Some of us use them every time we medicate. Others only use them when using a certain type of pipe or rig. I have personally used them when medicating with certain concentrated medication or when I am using a pipe or rig that I know has the tendency to have ash shoot into my mouth when medicating. I am talking about pipe screens. Pipe screens help keep ash from shooting into your mouth as well as help ensure that your medication is being fully consumed as opposed to simply being burned and sometimes only being able to burn the top portion of the medicine when it lies in your pipe. But when choosing a screen which type is the better choice? A glass screen or a metal mesh screen? In this article we will discuss the differences and pros and cons of both choices.
Metal screens are probably the most popular when it comes to using any type of pipe screen and the reason is more times than not smoke shops which carry tobacco pipes usually have these metal mesh pipe screens and are very inexpensive for the consumer. The good thing about metal screens sold in head shops is that they are usually made from either copper or steel which has a high resistance to heat and will not let off any fumes or chemicals when being heated by a regular lighter. Although it has a high resistance to heat, metal screens can sometimes give off a metal taste when using them in a pipe and therefore can be a disadvantage to using metal screens.
Another type of screen that has become a more popular and is a smarter, healthier alternative to metal screens is glass pipe screens. Glass pipe screens usually come in two designs; a small glass jacks figure, or a small what is called a daisy screen because of its resemblance to a daisy flower. Both of these screens work just as the metal screens would. They drop right into your pipe and work as a screen to prevent ash, as well as allow for the whole medication to be consumed as opposed to being wasted or it burning through into your mouth. Glass screens are a much healthier alternative because the glass has a high resistance to heat and will not give off any chemical or fume when it is exposed to high amounts of heat.
Whether you’re already using metal mesh pipe screens or already using the glass screens or maybe not using a screen at all. If you’re going to use any type of screen at all we would recommend you go with glass screens. They are becoming more common and are a much healthier alternative to using metal screens, after all shouldn’t ones medication be kept as natural as possible without any chemicals or fumes being fused into our medicines?