There are a lot of different water pipe designs, which can make it difficult to find the best pipe to fit your needs. If you have seen some cool bongs and you are considering purchasing them, there are a few factors that you should consider first. Knowing the basics before buying your new bong will ensure that you will enjoy using it for years to come.
All water pipes have a few features in common. Your average bong is tube-shaped and sometimes flares to a large beaker base. There will be either a fixed downstem or a removable downstem that goes from the removable glass bowl to the water. In high-quality bongs, all of these pieces will connect using ground glass joints in standard 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm sizes. Aside from these basics, there are a wide variety of other features that distinguish certain bongs from others. As long as a bong has high-quality construction and thick glass walls, you’re off to a great start.
The first thing to consider is size. If you are smoking herbs out of your bong, then a larger bong will provide more cooling time. It is still important to make sure that your bong is not so large that you cannot clear all of the smoke from the chamber in one go. If you are planning on using your bong for oil-based concentrates, then a smaller pipe will provide the incredible flavor that you are looking for when taking a dab. As long as you can comfortably use and clear your bong of smoke, then you should enjoy smoking it.
Once you know the size that you need, you need to think about design. Most quality bongs are made entirely out of clear glass, but many water pipes will also feature colored and worked glass designs. In addition to appearance, there are a wide variety of different water pipe percolators that are designed to pass smoke through water again after it has already percolated once at the base. Many designs that have a fixed joint instead of a downstem will also have a specialized percolator in the base like a showerhead, inline perc, or other design that will provide more filtration in the first step of the process compared to a diffused downstem.
If you want cool smoke from your cool bong, then you need to consider a pipe with an ice pinch or a cooling coil. These features are designed to cool the smoke before it is inhaled using ice in the tube or a glycerin-filled coil that can be frozen ahead of time. Both of these features can drastically improve the smoking experience.
The best way to get a high-quality bong is to work with a reliable glass retailer. If you are ordering online, Funky Piece is a great place to start. They have plenty of cool bongs in stock so you can find a bong that will be a perfect fit for your needs.