Different Types of Bongs and Their Benefits Explained
There are so many ways to get your THC or CBD fix these days—blunts, joints, thai sticks, edibles, wax, oil, the list goes on and on. Despite many of these new and novel approaches to cannabis use, one thing remains constant: the bong is the go-to choice for marijuana smoking. But just as there are many different ways to consume cannabis products, there are many different types of bongs to choose from.
Here at Honest Marijuana, we want you to be an informed consumer. We want you to know the difference between a blunt and joint. We want you to know all the weed terms. And we want you to know the difference between a percolator bong and a gravity bong. That’s why we’ve created this guide to the types of bongs available for your smoking pleasure.
Let’s start by discussing the various materials from which bongs are made so you can see the benefits and drawbacks of each. After that, we’ll move into the numerous bong designs you have to choose from.
Glass is the most popular material used to build bongs. It provides a clean, pure taste because the glass doesn’t affect the flavor of the smoke. Glass is very easy to monitor for resin buildup because it’s transparent. It’s also very easy to clean when the buildup becomes a problem. Because of these factors, glass bongs are often more expensive than bongs made from other materials.
Plastic is probably the second-most popular material for making bongs because it is extremely durable. You can drop a plastic bong during a coughing fit and the only damage done will be the water stain on your carpet. Plastic bongs are also fairly cheap when compared with other materials. Bongs made from plastic are great for traveling because they are difficult to break and don’t shatter or crack like glass or ceramic. The only downside of plastic bongs is that they might affect the taste of your smoke slightly.
Ceramic bongs tend to be heavier and more robust when compared to the other materials on this list. For that reason, and their general fragility, ceramic bongs don’t usually travel well. They do, however, come in all sorts of novelty shapes, sizes, and colors thanks to the fact that clay is extremely malleable and easy to work with. Ceramic bongs are usually a bit more expensive than plastic bongs because of the work that goes into making them. Though a ceramic bong might not be your daily smoker, they are certainly great for special occasions or to display in a cabinet or on a shelf.
Bamboo is another popular material from which bongs are made. Bamboo bongs can range from pretty basic—just a tube of bamboo sealed at the bottom—to fancy and ornate with metal, varnish, and paint incorporated into the design. Bamboo is also very durable meaning that your bamboo bong will pretty much last forever if you treat it right.
Metal is also used to make bongs although the practice is not as common as glass or plastic. Metal is very durable and long-lasting. It’s also pretty cheap. The downside of metal bongs is that they can affect the taste of your smoke and you never really know when it’s time to clean them.
Now that we’ve discussed the materials from which bongs can be made, we’ll move to the bong design. Each of the bongs below could could be built from any of the materials above, although some materials are more common than others thanks to their ease of use.
1. Carburetor Bongs
Your bong will either have a hole in the middle somewhere, or it won’t. If your bong does have a hole, it’s a carburetor bong. If there is not hole, it’s not a carburetor bong. Pretty simple, no? Carburetors are not necessary to the design of the bong, but many feel that carburetor bongs produce a much more intense hit. This is because, when you release your finger, the carburetor hole allows fresh air into the pipe. This fresh air forces the smoke into your lungs more rapidly and makes it easier to inhale all the contents of the pipe.
2. Straight-Tube Bong
Straight-tube bongs are the simplest design available. They consist of a simple tube sealed at one end with a stem and a bowl poking out of the side. You pour a bit of water in the tube, place your ganja in the bowl, and go. It’s simple, straight-forward smoking at it’s best.
3. Beaker-Shaped Bong
The beaker-shaped bong is similar to the straight-tube bong except that the bottom is flared into a cone shape that looks like a beaker. Hence the name. Beaker bongs are more stable than straight-tube bongs because they have a larger base. The smoking process is the same: just add water, cannabis, and fire and you’re good to go.
4. Round-Base Bongs
Round-base bongs are similar to beaker bongs in that the base is wider than the tube and the mouthpiece. Round-base bongs, as the name suggests, have a sphere-shaped water chamber with a flat base. They are more stable than straight-tube bongs, but slightly-less stable than beaker bongs because the flat surface is smaller. Regardless of the shape—straight, beaker, or round—the basic mechanics of using them are the same.
5. Multi-Chamber Bong
A multi-chamber bong, sometimes called a recycler bong, is a variation of the straight-tube bong (although the chamber can come in various shapes). In a multi-chamber bong, the straight tube is separated into two chambers connected by a tube or third chamber (you can see one of them on the right in the picture above). Both upper and lower chamber hold water so the smoke is filtered twice. This produces a much cooler, much smoother smoke than the straight-tube, beaker, or round-base bong can provide. Because of the complexity, multi-chamber bongs are more difficult to build. That makes them more expensive than the simpler builds on this list. Multi-chamber bongs are also harder to clean.
6. Percolator Bong
A percolator bong, or bubbler bong, can be straight-tube, beaker-shaped, round-base, or pretty much any other shape you can imagine. The thing that makes them unique is that they contain a percolator. The percolator (shown up close below) is a piece of glass that dissipates the smoke before it passes through the water and causes a bubbling effect in the bong. Spreading the smoke out in that way helps to filter it better and cool it faster.
The percolator can be at the bottom of the bong (a single-chamber percolator), in another chamber (a multi-chamber percolator), or both (a multi-chamber, multi percolator). Because of the complexity of this type of bong, they can be difficult to clean, not to mention more expensive.
7. Bucket Gravity Bong
Gravity bongs rely on the vacuum that water leaves behind when it leaves an enclosed space. Gravity bongs come in two types: bucket and waterfall (which we’ll talk about next). The simplest version of the bucket gravity bong uses a plastic bottle and a bucket full of water. This is a fun project to try now and again, but if you use this type of bong regularly, you’ll probably want to purchase a professionally-built model. Check out the link here for detailed build instructions.
Once built and packed, you light the weed in the cap and slowly pull the water bottle out of the water being sure to stop before the bottle comes completely out. Pulling the bottle up creates a vacuum in the enclosed space on top of the water that pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the bottle is full of smokey goodness, remove the cap and inhale the contents.
8. Waterfall Gravity Bong
The waterfall gravity bong is similar to the bucket gravity bong but instead of pulling the bottle up to create the vacuum, you drain the water out the bottom. Again, you can get detailed build instructions here.
When everything is assembled, light your cannabis and let the water drain from the bottle. As the water leaves, it pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the water has completely drained, plug the hole with your finger or tape, remove the cap from the top, and inhale to your heart’s (or lung’s) content. As with the bucket gravity bong, you can make a waterfall gravity bong from household materials. But if you want to use it regularly, purchase a professionally-built glass or plastic model.
9. Homemade Bong
The gravity bongs discussed above make a nice segue into the wonderful world of homemade bongs. If you’re without your prized multi-chamber, multi-percolator, beaker-shaped glass bong, you can construct a simple substitute from everyday materials like fruit, water bottles, candy, building blocks, and even snow. They may not look as pretty as your colored-glass bong, but they’ll get the job done in a pinch.
Try Them All And See Which One You Like Best
Cannabis consumption is all about enjoying yourself. There’s no need to make smoking marijuana any more complicated than it has to be…unless you want to. That’s why we recommend trying all the different types of bongs we’ve discussed above. You’ll have fun doing it and you’ll find the bong that fits your needs just right.
Discover nine types of bongs for your smoking pleasure and learn the benefits of each design so your next toke session goes off without a hitch.
Waterfall Bong – What is it, and how to make one?
In this blog you’ll read everything there is to know about the Waterfall Bong – what is it, and how to make one?
What is a Waterfall Bong?
A waterfall bong is a pipe that’s used for smoking weed, or cannabis. It is often made of a plastic bottle, and uses water to draw smoke into the pipe. The smoke is not cooled or filtered by the water, but instead, the water is there to create a very thick, dense smoke.
Image of Waterfall Bong (source: Wikipedia)
Waterfall Bong vs Regular Bong
A waterfall bong is a very fun way to smoke, that can get you really high, really fast. But when comparing waterfall bongs vs regular bongs, who is the winner? To us, there is no question about it: a normal bong is many times better than a waterfall bong, because the water in a waterfall bong doesn’t improve the quality of the smoke, whereas the water in a normal bong does. In a normal bong, the smoke is drawn into the bong THROUGH the water. Many bongs are equipped with percolators or diffusers, and these things are only there to make the water cool and filter the smoke more effectively.
Because the water in a waterfall bong does not really cool or filter the smoke, we think that you shouldn’t really call a Waterfall Bong a real bong. It works similarly, but it’s not the same.
Waterfall Bong vs Gravity Bong
The difference between a gravity bong and a waterfall bong is small, but there is a real difference. In short, a waterfall bong draws smoke into the bong by changing air pressure, just like a gravity bong does. The big difference is the way in which the air pressure changes. A gravity bong is pulled up out of the water, so a vacuum is created by moving the bong upwards. A waterfall bong has a hole through which the water in the bong flows out, resulting in a changing air pressure that draws smoke into the smoke chamber.
Make your own Waterfall Bong
Making your own Waterfall Bong is easy, fun, and very similar to making your own Gravity bong. Read our waterfall bong tutorial below!
This is what you’ll need to make a Waterfall Bong:
- Plastic Bottle
- Aluminium Foil (or Glass Bowl)
The first step in making a waterfall bong is to make a small hole in the side of the plastic bottle, near the bottom. This is where the “waterfall” will be created. Then it’s time to make the bowl. You can either make your own bowl out of aluminium foil / tin foil. Some people pack the plastic bottle cap in aluminium foil and punch holes in it to make a bowl to burn the herbs. If you’re going to use tin foil, we recommend leaving the bottle cap aside and making a whole new “bowl” out of tin foil only, so there are no plastic fumes coming into your lungs when you heat the cap. Simply shape the foil like a bowl that fits over the bottle opening, and then punch a few small holes in the bottom of the bowl to let the smoke through.
That’s basically all you need to do! Your simple waterfall bong is now ready to use. But if you do it this way, you need to plug the water hole with your finger while filling your bong with water and lighting your herbs. It’s much easier to plug the hole with a bong plug or carbhole plug. That will make your life infinitely easier. Just put the plug in the bong, fill it with water and herbs, and then remove the plug as you light your bowl to fill the bong with smoke.
You inhale the smoke by taking off the bowl, and inhaling through the bottle opening at the top. Another way to inhale is to make a different hole near the top of the bong, and using a bong plug / carbhole plug to keep it airtight while the bong is drawn full of smoke.
If you want to make a huge waterfall bong, be creative and use different things instead of a water bottle. Have you considered making a waterfall bong out of a milk jug, or even a rain barrel?
Buy a waterfall bong
Even though it’s very easy to make your own DIY waterfall bong, we can also see why you would want to buy a waterfall bong instead of making one yourself. Buying a waterfall bong is much easier, and there are some very high quality waterfall bongs for sale online and in some smoke shops. Below are some of the best choices if you want to buy a waterfall bong.
One of the most popular waterfall bong brands is Infinity. You can use our Infinity waterfall bong discount code on their website, or order it directly from Bongify.
Waterfall bong for sale
Buy a waterfall bong
Waterfall Bong Tips
Below are some tips to make the best use of your waterfall bong
- Use enough herbs and enough water to create a very dense smoke
- Use a good lighter with a strong flame to ensure good smoke development
- Want to do it even better? Use a jug of water instead of a bottle to generate more smoke
- Use a glass bong bowl to prevent inhaling toxic fumes from heating the plastic bottle cap
- Use a jet flame lighter to prevent sucking in unburnt butane and causing an exploding waterfall bong
In this blog you'll read everything there is to know about the Waterfall Bong – what is it, and how to make one? How is it different from a Gravity Bong?