the "rod portion" is generally about 1/2 inch in diameter, and about 2 to 3 inches long (the open end of the rod is obviously the end you "smoke" out of). The "bowl" is about the size of a gumball, is hollow (duh), and has a small hole on top. Your "drug" sits inside the bottom of the bowl, you heat the bottom of the bowl with your lighter or torch (careful not to burn your shit in there!), the crystalized chunk will melt, and there you get your smoke!
For meth, let it cool off and harden back up into a blob first, then reheat it and smoke (Why? ...I don't know... that is what I was told. "THEY" say it is "BAD" for you to smoke it right off ...because obviously it isn't actually "bad" to smoke otherwise. RIGHT. I have NO IDEA if this "rule" applies to crack as well.)
Inhale SLOWLY, but don't hold your breath in once your inhale is complete... just blow it on out. This is NOT smoking weed out of a bong my friend. This is a gentle procedure.
Oh! Roll and/or rock the pipe back and forth under a lighter flame so as not to burn the now liquified substance (with the torch, just gently but quickly shake the flame unber the bowl ...this is just easier, and achieves the same effect).
ICK ICK!! DON'T BURN IT!
Also. Clean it regularly (it's easy enough, boil it in a pot of water with your cleanser of choice, scrub the inside with a Q-tip, and rinse well). There is no reason for your drugs to taste skanky and burnt. AND... DO just get rid of the burnt shit at the bottom (you can burn it off with your lighter, but blow out - INTO your pipe, so the smoke goes bye-bye, instead of inhaling (you can also liquify this last nasty bit, and then just stick a damp Q-tip in there and wipe it right off - this method is preferable). Don't be a cheap ass, and just do as I say! If you don't, all your shit will feel and taste crappy ALL THE TIME!
How does one descretely purchase this pipe?
Most headshops have them stored or hidden in a safe place if NOT in plain view. Be sure to ask the attendant for an "essential oil insense burner". I believe this is the term one uses to keep it on the "down low". If the attendant is confused, and you end up in the weed pipe area, try "Ah no.. your 'other ones' *wink-wink* ..you know, the smaller, clear ones...?!?! ...yeah... that's it...thanks".
Have fun... but watch it! It is easy to get hooked!
Where's your crack pipe?