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By Smoke Cartel Crew on Mar 13, 2015

What Are Ashcatchers For, Anyway?

Well, it's not what is sounds like. Ash catchers prevent the leftover carbon from your smoke from entering the main part of your bong or water pipe, keeping it cleaner, longer. (Less gunk, more funk!) 

Whatever ash would normally fall into your piece, it instead falls into the ash catcher, which you can then remove and clean separately instead of having to clean your entire pipe. The different percolators also further diffuse the vapor, making each hit just that much smoother.

UPC Ashcatcher

From 11-arm trees to recyclers, ash catchers come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of percolators and add-ons.

While our wide selection can all be a bit confusing, the core idea of an ash catcher is very simple. It acts as a removable barrier and extra layer of diffusion for your water pipe or concentrate rig.

Ashcatchers for Cleaning Purposes

Your bong can become noticeably dirty after several uses. That means that it’s time for a cleaning, because nobody wants to be embarrassed by having a dirty piece. But instead of having to constantly clean your bong, you can use ashcatchers to help extend the clean life of your bong.

The separate water chamber of an ash catcher does exactly that - it catches fallen ash that would have otherwise ended up in your glass piece.

The Joints and Genders of Ashcatchers

Ash catchers can also provide a change in joint size or gender, can have the addition of a reclaimer for your concentrates, and can act as a sidecar or drop down when using a nail as it makes sure your piece isn’t exposed as much to the heat from your torch.

When picking out an ash catcher, it’s important to consider the joint size of the piece you want to put it on, as well as the type of bowl or nail you plan to put on it.

As for the percolators and other add-ons, experiment with the bells and whistles you like best! Pick your favorite type of percolator, or simply one that peeks your fancy, slap it on your piece, and enjoy! 

Uses for Ashcatchers

The most obvious reason to use an ash catcher is to save the pain of having to deep clean your bong or dab rig as often. This extra level of filtration means cleaner smoke, too, for a more enjoyable experience. For this reason, ash catchers are recommended as low-maintenance accessories for those who find the smoke from regular bongs is too harsh.

Ash catchers are an excellent way to upgrade a standard piece without having to replace it with an expensive unit with built-in percolators. While sizes vary, ash catchers are also easily removable, so they can be used with all your pieces without needing to buy multiples.

When used in addition with other accessories, like standard percolators or diffusion slides and stems, ash catchers provide a premium, clean, cool smoke that’s just not possible with a typical bong. If you hate cleaning your piece, and prefer a cooler, gentler smoking experience, then an ash catcher is an essential accessory.

Does Smoke Cartel have the Best Ashcatchers?

Okay... obviously a bit bias of a question. We'd like to think so. We've been providing consumers with our products for over years, and have carefuly crafted and selected ashcatchers that offer users the best filtration, size, and quality.

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Smoke Cartel Crew

Written by the staff here at Smoke Cartel. Our passionate team of headshop professionals are dedicated to educating people on products in the online headshop industry, from glass, to vaporizes, and all the consumption devices and accessories in between.

We believe that knowing how your products are made, what they were originally designed for, and how to properly use them - is essential to keeping our customers happy. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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