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Guide to Different Types of Bongs

In this guide to the different types of bongs, we will go over the different types of bongs that are popular today. There are a multitude of different types, styles, materials and designs of bongs, from small glass bongs and large beaker glass bongs, to acrylic and metal bongs.

What defines a “Bong”?

As most of you may know, a bong is a smoking device with a water filter for smoking dry herbs or concentrates. Also known as a water pipe, the word bong is originally derived from the Thai word “bang” which is a long cylinder or tube, usually made of bamboo, and also used for smoking herbs.

Why does Smoke use a bong?

So why use a bong for smoking weed? When you smoke herbs, a flame is used to burn the herbs in the bowl and the smoke is drawn into the lungs. With a normal dry pipe, the smoke is hot and contains almost all carbons and plant resins, which could potentially irritate the smoker’s lungs or throat with repeated use. The bong offers additional water filtration to the mix. The bottom of the bong goes under water and as the weed is burned the smoke passes through the water which not only cools the smoke but also filters out some of the stickier resins and heavier carbons, which will remain in the water to be cleaned. later. This process results in a smoother and cooler smoking experience for the bong smoker.

Best type of bong materials

Bongs can be made from a variety of different materials, the most common of which are glass, metal, ceramic, silicone, and acrylic. Glass bongs are generally the most popular, and for good reason!

metal bongs

Metal bongs are normally used for a quicker toke-style piece, like the popular thermos bong, which looks like a thermos until it’s unwrapped and a bowl is inserted into the side. They usually feature a matching metal bowl, which isn’t the best option for repeated use. Additionally, due to the porous nature of brushed metal, it will be difficult to clean completely after heavy use.

Ceramic bongs

Ceramic bongs are the original art bongs, before the glass scene took off, people used to make ceramic shapes, like skulls, wizards or crazy art shapes, from ceramic clay, which is then baked and glazed. These provide a better smoking experience than metal bongs, but won’t last as long as a good glass bong. Ceramic bongs usually also feature a metal bowl, which isn’t the best for flavor or health.

silicone bongs

Silicone bongs are made from polysiloxane rubber, which is temperature resistant and hard to break, but generally made in China, and may contain materials that are hazardous for repeated smoking. Over time and repeated cleanings, the material can also become more porous and begin to trap resins, carbon and potentially mold, making it very difficult to clean completely.

acrylic bongs

Acrylic is the worst type of bong, being made of acrylic plastic it is not very good for flavor, cannot be cleaned completely, is not very heat resistant and is not healthy for to smoke. The only real advantage is the low cost. We advise you to avoid these bangs. Even a seashell off the beach will give you a better smoking experience.

glass bongs

This brings us to the best type of bong, the glass bong. Glass bongs are usually made from one of two types of glass, borosilicate glass or hard glass, and soft glass or soda lime glass.

borosilicate bongs

Borosilicate glass uses boric acid in its production, which results in increased strength and acid resistance, and has a coefficient of thermal expansion of 33, making it better for repeated heating and cooling applications. cooling. These are some of the best glass bongs you can buy.

Soft glass bongs

Soft glass or soda lime glass, on the other hand, uses soda and lime in its production, which lowers the melting point of the glass and makes it easier to handle when hot. This soft glass has a coefficient of thermal expansion of 90, 96 or 104, and it is not as resistant to thermal shock as borosilicate. For this reason, soft glass bongs tend to be thick glass bongs with a bit of heft. More so than their borosilicate bong counterparts. Both types of glass are excellent, with borosilicate having an advantage due to its strength.

Types of Glass Bong Models

Glass bongs come in a multitude of designs and can be used for a variety of smoking types, small dab bongs are used for dabbing concentrates, or you can choose a large beaker bong for water capacity. maximum for your herbs. Whichever glass bong shape you choose, they all basically work the same way. The smoke travels downstream, through the water, and exits the mouthpiece. The main differences will be the size, the type of percolator, the general design and the colors.

Small dab bongs

These bongs are typically used for smoking concentrates. The room volume of both air and water will generally be smaller and they generally have minimal percolation or filtration. This is because concentrates are already stripped of plant matter and carbons, and greater filtration removes more active ingredients than any potential contaminants. Instead of using a Glass Bong Bowl, they normally use a Quartz Banger to vape the concentrates.

glass bongs

These glass bongs are so named because they resemble a glass lab beaker on the bottom. This cup shape not only provides more volume for water, but also a very stable base for the piece. Normally, these water bongs are designed for smoking herbs, as the large volume of water allows for good filtration and cooling of the smoke. You will also need a glass bong bowl to place your herbs in as well as a tailpipe, normally included with the bong.

round bottom bongs

Also known as bubble bottom bongs, these bongs have a large sphere at the bottom of the piece, to hold maximum water capacity, similar to beaker bongs. Round bottom bongs are quite stable due to the large base, although they are not as stable as beaker bongs by design. These large glass bongs are primarily intended for smoking weed, although you can also smoke concentrates with a banger attachment.

Choose the type of glass bong that suits your smoking needs and preferences and you’ll be flying high in no time.

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