Tips on How to Use Pipe Screens

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Tips for using pipe screens

Tips on How to Use Pipe Screens

Pipe screens are one of those things that once you try them, you won’t understand how you ever lived your stoner life without them! If you want to get right to it, head to this page to pick some up, but keep reading if you want to find out more about them! They are the best preventative measure you can take to keep your glass pieces clean! But how do they do this magic? And what exactly are they? In this article, we are going to be going over everything pipe screens so you know what you need to do to keep your piece as clean as possible! First, we are going to go over what exactly is a pipe screen. Then we will cover how to use them. To show you their importance we will talk about why we think you should use them, the different types of pipe screens, and how to make your very own pipe screens! At the end of this article, you are going to be a pipe screen expert. And you are about to be known in your social circles for the cleanliness of your piece! Which is a total win in our book.

What is a Pipe Screen

So, what is a pipe screen then? We have given pipe screens a high bar to live up to, but we think it is valid. A pipe screen is something that prevents the burnt ash from your bowls from being sucked down into your piece and making it dirty! Some ash will still make it through the screen for sure, but a significant amount will still be prevented from falling through. And who wouldn’t want that? But how do you use a screen? Is it tough? Let's break it down.

How to Use Pipe Screens? (Tips included here)

To use your typical copper or steel pipe screens, you need to do three things. First, you need to determine the size of your bowl. Bowls come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, so you want to know exactly what the shape and size of your bowl are so you can make any adjustments to the screen if necessary. The second is to put the screen into your bowl! If you need to make any size adjustments, typically you can do that by cutting a singular cut halfway down the middle of the screen. This will allow it to overlap and bend a little bit easier, just in case you need it to fit your bowl perfectly. Once you have your screen in you are good to go! Simply put your herb on top and light up! Once your bowl is all burned, empty your bowl like normal, and if your screen comes out just pop it back in and repeat the process until the screen is too dirty to reuse. Typically that will be in about 5-10 bowls. Another tip is to pinch the screen as much as you need to get it to fit inside your bowl. If the screen just keeps coming out then maybe try a glass pipe screen!

Why Use a Pipe Screen? 

Look at Fat Buddha Glass, we will never tell you exactly what you should or shouldn’t do. We will just provide you with the best information that we can regarding our products, and let you decide for yourself! That being said, the pros of using a pipe screen far outweigh the cons. Such as how the pipe screen will keep your piece cleaner, for a considerably longer amount of time. Another pro worth mentioning is that they are extremely affordable! So why not spend a little bit more to ensure a clean pipe! Imagine ever getting a pipe like this infinity pipe dirty! No way!

Different Types of Pipe Screens

When purchasing a pipe screen, you should take into account what material it is made out of! There are many different types of pipe screen materials out there, but we are going to focus on three. Steel, copper, and glass. Steel and copper pipe screens both can handle high temperatures very well, so you don’t have to worry about inhaling any toxic fumes! All while keeping your glass piece nice and clean! Glass pipe screens are designed a little bit differently. Typically they are made from high-quality borosilicate glass, so they can handle the heat! Their shape is a little different as well, but they still do a solid job at holding back ash from flying into your piece!

DIY Temporary Pipe Screens 

We are big believers in the do-it-yourself notion! If you don’t have to spend money on something, why would you! So that leads us to the question, can you create a DIY temporary pipe screen? Well, the short answer is we advise against it, but yes! The longer answer isn’t all that long. You can use tin foil, or even natural materials like apples to fashion a type of screen if you are desperate! However, we recommend spending the little bit that it takes to get yourself some high-quality pipe screens!


In conclusion, we here at Fat Buddha Glass are trying our best to bring you the information you need to keep your fresh pieces looking, and tasting, fresh. When you take a rip from a clean piece it tastes worlds better than when you take a rip from a disgusting dirty piece. Hand pipe or water pipe! And a really good preventative way of helping you manage the cleanliness of your favorite pieces is pipe screens. If you have any questions about how to use them, let us know and we will be happy to help you figure it out!

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