Given their resistance to thermal shock (the rapid cooling of objects from high temperatures), it shouldn’t surprise you that borosilicate glass has become the industry standard for glass bongs and pipes. The use of borosilicate glass provides several benefits including its ability to withstand extreme changes in temperature, clarity, durability, and non-toxicity. And that helps to improve your smoking experience.
These benefits explain why borosilicate is a better material than ceramic or regular glass and why your next bong should be manufactured from this durable material.
Ability to withstand extreme Changes in Temperature
Glass bongs must have the ability to withstand intense direct heat from flames. Unlike regular glass that can melt from the heat of a torch, borosilicate glass can withstand temperatures of up to 515° F and won’t melt until the temperature exceeds 550° F. Another benefit is that borosilicate glass can survive extreme temperature changes without breaking or cracking. Plus, it doesn’t expand like regular glass so there will be smoother transitions between temperatures.
In addition to its strength against breakage and temperature extremes, borosilicate glass is known for its clarity, something that scientific glass aficionados love about this material. Additionally, it isn’t susceptible to browning or solarization and offers excellent light transmission as well. Of equal importance is its ability to hold up to regular cleanings and resist corrosion in process.
One of the more important benefits or qualities of borosilicate glass is its higher level of durability. We’ve all experienced that gut-wrenching feeling of dropping our favorite bong and watching as it shatters into hundreds of pieces. Conversely, borosilicate glass is less likely to break thanks to its higher tensile strength than what regular glass offers. Although a borosilicate glass bong feels sturdier and is far less fragile, you still need to exercise care in handling. And keeping it clean helps you get a better experience with no stale odors.
Another reason for the popularity of borosilicate glass among smokers is the non-toxic nature of the material. Borosilicate glass is BPA and lead-free. It’s even considered hypoallergenic. As a result, this glass is classified as “medical grade” and is found in hospitals. Plus, it is safe to cook in. Additionally, since it has an extremely high temperature tolerance compared to regular glass, you’ll never be exposed to any toxic fumes like you would be when regular glass burns.
For additional information about borosilicate glass and why it is popular as a bong-making material, call Tank Glass at (323) 364-7952 today or if you prefer, you can send us an e-mail with your questions by clicking here.