Like a chillum they are cylindrical in shape and open at both ends, but they tend to be larger and offer bigger hits. This makes them a favorite for group sessions and for sharing with all your friends.
Steamrollers are open at both ends and feature a mouthpiece at one end. The other end acts as a carb, and users often place their hands over the open end. The bowl of a steamroller typically sits on top (as opposed to a chillum or one hitter, where the dry herb is loaded into the open end).
Because of their larger diameter steamrollers tend to produce large inhales, and they tend to clear quickly. This is what many like, but beginners should just take note of how much smoke will be produced. Steamrollers also feature larger bowls, which may inspire some users to over pack the bowl. Again, just consider your inhale size before packing a bowl (and make sure to use a grinder before you add your dry herb).
One feature that potential steamroller users should be aware of is the size of the opening at the end, which will be defined by its diameter. A steamroller with a larger diameter will have a larger opening, which means increased airflow. This means more smoke and faster clearing. Smaller sized steamrollers will restrict the airflow, creating hits that are smaller and less intense.
The size of the steamroller will also define how it you use the pipe. With a smaller steamroller you will be able to use on hand, which is handy when you are alone and which is nice when you want something portable. Larger steamrollers will not be as portable and may require two hands, but they will offer larger hits. And they will allow the smoke more time to cool, so the hit will be more pure and enjoyable.
If you plan to buy a steamroller for use at home you may want to look for one with glass feet. These are small pieces added to the side to keep the cylindrical steamroller from rolling off of a table and shattering when it hits the floor!
SmokeSmith Gears offers many varieties of steamroller, so give one a try and let us know if you have any questions. If you are looking for a spoon pipe, a chillum or a sherlock pipe we also have plenty of those, and our specialty pipes feature many heady pieces and pop cultural themed pipes. Bubblers are nice as well, offering the size of a hand pipe but the filtration of a bong.