Different Types of Bongs
With so many different types of bongs available, it’s hard to choose the style and features that are right for you. Here we cover different types of bong shapes, and also different features. The shape and features of a bong affect how well they hit, how smooth the smoke is, and how easy they are to clean and maintain. Lets dive right in!
Different Types of Bong Shapes
While the shape of bongs remains fairly similar, the shape can vary somewhat. Below are some of the most common shapes of bongs:
This is by far the most simple, straight-forward bong style available. These bongs are characterized by their cylindrical shape, and resemble a plumbing pipe. This is usually the cheapest bong shape available, due to it’s simple shape and minimal detail. Due to their shape, these bongs are easy to clean and travel with.
One of the most classic styles of bongs, the beaker style is named after it’s beaker-like appearance. Like the straight-tube style, these bongs are fairly basic in shape, which makes them easy to clean and travel with. An advantage over straight-tube style bongs, is that the beaker style is more stable due to it’s larger base. This means it’s less likely to get knocked over!
Beaker style bongs usually have a long down-stem, and can incorporate other features like an ice-holder or scientific glass.
Multi-chamber bongs are more intricate than straight, or beaker-style bongs. The main benefit of multi-chamber bongs is the smoke is filtered through water twice, which leads to a cooler, smoother smoke. Multi-chamber bongs are much harder to make, and therefore tend to be much pricier than simpler shaped bongs. They can also be harder to clean than simpler bong shapes.
Multi-chamber bongs typically include other features like a percolator, scientific glass, or an ice-holder.
These bongs can come in different shapes, but they all feature a percolator at the bottom. A percolator is often a honey-comb shape piece of glass that the smoke must pass through in order to exit the pipe. The honeycomb shaped glass dissipates the smoke, and usually causes a bubbling effect in the bong. This helps to filter and cool down the smoke much better and faster than using other methods.
Due to the complexity of these bongs, they can be harder to clean and also tend to cost more. In addition, they typically feature scientific glass.
These bongs are unique in that they filter the smoke through the water twice. They usually have an external tube that is used to circulate the smoke through the water a second time. Because of the complex shape of these bongs, they tend to be much smaller, and typically reserved for concentrate pieces. Again, due to their complexity, these styles tend to be costlier and harder to clean.
“A water pipe percolator is a small additional sub chamber within the shaft of a water pipe that provides in-line smoke-water interaction via heat exchange and dissolution. Percolators come in different forms, such as dome, pedestal, tree, helix, and the more recent honeycomb and fritted disc percolators. Depending upon the form of the percolator, it may or may not be diffused. However, the primary purpose of the percolator is to act as an extra chamber to filter smoke through water.” – Wikipedia
An ash-catcher is usually an accessory that acts as an in-between for the actual bong and the bowl piece. An ash catcher is designed to “catch the ash” … get it? So instead of getting ash in your bong, it gets trapped in the ash catcher. If you have a complex bong, like a percolator bong, that can be hard to clean, an ash catcher really helps with the cleaning process.
The great thing about an ash catcher, is that it can be added on to almost any type of bong! Just purchase one as an accessory, add it on, and you’ll be good to go!
The main thing that differentiates a scientific bong from any other bong is the use of borosilicate glass. This glass is stronger, thicker, and more clear than traditional glass, which leads to many benefits. For one, scientific bongs tend to have a scientific and laboratory appearance to them – Shocker! This is mainly due to the extreme clarity of the glass and the precision in which the bong was crafted.
Scientific bongs typically have more complex percolators and have a much smoother smoking experience compared to non-scientific glass. Of course, this means a higher price tag!
And ice catcher, or ice holder, is a common feature in bongs. This feature is pretty straight forward- it means the top portion of the bong has notches that will hold ice cubes from slipping to the bottom. The ice cools the smoke before you inhale, which leads to a much more pleasing experience.