How to Make a Smokeless Pipe

Smokeless pipes, or vaporizers, are a healthier alternative to regular pipes. Vaporizers work by heating the tobacco hot enough to evaporate the oils, but without heating up enough to actually set the tobacco on fire. Inhaling the evaporated vapor is less harmful to your lungs than inhaling the combusted smoke. Vaporizers unfortunately are expensive; costing roughly one-hundred times more than a regular pipe. However, you can make one at home for the price of a regular pipe.

Step 1

Purchase the Pyrex test tube, rubber cork with hole and Pyrex tube all out of a single set. They need to fit with an airtight seal: cork in the test tube, and tubes within the holes of the cork.

Step 2

Push the one of the Pyrex glass tubes through the cork. The tube should barely stick out through the other side of the cork. Push the second glass tube deep into the cork. When the cork is placed in the test tube, the Pyrex tube should have roughly 1 inch of room to the bottom of the vial.

Step 3

Fill the bottom of the test tube with 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch of tobacco. Fit the cork stopper firmly in place. Heat the tobacco with a lighter by brushing the bottom of the test tube with the flame. The vapor will be very light colored smoke. Inhale the vapor through the longer glass tube.


  • Do not hold the flame directly under the test tube. This will cause the tobacco to burn.

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Blythe Wolf began writing professionally in 2010, and writes on a variety of topics from network engineering to fine dining cuisine. Blythe graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering, before following his culinary passion and receiving an associate degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute.