Need a way to smoke some bud quickly but don’t have a pipe or rolling papers handy? An apple makes a handy smoking device in a pinch and it might just provide you with some flavors that you wouldn’t normally experience otherwise. If you are looking for a smoking method that is off the beaten path, or if you simply don’t have any other alternatives nearby, an apple pipe is definitely something you should be able to whip up.
- 1 medium to large apple, firm
- Apple corer or sharp knife
- Downstem (optional)
- Mouthpiece (optional)
In principle, an apple pipe is pretty much just like any other pipe. In form, it is somewhat similar to a bong or water pipe, although it doesn’t hold any water or any other liquid. For a basic apple pipe, simply bore into the side of the apple about a half inch from the top, pushing in at an angle. When you get to the center of the apple, stop and bore another hole downward from the opposite side, meeting the end of the first hole around the middle of the apple. Because of all this cutting, you will want to make sure that the apple you use is reasonably firm and solid.
If it is at all possible, try to cut the second hole – which will serve as the bowl/downstem combo – narrower as you get to the core. This will make it possible for you to pack the hole with weed without sucking up ash as you inhale. To use your apple pipe, all you have to do is to fill the ‘bowl’ with weed, light it up, and inhale from the other side. Many people prefer to make the second hole by starting at the very top of the apple, and boring straight down. While this method is most common, it’s not the best. By making the bowl on the opposite side of the apple, the lighter won’t be as close to your face, and you can keep your nose hairs.
For a variation of the simple apple pipe,you will need to purchase a downstem with a bowl and a mouthpiece. The procedure is pretty much the same as making a basic apple pipe, but you won’t have to make your holes as big. In fact, it might be best to keep both holes a bit smaller in diameter, so that the downstem and the mouthpiece will fit in snugly when the pipe is in use.
One of the benefits to using an apple pipe is the sheer novelty factor. These types of pipes are great for gatherings or even just for chilling out alone with some dank bud. It is definitely entertaining to see someone exhaling massive puffs of smoke out of an apple, and it might just become a mainstay of your gatherings!
Another benefit to using an apple pipe is the unique flavor produced by the weed as it burns. Make sure to get an especially sweet and tasty apple variety, that it is firm enough to handle repeated use. The first puff alone should be a novel experience, and you will definitely appreciate the tangy flavor the longer you use your pipe.
Even if you have a number of pipes that you like to use, the apple pipe is worth trying at least once. Its definitely not going to win any awards for design, but you can’t argue with the results!