By Smoke Cartel Crew on Feb 22, 2015

With so many different states across America legalizing or exploring cannabis, many folks are discovering smoking products for the first time. We're here to help. In this article, we'll cover different types of smoking devices, how to use them, and what the pros and cons are.

What Types of Devices Can I Smoke From?

Anyone first journeying in the world of smoking will be overwhelmed with the amount of options and pieces available.  We'll give a rundown of the basic types of pipes and smoking devices.  We're experts in all things smoking products, so let's go over what your options are.


Types of Pipes


A small straight piece that is extremely portable but only allows for a few hits.  Fairly straightforward, this is an very simple piece.


Dry hand pipes or spoons

A standard pipe or spoon has three key parts: bowl, mouthpiece and rush/carb. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Glass Hand Pipes


A type of pipe that uses water to diffuse the smoke, making for a smoother hit.  There are two types of bubblers, a one piece bubbler and bubblers with removable bowls.

One piece bubblers

One piece bubblers are often an excellent mix between the portability of a dry pipe or spoon, combined with the water diffusion offered by diffusing the smoke through water.


The Glass Bong

The water pipe or the "bong" is a water filtered chamber which diffuses the smoke downwards through a series of holes or slits cut into a percolator. These devices are bigger, but offer more diffusion and a cooler, smoother smoking experience.

Beaker Bong

A water pipe with a bottom base chamber that flares out similar to the shape of a beaker.  They take a downstem which allows for diffusion through the water.  Beaker bottoms often give more drag than a straight tube because of the larger amount of water.

Beaker Bongs

Straight Tube

In a straight tube water pipe, the entire piece is the same diameter except for the angled opening for a downstem.  Some straight tube "bongs" or water pipes allow for a downstem, some are of a stemless design.

Straight Tube Bongs

Stemless Bongs

Water pipes of this design do not allow for a removable down stem, but have a built in stem of some sort, often leading to a perculator of some sort inside the piece.  Stemless design pieces are often more durable because they don't have the moveable downstem.

Stemless Bongs

About the Author

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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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