October 21, 2019
How to Make a Homemade Pipe
If you’ve got something to smoke and nothing to smoke it out of but some soda cans or some apples, you’re in luck. It’s possible with some effort and MacGyvering. A basic homemade pipe only takes a little bit of creativity and engineering.
Pop Can Style Homemade Pipe
Things you’ll need:
- pop can
- pin or pencil
Get a pull-tab aluminum can.
A typical 12 oz soda can works fine, as well as a larger “tallboy” style can. Make sure all the soda or beer is out of the can and rinse it out with clean water. Let it dry before continuing with the process.
Make a thumb-sized indention on side of the can.
Since you’ll want to place your smokables on the other side of the hole you’ll smoke out of, making it the opposite side of the mouth of the can. Use your thumb to press in a shallow rut.
Get a needle, pin or another sharp object.
The next step is to make holes in the center of the can’s side. A pencil or pen is also an effective hole-poker. If nothing is available, consider breaking the can’s tab in half and using the sharp point to create a series of small holes.
Poke small holes.
Use the needle, pin or another piercing implement to poke a pattern of holes over the basin formed by the indention. They don’t need to be big, but the more of them you make, the better. Create a grate-like pattern
- Poke a large hole on the side. Pick a location which feels most natural to cover with a finger or thumb as you smoke, then use a sharpened pencil or a pin to pierce the can
Remove the tab of the can.
Wiggle the tab back and forth on the can until the metal attaching it weakens and breaks away. Work carefully to avoid accidentally dropping the tab into the can.
To smoke, place your tobacco or other smoking material on the indentation, hold you mouth to the drinking hole in the can, and cover the cab with your thumb. Inhale to fill the can with smoke and release the carb when you’re ready to inhale
Understand the health risks.
Heating and inhaling aluminum is commonly believed to have a link to Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. While it’s true that it’s difficult to heat the aluminum to a high enough vaporization point using a simple Bic lighter, it’s also inefficient and probably best to not mess with.
Homemade Apple Pipe
This is my favourite version of a homemade pipe!
Things you’ll need:
- pin or pen
Get an apple and a pen. This pipe is considered “pure” because all you need to make it is an apple and stick-like device, such as a pen, with a tip sharp enough to poke a hole in the apple.
Make sure the apple you use is fresh. A soft apple could collapse while you’re trying to bore the holes.
It’s ideal to use the type of ball-point pen with a tip you can unscrew so you can take out the ink well. Otherwise, you may spill ink all over the apple. Once you take out the ink well, screw the tip back on.
Don’t use a pencil. It’s likely to break inside the apple while you’re trying to make a hole with it.
Remove the stem from the apple. You can use your fingers to twist or pull it off or cut a slit around the stem to remove it. Make sure you get the entire stem; if it breaks, dig into the hole with your fingers and remove it from the base.
Bore a hole through the top of the apple. Place the pointed tip over the hole where the stem used to be and jam the pen into the apple at a slight angle. Push it into the apple until you’ve made a hole that extends about halfway through the apple.
- If the apple is difficult to push through, it may help to use a twisting motion as you push.
- Once you make the initial hole with the pen’s tip, you can remove the pen, unscrew the tip, and use the tip-less pen to push into the apple. The apple will slide into the hollow pen. When you’re finished making the hole, remove the pen and discard the apple piece.
Bore a second hole near the bottom of the apple. It should be about half an inch from the hole at the apple’s base. Insert the pen and poke a hole that meets up with the first hole you poked
Bore a third hole on the side of the apple. Insert the pen into the apple an inch or a little more from the top hole. Push the pen into the apple until the third hole meets up with the chamber system you have created. This hole will serve as the carb, so it should be in a place that is convenient to cover with a finger while you’re lighting the pipe
Make a bowl. Use the pen or another object to carve out a hollow shape on the top of the apple where the first hole was drilled. Make it big enough to hold the material you want to smoke.
Use the pipe. Fill the bowl with the material you want to smoke. Hold the apple in one hand with your finger covering the carb, the small hole on the side of the apple. Use your other hand to light the bowl, and suck in with your mouth through the hole near the bottom of the apple.
Don’t Feel like using a homemade pipe? Try purchasing one of our glass or silicone pipes! They are perfect for on the go use.