How do you Smoke a Pipe with a Carb?

Learn what a Carb is, and learn how to smoke a pipe with a carb hole. Essential for smoke flow, this part of a pipe is important for any smoker out there.

by: Tamell G. | 04/03/20 1:30PM


Throughout the many years, there have been a number of different methods discovered for consuming dry herbs. If you are someone who frequently smokes, you most likely already know what a carb is and how to use one. However, for those who are new to smoking or just exploring new ways to enjoy dry herbs, then you will definitely want to add this in your session.


While you should always be careful consuming dry herb in general. This article will teach you ways to be efficient and successful smoking a pipe while using a carb. In brief, we will explain what a carb is, how to use one, and other tips and tricks that will be helpful to you throughout your before lighting up.

What is a Carb?

What is a Carb?

A carb is a small hole located on the side of a pipe, bowl, or bong. You may also hear the terms “carb hole” or “carburetor”, but just know that they all essentially mean the same thing.

The purpose of this small hole is to cover it with your thumb while lighting your substance and let go while still inhaling to clear the chamber of the bowl (or bong) of smoke. This makes for a smooth and clean hit. This is one of the major benefits of using a device with a carb hole, along with being able to control how much you want to inhale and how much you want to consume.

Without this small hole, smoke would stay trapped in the chamber of your bowl or bong making the hit much weaker and results in loss of inhalation.

How to Use a Carb While Smoking 

How to Use a Carb While Smoking

Now that you have a basic idea of what a carb is, you should definitely know how to use one. It’s not very complicated and it is easy to learn and use for everyone’s basic smoking needs. A super quick and easy step-by-step guide to using a carb.

  • Pack your bowl or bong with ground dry herb.
  • Place your lips on the mouthpiece and make sure you have a good grip (most pieces are made of glass, so you will not want to drop it).
  • Place your thumb or finger over the carb hole
  • Light your herbs and begin inhaling, keeping your finger on the carb.
  • Once you get a good pull, continue inhaling and remove your finger to completely clear the chamber of the bowl or bong.
  • Repeat this process if you would like, but always be careful while consuming.
  • Carb Pipe Smoking Tips

    Carb Pipe Smoking Tips

    The basic steps above are the building blocks of using a bowl or bong with a carb, and now it is time to put them into action. These tips and tricks will give you maximum efficiency, guaranteed:

  • Always remember to keep inhaling after removing your thumb or finger from the carb. This will allow all of the smoke to clear and will allow for a more successful hit without leaving any vapor out.
  • Clean your device regularly to keep it clear from mold or build-up that could make it hard to light and get a smooth hit.
  • Pack your bowl with dry herb that is ground up well but not too fine so it won’t clog the opening of the chamber.
  • Always remember that practice makes perfect!
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