What is a Spoon Pipe?
A spoon pipe is a type of smoking pipe that is used for smoking flowers, herbs and tobacco. Similar to most smoking pipes, the spoon glass pipe features a small tube, the mouthpiece, and the bowl head. To use the spoon pipe, the user packs the smoking material into the bowl headpiece and with the lighter they can get to smoke.
Most spoons also feature a carburetor, also referred to as a carb hole. The carb hole is a simple hole that is found on the side of the bowl head. When smoking with the hole covered, the smoke is drawn in through the burning herb and is collected inside the bowl. Once the carb hole is uncovered, air gets in allowing the smoke to be rapidly inhaled resulting in fresher smoke.
Spoon pipe vs. Bowl
The terms spoon pipe and spoon bowl are often used interchangeably leading to confusion whether they are different or they are the same thing.
A spoon pipe refers to a specific pipe shape, while the bowl is a widely used term for basically any dry piece. Therefore, all spoon pipes are bowls, but not all bowls are spoon pipes. The term bowl is used regularly to describe the slide portion of a bong.
How to use a Spoon Pipe
Smoking out of a spoon pipe is easy once you get the hang of it, but it might confuse you if it is your first time using it. Follow this step by step guide to help you get started.
- Pack your pipe
The first step is filling your bowl with the herb. But, you must first grind the herb into small pieces. The sizes should be half the size of a pea. Grinding the herb into fine dust will cause you to inhale it and larger pieces will result in uneven burning.
Fill the bowl of the spoon pipe ¾ full with the ground herb and then push the herb down into the bowl gently with the thumb.
- Hold the Carb
Place your finger over the carb hole. Ensure that you are holding the pipe in a way that you can take your finger off the carb later.
- Inhale through the mouthpiece and light the bowl
These two steps need to be done simultaneously. If you try lighting the bowl without inhaling, you risk burning your finger. You should start by inhaling then light the bowl to avoid a burn.
- Release the Carb
While inhaling, the pipe will fill with smoke. To release the smoke, you need to release the carb by taking the finger off.
The smoke gushes in a lot quicker than when the Carb was covered so you might not want to inhale hard. Also, be sure to save room in your lungs for the smoke in the pipe.
Advantages of Spoon Pipes
Portable: spoon pipes are small in size and portable. They are easy to conceal and great for outdoor use.
Easily fits in the hands: the spoon pipes have an ideal bowl shape that comfortably fits in your hands. The majority of glass pipes have marble positioned throughout the piece to maximize grip.
Easily lie flat: spoon pipes lie flat on surfaces without titling making them easy to pack without losing herb.
Further Reading: The Ultimate Guide: How to Clean Your Bong, Glass Pipe, and Bubblers