With so much to choose from in the world of Glass Bones, it helps to know what to look for when choosing. There are many different factors to consider, but these are the most important:
Glass Bones are not made of the same glass as drinking glasses or even windows. They are usually made of some kind of scientific, laboratory-quality glass, usually borosilicate. This type is specially designed to withstand high temperatures and withstand a variety of substances and chemicals without affecting the quality of the glass or its surface.
When you buy Glass Bones, check what kind of glass it is made of. Key words to look out for are “borosilicate glass”, “laboratory grade glass” or “scientific glass”. If you don’t see these phrases in the product description, it’s safe to assume that the pipes are made of other types of glass (especially if the price seems to be below average). Just because it’s not made of high-quality glass doesn’t mean it’s a bad purchase. It just means that your pipes may not last long, will break more easily and may overheat more easily.
Also, buying a cheap glass pipe isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re new to smoking. Trying out a cheaper model will help you get a good feel for the plumbing style without breaking the bank. Later, when you better understand your preferences, you can upgrade to better quality glass.
As we have already noticed, different types of glass pipes are better suited for certain types of products and certain personal preferences (i.e. hot vs cold). Bowl shapes are also a big deal for many smokers, so be aware of the various bowl shapes. Always choose your style based on your favorite products and other personal preferences.
Not all brands are created equal. Brand is important, and in some cases even more important than price (just because a device is more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better quality). We’ll discuss Glass Bones branding in detail in the next section.