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Seven Water Pipe Styles and Their Biggest Advantages

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Beaker Water Pipe

This style of water pipe, commonly known as the “beaker bong,” is named for its resemblance to the essential laboratory tool. Beaker bongs traditionally have wide bases. This means that they’re able to generate quite a bit of smoke – more than those with more narrow structures. This structure also makes them harder to knock over, meaning they’re an excellent choice to leave on your coffee table without worrying too much about breaks from the slightest bump. If structural stability is a major selling point for you, round base bongs with other shapes may be another good choice to consider.

Bubbler

Bubblers are a little larger than the average glass hand pipe, so they’re more portable than larger water pipe varieties. This makes them a happy medium between bongs and hand pipes for those seeking portability and reduced storage space of a hand pipe without sacrificing the smoother hits of a bong.

Faberge Egg Water Pipe

Are you familiar with the decorative jewel-lined eggs lining the mantles and shelves of many a grandparent? Or is that just me? Regardless, ornate jeweled Faberge eggs were once a staple of Russian culture, and they collide with stoner culture in this namesake water pipe style. Faberge egg bongs usually have a notorious egg-shaped percolator – and sometimes, their overall structure is shaped like an egg. Faberge egg bongs work well alongside other percolators, which gives the bubbles more space and gives users extra smooth hits.

Percolator Water Pipe

These bongs usually have two or more percolators, setting them apart in appearance from more simplistic water pipe designs. These pieces have multiple slits within each percolator, which helps to effectively diffuse smoke with every hit. Another advantage of percolator bongs is their transparency. With scientific glass used for almost every percolator water pipe, smokers can watch as the smoke builds inside, which is beneficial for gauging the size of your hit and enjoyable from a purely aesthetic stance.

Recycler Water Pipe

The one-of-a-kind style of recycler bongs include multiple chambers – processing each hit through a percolator and a larger water chamber before it reaches your lungs. Many recyclers are built with one chamber inside of another. These features maximize the smoothness of every hit with an economical use of space.

Straight Tube Water Pipe

If asked to close your eyes and picture a bong, I’d bet that straight tube bongs would come to mind for most of us. These pieces are arguably the most traditional water pipe option. These pieces use downstems submerged in water to effectively filter smoke. They also clear more quickly than other options given their simple and direct pathway from your herb to their mouthpiece. While options with a little extra distance may make your hits a bit more smooth, these pieces offer impressive efficiency and serious impact with every hit – plus, their combination of downstems and water filtration still allow for much smoother hits than hand pipes.

Zig Zag Water Pipe

These are a popular choice for novice smokers and smoke shop regulars alike. For starters, zig zag bongs have an interesting and visually appealing form. As their name suggests, zig zag bongs have a structure with at least one sharp curve. Some pieces in this category have a single bend in their neck, while others are shaped more complexly. This design isn’t used for its visual appeal alone – the curve(s) in zig zag bongs prevent water from migrating upward from the piece’s base to users’ mouths. By lengthening the pathway from your herb, zig zag bongs also offer impressively smooth hits as compared to many heady glass alternatives with straighter structures.

Our Smoke Shop Has Heady Glass Water Pipes and Much More!

710 Pipes is proud to offer an extensive selection of water pipes in different styles, shapes, sizes and colors – as well as hand pipes, vaporizers and other top-quality devices. We also carry hundreds of accessories including screens for your existing pieces, carb caps, quartz inserts and so much more! Our Northglenn and Denver head shops (on ColfaxD.U.) are open seven days a week. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!

Still staying indoors in the name of social distancing? If you’re over age 21 in Colorado or other legal U.S. states seeking quality pipe shop products, our online smoke shop has several options available for immediate purchase from the safety and comfort of your couch. You’ll also find exceptional prices on hundreds more of our popular products – all deliverable straight to your doorstep. Whether you’re shopping online or onsite, 710 Pipes is proud to provide you with the very best smoke shop products on the market today.

Two Effective Ways to Clean Your Water Pipe

Man cleaning mouthpiece of heady glass honeycomb-themed water pipe using cotton swab

Our online smoke shop team recently explained why it’s important to keep your water pipes clean. That leaves us with a glaring question – what’s the best way to clean them? We’ve put together a step-by step guide to two recommended bong-cleaning approaches.

First and foremost, hit the store to stock up on some basic products. You’ll need:

  • an abrasive product: coarse salt, baking soda, or rice
  • a cleaning solution: vinegar, rubbing alcohol or quality glass cleaner.
  • clean water and a basin (a large sink with a disposal will also work)
  • disposable latex gloves
  • For the first option only: cotton swabs, lemon juice, and sandwich-sized zipper baggies.

Before trying either of these options, we’d recommend putting your latex gloves on until the end of the cleaning process. This isn’t essential, but it’ll help to keep your fingers from reeking of old bongwater or cleaning products.

OPTION ONE

  1. Use warm water and soap to thoroughly pre-soak your bong for an hour or two. This will help to remove any caked-on residue from your piece. Use as little dish soap as possible to get the job done – otherwise, your piece will have a soapy taste for its next several uses.
  2. Add all of your water pipe’s small removal pieces to a plastic baggie.
  3. Slowly pour isopropyl alcohol into the baggie. Add just enough to ensure that all pieces are totally submerged. Gently shake the bag, holding it by the top to avoid it opening unintentionally.
  4. Leave your pieces inside the baggie for at least five minutes to soak.
  5. Open the baggie over your sink or basin. Drain the liquid from the baggie, using your hand to keep the small pieces from falling out of the baggie.
  6. Fill a small container with isopropyl alcohol. Then, dip a smaller piece into the isopropyl alcohol, and use a cotton swab to scrub any stuck-on resin or other debris from the inner portion of each smaller piece.
  7. To remove water stains from your piece’s interior, add some warm water and lemon juice to the base of your water piece, then cover the holes with your fingers and swish it around thoroughly. When finished, rinse out the piece’s interior for several minutes.

Man cleaning water pipe's removable mouthpiece in bathroom sink using Morton salt and cotton swabs

OPTION TWO:

  1. Pour out any remaining bongwater and remove whatever spare herb, ash, or residue that you can.
  2. Rinse your bong out thoroughly with warm water to flush out any remaining stuck-on debris.
  3. Fill the bong approximately halfway with warm water.
  4. Remove any detachable components from your bong (like the mouthpiece or downstem). This will allow you to clean each individual piece more effectively, and minimize the chance of breaking anything in the process. Examine each piece for chips or cracks as you remove them – and replace anything that’s broken before you continue to use your water pipe.
  5. Add one of the abrasive products listed above (coarse salt, baking soda, or rice) and one of the cleaning solutions (vinegar, rubbing alcohol) to your water pipe’s base. Coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol are probably the best pairing for a deep internal cleansing. The stronger the isopropyl alcohol, the better – ideally find an option that’s ninety percent alcohol or more. You could also use quality glass cleaner on its own without the need for an abrasive component.
  6. Use your fingers to cover any open holes in your bong as well as possible to prevent a mess.
  7. Give your bong a vigorous shake. To maximize the effectiveness of your cleaning, keep shaking the piece for approximately five minutes.
  8. Pour the liquid from your bong into your sink or basin.
  9. Rinse the inside of your bong thoroughly with warm water. We’d recommend repeating this step several times to ensure that all of your cleaning agents have been completely removed from your water piper’s interior.

To clean smaller spots from the exterior of your water pipes, hand pipes, and other heady glass pieces, it’s also a great idea to keep a bottle of glass cleaner on hand. You can easily add a little to a paper towel or cloth, then gently scrub at the surface of your piece to remove residue.

As Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, a stitch in time saves nine. He may not have been talking about wiping down your bongs before they’re filthy, but the wisdom holds. Lightly cleaning your pieces regularly means they’ll last longer between more intensive cleanings.

Build Your Water Pipe Collection With Our Online Smoke Shop!

710 Pipes is proud to offer an extensive selection of water pipes in different styles, shapes, sizes and colors – as well as hand pipes, vaporizers and other top-quality devices. We also carry hundreds of accessories including screens for your existing pieces, carb caps, quartz inserts and so much more! Our Northglenn and Denver head shops (on ColfaxD.U.) are open seven days a week. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!

Still staying indoors in the name of social distancing? If you’re over age 21 in Colorado or other legal U.S. states seeking quality pipe shop products, our online smoke shop has several options available for immediate purchase from the safety and comfort of your couch. You’ll also find exceptional prices on hundreds more of our popular products – all deliverable straight to your doorstep. Whether you’re shopping online or onsite, 710 Pipes is proud to provide you with the very best smoke shop products on the market today.

710 Pipes Studios – Live Glass Blowing

710 Pipes Studios is the latest addition to the 710 Pipes family. Featured at our Northglenn, CO location, 710 Pipes Studios sits adjacent to the sales floor with large glass windows for public viewing. Our resident artist, HoneyBadgerGlassworx, is on the torch Wednesday – Sunday crafting hand pipes, dab rigs, accessories and more. Local artists are always welcome and are featured in demonstrations depending on availability, so be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram page @710Pipes for updates on the schedule. Check out the pictures below for a peak inside of the studio!

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Six States Likely to Legalize Cannabis in 2021

Man holding cannabis leaf toward rising sun

We’ve heard 2020 described as “unprecedented” since the onset of the pandemic sent us lurching forward, ready or not, into an uncharted chapter of human history. While many record-breaking, unfamiliar and otherwise unexpected circumstances of the past year weren’t exactly positive, there were still a few wins worth celebrating. This is especially for the cannabis legalization movement. Last November, four U.S. states – Arizona, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota – voted to legalize cannabis for recreational adult use. A fifth state – Mississippi – legalized cannabis as a treatment option for approved medical conditions. This means that thirty-six states and the District of Colombia have now legalized medical marijuana, with sixteen of these legally granting adult residents aged twenty-one and older the right to recreational use.

For adults in states that haven’t yet crossed the threshold of legalized cannabis, it’s natural to be wondering when the time will come for your area. So far, the writing’s on the wall for these six states, with many saying they’ll next up to bring cannabis legalization to a vote next November.

New York

At the start of 2020, Andrew Cuomo included an adult-use cannabis legalization proposal in his annual budgetary plans. Prior to the pandemic, Cuomo openly planned to tour legal cannabis states and speak with leaders within the industry to better understand the advantages and potential pitfalls of statewide legalization. However, Cuomo cut legalization efforts from his agenda last March. The unforeseen planning surrounding COVID-19 left Cuomo with too much to navigate without enough time before the April 1st budget approval deadline for the finalized proposal. Thankfully, his decision to scrap the measure was entirely circumstantial, and Cuomo’s still in office this year with plans to renew last year’s legalization efforts. Barring another unprecedented and untimely global crisis, New York state will legalize recreational cannabis for its adult residents this fall.

Virginia

Last spring, Virginia state Governor Ralph Northam approved SB2/HB 972, a measure to decriminalize cannabis. Under this new law, posessing small quantities of cannabis is no longer punishable by jail time. The state’s maximum penalty for possessing an ounce of less is a fine of up to twenty-five bucks. Northam stated that he’ll be introducing a bill to legalize cannabis for recreational adult use this month.

The measure also launched the Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group to further study the effects of legal cannabis on adults and communities at large. The committee consists of Virginian healthcare workers, public policy experts, and leaders within local communities and Northam’s administration. They recently released a 400-page report detailing the guidelines for criminal justice, licensing, regulation and more – hopefully laying the groundwork to legalize recreational use next November.

Pennsylvania

State Governor Tom Wolf voiced his support of cannabis legalization as a way to bolster Pennsylvania’s struggling economy. While his support has stirred some controversy among the state’s economic leaders, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman echoed Wolf’s support, as have a few other Pennsylvania state senators.. As a state with a largely conservative voter base and a Republican-led legislature, the fight for legal cannabis may be an uphill battle, but having these key players on the side of legalization means it’s certainly not a lost cause.

New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan pushed to legalize cannabis for recreational use last year, and state legislators got on board by drafting related measures. The bill they introduced got approval from the State Judiciary committee, but was temporarily put on hold last February. Advocates remain hopeful that state officials will resume their efforts in the coming months. Several prominent officials who opposed legalization were voted out of office last November, meaning that legalization efforts likely have a much better chance of making it to the ballot next term. Democratic Representative Javier Martinez plans to present a new legislation proposal during the sixty-day legislation session which kicks off this month.

Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont previously worked toward legalization bill S.B. 16, which he continued to develop last year. The issue faced resistance on the state’s committee floor in 2020, but Lamont has vowed to try again this year. House Democrats in Connecticut are similarly committed to voting on the issue this year, hopefully succeeding later this year with legalized recreational weed.

Texas

Cannabis is currently legal in the Lone Star state as a physician-approved treatment option for a limited list of medical issues. Texas state lawmakers recently pre-filed several bills to expand the scope of medical legalization and lay the groundwork for recreational approval. One bill, S.B. 140, would allegedly yield over three billion dollars in state revenue and create thirty thousand new jobs statewide. Even for those who aren’t fans of cannabis, it’s hard to argue with benefits of that magnitude.

Near Or Far, Check Out Our Online Smoke Shop!

We’re cautiously optimistic about the good things that could await us in the coming year. Hopefully among the changes to come in 2021, we’ll see greater progress on the cannabis legalization front at the state or Federal level. Whatever your stance or the state you live in, we’ll keep you up to date with essential updates as 2021 unfolds. In the meantime, why not calm your nerves with some retail therapy? 710 Pipes is proud to offer a quality selection of smoke shop products and accessories including hand pipes, water pipes, vaporizers and so much more! Our Northglenn and Denver head shops (on Colfax and near D.U.) are open seven days a week. Denver University students get 10% off with a valid student ID!

Not in Colorado? Still staying indoors in the name of social distancing? If you’re over age 21 in Colorado or other legal U.S. states seeking quality pipe shop products, our online smoke shop has several options available for immediate purchase from the safety and comfort of your couch. You’ll also find exceptional prices on hundreds more of our popular products – all deliverable straight to your doorstep. Whether you’re shopping online or onsite, 710 Pipes is proud to provide you with the very best pipe shop products on the market today.

Glass Blowing 101: All Of The Terms You Need To Know

Glass blowing is, and always will be, considered a true art form. Glass is an incredibly versatile material, and can be formed for nearly any function imaginable– especially when in the hands of an experienced glass blower. Master glass blowers have spent years, often times decades, learning and perfecting techniques (not to mention acquiring the necessary space & equipment). For a beginner, learning the terminology is usually task #1 to becoming a reputable artist. Read more below for a rundown on all of the terms you need to know!

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Four Effective Filtration Methods for Better Bong Hits

Woman Holding Glass Water Pipe and Exhaling Smoke from Filtered Bong Hit in Field Surrounded by Daisies

Even on the best of days, we’re only human. The need to occasionally clear our throats or cough when they get irritated wouldn’t usually make most of us think twice. However, with flu season 2020 rapidly descending and the second wave of an unprecedented global pandemic steadily rising in its impact, a cough or two can be enough to make us panic – if only for a second or two. Regular consumers of legal herb may have made peace with the “smoker’s cough” some time ago, but even minor extra throat sounds can make fellow grocery shoppers shoot daggers from their six-foot distance and lurch backwards lest we have the plague.

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Five Forms of Hand Pipes and the Perks of Each

Five transparent glass steamroller hand pipes with accents in assorted colors

Looking for the perfect hand pipe for the smoke shop lover in your life this holiday season? Head shops like ours proudly carry thousands of quality products, with extensive variety in our selection of hand pipes, water pipes, vaporizers and more. While this raises your potential to find the perfect options for your preferences and price range, it can be hard to know which choice is best for you.

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How to Choose the Best Dabbing Tool

Person using stainless steel dab tool to move wax concentrate from storage container to heady glass dab rig

If you prefer consuming concentrates and extracts to dry forms of your favorite herb, a dab rig is exactly what you need. Dab rigs are a type of water pipe designed specifically for waxes and oils. While the design of most dab rigs is fairly straightforward with functionality in mind, you can’t enjoy your dabs without the help of a dabbing tool.

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Quartz Inserts 101: Biggest Benefits and Best Techniques

Long Island Tree of Life Quartz Banger with Engravings on Wood Base

If you’re passionate about dabbing, it’s not enough to have a standard setup. You want your own custom dab rig. Something where every element has been hand picked to fit your own wants and needs. The year is 2020, almost 2021, and customization is the name of the game. What game? You’re playing it.

Enter: quartz inserts. Inserts essentially help distribute and retain heat by adding weight and surface area, not to mention improving flavor. All you have to do is just drop it in. In today’s guide, our online smoke shop team explains the biggest benefits of quartz inserts and our recommendations on how to use them.

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Dry Pipes vs. Water Pipes

Adjacent photos of an orange dry pipe and orange water pipe sold in our online smoke shop

Dry Pipes vs. water pipes: a debate of the ages. Two wings on a bird that is not a bird but actually a pipe. Smoke shop fans have likely tried their hand at both, and most others have likely seen each type in passing – but what’s the difference between the two? Which one is best for you? If your collection includes a combination, which should you use when? Our online head shop team is here to answer these questions and more in today’s review of their key components and differences. So dawn your red hat and say “itsa me,” cause we’re about to talk so much about pipes, you’ll think you’re Mario.

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