No Pipe, No Problem: Four Smoking Devices You Can Make at Home

You’re comfy in bed, you’ve got your nugs ground up and ready to go, you’re favorite Netflix show is already loaded on screen—when tragedy strikes—you’re all out of papers. We’ve all been there. Whether you’re trying to blow off some steam after a long day of work, or in the midst of an epic hangover, making it to your local smoke shop can sometimes feel like the equivalent of trekking to hell. 

Lucky for you, the only things you need to get high are cannabis, air flow and a flame. So next time you find yourself faced with fear over the dreaded “last paper,” resort to Emerald’s list of safe and fun DIY smoking devices. Not only will these tips and tricks save you from having to leave your apartment to get high, evidence disposal just got a whole lot easier too. 

 

Apple Pipe 

Being one of the most classic DIY pipes known to weed lovers, new and old, you’ve likely pulled out the apple one time or another in your smoking career. But, in case you haven’t, here’s exactly how it works.

What you’ll need: 

  • Cannabis 
  • Any kind of apple 
  • Poking devices (pen, knife, key) 
  • Lighter 

First things first: twist off the apple’s stem (you’ll likely immediately recognize the natural bowl). Next, poke a hole where the stem was and carve down until you’re about halfway through the apple to create a bowl. Now use your poking device to make a mouthpiece on the side of the apple, being sure that it connects with your original bowl hole. Continuing pushing all the way through and out the other side to create a carb that allows for air flow through all the chambers. Lastly, pack your new apple-bowl full of your favorite kush and enjoy! 

 

The One-Hitter Pen 

One hitters are and have always been one of the most popular and simple smoking devices out there. That being said, here’s how you can make one yourself in just two simple steps. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Clickable pen with unscrewable metal tip 
  • Cannabis 
  • Lighter 

First, remove both the top of the pen (the clickable part) and the ink chamber. Next, screw off the metal tip and flip it around to reinsert it into the pen, pointy side first. By now you’ve probably got it figured out and are likely already puffing away, but if not, all you need to do is simply fill your new bowl and inhale from the opposite end. Make sure to never use a plastic tip as it can burn and release toxic fumes.

 

TeePee Steamroller 

Old toilet paper rolls are known to be useful for all kinds of crafts from, so who’s to say adults shouldn’t join in on the fun? 

What you’ll need: 

  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel roll 
  • Scissors or knife 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Thumbtack or pin 
  • Cannabis 
  • Lighter

First, carve a hole a few inches from the end of the roll, this hole can be big or small, depending on how hefty of a hit you’re envisioning. Next, using your pin or other poking instrument, create very tiny holes in a small piece of foil. Use this foil to cover the hole, forming it with just enough indentation to create a bowl for you bud. Using one end as a mouthpiece and the other as a carb, you’re now ready to puff away with your new tee-pee steamrollers. 

Pro Tip: Toilet paper rolls also make great sploofs. So if you’re worried about stinking up your apartment, load another up with dryer sheets and exhale through that. 

 

Grav Bong 

Probably the most effective on the list in terms of performance and quality, the gravity bong is one of the most commonly used DIY smoking devices amongst stoners. Some even prefer this method over any joint or glass pipe because it’s reputation to get users, well, pretty damn ripped. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Plastic bottle (ideally 16-20oz) 
  • Bucket, or 2 liter plastic bottle 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Knife 
  • Cannabis 
  • Lighter 

This one can feel a little more intimidating for first timers, so instead of written instructions, here’s a helpful video from Supreme Deluxe on how to create this DIY bong. 

P.S. If you want to try out this method and you’re not limited to basic household resources, we suggest opting for a one hitter or small bowl piece in your bottle cap, rather than aluminum.

Emerald contributor since June 2019

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