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How to Clean a Metal Smoking Pipe

For those who aren’t as familiar with cleaning a metal smoking pipe , there’s nothing to fear. Keeping your pipe in tip-top shape is simple once you get the hang of it. In this article, we’ll guide you through the tools, tips, and ways to keep your metal smoking pipe working like a charm.

Metal Smoking Pipe Tools

Before you can get started caring for your pipe, you’ll need to gather the right equipment. To clean a metal smoking pipe, make sure you have:

  • Alcohol – Isopropyl alcohol 70% is ideal, but you can also try vodka or whiskey that’s at least 140 proof. The stronger the alcohol is, the less soaking the pipe will need.
  • Pipe cleaners or brushes – Although alcohol helps remove ash and grime from your pipe, you’ll need to do some scrubbing. Using a pipe cleaner or brush will allow you to remove any remnants stuck inside your metal smoking pipe.
  • Cloth or rag – The metal smoking pipe you have will dictate the kind of cloth or rag you should use. For more sensitive metals that are prone to scratching, a microfibre cloth is best. More robust metal pipes can handle just about any clean rag you have.
Soaking your Metal Smoking Pipe

Soaking your pipe is the first and most important part of cleaning your pipe. Alcohol helps loosen stubborn gunk from the inside of your pipe, restoring its natural flavour and function. To soak your pipe, place your metal smoking pipe in a bowl and fill it with alcohol. For best results, the pipe should be completely covered by the alcohol. Place the bowl somewhere it won’t be disturbed and let the metal smoking pipe soak for at least 24 hours.

Removing Stuck-On Grime

In this step, you’ll need a bit of elbow grease and a lot of patience. Before you begin scrubbing, we recommend removing your screen as it’s likely to fall out during this step. Insert your pipe cleaner or brush into the shaft of the metal smoking pipe and scrub until all the grime is gone. You can repeat this second step, but if you still have grime inside your pipe after that, then we would recommend soaking it again.

Buffing and Drying

After soaking and scrubbing your pipe, you’ll need to dry and buff it. Although alcohol evaporates and leaves little to no taste behind, drying your pipe with a cloth or rag will ensure that there’s no remaining moisture. Any leftover moisture can impact a metal smoking pipe’s effectiveness. Buffing your pipe with a cloth can also help restore its glow. For best results, buff in small circular motions as that will provide an even shine.

Time to Enjoy your Metal Smoking Pipe

In good times, and especially bad times, smokers turn to their pipes for relaxation. Whether you’re a daily smoker or a social smoker, maintaining a clean pipe will ensure a consistently better smoke. With these tips, we hope that you’ll be able to take good care of your metal smoking pipe and enjoy it for years to come!

Keeping your metal smoking pipe in great shape is simple once you get the hang of it. In this article, we’ll guide you through the tools, tips, and ways to keep your metal smoking pipe working like a charm.

How to Clean Your Pipe

Introduction: How to Clean Your Pipe

Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

Step 1: Parts

You need:
A pipe to clean
Rubbing Alcohol
Something to get the screen out
A new screen

Step 2: Pull Out Old Screen and Disassemble

Use a pointy object to remove the old screen, then disassemble as far as u can.

Step 3: Bag It

Put all the pipe related parts in a bag then fill with the alchol leaving some room.

Step 4: Shake

Shake and leave to sit over night, but not to long. mine leaked.

Step 5: Finish

Wipe up, reassemble and put in a new screen, and you’re done.

Here are the twins, as Bender would say “Make new friends and keep the old, because one is silver and the other is gold.”

Step 6: Other Ideas

If you are smoking a certain green substance and you want to keep the resin, pour the bag into a bowl. Then leave it in the sun to evaporate.

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50 Discussions

You know salt causes metal to rust, right? I wouldn’t use salt on anything metal.

Reply 5 months ago

Not sure but I believe salt speeds up the oxidation which only happens in oxygen environments. Since this piece is under water not A problem. Also it takes A fair amount of time and odds are these pieces will be resin soaked soon after cleaning. HA HA

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Not “rust” exactly. Rust normally refers to iron oxydation. Salt causes corrosion for sure, especially sodium salts, but any salt that is electrolytically active will do the same thing.

BUT, if the salt is not left on it for any length of time (days or longer) it will help remove some oxidation. An overnight soak and rinse shouldn’t hurt it at although I might not do this with copper parts.

i need to know how to clean a mushroom keychain pipe mine is so clogged with rez i cant even smoke out of it anymore

Reply 5 years ago

Or use a Bobby pin or something similar and scrape it if you plan on smoking it.

Reply 5 years ago

Add some sea salt in with it and shake, the grains scrub the sides. Or you could buy cleaning fluid from a headshop and follow the directions in the bottle, some don’t work very well if it’s caked full.

I think u meant salvia

If you add coarse salt to the bag and shake hard for a min or two it really helps alot. It acts as an abrasive. The salt will not dissolve in the alcohol.

Nice instructible. I have an instructible series coming out about kinds of smoking apparatuses and how to make them. by far, I only have one about making a bong, or “water filtered pipe” and I would strongly appreciate if anyone could view it and comment on it. Thank you.

alchohol and salt. you dont need anything else. get 90% iso- it works better(less water) and is clean disolving. all of the cleaners you could use or detergents or whatever are going to leave residue. residue that could react to heat, you dont want to breathe that in. even some chemicals that work well are generally industrial grade- not medical and the ingredients listed do not have to be 100% pure. when using something like napathol, try leaving some out on a glass dish for a few days before trying it on your piece and see what is left behind.
if you dont care about your piece or pan i suppose boiling is a good way to clean, but putting the stress on the glass all over from the heat is bad. it puts stress on any faults in the glass or tiny cracks and chips. this could result in a premature break. while heating is inevitable of some parts of the piece with use, why put undo stress on good pieces?
maybe im just a connoisseur

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Hey guys and gals, I have found a really cheap and simple way to clean a whole pipe. No matter what type or brand. If you go to a beauty shop or whatever (the way i found this was my wife was helping me clean pipes and she made the suggestion) buy some of the nail buffer, shiner and one of the rough ones. Then use long strokes and use the rough one to sand away any gunnk or residue left on the stem of the pipe. Then use the buffer to get any scratches off of it. Finally scrub as hard as you can with the shiner and watch your pipe shine.

you mean salvia, not saliva. smoking saliva would suck.

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Well, some people would do it. Ancient cultures that worshiped the Fly Agaric mushrooms found that there was a scarcity at one point, so the priests began to be the sole people that ingested the mushroom alone. Since the toxins in the fly agaric don’t get absorbed, for the most part, by the human body, the next lower social class would drink the urine of the priests in order to get the high that they desired, since it made them feel closer to ‘God’. It kept going like this until the lowest social class.

How to Clean Your Pipe: Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.