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Ashtrays: Accessories for Smoking Culture

With the discovery of the new world in the 15th century, tobacco made its way to Europe. From the beginning the ashtray became a natural necessity for every social meeting where people smoked. For 600 years, there have been small bowls solely made for this purpose, which caught the ashes and always adapted to the varied needs of changing times.

The Proper Ashtray – What You Should Know When Buying

1. Different Use, Different Ashtray
2. Form Follows Function
3. Materials & Maintenance: From Large & Stable to Small & Flexible
4. Price: Ashtrays at Moderate Costs
5. Astray: Design Masterpieces

1. Different Use, Different Ashtray

The ashtray contains the ashes and butts of cigarettes and cigar. The construction of a designer ashtray depends on the individual needs of the group of people using it. Ashtrays with lids are made for the use in the home. The cover prevents odors from escaping through the cooled ashes. Designer ashtrays for outdoors are created for garden moments in fresh air. Ashtrays for the outside are usually larger than normal table ashtrays and come with wind protection through a sturdy lid or thanks to their shape.

If a table ashtray is self-extinguishing, then the material extinguishes the cigarette or cigar embers. The common ashtray is round and has several round holes on its edge. Depending on size, they are made to butt out burning cigarettes or cigars. Ashtrays for pipe smokers have a high elevation in the middle for tapping your pipe. Many designer ashtrays are composed of two parts: an upper bowl and a lower pot. On the upper bowl you can butt out glowing tobacco, while the ash is brought into the lower bowl and stored there odor-free. As a result, your home remains free of the smell of cold ash and embers are also extinguished by blocking oxygen supply. Ashtrays with lids also ensure that cold ash doesn’t give off an odor and that the embers from the butt extinguish by themselves.

2. Shape: Form Follows Function

Modern ashtrays are subdued and above all very functional in design. Most are round, as they are geared towards a convivial table. Every smoker should be able to easily reach the ashtray from their position and use it. They are usually purist and kept very simple, many have a damper function and are composed of several parts, which serve their practical use.

3. Materials & Maintenance: From Large & Stable to Small & Flexible

Ashtrays for outdoors are usually heavier and larger, constructed from weather-resistant materials. On the one hand, they can withstand more wind and weather and make sure there is no ash blown out. On the other hand, outdoor ashtrays must take a lot of ashes and butts as they are usually used more frequently and emptied less often. Designer ashtrays for outdoors are therefore primarily designed with a self-closing lid.

An ashtray for the coffee table, however, plays with design ideas, materials and colors that are suitable for indoor areas. Most of them are easy to clean or made of a dishwasher-resistant material. Ashtrays must withstand heat and embers, safely and consistently. Therefore, they must be made from high-quality materials. Heat-resistant ceramic is a material proven over the centuries. Noble white ceramic has been used for modern designer ashtrays and has an elegant appearance. Ashtrays with tilts and lids are often made of stainless steel. Those made of stainless steel are not only heat-resistant, but also durable and suitable for the dishwasher. Modern designer ashtrays in unusual shapes are made with heat-resistant and durable melamine plastic. This material is easy to clean as well.

Where to Empty Ashtrays?

An ashtray can be emptied only after the last embers are extinguished To protect the environment, the solidified remains may not be emptied into the toilet. They go with the non-recyclable waste.

How to Clean Ashtrays?

To clean ashtrays, lemon, vinegar, and salt have proven themselves as excellent natural glass cleaners, oven cleaners and are ideal for scouring. In addition to cleaning, lemons and vinegar ensure that the smell of cold ash also vanishes. An old cork, dipped in salt water, is perfect for removing stubborn stains.

4. Price: Ashtrays at Moderate Costs

In the lower price segment, you can find very beautiful pieces which meet all required practical criteria. Meanwhile, noble designer objects reside in the middle price segment. The price of Ddesigner ashtrays in the higher-priced segment is justified by being made from very fine materials or are amongst the design classics.

5. Astray: Design Masterpieces

Here at Connox you can order design ashtrays for the living room such as one of Alessi, made completely of stainless steel. The Spiral Ashtray is composed of a small, shallow bowl and an inner spiral for holding cigarettes. People were immediately inspired by its elegant design making it a design icon very quickly.

The Ashtray with lid by the manufacturer Rosti Mepal, made from melamine plastic, also consists of two parts. On the upper part - the lid - you can place cigarettes, whereas the lower part keeps ember and ashes odor-free contained.

Carl Mertens' stainless steel Caldera Ashtray follows the same principle. Its lid has a conical shape, where cigarette remains simply slide on into a hole.

The Ashtray MB 23E by Tecnolumen is an historic Bauhaus design piece, made from polished stainless steel in pure and practical shape. You can tilt the lid to tip the remains into the container.

If you are looking for unusual design, have a look at Danese Milano’s Cubo ashtray. It is shaped rectangularly and available in two sizes – one for cigarettes and one for cigars. The ashtray, made of melamine plastic and looking like a tall box with a crease that remains fall through, is available in black and white.

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