What is a Chillum Pipe
The world of glass smoking devices is vast and a chillum
is one of the many styles that are available - they are similar to the average one hitter, although they can hold a bit more herb, and they are quality glass versus metal. And the structure is like that of a cigarette or cigar, so you smoke it in the same manner. They are great for sharing with friends and are a great way to quickly get in a smoke with your glassware without standing out too much.
How to Clean a Chillum
A Quick Fix
If the airway in your pipe seems to be clogged but you need to smoke before running out, there are some quick fixes that may allow for a few hits. You can use a paper clip, dabber tool or some other similar product to scrape away built up resin. Scrape and gently tap out the loose particles. In place of, or in addition to these steps, you can use the lighter and take some dry hits - meaning without packing any herb. The dry hit will draw the flame inside which in turn will heat the resin clogging the airway. Especially the first few hits, feel free to rip normally because they will get you feeling nice, but as you continue, the taste may not be so great. And in that case, just start chiefing as though you are getting a cigar lit. Between these two activities you should be able to get things cleared up enough to take a quick rip or two before departing.
A Complete Cleaning
This does not take long, but it will take longer than a few minutes. Take the Chillum pipe and submerge it in some sort of 420 cleaning solution or even rubbing alcohol. Let the glass sit in the solution as the cleaners work their way through the resin build up. Feel free to shake the piece around while submerged, and even use a scraping tool to help speed up the process. Continue to soak, shake and scrape until more or less cleaned up. Once finished, run the pipe under hot water, but Do Not burn yourself. Run the water through the pipe to remove any last debris as well as completely rinse the glass of any last cleaner solutions. Once finished, let the pipe dry. This whole process can take 10-20 minutes depending on the exact situation.