An Ash catcher is an optional accessory that can be added to a pipe, bong, or water pipe. It is a convenient way to stop the build up of ash, resin, and other burnt up debris from getting the pipe dirty. It aids in the filtration as well. Users that have ash catchers have reported that they enjoy the cleaner and smoother tokes when inhaling.
There are a large variety of different types of ash catchers. Some of the more common sizes you can purchase them in are 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. There are also a bunch of various angles of them such as 45 and 90 degrees. Smoke from the burning marijuana filtrates through the ash catcher on the pipe or bong, then through the pipe/bong itself, and eventually into the user’s lungs. Any ash or debris that could have potentially 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. Many have said that after using an ash catcher, they are a must have for anyone using a water pipe or bong.