Cracking the ball pipe open reveals glowing methamphetamine. Next comes making a split with a pen knife (the copper heats up when placed into a flame source by the thermocouple wire on top of it) and finally boiling and thinning the methamphetamine to a liquid. The pipe is then capped and tapped or shaken to be sure that all the liquid has been removed.
Once the pipe is sufficiently clean, it is put back into the same position in which it was left when it was first opened. Next, the crystals are placed in a spoon or other object to be heated and turned to liquid. When the methamphetamine has liquefied slightly, it is ignited using a cigarette lighter or a torch. Next, the pipe is held near the liquefied methamphetamine to be inhaled into the lungs.
Smoking is considered a popular and easy way to consume crystal methamphetamine. The most common ways to facilitate smoking were a pipe, a pipe stem or place on a stem or the floor and lighting up a torch a few inches above. In some cases, the pipe was lifted into the lamplight as a bowl was heated.
A "little secret" of crystal methamphetamine production is that a crack stem is the most commonly used tool to smoke crystal methamphetamine, even when a pipe is in use. Due to difficulty in extracting the methamphetamine from the stem, there is a long tradition of using a crack stem much like a candle.
A few participants reported knowing another almost as risky way of smoking with a sharp glass stem, a pipe with no stem. However, putting into the bowl is done through a piece of tin foil, allowing the methamphetamine to drip into a container. That container is then heated with a torch, to which the participants being asked to describe the action say that it gives off a smell of a lighter. Then by putting their right palm over the mouth of the container, the participants inhaled the migraine-inducing fumes. d2c66b5586