Your bong is just another apparatus for smoking however unlike any regular pipe in the bongs smoke process will undergo water filtration in order to refresh your smoke. You will find bongs in many different variations by using different materials e.g. wood, glass, acrylic, silicone, metal and many more.
Also, inside of these bongs, there are many parts and accessories, which will further complement your smoking experience. You may either be first-timer or an experienced and seasoned smoker, but in order to make you understand more about bong’s working, we have tried to line-up various components and also their functionality.
1. Bong materials
Most popular materials used for bongs are usually glass as it can offer clean experience while using. Also, glass being a transparent material and help you to monitor resin build-up. There are bongs available of following materials too.
2. Types of bongs
Nowadays, you can find many varieties of bongs that one can choose based on their convenience and budget. Some of the more common varieties of bongs are as mentioned below:
- Classic straight tube
- Percolator bongs
3. Base/main chamber
Base of the bong will be the main foundation and every bong will have base chamber. It is meant for filling water and smoke will first enter into the apparatus. Few most common shapes of bases are beakers, straight-tubes and round bases.
Joint is the bong’s part which connects the base to the bowl. If there is down-stem, then this is through it goes. Few bongs may not have any down-stem and in such cases, bowl will directly go to the joint instead.
Down-stem is also an essential constituent of your bong, as a down-stem will link your bowl and water in your main chamber of the bong.
6. Bowl/cone piece
Bowls may come in different shapes, sizes and designs but they all will serve the similar function, which is holding your herb. After your herb is grinded, load it into the bowl and then insert into your joint to be lit up.
Actually, it is the percolator, where real magic happens. Percolator will direct smoke to travel via water to get filtered and deliver 3 critical functions:
8. Ash catcher
As the name suggests, this part of your bong will catch ash and gunk. Typically, it will be attached to down-stem, before you putting them on bowl or on the cone piece.
9. Splash guard or ice catcher
Typically, it is found in bongs and have multiple percolations. The function of splash guard is 2-pronged:
- First, it will prevent water from entering into mouthpiece
- Second, it will acts as ice catcher, which will allow you the option to hold ice for cooler smokes too.
Finally, it is the mouthpiece of the bong apparatus and through this you will inhale your smoke.