The perfect water pipe is truly in the eye of the beholder. For some people, this can mean a 20 inch tower of percolation power. For some it’s just a small bubbler with some funky, colorful glass. No matter your style, there are some things you should be looking for in your new water pipe, and this is particularly huge for newbies that are just getting into the game. So, without further adieu, let’s get to it:

Overall Height

Classic huge water pipe
Classic huge water pipe

Yep, it’s a basic concept, for sure, but it can make a difference. …


When it comes to igniting their herbs and tobacco, smokers have a handful of different devices easily at their disposal. What you use or how you light you water pipe is completely a personal preference. It’s your call, but there are some pretty strong differences.

Torch

The Big Shot Torch
The Big Shot Torch

Torches are an essential dabbing tool. These are typically butane-powered devices that will generate flames that get as hot as 2000ºF. They will quickly heat up a quartz banger or other heating element. Standard lighters are not going to get hot enough in order to heat up nails. …


A bubbler is a smaller, hand-held version of a water pipe. The compact size and portability is what makes bubblers so popular to so many people.

A water bubbler with recycler built in!
A water bubbler with recycler built in!

Bubblers can take a variety of sizes and shapes. In many cases, they are simply a dry glass hand pipe with a small water chamber that provides some diffusion. On the other hand, they can seriously resemble small and rather complex water pipes with high end percolators and a very scientific glass-oriented look. TAG, naturally, carries more of the latter type of glass bubbler, and our collection is here:

Bubblers use water, which will…


You may be wondering if a grinder is a good investment. Perhaps you’re poking around with some old scissors wondering if you should upgrade. Well, we can tell you this: a

Gold Metal Herb Grinder
Gold Metal Herb Grinder

grinder is literally one of the best investments that you as a frequent smoker can make.

How Grinders Help You

Grinders are going to help you be able to speed up and simplify the process of separating your dry herbs. They also make it much easierfor you to conserve your herbs when they are finely ground up.

It’s an important note to remember that when you pull apart your…


Downstems are a smoking accessory that you attach to certain water pipes using a joint.

Basic diffused downstem
Basic diffused downstem

Not all glass pipes have them, of course, but if yours is broken, you probably need one fast.

For most pieces, typically the old skool “beaker style”, detachable downstems are going to provide you with an extra layer of filtration and percolation. In most cases, when you have a pipe with an attached or removable downstem, you can usually customize it with a different downstem based on either design or diffusion level.

Downstems work by filtering smoke through a nail or flower bowl and diffusing…


Yes, American-made glass is going to cost you more but it is better. After reading the following, you will understand more why you should only buy American-made glass pipes.

Why Buy American-Made Glass

American-made glass is much better than Chinese-made glass, plain and simple. Chinese glassblowing studios are going to produce glass products as cheap as they possibly can.

If you want a cheaply made product, then you should go ahead and buy Chinese glass, but if you want a good product, American-made glass is definitely the way to go. A Chinese glass maker is going to feature lower quality…


A carb cap is a tool that is designed for use with domeless nails, either titanium or quartz. These tools have a small hole to maximize airflow to your nail.

When using a carb cap, you will heat up the domeless nail, put the oil or concentrate on the nail and place the carb cap over the domeless nail.

Carb caps are going to offer you a flavor that is far superior, and will allow you to keep the smoke where it belongs: in your piece. A carb cap will also restrict airflow and help to maintain the nail’s heat.


It’s all in a name: incyclers are basically internal recyclers. They are a very popular water pipe and dab rig style for many smokers and dabbers these days, and that is for a few serious reasons.

A key one is that incyclers will give you smooth hits by making sure to keep water constantly moving throughout the water pipe. They are one of the best ways to break your smoke down to vapor and are most commonly used for dabbing concentrates but are also used as a pipe for smoking flower.

They typically feature a unique dual chamber design which…


Quartz nails are made of quartz crystal. A quartz nail has a somewhat massive ability to withstand high amounts of heat. Quartz nails are going to last longer compared to other nails because they are not going to break.

When choosing a nail, many smokers are going to choose quartz nails over titanium or ceramic nails because quartz nails are going to heat up three times as fast. Quartz is also considered safer and tastier for the lack of harmful gases that it can release.

Additionally, quartz is ideal for lower temperature dabs on your wax rig. A quartz nail…


If you want to cool down your smoke, it is as easy as using ice or glycerol. The following will explain in detail how you can easily do this process.

Thick glass water pipe with ice pinch
Thick glass water pipe with ice pinch

Using Ice to Cool Down Your Smoke

Water pipes do a lot in order to cool down your smoke just by filtering the hot, ash filled air through water. There are many people, even after running smoke through percolators, that believe the smoke created is still too harsh for them.

There are many different water pipes that will use an ice pinch, which is a tried and true method of…

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