bong components

Bong Parts, Pieces & Accessories

As smokers, we naturally form a strong bond with our treasured pieces. At Toker Supply, our online headshop understands that favoring a particular piece is part of being an avid smoker. So, breaking part of your favorite piece can be devastating. Why throw the entire glass water pipe or dab rig away, when replacing a part is cheaper, and lets you keep your piece?

Spare Glass Bowls

When your bong’s glass bowl breaks, it may seem like it’s time to purchase a new piece. And, while buying a new bong is certainly an option, you can also replace this part with a new bowl. Using a new glass bowl for your piece is simple! Simply remove the old piece and place the new piece inside the downstem, and insert the new one.

Spare glass bowls can also be useful even without a broken bowl. Purchasing a larger glass bowl for your bong is a great choice for group smoking sessions with many participants. Small glass bowls, on the other hand, are ideal for solo smoking sessions. Having several glass bowls is ideal for regular smokers.

We have a wide variety of glass bowls, with many sizes and colors to choose from!


When your bong’s downstem breaks, it’s important to find a durable replacement piece. Our downstems are constructed with sturdy glass, and are built to last.

Downstems are one of the most important parts of a bong. This piece connects the bowl, which contains the dry herb, with the tube or body of the bong. When the bong water is at an optimal level, the downstem will submerged in water. Downstems come in various sizes, so be sure to purchase the proper one for your piece!

Glass Dome

To get the most out of your wax and dab rig, you need a high-quality glass dome. Without a glass dome for your dab rig, the smoke could dissipate altogether.

The first step of the dabbing process is to heat the nail with a torch, until it becomes visibly hot. Then, smokers place the glass dome over the dab nail. This step keeps the temperature at a manageable level, without treading into dangerous territory. THen, smokers use the dabber to apply the concentrate inside the nail. The glass dome plays a major part in guiding the smoke to the end of the joint. A worn or broken glass dome will allow the smoke to escape, wasting your precious concentrates.

Dab Rig & Bong Dropdowns

By design, all bongs and dab rigs have joints that are a certain size. The most common sizes are 10, 14, and 18 mm. The same sizes are used for accessories, including ash catchers, bowls, and more. Keeping these sizes consistent ensures that new parts are compatible with these pieces, and also maximizes the flow of the smoke. Dab rig and bong dropdowns are a way for smokers to convert the piece to a different size. For example, a drop down could convert a 10 mm joint to 14 mm, allowing smokers to use a larger bowl. The dropdown can also convert dab rigs and bongs to a different “gender”.

Dropdowns also minimize the heat stress caused during the dabbing process, especially with the high potential for stress when using a torch.

Glass Adapter

Like dropdowns, glass adapters are compatible with glass pipes and water pipes.

When a particular bowl, dropdown, or other glass accessory is incompatible with your piece, the glass adapter will bridge the gap. This piece fits into the bowl of the piece, allowing the smoker to attach the other accessory or bowl to it, even if the sizes are different. Glass adapters also give smokers an easy way to convert to use male bowls on male pipes.

Ash Catcher

While smoking a glass water pipe, there is a high chance that debris could land in the chamber of the piece.

Ash catchers eliminate the constant need to clean a dirty bong by keeping the bong clean. The ash catcher prevents ash, resin, and other debris from entering the bong. Ash catchers also contain percolators, which provide additional filtration for smokers.


Before purchasing an accessory for your glass piece, there are a few considerations to make. Be sure that you take note of these factors before making a purchase.

  • Joint size
  • Male/female
  • Style

We carry an extensive supply of spare bong and dab rig parts for pieces with broken parts, or those looking for an update.

Our Online Smoke Shop offers a wide variety of bong accessories, bong parts, water pipe attachments and glass pipe accessories to fix or upgrade your pipe!

Anatomy of a Bong 101: What are the Different Parts of a Bong?

The anatomy of a bong is varied and more complex than one might think. Bongs come in many shapes and sizes, but there are some features that you can expect to find on most pieces. Bongs set themselves apart as a cannabis smoking apparatus because they have one or more chambers with water to filter and cool smoke. Bongs can be made of wood, acrylic, soft glass, borosilicate, silicone, metal, and other materials.

Most bongs, however, are made of glass and consist of several components, as opposed to bowls, which are typically all-in-one. As a result, there are several more pieces of glass to worry about. We’ll go over the anatomy of a bong to give you a better understanding of all the components and their individual functions.

Bowl Piece

From weed to inhaled smoke, smoking a bong starts at the bowl piece.

The bowl is where you pack your weed after it has been through a grinder or broken down. Bowls come in several shapes and sizes, but often it is just a “push” or glass indent with a hole at the bottom.

Some are just for aesthetics, while others have functional purposes.

Many newer bowls have built-in glass screens, eliminating the need for smoking through thin-wired metal screens that need to be replaced often.

There are several different styles of built-in screens with various-sized holes to suit your preference. If you don’t want anything making it past the bowl, go with a smaller hole screen, like the honey-comb style.

Ash Catcher

With a name like ash catcher, the function is a dead giveaway. You guessed it—an ash catcher is a glass attachment that catches ash.

They catch the ash from your bowl when it sinks through the hole. This prevents ash from getting into your bong, and then potentially your mouth.

Despite the name’s focus on that one function, ash catchers are useful for other reasons. Some ash catchers come with built-in percolators to further filter and cool the smoke.

Additionally, ash catchers will accumulate most of the tar and gunk from regular use before your bong does.

They’re much easier to clean than the whole bong, and when you do, you won’t have to clean a bong as often as you normally would to keep the flavor and function on point.


The part of the bong that holds your down stem is called a joint. There is also a joint at the end of all down stems.

Some bongs have a fixed stem with no removable down stem. In those cases, the bowl goes straight into the joint of the bong.

Joints generally come in three sizes: 10mm, 14mm and 18mm size holes. For smoking weed, you’re going to want to make sure the joints are female and not male.

Female joints allow the male jointed bowl piece, stem or ash catcher to be inserted instead of wrapping around the joint.

Male joints became popular for designated dab rigs that use domes and nails.

Down Stem

One of the most important parts of the anatomy of a bong is the down stem. The down stem is the bridge between the bowl and the water in the main chamber of your bong.

At the end closer to the joint, there should be a 10, 14 or 18mm sized hole. Down stems come in many different styles with various functions.

The most basic down stem is just a glass straw with a hole at the end to cause bubbling. However, there are far more intricate down stems with their own built-in percolators to further cool smoke.

For glass bongs, we recommend using a plastic clip to keep the down stem fixed to your bong. It’ll make it easier to clear a bowl.

We’ve seen many stems come out along with the bowl once things get gunked up. Then, the stem can fall and break—if it didn’t snap on the way out of the bong.

Some lower-end bongs have the down stem and bowl all in one piece, and refer to them as slides.


The percolator is used to filter the smoke additional times after it passes the water at the end of your stem.

There are so many different types of percolators out there, it’s hard to tell which is the best without an idea of your individual needs.

Avoid tons of tiny small holes if you’re not a regular bong cleaner. Eventually, the holes will get clogged up, negatively impacting the performance of your bong.

Splash Guard / Ice Pinch

A splash guard is a feature found usually in some bongs with heavy percolation. As the name suggests, its purpose is to prevent the water bubbling upwards from getting through the mouthpiece. Splash guards come in different shapes.

Before there were splash guards, the only thing you’d find close to the mouthpiece of a bong was the ice pinch.

Three spikes of glass come to hold ice. This cools the air before it reaches the mouthpiece. Now there are better splash guards that look like dome percolators right below the mouthpiece.

For some bongs, a bent neck acts as an additional splashguard, making it harder for water to travel up and out of the mouthpiece.


The final stop the smoke has to make before arriving at your lungs is the mouthpiece.

Traditionally, mouthpieces were horizontal, at the highest point of the bong.

Now, you can find bent-neck bongs with angled mouthpieces allowing you to get a hit without having to hunch over the bong.

Now that you know all of the individual parts of the anatomy of a bong, you’ll know what you’re looking at when browsing the shelves of a smoke shop. Understanding the functions of each part should help when choosing between two similarly priced pieces. If you feel like your current bong is too harsh, you can get an ash catcher with a built-in percolator to help make hits smoother. If your weed sinks into the bowl before it’s all smoked, it’s time for an ash catcher, and perhaps a bowl with a smaller hole or built-in screen.

Regular bong smokers, whether smoking flower or moonrocks, should use a glass bong because they’re better-tasting and easier to clean. However, if you are clumsy, you should follow our tips to avoid destroying your bong.

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