How Much Water Do You Put in a Bong?


If you are new to using a bong, you may wonder how much water you need to put in it. The answer is not as simple as you may think, because different bongs have different designs and sizes, and the amount of water can affect your smoking experience. In this blog post, we will explain the basics of how a bong works, how to use it properly, and how to find the optimal water level for your bong.

What is a Bong and How Does It Work?

A bong is a pipe used to smoke dry herb that uses water to cool and filter the smoke. When you hit a bong, the smoke is pulled through a water-filled chamber. Then as the smoke bubbles up through the liquid, the water simultaneously cools down the temperature of the smoke and pulls out fine particulate matter such as tar and ash.

A typical bong consists of four main parts: the bowl, the downstem, the chamber, and the mouthpiece. The bowl is where you pack your herb, usually tobacco or other legal herbs. The downstem is a small tube that connects the bowl to the chamber. The chamber is the main body of the bong, where the water is stored. The mouthpiece is the opening at the top of the chamber, where you place your lips to inhale the smoke.

Some bongs also have additional features, such as a carburetor (or carb), which is a hole on the side of the chamber that allows you to control the airflow. By covering and uncovering the carb, you can regulate how much smoke you inhale at once. Another common feature is a percolator (or perc), which is a device inside the chamber that breaks up the smoke into smaller bubbles, increasing the surface area and enhancing the cooling and filtering effect of the water.

How to Use a Bong: Step by Step Instructions

Using a bong is not very complicated, but it does require some preparation and technique. Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Prepare your bong. Pour water into the mouthpiece until it just covers the downstem. You can also put ice cubes in the water if you’d like. The temperature of the water is a matter of preference– some people love cold, some warm, and many are fine with room temperature. Make sure that there is no water in the bowl or above the carb (if your bong has one).
  2. Grind your herb. Take a small amount of herb, grind or break it up with your fingers or scissors, and fill the bowl without packing it too tightly. You want to leave some space for air to flow through.
  3. Place your lips inside the mouthpiece. Create a tight seal with your lips around the mouthpiece. Don’t put your lips over it, but inside it. Purse them slightly and force them gently into the hole so that no air can escape.
  4. Light up and inhale. Hold a flame over the bowl and inhale slowly and steadily through your mouth. You will see the smoke travel through the downstem and fill up the chamber. If your bong has a carb, keep it covered with your finger or thumb while inhaling.
  5. Clear the chamber. When you have enough smoke in your lungs, remove your finger from the carb or pull out the bowl from the downstem. This will allow fresh air to enter the chamber and push out all the remaining smoke. Inhale quickly and forcefully to clear the chamber in one breath.
  6. Exhale and enjoy. Exhale the smoke from your lungs and enjoy its effects. If desired, repeat steps 3-5 until you are satisfied.
  7. Clean your bong. It’s not a must every time you use the bong, but make sure to keep it clean and change the water regularly. A dirty bong can harbor bacteria, mold, and residue that can affect your health and taste. To clean your bong, rinse it with hot water and use rubbing alcohol or vinegar with salt to scrub away any stubborn stains.

How Much Water Do You Put in a Bong?

The amount of water you put in your bong depends on several factors, such as:

  • The size and shape of your bong. Larger bongs may require more water than smaller ones, and bongs with complex designs may have different water levels for different chambers.
  • The type and position of your downstem. The downstem should be fully submerged in water, but not too deep. A good rule of thumb is to have the water level about 1-2 inches above the bottom of the downstem. If the downstem is too high or too low, it can affect the airflow and the smoke quality.
  • The presence and type of percolators. Percolators need enough water to function properly, but not too much that they overflow or splash. Each percolator may have its own optimal water level, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the right balance.
  • Your personal preference. Some people like more water in their bong, because it makes the smoke smoother and cooler. Others like less water, because it makes the smoke more potent and flavorful. You may also want to adjust the water level depending on the herb you are smoking, as some may produce more or less smoke than others.

The best way to find out how much water you need for your bong is to try it out yourself. Fill up your bong with water and take a test hit without any herb. If you feel too much resistance or hear a gurgling sound, you may have too much water. If you feel too little resistance or don’t see any bubbles, you may have too little water. Adjust the water level until you find a comfortable and satisfying draw.


A bong is a great way to enjoy your herb, but it can also be a bit tricky to use if you don’t know how much water to put in it. The amount of water can affect the smoothness, temperature, flavor, and potency of your smoke, so it’s important to find the right balance for your bong and your preference. Remember to always use clean water and clean your bong regularly to ensure a safe and pleasant smoking experience.

We hope this blog post has helped you learn how to use a bong and how much water to put in it. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!