How to make an apple pipe

By Chelsea Beeler

4/20 is tomorrow as you probably already know, but let’s say this past week really got the best of you and you’re feeling totally unprepared for the big day. You call your dealer last minute and luckily he’s able to hook you up with his last eighth of Lemon Haze, but then you remember how your roommate threw his bong out the window last weekend when he thought the cops were coming to bust that crazy party you were having. You don’t have a pipe because you left it somewhere in suburbia, you don’t have papers because you don’t know how to roll and now that your bong is shattered, you have nothing.

You think for a second that a trip to St. Mark’s might be worth your while, but then you realize you can’t justify dropping change on another pipe that you’ll probably lose anyway. So what do you do? You’ve heard of people smoking out of Gatorade bottles and beer cans and you know that you have a pen and some tinfoil lying around somewhere. Well, *NEWSFLASH*: 4/20 isn’t about inhaling nasty chemicals like BPA or aluminum — it’s a celebration of, you know, natural stuff. So why not refer to the food pyramid and take a look around your kitchen? The following is a stoner’s guide to food you can use to make bongs at home.

Fats, Oils, and Sweets: Entemann’s Classic Rich Frosted Donut

In terms of smoking weed, Entemann’s Classic Rich Frosted Donuts probably aren’t your best bet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get the job done. All you have to do is carve out some cake and frosting on top of the donut to create the “bowl” — which we’ll call “3 o’clock.” Starting from “6 o’clock” drill a hole through the front of the donut until it intersects with the bowl you’ve created at “3 o’clock.” Pack it, light it, and voilá — you’re smoking weed out of a donut. Oh, and the best part is these come in a box of eight, so once you’re stoned you have seven left to eat.

Dairy: String Cheese

Since string cheese is, well, stringy, it tends to separate easily, which can be a problem when you’re haphazardly trying to jam a pen through the entire thing. The art of crafting a string cheese pipe requires patience and dexterity. Since the diameter is small, if you’re going to use a pen you need to be gentle. Firmly hold the end of the cheese together and ease a pen through its body. Once you’ve hollowed out the cheese to the best of your ability, use the tip of the pen (and just the tip) to create a small hole on top, which connects to the tunnel you’ve created inside. Carefully carve away some of the cheese around the small hole and there you have it — a string cheese pipe.

Meat: Hot Soppressata

Hot soppressata is great for smoking weed because it’s a dry breed of salami that’s not too firm and not too soft. You don’t have to use hot soppressata, but the added spice will certainly add some flair to your weed-smoking experience. Using the same principles as the string cheese pipe, you’ll want to hollow out the interior of the salami — a small knife or even a screwdriver are better tools to use than a pen in this scenario. Since the salami will retain its shape, you can drill a hole through the entire thing to create a carb opposite the mouthpiece. On top of the soppressata, drill a small hole to the hollow middle and remove excess meat. The cool thing about using a salami pipe is that when you’re smoking it’ll smell like BBQ! Okay, maybe not, but a girl can dream.

Vegetable: Potato

There’s been some debate over whether or not a potato is considered a vegetable but, for all intents and purposes, we’re going to go ahead and say that it is. A potato is a great veggie to use for smoking because it’s easy to penetrate with a pen and requires no cutting or constructing. All you need to do is jab a pen through the top and through the side until the two tunnels connect. Scrape away access potato on the top, and there you have it: a potato pipe.

Fruit: Red Delicious Apple

Everyone has heard of this one because smoking weed out of an apple is the preferred method by middle schoolers everywhere. Drive a pen through the side of the apple, remove the stem, and — just like the potato — jam a pen through the top until you reach the other tunnel. Apples tend to be everyone’s favorite fruit to smoke from because they’re easy to manipulate and taste great.

Grain: Miscellaneous Roll

Smoking weed out of bread is a terrible idea and you shouldn’t do it under any circumstances other than you have absolutely nothing else to use. The problem with using bread is that it’s very porous. Sure, it’s easy enough to create a bowl and a tunnel with a pen or a knife, but when you light your weed and inhale a lot (if not all) of the smoke is going to get trapped inside the crust and you’ll be left with a stinky roll. In any case, if you insist on using bread try to find the densest roll available.

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Happy 4/20 everyone! We’re no engineers here at NYU Local, but when in a weed bind, damn are we crafty.

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Apple Pipe

This one is a classic and just like your little black dress, it never goes out of style. It’s also super easy to make. To make a pipe out of an apple, simply start with a fresh apple and something with which to carve into it. You’ll start by carving out a bowl at the top of your apple. You’ll want to poke a hole from the top down about halfway through the apple. Once you’ve completed your bowl, you will create the mouthpiece/ carb.

To do this, simply poke a hole into the side of your apple through the bottom of the bowl you’ve created and push through to the other side. This is best done at a 45 degree angle. Now you’ve got your very own apple pipe! The best part about an apple pipe is the flavor, so take your time and enjoy!


Now this homemade pipe is super easy to make and only requires gathering a few items from around the house. You’ll need an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll with a hole cut in the side for a bowl and a bit of foil.

Simply take a small bit of foil and poke very small holes in it with a tack or pin. Once you’ve made your holes, take the foil and cover the hole in the roll with just enough of an indention to create a bowl for your herb. Once you’ve got your bowl in place, fill it up, light the greens, and enjoy!

Pumpkin Bong

For Halloween we decided to have a little bit of fun in the studio by making a bong out of a pumpkin. While this might be not be extremely practical for everyday, it could be a fun seasonal tradition.

In this video, influencer and videographer, Lexscope, carves a pumpkin for the first time and smokes out of it.

Starburst Pipe

You may not be able to have your cake and eat it too, but you can have your candy and smoke it too. This fun, albeit it sticky, pipe will be give you a great high in a pinch.

All you need to do is stack, pinch, and mold your candies into the shape of pipe, load your bowl, and toke it up!

DIY Smoking Devices: Rules of the Road

If you are going to MacGuyver your next smoking device, let’s keep these few  guidelines in place to protect your health and create the best high.

  • Choose sturdy materials that can hold their shape through the building process and the smoking process.
  • Don’t burn out of a plastic bowl since heated plastic creates toxic fumes that can make you very sick.
  • If you are using produce, such as a an apple or orange, make sure that it’s ripe and not mushy or bruised. This will make sure it doesn’t fall apart while you are using it.
  • Avoid using unnatural adhesives since they can release toxic chemicals when heated.

Whatever method you choose, making your own pipe or bong can be a lot of fun and a great way to practice your engineering skills. You’ll have a great time expressing your creativity and get to enjoy the thrill of building something yourself from scratch. So, get to building and reward your creativity with some of the finest green you can find!

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Step 1: Picking the Perfect Apple Pipe

Learning how to make an apple pipe is easy. Firstly, what kind of apple you choose to smoke out of is purely up to your preference. Some people swear by the red delicious because of its deep, bowl-shaped top. Others insist that when you’re using an apple pipe to smoke the green, it only makes sense to smoke out of a bright green Granny Smith. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter which kind you choose.

As a person that’s made literally hundreds of apple pipes over the years, I can tell you that they all work. Even those weird tiny ones, although if you use one of those you run a higher risk of burning your face, and when you have a luxurious 1970s porn star mustache like I do, the risk just isn’t worth it, man. Whichever you choose, make sure you get a couple just in case you mess one up. Practice makes perfect!

Step 2: Crafting The Perfect Apple Pipe

Once you’ve got your apple, it’s time to turn it into a pipe. The name of the game here is air flow. If you can get air to flow through it in a controlled manner, you can smoke out of it. This doesn’t just apply to apples either. I’ve smoked out of carrots, watermelons, sausages, hell I even did a dab through a deli sandwich one time. Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got. However, when it comes to foods you can smoke out of, the apple pipe is by far the favorite amongst stoners around the world. Probably because of how easy it is to make one. All you really need is a pen and an apple.

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Necessary Tools

Remove stem & Poke Holes

First and foremost, you’ll want to remove the stem if it hasn’t already been removed. After you’ve removed the stem, use the pen to slowly twist and poke a hole where the base of the stem was, down just past the center of the apple. Make sure not to push the pen all the way through the apple because then you’ll have to start over, and worse, you’ll have to eat an apple. Apples aren’t Cheetos.

Vertical Hole

Poke A Horizontal Hole

When that’s done, take the pen and poke a horizontal hole from one side of the apple until it meets the vertical hole from before, connecting the two. Or you can make the horizontal hole go all the way through the apple to create a carb (a hole to keep closed and release during your hit for more airflow). After that, your last step is to blow through it and clear all passages of apple chunks so you don’t suck one through and choke on it like an idiot in front of your friends.

Horizontal Hole

Why Bongs? / The Bong Concept

Making a bong is very simple, because the concept of a bong is simple. When you toke, you are bubbling the smoke through water before inhaling it. This text guide will take you through various aspects of bongs and bong-making. I hope you will find it valuable and I hope it inspires you to make your own bongs. The reason for using a bong is mostly for health reasons, though people love using bongs for many more reasons. The active part of marijuana, THC, is not water-soluble, so you will not lose any of your high by hitting a bong instead of a joint or pipe. The water does filter out many of the impurities(the resinous tar), thus saving your lungs from inhaling crud. Very hot water will remove the most impurities, and very cold water will cool the smoke for a smoother hit.

The anatomy of a conventional bong is very simple. It consists of a bowl (with a screen), a stem, a chamber, some liquid, and an opening for the mouth.


The crude diagrams above show a generic bong. All you need for a simple bong is a plastic pop bottle (12-ounce or larger recommended), some kind of stem (a metal tube, plastic tubing, or whatever), and a bowl (use aluminium foil if you can’t find anything else…but this is the least healthy option). A tube of silicone works well – it’s the best sealant for plastic, and satisfactory for metal-plastic seals.

After you have constructed the bong and let the sealant cure, don’t forget to drill(knife) a 1/4″ hole for the carb. Water fills the container and stem just up to the carb. The water level should really be at least an inch below the carb so that when the bong is tilted the water won’t leak. The job of the carb is to regulate where the air will be supplied from. If covered, the air(smoke) will come from the burning weed; if uncovered, air will be pulled in through the carb to force out the standing smoke from the chamber.

The Water Test

Do a “water test” before you pack a bowl. Pull a lungful through the bong with the carb covered. If you get a biting, chemical flavour, then you have not let the silicone cure long enough – it’s toxic to inhale until it’s fully cured; then it’s harmless. The water test will also let you determine how airtight your bong feels.

Smoking a conventional bong means that you have water in your bong, you have a packed bowl, and a lighter. Cover the carb with your thumb and light the bowl and pull air through the bong until you get a steady bubbling of smokethrough the water. When your lungs start to hurt a little, let go of the carb and gently pull in the trapped smoke. If your lungs feel fine as you inhale, then save a little lung space for the trapped smoke – let go of the carb and pull it in! Not all bongs work with this method, however. Gravity bongs work on a different concept, which will be explained later.

Bongs vs. Joints & Pipes

Not everyone uses bongs. New smokers may wonder why anyone bothers with bongs, and plenty of stoners prefer joints to pipes or bongs.

Those who favour joints will wax romantic about the joys of rolling, of passing around a fatty, and of super-potent roaches.

Some smokers disdain joints mainly because of their wastefulness. Consider that while the joint is being passed around or stalled, it is still burning, losing precious smoke. If you grow your own buds you can afford to be carefree, but for many smokers that is a luxury. Most stoners must pay astronomical “street” prices for their greens.

Bongs have a special advantage. A stoner can control the burning by using the flat side of a lighter to extinguish the bowl after taking a hit. The practice of extinguishing the bowl can save a lot of pot in the long run.

Even those who don’t habitually extinguish the bowl will still save more buds, considering the size of a bowl compared with a joint. A bowl holds a smaller amount of bud, so the most you can waste is the quantity a bowl will hold. Stalling a joint, though, will use up a much larger portion, depending on the size of the joint.

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Joints are also much harsher on your lungs. While some joint-rollers will use pre-made filters, or a makeshift filter made from a rolled-up paper, nothing compares with the filtration effect of water. Ed Rosenthal of High Times hasnoted that water not only cools the smoke, but actually removes harmful impurities as well. Bongs have this advantage over pipes, which, like joints, pass the unfiltered smoke right into your lungs.

As far as portability goes, bongs can be made in a variety of sizes. Most growers make a makeshift portable bong out of a 12-ounce plastic water bottle. It works fine, though the filtration leaves something to be desired.

How to Make an Apple Marijuana Pipe Step-by-Step

  1. Twist of the stem off the apple.
  2. Using your poker, poke a hole in the top of the apple about 1/2 of the way through the apple.
  3. Poke another hole into the side of the apple, aimed into the apple to connect with the hole from the top of the apple.
  4. Confirm you can blow air through your holes and make sure it connects and flows well (remove any excess apple in the holes restricting airflow).
  5. Pack your weed in the top hole, suck through the side hole and smoke away like any other pipe!

The Benefits of the Apple Pipe

The biggest benefit of the apple pipe is that after you are done smoking, the evidence disappears like the smoke.

By using regular apples, you can buy your apples when you need them from the local grocery store, and never have to worry about breaking your bong or not having a pipe when your friends want to get high.

The apple pipe is also a breeze to make, with minimal supplies and a little effort you could be sparking up the pipe and taking rips in minutes from now.

The other benefit is that after you make one apple pipe, you will get faster and more proficient at this skill, being able to produce a pipe whenever needed.

Amaze your friends, save your money, and get high in the blink of eye.

How To Make Your Own Apple Pipe

The only reason that you are going to have to head to the store for is the apples, you do need a few other things you can find around the house to help make the apple pipe.

Here is your step-by-step guide for making apple pipes in under 90 seconds flat.

Before you get started, all you need is your apple, some toothpicks, a disposable pen, your stash, and a lighter. As you get more skilled at making the apple pipe, you can start getting more creative with the holes and even smoke right from the outside of the apple too.

1.Start by removing the stem of the apple. Now you have a ready-made bowl that doesn’t even require the use of foil, The indent in apple top will cradle your stash perfectly for smoking.2.Take a toothpick and push straight down the center of the hole left behind after pulling out the stem. Once you have made a deep enough hole, start making holes in a circular shape just around the perimeter of the stem hole.

Ideally, you should make six holes around the center hole, be sure to push the toothpick as far down as possible before moving on to the next hole.

3.The next step we need to use a disposable pen, the type you can can disassemble and take apart so only the hollow stem remains. Remove the tip, the ink cartridge, leaving behind just a hollow plastic tube. This is going to be the smoking pipe where the sweet nectar of the weed is drawn up.4.Push the hollow pen shaft on a slight angle down towards the center of the apple. What you are trying to do here is to intersect the pen shaft with the holes that you made in the center of the stem hole with your toothpick.5.Remove the pen shaft and blow out the core trapped inside. once you have a clear passage to the center of your apple, then insert the empty pen back into the hole to act like your hitter.6.Pack the apple top with your weed, then light your weed. Take a hit from the pipe, or you can remove that pipe and take a hit directly from the side of your apple. Be careful if you remove the pipe that your face is not too close to that fire.7.Continue packing the pipe until you are stoned, then take a few bites of your apple to quench your hunger or simply toss it in the trash.

There you have it, everything you’ll need to create your own apple pipe and get ripped without having to spend more than a dollar on supplies.

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