Water Filtration Vs. Oil Rig

Blog By M. Mitera

With all of these constant advancements in glass technology, some people are left scratching their heads wondering what all of this fancy silicate does. Well thankfully, that’s what we’re here for! A question we hear a lot of is “What’s the difference between a water filtration and an oil rig?” The short answer to that question is nothing! The two pieces can be interchangeable providing that you have the right accessories to go with them. However, there is a long answer and if you want to know it, read on!

Water filtration is traditionally used for dry tobacco. They feature a slide where the herbal matter is placed and then lit on fire with a regular lighter. These pieces have been around for a long time and are recognized by most people. The joint for the down stem is usually also a female on water filtration. Oil rigs, on the other hand, usually feature a male joint and utilize something called a nail, usually made from titanium, quartz, or ceramic. This nail must be heated with a high powered butane torch as compared to a regular lighter, although there are electronic nails available if this part is a bit much for you (electric nails also provide the perfect temperature every time). You then place your concentrates on the nail after it has cooled off slightly. This process vaporizes the concentrate, providing a more flavorful and less harsh experience.

When it comes to water filtration pieces, size is totally up to you. In fact, with these guys, the bigger the better. More percolators mean that the smoke gets cooled more before reaching your lungs, providing a smoother hit of your tobacco. The multiple percs also filter out more toxins in the smoke, leaving less of the bad stuff in your lungs. With oil rigs, smaller is actually better. Since the process is vaporizing, the smoke cannot travel long distances and hold it’s flavor and potency. When choosing an oil rig, the smaller, the better.

Of course, you can absolutely use the same piece for both. Again, as long as you have the appropriate attachments, you can use your glass for either simple water filtration or for an oil rig. It is highly recommended that if you are switching back and forth between the functions that you thoroughly clean the glass between each use. Each process is different and can leave different residues on your glass, leaving a severely sticky mess if you don’t take care of it quickly!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

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