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When Should You Replace Your Brass Pipe Screen?

Posted by David on

More and more pipe users are using brass pipe screens, as they can correct a lot of common issues that occur with regular pipe usage. These guys really come in handy, but they’re not made to last forever. Brass pipe screens need to be replaced fairly regularly, but the good news is that they’re cheap, easy to find and easy to use.

What is a Brass Pipe Screen?

A brass pipe screen is a small insert that you install into your pipe. It’s made of a fine brass mesh which is both durable and easy to work with. It acts as a filter for your pipe, preventing ash, resin and bits of herb from getting into your mouth when you take an inhale. Because, all of us know how annoying it is to get bits of debris in our mouths when we’re trying to take a hit.

A brass pipe screen doesn’t just prevent pieces of herb and ash from getting into your mouth. These devices increase airflow while making the flow of air more consistent, because they prevent pieces of debris from getting in the way. We tend to underestimate just how much ash, resin and small pieces of herb interfere with the airflow of our pipe, preventing us from getting hits that are both full and smooth.

How Often Should a Brass Pipe Screen Be Replaced?

So, when should a brass pipe screen be replaced? Well, we can’t give you an exact schedule for replacing this piece, as it all depends on how often you use your pipe, how deeply you inhale and the quality of your herb as well as your pipe. What we can tell you, however, is that there are some clear signs that it’s time to buy a new one.

One sign is that the pipe screen is getting dirty. Now, you can remove them and clean them separately from the pipe, which really comes in handy and boosts their longevity. But, after a while, they become so coated in debris that it’s not really worth it anymore. Once they’re dirty, they can’t do their job properly because the mesh is now covered in resin and ash, and so they actually prevent the flow of air moving through the filter. That means that you won’t be able to get in enough smoke when you take a hit.

Another sign that your brass pipe screen needs to be replaced is that it’s no longer filtering properly. Sometimes, as a brass pipe screen gets used more and more, it becomes slightly misshapen due to the constant force and heat to which it is exposed. When this happens, it won’t fit in place properly anymore, and will basically stop working.

This is why we suggest stocking up on brass pipe screens. They’re extremely inexpensive and easy to store, so it’s a good idea to have several at a time. This way, you’ll never be without one should the one you’re using start giving you issues.

Now You Know When

A brass pipe screen can be a lifesaver if you’re someone who uses a pipe for your dry herb. It offers many benefits that can make every aspect of your smoking more enjoyable. But, even the best brass pipe screen on the market will need to be replaced at some point. Use this guide to know when that time comes.

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