Glass bongs are popular devices for smoking herb or tobacco, offering smooth and filtered hits that enhance the flavor and potency of the smoke. However, glass bongs are not without their drawbacks. They can be fragile, expensive, hard to clean, and prone to various problems and issues that can affect their performance and appearance. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common problems and issues that glass bong users face and how to solve them.
Problem 1: Broken or cracked glass
One of the most obvious and frustrating problems that glass bong users face is broken or cracked glass. Glass bongs can break or crack due to various reasons, such as dropping them, knocking them over, applying too much pressure, exposing them to extreme temperatures, or cleaning them improperly. Broken or cracked glass can compromise the functionality and safety of the bong, as well as its aesthetic appeal.
Solution: Depending on the extent and location of the damage, there are different ways to fix a broken or cracked glass bong. If the damage is minor, such as a small crack or chip, you may be able to seal it with food-grade silicone, which is a non-toxic substance that can bond to glass and resist heat and moisture. Food-grade silicone can be applied to cracks, chips, or connecting joints of the bong to create a tight seal. However, food-grade silicone is not suitable for sticking large pieces of glass together or repairing major damage.
If the damage is more severe, such as a large piece of glass that has broken off or shattered, you may need to use duct tape or epoxy resin to fix it. Duct tape can be wrapped around the broken area to hold it together temporarily, but it is not a permanent solution and it may look unsightly. Epoxy resin is a stronger and more durable substance that can bond to glass and create a hard coating. However, epoxy resin can be toxic and flammable, so you need to use it with caution and follow the instructions carefully.
If the damage is beyond repair, such as a completely shattered bong or a hole in the base or chamber, you may have no choice but to replace it with a new one. You can try to salvage some parts of the bong, such as the bowl or stem, but you should discard any pieces that have sharp edges or cracks that could cut you or leak smoke.
Problem 2: Dirty or clogged bong
Another common problem that glass bong users face is dirty or clogged bong. Glass bongs can get dirty or clogged due to various reasons, such as smoking resinous herb or tobacco, using dirty water, leaving water in the bong for too long, or neglecting to clean the bong regularly. Dirty or clogged bongs can affect the quality and flavor of the smoke, as well as pose health risks from bacteria and mold growth.
Solution: The best way to prevent your glass bong from getting dirty or clogged is to clean it regularly. Cleaning your glass bong is easy and cheap. All you need is isopropyl alcohol (70% or higher), coarse salt (such as kosher salt), and warm water. Here are the steps to clean your glass bong:
- Pour out the water from the bong and remove any loose pieces of herb or tobacco from the bowl and stem.
- Pour some alcohol and salt into the bong and cover the holes with your fingers or some plastic wrap.
- Shake the bong vigorously for a minute or two to dissolve and dislodge any tar and resin from the glass.
- Pour out the alcohol/salt mixture and rinse the bong with warm water until no alcohol or salt remains.
- Let the bong dry completely before using it again.
If your glass bong is very dirty or clogged, you may need to repeat these steps several times or let the bong soak in alcohol for a few hours or overnight. You can also use a pipe brush or cotton swab to scrub any stubborn spots.
Problem 3: Smelly or stale water
A third problem that glass bong users face is smelly or stale water. Glass bongs use water to filter and cool down the smoke, but water can also absorb some of the smoke’s odor and flavor over time. If you leave water in your bong for too long, it can become smelly or stale, which can affect the taste and freshness of the smoke. Smelly or stale water can also harbor bacteria and mold, which can cause infections or allergies.
Solution: The easiest way to avoid smelly or stale water in your glass bong is to change the water before every use. This will ensure that the water is clean and fresh, and that it does not interfere with the flavor and quality of the smoke. You can also add some ice cubes to the water to make it colder and smoother, or some lemon juice or mint leaves to make it more refreshing and aromatic.
Another option is to use a different liquid instead of water in your glass bong. Some liquids can enhance the flavor and effect of the smoke, such as cranberry juice, tea, wine, or soda. However, you should be careful not to use any liquids that are too acidic, carbonated, or sugary, as they can damage the glass or clog the bong. You should also clean the bong thoroughly after using any alternative liquids.
Glass bongs are great devices for smoking herb or tobacco, but they also come with some problems and issues that can affect their performance and appearance. Some of the most common problems and issues that glass bong users face are broken or cracked glass, dirty or clogged bong, and smelly or stale water. Fortunately, these problems and issues can be solved with some simple methods and products, such as food-grade silicone, duct tape, epoxy resin, isopropyl alcohol, salt, warm water, ice cubes, lemon juice, mint leaves, or alternative liquids. By following these tips and tricks, you can keep your glass bong in good condition and enjoy smooth and flavorful hits every time.