April 22, 2019
Bongs 101: Bong Basics
Klein? Fab Egg? Bubbler?
Before you get too bogged down in the names, I’m here to fill you in on the basics.
First things first, are you going to be smoking flower or dabbing with concentrates? While it’s not usual to see a lot of crossovers, generally setups intended for concentrate will be a lot smaller.
A quick note on names, shops will sometimes refer to bongs as water pipes and have signs indicating they are for tobacco use only. As times (and laws) change this sort of confusion has started to disappear.
Every bong shares the following characteristics:
A mouth piece – somewhere for you to create the suction required for the piece to function.
A bowl – this is where the cannabis is placed and is where the heat will be applied. For concentrates this is referred to as a nail or a banger.
A stem – a cylinder that connects the bowl to the main body of the bowl. The stem is always angled downwards.
The chamber – where the magic happens. The chamber is where the smoke (or vapor) will be filtered through the water.
The following are features often appear on bongs but aren’t strictly necessary:
A carb hole – this is a hole that needs to be covered (put your finger over it) in order for the bong to function. Once you’re happy with the size of your hit, remove your finger and clear the bong. Pieces that don’t feature carb holes can be operated in a similar manner by removing the bowl from the stem.
A percolator – these are a series of small holes or channels that reduce the size of the bubbles coming up through the bong. This feature cools the smoke faster as it creates more surface area interacting with the water.
Ice pinch – grooves or protrusions in the neck of bong that allow ice to be held above the water. This cools the smoke and produces a cooler hit.
Common Bongs Types
Straight tube – probably the simplest type of bong you’ll find. A straight glass tube that usually comes with a removable stem.
Beaker – very similar to a straight tube but flares out the base letting you use more water. Beakers will be more stable than a straight tube due to the wider base.
Bubbler – typically the smallest and simplest style of bong. Bubblers are almost always a single piece and cannot be taken apart.
Klein – refers to a relatively new style of bong that shares its name with the rather mind-bending bottle first described by Felix Klein in 1882. While the design takes inspiration from Klein’s single surface 3D shape.
Fab Egg – This style of bong has a unique double-walled chamber that is hollow in the center. As a result, the smoke is percolated in a unique way. Though the design is more about the aesthetics than the function.
Now that you’re all caught up on the ins and outs of bongs, what features are you going to be looking for? Let us know in the comments below!