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What is an Ash Catcher?
An ash catcher is a water pipe, bong, or standard pipe upgrade that is completely optional. It prevents ash, resin, and other burnt debris from dirtying up the pipe. It also helps with filtration and diffusion.
Using an ash catcher creates smoother, cleaner hits. It also helps keep the pipe clean and looking good.
How to Choose an Ash Catcher
If you decide to add an ash catcher to your water pipe, how do you select the best one for your piece? The following steps will help you make that choice so that you don’t buy an accessory that doesn’t work well with your pipe.
Look at the joints on the ash catcher and your water pipe. You need to make sure that the joints will fit together to create a solid connection. This is easier when you shop through online headshops because they will typically tell you the joint size for each ash catcher. Some online shops will also tell you what size joints each ash catcher will connect to, so you only need to determine the joint size on your bong or pipe to select the perfect ash catcher.
Consider the angle of the joint on each ash catcher. You will have to select between ash catchers that sit at a 45 or 90-degree angle from your water pipe. 45 or 90 degree angle refers to the angle of the stem that comes out of the bong where your bowl goes. The decision is often easy when you look at the design of your pipe and imagine how the ash catcher will fit onto the unit. You want to select the angle that will keep your overall piece comfortable to hold during smoking sessions and stable enough to rest on a table when not in use.
Select a percolator that will add enjoyment to your smoking experience. You can find ash catchers with all types of percolators, including inline, tree, showerhead and honeycomb designs. The style that you select will determine how much diffusion your ash catcher provides, but you may also choose based on the aesthetic style. There are some exciting designs that can give your bong or water pipe a distinctive look.
Consider the weight of the ash catcher. If it’s too heavy, it could cause your pipe to tip over or make it uncomfortable to hold during smoking sessions. The lighter the glass and smaller the piece, the less likely it is to cause problems. If you’re attaching it to a large bong this will matter less than if you’re attaching to a smaller pipe, and a bong or pipe made from strong scientific glass will reduce the risk of it breaking if it does topple over.
Look at the extra features offered on some ash catchers. For instance, some are designed with a kickstand to reduce the risk of your pipe tipping over and breaking. Others may give you a choice of accent colors, allowing you to coordinate the accessory to your pipe or just make it more fun to use. You’re more likely to find these options on higher-priced pieces from desirable brands.