Glass bongs are popular devices for smoking herb or tobacco, as they offer a smooth and filtered experience. However, you can also customize your bong with various accessories and attachments that can enhance, replace, or protect parts of your bong or smoking accessory. In this blog post, we will introduce some of the most common bong accessories and attachments, and explain how they work and why you might want to use them.
A bowl (also known as a slide) is an essential part of every bong. Bowls are empty chambers for loose leaf dry herb or tobacco, which, once packed, attach to the joint of your glass piece. You light a heat source, and the hot air pulled through the bowl ignites the herb and creates smoke through your bong. Bowls come in a variety of different sizes (10mm, 14mm, and 18mm) and can be either male or female. Knowing the joint size and gender of your water pipe is essential when purchasing a new slide, otherwise you may end up with a new bowl that is not compatible with your bong.
Bowls can also vary in shape, style, and material. Some bowls have handles or knobs for easy removal and cleaning, while others have built-in screens or filters to prevent ash and debris from entering the bong. Some bowls are made of glass, while others are made of metal, ceramic, or silicone. Glass bowls are more aesthetically pleasing and easier to clean, but they can also break more easily. Metal, ceramic, and silicone bowls are more durable and affordable, but they can also affect the taste and quality of the smoke.
A downstem is another essential glass piece that fits into a water pipe joint. Basically it makes it all happen. Downstems function to carry smoke from the slide (or bowl piece) into the water chamber of your glass pipe to filter and cool each hit. Downstems are available in a variety of different sizes and lengths, so it is absolutely essential to know what you need before purchasing one.
Downstems can also have different types of diffusion, which means they can have slits, holes, or percolators at the end that create bubbles and increase the surface area of the smoke in contact with water. This results in smoother and cleaner hits. Some downstems have simple diffusion, such as slit-cut or showerhead downstems, while others have more complex diffusion, such as tree or matrix percolator downstems.
Ashcatchers are attachments for bongs that offer extra filtration. Ashcatchers are available in many different shapes, sizes, and styles with a huge variety of different percolators.
These attachments enable even the most relaxed smokers to keep their favorite bongs and daily drivers significantly cleaner. They work as a vessel to catch nasty residues and other debris, leading to bigger and better tasting rips from your trusty water bong.
Ashcatchers attach to the joint of your bong, and then you attach your bowl to the ashcatcher. As you smoke, the ashcatcher acts as a pre-cooler and pre-filter for your smoke, catching any ash or tar before it reaches your bong. This way, you only need to clean your ashcatcher instead of your whole bong. Ashcatchers also add another layer of diffusion to your smoke, making it even smoother and cooler.
Nails or Bangers
Nails or bangers are attachments that convert your bong into a dab rig for concentrates. Dabbing is a method of smoking that involves heating up a nail or banger with a torch or an e-nail until it is red-hot, then dropping a small amount of concentrate (such as wax, shatter, or rosin) onto it. The concentrate vaporizes instantly and is inhaled through the mouthpiece of the bong.
Nails or bangers come in different sizes (10mm, 14mm, and 18mm) and can be either male or female. They also come in different materials (such as quartz, titanium, ceramic, or glass) and shapes (such as domeless nails or bucket-style bangers). Quartz nails or bangers are preferred by many dabbers because they heat up quickly and retain heat well, while also preserving the flavor and potency of the concentrate. Titanium nails or bangers are more durable and long-lasting, but they can also overheat and emit harmful gases. Ceramic nails or bangers are more affordable and heat up evenly, but they can also crack or break easily. Glass nails or bangers are the most common and cheap, but they also have the lowest quality and durability.
Adapters are glass pieces that allow you to connect different parts of your bong or smoking accessory that have different sizes or genders. For example, if you have a 14mm male bowl and a 18mm female bong, you can use a 14mm male to 18mm female adapter to make them compatible. Adapters can also change the angle or direction of your joint, making it easier to use or attach other accessories.
Adapters are useful for customizing your bong and making it more versatile. You can use adapters to switch between different bowls, downstems, ashcatchers, nails, or bangers, depending on what you want to smoke and how you want to smoke it. Adapters can also help you protect your glass joints from breaking or cracking due to heat or stress.
As you can see, there are many accessories and attachments for glass bongs that can improve your smoking experience. Whether you want to enhance the filtration, cooling, or flavor of your smoke, replace a broken or missing part of your bong, or protect your glass from damage, there is an accessory or attachment for you. You can find a wide range of bong accessories and attachments online at reputable headshops such as
Daily High Club
. Just make sure you know the size and gender of your joints before buying any accessory or attachment for your bong.