Smoking Guide: How To Use A Glass Bubbler
Using a Glass Bubbler with Video Guide
A glass bubbler pipe offers the water cooling smoke experience that a bong provides, while also being small and portable like your traditional glass spoon pipe.
- There are real differences between a bong and bubbler
- Yes, you add water to a bubbler
- Don’t pull as hard on a bubbler as you would a bong
- Light the bubbler and use the carb like you would a packed glass pipe
- Make sure you know how to clean a bubbler, it’s important
- Take care of your new glass bubbler
Did you just get a beautiful glass bubbler and want to know the basics of how to clean a glass pipe and how to pack your new piece?
Let me be the first to congratulate you on acquiring such a beautifully designed glass pipe, and I would be happy to explain how to smoke a bubbler. This trusty guide will tell you everything that you need to know to enjoy your new water pipe.
It’s time to uncover the mysteries of the glass bubbler. What is it? How does it work? What makes it different from a standard glass pipe and, let’s say, a glass bong?
The answer is that it is somewhere between a bong and a glass pipe. But, for me, one of the biggest differences is that a bubbler is a beautiful piece of glass and a great addition to a glass collection, especially when you have guests. Let me explain.
There are Real Differences Between a Bong and Bubbler
Just like a standard heavy glass pipe, the bowl is not removable on a bubbler. Like a glass smoke pipe, a bubbler will have a carb on the side so that you can fill the chamber with smoke and then release it to clear the chamber.
Using the carburetor is a great way to preserve your smoking product. A bong can have a carb, but they more often have removable bowls that you can use to clear the chamber instead.
Yes, You Add Water to a Bubbler
If you want to use a glass water pipe the right way, then you need to know how to fill a bubbler. Like a bong, bubblers use water filtration which is great for a smoother smoke experience and perhaps our lung health.
However, a bubbler does not use even close to as much water as a bong does. People are always asking; how much water do you put in a bubbler? The answer is that it depends on the size of your water pipe.
When adding water to a bubbler, take your time. Think of adding water to a bubbler pipe like pouring a cup of tea, carefully and slowly. Run a thin stream of water out of your faucet and either use the hole in the bowl or the mouthpiece to fill just a little water into the bubbler.
You do not need much water. Watch the water line through the glass and when it is high enough to cover the bottom of the bowl stem, you are good to go. You will find that when you are using a bubbler, you tend to tilt it back a little which helps the water cover the stem even more.
Don’t Pull as Hard on a Bubbler as You Would a Bong
Also, you will never inhale as hard with a bubbler as you would with a big bong, or you will find the water at the bottom of the bubbler in your mouth. It’s like a straw. Yucky.
I’ve seen some people cough a little right into the mouthpiece when they use a bubbler. That is a major party foul. If you are going to cough, make sure to turn your head away from the bubbler, otherwise you will be blowing your smoking product and a fountain like stream across the room.
While that might be funny initially, it’s messy to clean up and a waste of your stash. It gets old, fast.
Light the Bubbler and Use the Carb Like you would a Packed Glass Pipe
Now, light the bubbler just like you would a glass pipe or a bong, and make sure to use the carb. You do not need to inhale very hard.
Take the flame from your lighter and gently place it on the side of the packed bowl. Let your inhale pull the flame just into the corner of your stash so you can burn through it slowly.
Inhale softly and you will hear the soft bubbling sound coming from the bubbler, hence its name. After the chamber is filled with smoke let the carb go and you get the same cool smooth smoking experience that you get with a bong.
Make Sure You Know How to Clean a Bubbler, It’s Important
A bubbler is a fun and beautiful addition to the collection and I hope you are able to enjoy yours the same way that I always have been able to. When you have guests come by, they will ooh and aahh over it too. However, bubblers can get clogged and look dirty easily.
Unlike the large chambers typical to bongs, the narrow chambers in bubblers gets filled with dark resin quickly. Since there is typically less water in a bubbler versus a bong, the water becomes dark and murky faster.
Make sure to empty your glass waterpipe when your session is over and have some pipe cleaners handy to clear out the chamber. Proper maintenance is a must.
Bubblers tend to be a lot smaller than bongs which means they also need to be cleaned regularly so they don’t get too gross. Read our guide to cleaning your glass pipe and ensure a smooth, delicious hit every time for you and your friends.
Take Care of Your New Glass Bubbler
Make sure that you are careful when placing your bubbler down on the table. Glass bubblers tend to be a little easier to tip over and the last thing you want is spilled bubbler water and a cracked pipe.
When you are not using your glass bubbler, find a safe place to store it where an inconsiderate swing of the hand could easily knock it over. Keeping it on something soft inside of a case of some sort is the best way to store water pipes like these.
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How To Use a Bubbler
How to Use a Bubbler
Although less common than bongs or bowls, smokers still love bubblers for their smooth rips and undeniable flare. Bubblers come in a huge variety of shapes and designs that make them stand out from the average pipe. In fact, these little water pipes are often chosen as standout pieces in glass collections – bubblers tend to make you go “Wow!”. The perfect combination of form, function, and artistry, this article is all about bubblers, how to choose the right one, and how to use one.
What is a Bubbler?
Bubblers are bong-pipe hybrids featuring small water chambers and elongated mouthpieces. Like bongs, bubblers are cleared in one of two ways. After taking a hit, you either release the carb hole or lift a removable hitter piece from the top to create airflow.
Like pipes, bubblers feature elongated mouthpieces and can usually be held in one hand. The benefit of using a bubbler is that it cools and filters smoke like a bong, but in a much smaller, more compact piece. You need less water to use a bubbler, and much less space to store or carry one.
As mentioned before, bubblers are usually artistically designed with interesting colors, patterns, and shapes. You may not choose a bubbler as your daily driver but they’re perfect for groups or parties thanks to their awesome designs and big, easy rips.
How to Choose a Bubbler
Bubblers come in a huge variety of shapes and colors and shopping for one can be dizzying. There’s no real right or wrong answer when choosing a bubbler, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Good bubblers stand on their own, either using just the base of the chamber or a combination of the base and the mouthpiece. This not only makes the bubbler easy to store, but also keeps it from leaking water when not in use. If a bubbler looks unstable, like it will tilt over easily, pass on it for another piece.
- Glass thickness is important for every piece, but because bubblers are so oddly shaped and prone to falling over, they especially need thick glass. Look for no less than 3mm glass, and choose borosilicate glass whenever possible. Check out our selection of thick glass bubblers from BadassGlass . Each piece on our site is hand selected for its killer design.
- Bubblers range from about 5-10” long and 2-5” tall. That’s a big difference in size and weight, so keep this in mind when shopping. Do you want your bubbler to be portable? Will it fit in your hand? How much water will it need? Will it be a pain to clean? Answer these questions before making your choice.
Looking for a great bubbler for beginners? We recommend a piece like the Fat Bottom Bubbler Pipe . This beautiful bubbler features a broad base for excellent stability, thick glass for added durability, and even a diffused downstem to cool and filter your smoke.
How to Use a Bubbler
Before smoking from a bubbler, you want to add water. How much water? Well, that depends on the size of the chamber. We recommend filling the chamber up halfway to start, making sure that the water level doesn’t reach high enough to flow back up the bowl piece or down the mouthpiece. More water means more filtration, but it can also lead to backsplash and flooding.
Do you need water to use a bubbler? Nope! Bubblers work just fine as dry pieces too in case you don’t have any clean water handy. Thankfully, bubblers take much less water than bongs so you’ll rarely be without.
We briefly mentioned above that bubblers work like bongs or standard pipes. Taking a hit requires you to either hold your thumb over a carb hole while you draw and then lift your thumb to inhale, or to lift a removable hitter piece in order to clear the hit. Below are some examples of each.
So, hit a bubbler as you would a bong depending on the carb style. Be sure to use enough water and be careful of setting it down upright when you’re finished.
Bubblers from BadassGlass
Check out our selection of glass bubblers right here at BadassGlass . We stock only the best bubblers made from thick glass right here in the US. Find brands like Sw3rve, Diamond, Glob Squad, and more so you know you’re getting the best glass from blowers right in the USA.
Here's a helpful guide for how to use a bubbler. A bubbler is a pipe that holds water, here are some tips to make sure you are using your bubbler correctly and getting the most out of it.