Waterpipe not hitting hard enough? Might be time to throw the whole thing away and invest in a new one. Before tossing that old beaker and purchasing a shiny new piece of glass first check to see if your old pipe has any percolators. Percolators filter and cool the smoke you’re about to intake making it easier to smoke, healthier for you, and ultimately more potent.
Here at Climax we offer many kinds of percolators including the Honeycomb percolator which uses the tiny holes in its disc to break up the smoke and water to cause more interaction which would in turn cause more filtration.
We also offer waterpipes with Showerhead percolators. These percolators have small slits or holes to increase filtration but while still effective they offer lesser diffusion than the other percolators.
The last kind of percolator that we I will discuss is the Tree percolator. Tree percolators offer the greatest level of diffusion. Each arm of a tree perc has slits on the sides. Smaller slits willresult in greater filtration, so the more arms you have the better.
Find that your glass pipe isn’t hitting the way it once did? Don’t worry it happens to the best of us, your pipe just needs a good cleaning. Fortunately, cleaning a hand pipe isn’t as difficult as you might think. You’ll need a few things such as alcohol and salt or a pipe cleaning solution and pipe cleaners aren’t a necessity, but they will help. If you don’t have pipe cleaners we sell them here at Climax, but a mechanical pencil or cotton swab could also get the job done.
First things first you’re going to want to remove any loose gunk from the pipe. Hold the pipe upside down and gently tap and shake to remove any remaining particles. Then use a pipe cleaner, cotton swab, mechanical pencil, or similarly thin object to remove any remaining gunk.
Once you’ve done that the next step will be to fill a zip lock bag with rubbing alcohol or a pipe cleaning solution. For the best results I would recommend getting Grunge Off which is an excellent brand of pipe cleaning solution that we sell here at Climax but if you do choose to go the alcohol route try and purchase 90% isopropyl, as it will clean the pipe faster than a more watered-down solution. Next place the pipe inside, making sure it is fully submerged in the fluid.
After that if you chose the alcohol route the next step would be to put some salt in the bag and shake it around, so you can work the salt into the pipe. Now with that all done you should let the pipe sit in the bag overnight. The next day you can remove your pipe from the bag and rinse it with hot water and as soon as you’re done rinsing you can dry it and toke up.
Rembrandt Glassworks RigThe Rembrandt Glasswork mug design rig is a concentrate waterpipe. The piece is made from a borosilicate glass. The Rembrandt Glasswork Mug design stands at a height of 4 inches (5 inches w/ dome on) with a handle to make for a more comfortable hold.. The piece comes with a 2 inch 14mm nail and a female 14 mm dome. The mug design offers a nice inline percolator which makes for a smoother hit.Tools needed:WaterConcentrate toolConcentrateHow to use:First fill The Rembrandt Glasswork Mug piece with water (enough to cover the inline perk). Then grab the concentrate tool and put the concentrate on the end of the tool. Second remove the dome from the male joint. Then take the torch and heat the nail for 10-15 seconds. Then carefully put the dome back on. Once the dome is on pick up the concentrate tool again and dip it (as you dip breathe in slowly from the mouth piece) in a slow circilar motion on the heated nail. Exhale and repeat.
Glass technology and innovation go hand-in-hand and are continuously changing. New percolators and other similar components of water pipes are being invented and tweaked all the time. Scientific glass really has been built on the shoulders of giants. Take it from a Climax Expert, it can be overwhelming keeping up with modern glass tech. So in this post we are going to take a quick look at recyclers. We’ll focus on what they achieve as well as how they work alongside percolators and water to achieve those silky smooth rips.
So what is a recycler? A recycler is a series of waterways and chambers that help disperse thermal energy and add what’s known as diffusion (diffusion is the interaction between smoke and water). This in turn cools off the smoke and aids in diffusion by — you guessed it — recycling the water. In order for a recycler to work, a water pipe must have at least 2 different chambers of varying height from the base of the pipe to the mouthpiece. These chambers are interconnected by “tunnels” that carry smoke and water between them. The smoke travels first class all the way to the top. There are many different types of recyclers and some glass blowers have really taken them to the next level by even adding multiple ones in a single piece!
Let’s break down what is really happening inside: Keep in mind that water pipes work because of differences in the form of negative air pressure (a.k.a inhaling). Gotta love science, right? So starting out, the smoke is pulled into the bottom chamber from the bowl or nail. From the bottom chamber, the smoke diffuses and water helps deliver smoke bubbles onward. It is due to these pressure changes inside of the glass that the smoke and water are pulled into the top chamber, leading to the smoke rising to the mouthpiece and the water being pulled back to the bottom. The process of water carrying the smoke to the top repeats while this negative air pressure is occurring.
This may be a summary, but it helps illustrate the how and why recyclers work. Also think about adding percolators to the mix. More diffusion? I’m all in. Check out the pics above to get a better idea; seeing is believing! And make sure to stop by your neighborhood Climax Smoke Shop and check out all of the awesome recycler pieces that we have in stock. There’s a piece out there for everybody. Let us help you find it!
- Climax Expert, FS
One of my personal favorite water pipes for many reasons (and not only because I own one myself); is our Climax glass straight tube triple honeycomb water pipe. The triple honeycomb water pipe at Climax Smoke Shop is a 16 inch straight tube with a sturdy base and if you have a cat (or any animal) like me, you will appreciate that this piece is not so easy to knock over. I personally like taller water pipes because in addition to percolators, the taller the water pipe, the cooler your smoke will be. This water pipe is a locally blown borosilicate glass piece that is exclusively distributed through all Climax Smoke Shop locations. Borosilicate glass is known for its fine quality and no thermal expansion; therefore, as your water pipe gets hot, the glass will not expand like other glass causing to break your bowl, nail, ash catcher or any other extension you may use on your water pipe.
In addition, honeycomb percolators are my favorite by far because of the silky smooth and intensely filtered hit that follows. Honeycomb disc percolators have more diffusion than any other percolator because there is typically 30 small holes in which the smoke passes through. The fact that this piece has three honeycomb discs guarantees your smoking experience to be that much more enjoyable and less stress on your lungs. For an affordable price at Climax Smoke Shop, you can’t go wrong with this triple honeycomb beauty.
- Climax Expert, FS