What Is A Steamroller?
A steamroller is a combination of a hand pipe and a one-hitter. These pipes are small cylindrical glass tubes with a hefty bowl on top. Steamrollers are also similar to chillums because they provide straight vapor draws from the bowl to the mouthpiece. More experienced dry herb smokers will find steamroller pipes to be a great addition to their stash box.
What To Consider When Buying A Steamroller
First things first, let's distinguish a steamroller from a chillum because they can look similar to an inexperienced smoker. Unlike a chillum, a steamroller's bowl is positioned on top of the tube and has a carb hole on one end. While a chillum has a small bowl at the tip and doesn't have a carb hole.
Steamrollers also come in a variety of materials like glass, silicone, metal, and sometimes wood. Depending on your lifestyle and smoking preference, it's worth knowing the difference, benefits, and drawbacks of each one.
- Glass Steamrollers: are suitable for those who like to experience the full flavors of their dry herbs. The Marley Natural Smoked Glass Steamroller is great because it was made from borosilicate glass, making it durable and is a high heat conductor. It's also easy to clean.
- Silicone steamrollers: are great if you want something more durable than glass, lightweight, and easy to carry. The downside of a silicone steamroller is you won't get the same pure-flavor experience you get from a glass steamroller pipe. They're also a bit harsher on the throat.
- Wooden steamrollers: deliver a woodsy taste, creating a depth of flavor. The Marley Natural Glass & Walnut Steamroller has a curved design for easy handling, features heat-resistant hand-blown glass, and is paired with a rounded American Black Walnut mouthpiece.
Another design feature buyers should consider is whether they'll use the steamroller for dry herb or concentrate consumption. Unfortunately, steamroller pipes aren't interchangeable.
Advantages Steamrollers Offer
Steamrollers have a few advantages over a traditional pipe. The straight tube design of a steamroller makes it easier to clean because of its less complex shape. Another advantage you get is powerful hits, which advanced smokers tend to love. They also fit in smaller spaces because of their simple design.
How To Use A Steamroller
Steamrollers have a bowl to place your dry herbs on top. Start by grabbing a grinder and grinding your herbs. Then fill the bowl with as many herbs as you'd like, light it, and inhale air through the mouthpiece
Is A Steamroller Right For Me?
If you like powerful draws, then a steamroller is for you. But if you're a new smoker, this piece probably isn't the best option to start with because aside from being able to draw large amounts of smoke, it also enters your lungs faster.