This is a VaporGenie Classic pipe in Maple. The bowl, screen and filter top threads are made of stainless steel. The black mouth-tip is optional and can easily be removed by pulling it out. The VaporGenie pipe is lead free. No glues or adhesives are used in the VaporGenie Classic pipe. The VaporGenie pipe relies on a totally new concept to provide the 'sweet-spot' vaporization temperatures of 225-375 degrees. The secret to the VaporGenie pipe is the patented flame filter. The flame filter is located above your tobacco (between the tobacco and flame). In the pictures, the flame filter is located within the spherical wood part. The flame filter is specially designed to mix the flame and cool air and provide vaporization temperatures. The flame filter is specially designed to withstand the flame heat for many years. It is made of an extremely durable and nontoxic ceramic: silicon carbide. The VaporGenie pipe is used in a manner very similar to a conventional pipe. That's what makes it so easy to use. First, the VaporGenie pipe is loaded with tobacco, and then the flame filter is screwed onto the pipe. It is important to use loose, shredded tobacco; do not pack. Then, you inhale from the pipe while supplying flame to the flame filter. The flame filter automatically protects the tobacco from burning. You control the exact temperature by adjusting the amount of flame applied and speed of inhalation. It is important to not touch the ceramic filter with the flame. By paying attention to the flavors and heat inhaled, you know the temperature, and can adjust flame application accordingly.