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When it comes to browsing for the perfect water pipe of your very own, just the sheer amount of options can seem dizzying.  Generally, you have two options.  The first involves visiting your local headshop, such as the Smoke Cartel Storefront in Savannah, GA.  This will give you a good chance to touch some glass and speak with a knowledgeable specialist.  The second option, shopping online through a reputable vendor, gives you a chance to browse a limitless selection of pipes and accessories, and it doesn’t require pants. Smoke Cartel’s online headshop has the diverse selection that you may be looking for, but when it comes down to making the final decision, how can you be sure that you are making the right decision for yourself and for your own needs?


Flower Or Concentrate?

Water pipes can be used for both dry herbs and legal concentrates.  What you choose to use in your pipe will affect the size, angle, and style of joint that you attach.  Dry herbs use a flower bowl joint that are usually attached to larger stems at typically a 45 or 90 degree angle.  Legal concentrates, however, use an attachment called a nail.  Nails are generally attached to smaller stems at a 90 degree angle to avoid dripping over.


If you’re a person who likes to shake things up, maybe you would like a pipe that can handle your untethered lifestyle.  Pipes with unattached downstems can use different stems to fit your bowl or nail, and for pipes with fused downstems an additional adapter can be purchased for that same purpose.  Whether you are looking to switch out your stem or use an adapter will depend on the size and glass style of your pipe.


When Size Matters

How you use your pipe will ultimately determine the size of pipe that is best for you.  Will your pipe rarely see beyond the confines of your living room or will it glimpse mountaintops and lakesides?  Will it sit in your closet until your next birthday party or will it be readily available on your bedside or television stand?  Beakers, straight tubes, and bell-shaped bases are generally more durable and have a stronger center of balance than pipes with bent necks or top-heavy rigs.


Smaller pipes, of course, lend themselves more to portability and can even fit in your bag or glove compartment.  Smaller pipes could save you money and are easily cleaned and stored anywhere.  Larger pipes are a bigger investment, but could give you more diversity in the type of joints and adapters that you choose and offer a greater selection of percolation chambers.


The Percolation Conversation

Percolation chambers in larger water pipes can diffuse airflow to affect the heat and smoothness of a hit.  Percolation techniques vary wildly, but some common percs include inline percs, tree percs, and honeycomb percs.  In-line percs are simple straight tubes, whereas tree percs are tubes that branch off from one main chamber.  Honeycomb percs use a honeycomb-esque pattern of holes laid out like a net.  Diffusion methods are a personal preference, but can also affect the aesthetic quality of your pipe in the way that they can move and spin the water through the pipe’s tubes and chambers.


The Price Tag On Beauty

Maybe you consider your pipe to be a representative of you, in which case you want it to be just as good looking.  Brand-named pipes can be elaborately designed or colorful, but can add upwards of $50-100 to any price tag.  Intricate designs and impressive glass blowing techniques are also price variants, and one-of-a-kind rigs or collector’s rigs are considered heady and are generally sizable investments.


Any complex rig with various enclosements and entanglements will bump up the price, but sometimes elegance comes from simplicity and minimalism.  Smoke Cartel’s online shop provides all of the heady glass and adapters you could ever need as well as a strong brand of some of the highest quality scientific glass.  How you personalize your pipe based on your needs, desires, and itches can be an easily managed and pain-free process so long as you know what you’re looking for, and there is nothing more rewarding than sitting down satisfied with your purchase and feeling the molecular glee that comes from selecting the perfect water pipe.

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