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Chillum pipes are a great, straightforward way to enjoy your favorite dry herbs. For optimal performance, be sure to grind any dry herbs you plan on smoking in a chillum pipe. With chillum pipes, you will lightly pack the ground herb into the larger, open end until it filled properly. Then, you will light the dry herb with an open flame and slowly inhale to create smoke. The smoke path from herb to mouth is very direct, so a slow inhale will prevent any ash from being accidentally inhaled.
Packing a chillum pipe is easy. First, you need to use an herb grinder for any dry herbs you plan on smoking – smoking small dense nugs is less efficient as the exterior of the nug will burn long before the interior. You want to lightly pack the ground herbs in the open end of the chillum. Pack it too tightly and it will be difficult to get a proper draw once you light it. Generally, you want to lightly pack it until the dry herb is able to comfortably stick inside the pipe.
The key to having a great experience while smoking a chillum is slow inhales. Once you have confirmed that the dry herb is lit, you want to take slow, long draws to create an enjoyable smoking experience. Ideally, these draws should include a decent amount of fresh air to cut down on the harshness of the smoke. Unless you have a particularly large bowl head, you may only get a few solid draws before needing to re-pack the chillum.
When you are smoking from a chillum pipe, you want to be sure you hold it so that your face is as far from the heat source as possible, while still being able to smoke. The last thing you want to do is burn your eyelashes off and drop your pipe. Holding the pipe midway or closer to the mouthpiece is ideal, though if your chillum has a flared mouthpiece, you may be able to get a good grip on the pipe there. Depending on the style of chillum, there may be glass marble grips or something else built in to the design for easier handling.
Cleaning any kind of pipe depends on the material from which the pipe is made. However, the most common materials for chillum pipes are glass, metal, and silicone and can all be cleaned in similar ways with similar cleaning products. Using a cleaning agent of your choice, which can range from a homebrew cleaner with vinegar, boiling water, or 420 specialty cleaner bought through a store, you will soak the pipe for anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes – the longer the more time the cleaner has to work. Cotton swabs with rubbing alcohol and paper clips can be used to clean any other stubborn stains or resin that may still be present.
After soaking, it is always important that you thoroughly rinse your chillum pipe, as well as allow it to dry. This ensures that all of the cleaning agents of your choice has been completely removed from the pipe and that the pipe is safe and ready for smoking.
These two kinds of pipes are similar but offer slightly different experiences. One-hitter pipes are generally much smaller, sometimes close to the size of a cigarette – and look like one too! They are packed in a similar fashion to chillums, but you will be able to pack less than a chillum. A one-hitter pipe may only provide one to three draws before it needs to be repacked. Chillum pipes, on the other hand, are much larger, allowing for enough dry herbs to be packed for double the amount of draws the cigarette one hitters offer. However, both are easy to use and discreet to travel with.
These two styles of pipes are two of the most common you will find when shopping. Bowls, as their namesake suggests, usually refer to what is technically referred to as a spoon pipe. They are the standard glass pipe, often referred to as a Bowl, and they hold the dry herbs in a large similar to other pipes that connects to a stem and a mouthpiece. The smoke path is less direct than a chillum, so the smoke is typically less harsh and flavorful. However, bowl pipes are a little trickier to clean, but they are able to hold much more dry herbs than chillums, plus they are easier to hold while smoking. Chillum pipes, on the other hand, have a straight vapor path to the mouth and are more easily cleaned but require more frequent repacking, especially during long smoking sessions.
Dry herb vaporizers offer a lot that traditional pipes, like chillums, simply cannot, such as heat control, vapors and not smoke, and so much more. Dry herb vaporizers allow for heat customization to help get the ideal flavor, and most dry herb vaporizers use convection (hot air with no direct flame) to produce vapor, whereas chillum pipes will use combustion (direct flame to actually set the dry herb on fire). Dry herb vapes are easy to use, very portable, plus, vaping dry herbs is considered a healthier option versus smoking them.
Though chillum pipes do not offer the bells and whistles of a dry herb vape, they are generally less expensive and are very straightforward to use and clean. And if you enjoy smoking, they provide a way to quickly smoke in a way that is natural.
Want to consistently get the best out of your chillum pipe? The following steps will help make sure that your chillum pipe consistently provides the best flavor and smoking experience.
There are a lot of different places where you can find chillum pipes. Your local smoke or head shops may have some available, and you can easily find a larger selection through online retailers. That includes right here at nyvapeshop.com, where we not only offer a great selection of chillum and other pipes, but we offer free US shipping with no minimum order. If you have questions, reach out to us! Our customer service will make sure you get taken care of and get a chillum pipe you love!