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Blog By M. Mitera
Water pipes have been made out of tons of different materials. They have been crafted from glass and ceramic, bone and horn, wood and stone. Coming in all shapes and sizes, there are thousands of designs to choose from when it comes to picking a piece. The biggest flaw with most of these materials, however, is that they are brittle and if dropped, can shatter in to pieces. In more recent years, a new type of smoking device has appeared on the scene; pipes made out of silicone.
Now, smoking a silicone piece might sound a bit scary to some. Rightfully so, as silicone can be dangerous if it is a low quality. It is important to make sure that the silicone you’re planning on using is safe for humans to use. Knowing what BPA or other chemicals are used to make the piece are important, as well as knowing what temperatures the piece can handle safely. Additionally, knowing where the product is made is a good sign to tell you whether or not the piece you’re about to buy is safe to use.
When purchasing silicone pieces, it’s very important to do your research. Whether you’re buying online or going in to a shop, it’s a good idea to get some information on the types of silicone pipes are available. There are many different manufacturers, not all of which are concerned with the safety of their customers. Reading reviews of the products can definitely help as well, knowing other people’s opinions can be very useful. And while silicone pieces are typically pretty inexpensive, remember that you want to look for good quality and especially with this
porous material, you want the best. It’s worth spending a bit extra to be sure that your lungs won’t be coated in dangerous chemicals.
Be sure that you know where the piece came from, as mentioned before, as pieces from China or other places overseas don’t have as strict of regulations when it comes to making these products. The pieces could potentially be made with silicone that is dangerous to humans. Keep yourself on the safe side by buying American made silicone to ensure that you’re keeping yourself safe.
Something else to keep in mind is looking for something that is dishwasher safe! Silicone can be hard to keep clean because it is so porous but having one that’s dishwasher safe is great! It makes cleaning it a breeze and the heat from the dishwasher will eliminate any bacteria build up. The process will also leave your piece smelling like it just left the shop. Do NOT clean your silicone piece with rubbing alcohol, as it can cause the silicone to swell and weaken the structure of the piece overall. Using hot water and regular old dish soap works great if you don’t have access to a dishwasher.
Silicone is great for active people on the go. It’s compact, easy to carry, and the best part is that you won’t break it if it falls out of your backpack and goes tumbling down
the side of Mount Washington. Most of the pieces can be run over with a car and it won’t even show. Silicone is highly recommended for those who spend most of their time in the great outdoors or just people who tend to be a bit clumsy with their glass. Just be sure that you’re purchasing a safe, non-toxic, well made piece to enjoy. Here at Manchester Adult Lifestyles, we have a huge selection of high grade silicone that we would love to show you! Stop in and see us!