Features of a Bong
Downstems are an essential component of water pipes. If your water pipe features a removable downstem, it’s probably a diffused downstem. These include tiny slits or holes to break up the smoke before it enters the water. The more bubbles that are created by the downstem, the more surface area the vapor has to cool before it enters the tube for inhalation. If your downstem is non-removable, your water pipe will probably include a type of percolator. There are many percolators on the market, such as showerhead percolators or honeycomb percolators, and you may need to experiment to find the one you like the best.
Some water pipes include an ice pinch as part of their tube design, which give users an extra layer of cooling before the vapor reaches the mouthpiece. The pinch holds the ice in the tube part of the pipe so you get the best cooling effect before inhalation. Some people prefer inhaling warm vapor; but if you’re a cool vapor person, an ice pinch will be a necessary pipe feature.
Splash guards are handy in preventing the water from the base of the pipe reaching your lips as you inhale. The splash guard includes slits so vapor can still pass through, but the top is domed so the water falls back into the base of the pipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose the right bong for me?
- Size and Height
- Material – Glass or Silicone
What does a percolator do in a bong?
A percolator (often referred to as a perc) is designed to diffuse hot smoke through the water inside the chamber of a bong to delivery smoother, cooler, and less harsh hits. There are dozens of different types of percs, and each one offers different advantages and disadvantages. On a bong, a perc should effectively diffuse smoke by exposing it to as much surface area as possible – thus allowing the water to cool down the smoke before it is inhaled.
How does a bong work?
What is the difference between glass bongs and silicone bongs?
How are bongs made?
All glass bongs are hand blown through a process called glassblowing. There can be some machine work involved, such as joining two pieces of tubing together, but everything must still be hand made. There is not automated machine process to create bongs from start to finish. Because of this, there is a tiny degree of variation between every bong, but that’s what makes them so unique.