An ash catcher is an optional accessory that can be added to a pipe, bong, or water pipe. It is a convenient way to prevent a buildup of ash, resin, and other burned debris. It aids in filtration as well. Users of ash catchers have reported that they enjoy cleaner and smoother tokes.
There are many different kinds of ash catcher. Some of the more common sizes are 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. There are also various angles, such as 45- and 90-degree. Smoke from the burning cannabis filters through the ash catcher on a pipe or bong, then through the pipe or bong itself, and eventually into the user’s lungs. Any ash or debris that could have been inhaled is caught by the ash catcher.
The pipe or bong will still need to be cleaned every so often, but nowhere near as long as if you didn’t have an ash catcher. An ash catcher can almost be thought of as an extra filter on your pipe or bong. Most of them contain a perc for diffusion that will evidently make inhaling much easier. Without an ash catcher, your bong will get extremely dirty within only a few weeks of using it. In turn, it will look dirty and smell pretty bad.
Overall, the ash catcher provides a much more pleasant smoking experience for the user. Most ash catchers are sold separately, and you will need to know the joint size of the pipe you’re using in order to purchase the correct one.