How to Make a Bong Without Foil

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy your favorite herb or tobacco without spending money on a store-bought bong, you can make your own at home using some simple materials. However, you may want to avoid using aluminum foil as a bowl, since it can release harmful chemicals when heated. Fortunately, there are other alternatives that are safer and more effective. Here are some methods you can try to make a bong without foil.

Method 1: Plastic Bottle Bong

A plastic bottle bong is one of the easiest and most common DIY bongs you can make. All you need is a plastic bottle, some water, and a downstem. A downstem is a tube with a bowl attached to it that goes through the bottle and into the water. You can use a glass or metal downstem from another bong, or you can make your own using a highlighter and some foil. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fill up a plastic bottle ¼ of the way with water. Any kind of plastic bottle will work, but keep in mind that the larger the bottle is, the bigger the bong hits will be. Don’t worry if you don’t have the cap to the bottle—you won’t need it! The water you’re putting in the bottle is what the smoke will filter through when you’re smoking the bong.
  2. Poke a hole just below the neck of the water bottle to make the carb. The carb is the hole you’ll cover with your finger at first and then let go of so you can inhale the smoke in the bottle. Make the hole large enough for air to easily flow through it, but not so big that you won’t be able to cover it with your finger. You can use any sharp tool to make the hole, like a pen, a knife, or a straightened out paperclip. Be careful that you don’t cut yourself or make the hole too big.
  3. Make a second hole slightly above the waterline for the downstem. You’ll put the downstem—the tube with the bowl attached to it—through this hole at an angle so the end inside of the bottle is submerged in the water. Make this hole with the same tool you used to make the first one. Make the hole about the same width as a pen. If it’s any smaller, you may have a hard time pushing the downstem through, and if it’s any larger, the downstem may be too loose.
  4. Use a highlighter and foil to fashion a downstem for the bong. To make the downstem, empty the contents of a highlighter so you’re left with just the hollow plastic tube. You may need to use scissors or pliers to pull the highlighter apart. Then, tear off a small piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around the wide end of the plastic tube. Press the center of the foil down into the tube to make the bowl and poke tiny holes in it so the smoke can get through.
  5. Push the open end of the downstem through the bottom hole you made. Angle the downstem downward so the open end inside of the bottle is submerged in
    the water. When you’re finished inserting
    the downstem, the bowl should be angled upward on
    the outside of
    the bottle.
    If
    you’re having trouble fitting
    the downstem through
    the hole,
    make
    the hole
    a little bigger and try again.
    Be careful not
    to make
    the hole
    too big or
    the downstem will be too loose.
  6. Pack
    the bowl and try out your new bong.
    To use your plastic bottle bong,
    start by covering
    the carb—the hole
    you made at
    the top of
    the bottle—with your finger.
    Then,
    light up your herb or tobacco in
    the bowl and watch as
    the bottle fills up with smoke.
    When
    you’re ready,
    remove your finger from
    the carb and inhale
    the smoke from
    the mouthpiece.

Method 2: Gravity Bong

A gravity bong is another type of DIY bong that uses water and air pressure to create suction and fill up a chamber with smoke. Unlike a regular bong, a gravity bong doesn’t have a carb or a downstem. Instead, it uses two containers—one larger than the other—and a cap with a bowl on top. You can use any kind of containers that fit inside each other, such as buckets, bottles, or bowls. Here’s how to make one:

  1. Cut off
    the bottom of
    a smaller container,
    such as
    a plastic bottle or
    a plastic cup.
    This will be
    the chamber where
    the smoke will collect.
  2. Fill up
    a larger container,
    such as
    a bucket or
    a large bowl,
    with water.
    The water level should be high enough to submerge
    the smaller container when
    you place it inside.
  3. Make a cap with a bowl on top for the smaller container. You can use the cap of the bottle if you have it, or you can use a piece of plastic or cardboard that fits snugly over the opening. Then, make a bowl on top of the cap using a socket for a socket wrench, a thimble, or another circular piece of metal that you can use to hold your smoking substance. Poke a hole in the cap and insert the metal piece through it. Make sure it’s secure and doesn’t fall off.
  4. Place the smaller container inside the larger one and screw the cap with the bowl on top. The smaller container should be submerged in the water, but the cap and the bowl should be above the water level.
  5. Pack the bowl and light it up. As you do, slowly lift the smaller container out of the water, but don’t pull it all the way out. You’ll see the chamber fill up with smoke as you create a vacuum with the water.
  6. Remove the cap and inhale the smoke from the chamber. When you’re ready to take a hit, unscrew the cap from the smaller container and put your mouth over the opening. Then, push the smaller container back into the water as you inhale. This will force the smoke out of the chamber and into your lungs.

Method 3: Parachute Bong

A parachute bong is similar to a gravity bong, but instead of using water to create suction, it uses a plastic bag that you pull out of the bottle. This method is easier and less messy than a gravity bong, but it may not produce as much smoke. Here’s how to make one:

  1. Cut off
    the bottom of
    a plastic bottle,
    such as
    a two-liter soda bottle.
    This will be
    the chamber where
    the smoke will collect.
  2. Tape a plastic bag to
    the open bottom of
    the bottle.
    The bag should be large enough to fit inside
    the bottle when
    you shove it in.
    You can use any kind of plastic bag,
    such as
    a grocery bag or
    a trash bag.
  3. Make a cap with a bowl on top for
    the bottle.
    You can use
    the same method as
    in Method 2,
    or you can use
    a different material,
    such as
    chewing gum or
    a piece of metal wire.
    The important thing is that
    you have something that can hold your herb or tobacco and has tiny holes for
    the smoke to get through.
  4. Screw
    the cap with
    the bowl on top of
    the bottle and pack
    the bowl.
  5. Shove
    the plastic bag inside
    the bottle from
    the bottom.
    This will create an empty space in
    the chamber where
    the smoke will fill up.
  6. Light up your herb or tobacco and pull out the bag from the bottom. As you do, you’ll see the chamber fill up with smoke as you create suction with the bag.
  7. Remove the cap and inhale the smoke from the chamber. When you’re ready to take a hit, unscrew the cap from the bottle and put your mouth over the opening. Then, squeeze the bag back into the bottle as you inhale. This will force the smoke out of the chamber and into your lungs.

Conclusion

Making a bong without foil is not only possible, but also easy and cheap. You can use materials that you already have at home, such as plastic bottles, containers, caps, and bags. You can also improvise with different items that can serve as bowls, such as sockets, thimbles, chewing gum, or metal wire. The main thing is to avoid using anything that can release harmful chemicals when heated, such as aluminum foil or plastic. With these methods, you can enjoy your herb or tobacco without risking your health or breaking your budget.