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    Measuring your Downstem

    Measuring your Downstem

    Downstems are that fragile part of your bong that reaches into the pipe and creates the all-too-important airflow into water needed for a water pipe to do its thing. Unfortunately, downstems can break. No need to fear though. When your daily driver takes a spill and needs a new part, we're here to help you find the size and length of the downstem with a few simple steps.

    Here is how downstems work. First, you need to understand the ground joint sizing. Ground joints are used in a set, consisting of the male inner piece (with a conical end, ground on the outside) and the female outer piece (ground on the inside to the corresponding dimensions). Their measurements are in millimeters.

    Ideally, you will want to find a ruler. If you don't have one, then a new pencil is about 7 inches or 200mm. A dime is about 19mm wide. You'll need a pencil and a dime. Look in your couch cushions for either. Take the old downstem of your water pipe and set is aside for now.

    If you can place a dime over the female ground joint of your bong and it doesn't slide inside, then it is a 14mm ground joint. If it can slide inside the hole, then it is an 18mm or 19mm joint. Also if you can't slide a pencil into the hole, then it is a 10mm joint.

    Once you have the downstem size you need the length. Slide a pencil into the female ground joint of your pipe and make a mark on the pencil the depth of the downstem. This is the entire length of the downstem, but downstems lengths are given without the length of the joint. The ground joint is usually about one inch long, so subtract that from the pencil mark length. What remains is your downstem length. It may sound complicated, but we promise it's not!

    The STAX Primer

    Smoking is cool. You cannot argue that it's not, humans have been doing it for like 7000 years. We love it, and we love finding out new ways of breathing in combusted or vaporized molecules of delicious particles. The satisfaction of having a new piece, stacking the perfect hit and checking out how the percs work for the first time is always a magical adventure for a smoking enthusiast. But not all of us can have a huge collection.

    Some people don't have the budget or the storage space. That is where the STAX system shines. Variety, adventure, and experimentation. That is what you wanted after your first bong rip. With STAX, you can have it all.

    The STAX line has been through rigorous research and development phases. The initial design fitted together with glass joints but did not make use of clips, and the pieces were enormous. Scaling each piece down and making the percs smaller was necessary to ensure that the pieces could work well together and not be cumbersome.

    Eventually, the joints were molded with rims so that clips could be added to secure the different parts together. The line blossomed with variety once the initial design of the STAX was finalized. The real game changer came with the creation of the bubbler conversion. The showerhead downstem conversion let you change your setup into an entirely new piece. What was once a bong, is now a bubbler, and nothing will ever be the same.

    Now in its fifth generation of redesign STAX has been honed into a perfect collection that is still growing. The recent release of new bases, redesigned percs, and new mouthpieces has significantly expanded the series.

    STAX's value comes down to two things, functionality and customization. Ideally, you can keep all your pieces separated, and when the time comes to smoke, you can let your imagination be your guide. Not many things in life are like that. Most of the time you get what you get. Well, this is one of those extraordinary times when that phrase does not apply. STAX is whatever you want it to be. You can start small with just a base and a mouthpiece and then grow your collection one piece at a time. With around twenty pieces in the current line, the possibilities are astounding.

    We all had the idea; Grav Labs just had the power to make it happen. Parts can be swapped out at will, and the types of combinations and styles you can produce are staggering. Want a Bubbler? Done. Want a bong designed to cool down your hit with every perc? No problem. How about a small Dab rig with minimal percolation? Easy. Want to hit a 6-foot tall, straight tube with an ice catch? STAX has you covered.

    If you also have some of the accessories Grav Labs makes like ash catchers and chillers, then you can add even more variety to your setup. The sky is the limit. STAX is a brilliantly designed build-a-bong system that is truly modular and all borosilicate glass. What a time to be alive!

    Choosing the Perfect Recycler

    If you enjoy dabbing, then you are probably no stranger to how cool recyclers can be. While they look impressive, people do not always understand what the recycling function brings to dabbing. Recycler rigs can seem complicated but the purpose they serve ultimately is pretty straightforward; cool down the hit while providing infinite, smooth draw. Scientific Dab Rig Recyclers achieve their perfect hit by using separate tubes. This separation allows heat to dissipate through repetitive water filtration and airflow. Recyclers feature backsplashes near the mouthpiece that ensure bubbles do not burst and cause water to get in your mouth. Dabbing veterans swear by the experience of glass recyclers because they take your low-temp rip to another level.

    Recycler rigs are a serious investment, and you should consider them as such. We provide a broad range of Recyclers that range from $250-$900 depending on your specifications. When picking out a recycler, first know your budget and then decide on what kind of perc you would like. Should it restrict the flow some and create a long easy draw like the Dabology Puck Recycler, or would you prefer a large and quick rip from a big smoke chamber like the Klein from Grav Labs? Each of 420 Science's Glass Recycler Rigs is inspected for quality and consistency so that you know you are getting the best value for your money from many local United States glass artisans. It does not matter if you are new to Dabs or a seasoned vet, 420 Science has a quality made Recycler for you. Check out any of the pieces below for great recycling action.

    The Perfect Bong Rip

    Not to brag, but we have our Pro-Card here. Hell, we have an R&D department, so we better. With lots of research comes knowledge, and we love imparting it on our friends. We test a ton of water pipes and oil rigs here. We're always looking for cool new pieces, and when we think we find one we put it through testing before we pick it up for sale in our online smoke shop. While water testing pieces we've learned a few tricks of the trade. Let's talk about the types of water to use, water level, and water temperature for the perfect bong rip.

    The perfect bong hitGetting the perfect hit out of your water pipe is easier than you think, you just need a balanced temperature and percolation for the hit. Depending on what kind of water pipe you have, you'll want to go with on of two strategies. Either way, you'll want to use distilled water. Why? A few reasons. Distilled water is free of minerals, and won't leave deposits against your piece. It's also resistant to becoming cloudy at different temps, and that keeps your piece looking nicer too.

    If you have a piece with an ice catch. Use less ice, most people put too much, you only need a couple pieces. Fill your Ice catch water pipe up with water until the end of the downstem is submerged an inch. The water should be at room temperature, 65-75°F. When you take a rip, the room temp water will percolate the water as it should but not cool it down by much. That's good because you want your hit to be neutral temp, not cold. Cold air is worse on your lungs than hot air. Once the still warm hot passes over the ice, it will be chilled down to a pleasant neutral temp, and you will only get a rich, flavorful, smooth hit. If you don't have an ice catch or a perc in your pipe, then you should treat yourself to a Chiller.

    If you have a perc in your Water Pipe, then you can fill the bottom chamber with cold water, and the top chamber with the minimum amount of warm water. When you take a rip from your pipe, you will get a balanced, flavorful hit that isn't harsh or dry. When the cooled smoke passes back through the warm water, it has humidity added back into it which is easier on your throat. If you don't have a pipe with a perc in it, then check out our store, we have a few to choose from. So rip hard, rip often, and enjoy!

    Picking out a 420 Jar

    Picking out the perfect container for your little nugs or your big stash is crucial; that’s one of the reasons your here, right? 420 Science has been the pioneer of glass 420 Jars for over a decade. In fact, we are the official stash jar of all High Times Cannabis Cups. In this article, we focus on what you should examine about new storage containers for medical or recreational herbs.

    When looking for a good stash jar, you want to consider how much herb you are storing and for how long. Do you blaze through an eighth every once in a while? Then we recommend an X-Small or Small jar in any of our styles. If you keep somewhere between a quarter to a half for less than a couple of weeks, then a medium or large Pop Top would be perfect for you. If you require more cannabis storage, then we suggest a Large Wide mouth, XL UV or a Latch Top jar. The airtight and light tight (UV Jar) qualities of these jars will continue to keep your bud fresh for an extended period. If you are at the height of your game you can always fill up one of our glass apothecary jars or gasket sealed gallon jars.

    The longer you keep your stash, the more you want to think about the air space inside the jar. It's good to step down your nug's storage container based on what you have left to ensure that the quantity of air is limited. Having a selection of different sized airtight glass jars is the best investment for your stash. We also recommend using a Boveda Humidifier pack to regulate the moisture content of your jar if you keep your flowers for longer than a couple weeks.

    Beyond size and duration of storage, you should consider your storage conditions. Is this jar going in a cabinet or are you displaying your premium buds for all to see? If you need concealment and protection, then you may want to go with a UV or Amber Screw Top Jar. If you want all your friends to know how sweet your greens are without having to handle them, then show them off in style with a classy Pop Top or Wide Mouth Jar.

    Once you have decided on the appropriate jar size, the last step is to choose a design that fits your style. We have over 40 different designs to choose from, and we are constantly adding more every few months to ensure our selection stays relevant and interesting. We have jars that express your interests, color preferences, sense of humor, even jars you can write on! If you’d just like to admire your bud, we do have blank jars available.

    Regardless of the jar you choose, once you get that new bundle of 420 Jar joy, we will protect it for life with our Jar Replacement Guarantee. If you buy a jar from our online headshop and it breaks, snap a photo and let us know. We will send you a new one; all you have to do is pay for shipping. So have no fear, choose wisely and keep it fresh.