A pipe screen is a type of screen that is approximately one inch in diameter that covers the hole the bottom of the bowl of a metal pipe, a glass pipe, or a tobacco pipe. Pipe screens primarily separate your herb or tobacco from the smoke and can regulate the flow of smoke and air. Have a good screen and you get a good smoke. Have a bad screen you're throwing your money down the toilet. More importantly, pipe screens keep you from getting a mouthful of hot ash!
Most pipes don't come with built-in screens or can handle glass screens so let's take a look at the most common metal mesh options available so you can ensure the best experience with each hit.
Brass Pipe Screens
First and foremost, brass mesh screens are the cheapest on the market but the old saying holds true that you get what you pay for.
Brass is stronger and harder than copper, but not as strong or as hard as steel. It is easy to form into various shapes, a good conductor of heat. One of the issues with smoking is that heat will irritate your throat causing you to cough or choke on the smoke. And who enjoys coughing?
Also, brass has a lower melting point than steel. Depending on the composition, brass melts between 1,650 to 1,720 °F. To put this into perspective we did some research and found that the temperature of an average Bic lighter can reach nearly 3,590.6 degrees.
Consider that you're applying a hot flame to your screens, do you want the residual fumes that are created?
A search of Wikipedia shows that Illnesses such as metal fume fever, also known as brass founders' ague, and other similar diagnoses are primarily caused by exposure to chemicals in brass.
These are produced as byproducts in the fumes that result when certain metals are heated.
For more information about the signs and symptoms of metal fume fever visit Science Direct.
Stainless Steel Pipe Screens
What you'll notice first is that stainless steel metal screens are high quality, heavy-duty, and cost a little more than brass screens. But, what you will see is that it's well worth the additional pennies to upgrade once and for all.
The first thing you want to look for is medical-grade stainless steel. What's the difference between regular stainless steel and surgical stainless steel you ask? Surgical stainless steels are those with the greatest amount of corrosion resistance.
Because of material expense, stainless steels are different from “general use” steel, like carbon steel and tool steel. Most often, stainless steel is used in culinary applications. Cutlery, cookware, appliances, and kitchen fixtures.
Surgical steel’s uses are relegated to biomedical applications. Surgical instruments like forceps, retractors, and needle holders are made from surgical steel. Surgical steel has a long history of use in orthopedic and dental implant devices.
So, if it's good enough to slice you open, won't it be good enough to smoke from?
Smoke Grass, Not Brass.
Smoke Grass, Not Brass. That's the motto here at Genius Pipe. Check out our video demonstrating the difference between brass and our TruTaste surgical steel pipe screens.
Genius TruTaste Screens
That is why we here at Genius designed and sell our TruTaste pipe screens.
Genius TruTaste screens are specifically designed to eliminate drawbacks to pipe screen use such as metallic taste and loose wires.
Made from surgical-grade stainless steel TruTaste screens have a higher melting point and larger diameter wire. Genius TruTaste screen lasts for up to 3 months.
TruTaste stainless steel pipe screens won't change integrity after multiple cleanings and won't burn through. Measured at .75" in diameter, TruTaste screens will fit traditional and Genius Pipe's perfectly and are super easy to remove.
Our pipes lead the industry with our No Cough technology. They were designed to create the best smoking experience in the market. From the micro-vortices to remove tar to our screens to better absorb heat, you can now get the truest taste from your herb and enjoy the moment.
Customer service is our number one priority and we provide 3-5 day delivery to make every order easy and convenient.
Genius TruTaste Screen come in 3 or 12 packs and can easily be ordered online.
So who better than us to get screens from? Must be 21 years old to order.