make the most of it?

Firing up your consoles with friends can help you indulge your competitive streak, or just enjoy some fun, amicable sportsmanship. Just remember: nobody likes the guy who plays as Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. or whips out their special moves to maddening excess in Mortal Kombat.

Whether you're simply having fun or you're out for blood, a glass pipe can only enhance the evening. And if you're not feeling the video game spirit, you can always stream some of the best binge-worthy series for smokers.


There’s a reason that everyone considers summer to be the best time of the year. Navigating your summer with a glass pipe always in reach can only make it significantly better.

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