Different types of bongs

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What is a bong?

Unlike a pipe, a bong is a smoking device traditionally in the shape of a long tube with a smoking bowl and slitted downstem that is filled with water to filter smoke.

How does a bong work?

Water pipes include a smoking bowl for ground herb, a slitted downstem to enhance filtration, a chamber and an elongated neck. Once the bowl piece is packed with herb and lit, the smoke accumulates at the base, rises up the neck before reaching the mouthpiece. 

How to use a bong?

Fill the base with water just above the slits of the downstem. Once you’ve packed a bowl, light the herb and inhale. You’ll notice that the water at the bottom will start to bubble. As you breathe in, the smoke rises from the base through the neck of the water pipe. When you lift the bong bowl, breathe in the smoke through the mouthpiece. You can follow our complete step-by-step bong guide.  

How much water to put in a bong?

Ideally, you should add enough water to submerge the downstem nearly ½ inch above the slits. 

How to pack a bong bowl?

The art of packing a bong bowl can be easily mastered. First, grind your flower with an herb grinder. A fine consistency will ensure that it burns evenly. Pinch a bit of herb between your fingers, sprinkle it into your bowl until filled to the brim. Then, use the bottom of your lighter to pack lightly. Ensure it isn’t packed too hard because that can clog the bowl. We recommend packing over a rolling tray or table.   

How to smoke a bong?

A water pipe naturally delivers stronger rips than a joint, blunt or hand pipe does so be prepared for that. If you want to take it slow, don’t let the herb cherry for too long and breathe in more slowly.

First, make sure that your mouth forms a seal with the mouthpiece. It’s best if your lips form a seal from the inside. As you breathe in and the bowl starts to cherry, turning red, smoke will fill the chamber.

To properly clear the water pipe, light it for less time. This will ensure that you can fully clear the smoke that accumulates in the chamber.

How to use a gas mask bong?

A gas mask bong essentially creates a mini hot box all for yourself. First, fill the chamber with water, attach the mask to the bong and pack a bowl. Then, put the mask over your face, light the bowl and clear the smoke from the piece. A good sign that it’s working is if it fills with smoke but doesn’t push smoke back into the chamber upon exhale. See our complete guide on how to use a gas mask bong

How to clean a bong with alcohol?

Generally, the best way to clean a bong is with alcohol. A mixture of 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 4 tablespoons should get rid of the smoky smell and stains. Once you’ve added cleaning solution to the chamber, it’s best to shake it a few times, then let it sit. To ensure that the mixture doesn’t escape, cover the openings by placing hand towels and rubber bands over the mouthpiece and bowl hole.

How to clean a bong without alcohol?

If you want a more natural way to clean your bong, you can swap out alcohol for a mixture of distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Follow our detailed guide with the exact proportions here.

Whether you clean your bong with or without alcohol, you’ll want to make sure you rinse it with warm water a few times so it’s fully cleansed before smoking from it again.  

How to clean a bong bowl?

You can use rubbing alcohol and coarse salt, vinegar or baking soda to clean your bong bowl. If you don’t have any of those products available, soak your bowl piece in hot boiling water. Let the glass sit until the water completely cools and use a pipe cleaner or brush to remove any remaining residue. See our complete guide on how to clean your bong bowl.

How to make a bong?

If you’re caught in a bind, there are many ways to make a homemade bong. For instance, you can use water bottles, mason jars or apples. 

How to make an apple bong?

An apple bong is a natural makeshift pipe that is made using a pen or anything that can poke a hole into it. Make sure the apple is fresh, remove the stem and bore a hole halfway through the top. Then, make a second hole ½ inch up from the bottom of the apple. Bore a third hole in the side which will become the carb as it meet the hole pierced through the middle. Carve a bowl at the top, pack it and it’s ready to smoke.

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How much does a bong cost?

The cost of a water pipe varies significantly depending on the material, size, features and craftsmanship. Cheap bongs made from acrylic can cost you as little as $10, a small silicone piece around $20 and a medium-sized borosilicate glass piece around $40 minimum. Generally, a quality medium-sized water bong will cost between $50-$100.