If you are new to bongs, or if you want to improve your smoking experience, you might be wondering how much water you need to put in your bong before using it. The answer is not very complicated, but it can make a big difference in how smooth and enjoyable your hits are. In this blog post, we will explain the basics of how much water to put in a bong, why it matters, and how to fill your bong with water correctly.
Why Do You Need Water in a Bong?
A bong is a type of water pipe that uses water to filter and cool the smoke from burning herb or tobacco. The water helps to remove some of the harmful substances and tar from the smoke, as well as making it less harsh on your throat and lungs. The water also creates bubbles that add some moisture and humidity to the smoke, which can prevent dryness and irritation.
How Much Water Do You Put in a Bong?
There is no exact amount of water that you need to put in your bong, as it can vary depending on the size, shape, and design of your bong. However, there is a general rule of thumb that you can follow: you need enough water to cover the downstem, which is the tube that connects the bowl to the base of the bong. The downstem is where the smoke enters the water and gets filtered.
If your downstem has slits or holes at the bottom, which are called diffusers, you need to make sure that all of them are submerged in water. This way, the smoke will be evenly distributed and aerated through the water, creating more bubbles and smoother hits. If your downstem does not have diffusers, you can submerge it about half an inch or so into the water.
You don’t want to put too much water in your bong, as this can make it harder to pull the smoke through and increase the risk of getting water in your mouth. You also don’t want to put too little water in your bong, as this can reduce the filtration and cooling effects of the water. A good way to test if you have the right amount of water is to take a dry hit (without lighting the herb or tobacco) and see if you can inhale easily and comfortably without any splashing or gurgling sounds.
How Do You Fill Your Bong with Water?
Filling your bong with water is not very difficult, but it can vary depending on the type of bong you have. For a simple bong without any extra features or chambers, you can just pour water through the mouthpiece or the downstem into the base until you reach the desired level. You can use tap water, filtered water, or distilled water for your bong, but avoid using hot or cold water as this can damage your bong or affect the taste of the smoke.
For a more complex bong with multiple percolators or chambers, you need to fill each one with enough water to cover all the openings. A percolator is a device that further filters and cools the smoke by creating more bubbles and surface area for the smoke to interact with the water. Some common types of percolators are honeycomb, matrix, tree, showerhead, and turbine. To fill a bong with percolators, you need to pour water through the mouthpiece and let it trickle down through each chamber until all of them are filled. You may need to tilt or shake your bong slightly to help the water flow through.
How Often Should You Change Your Bong Water?
One of the most important things to remember when using a bong is to keep it clean and change your bong water regularly. Dirty bong water can harbor bacteria, mold, and other contaminants that can affect your health and ruin your smoking experience. Dirty bong water can also make your bong smell bad and stain its glass.
You should change your bong water after every session or at least once a day if you use your bong frequently. To change your bong water, simply pour out the old water from the base and rinse it with fresh water. You can also use some alcohol or vinegar to disinfect your bong and remove any residue or odor. If you have a percolator bong, you may need to use a pipe cleaner or a brush to reach all the nooks and crannies.
Using a bong is a great way to enjoy your herb or tobacco, but you need to know how much water to put in it to get the best results. The ideal amount of water is enough to cover the downstem and any percolators, but not too much that it makes it hard to inhale or causes water to splash into your mouth. You also need to fill your bong with water correctly and change it often to keep it clean and fresh. By following these simple tips, you can enhance your bong smoking experience and get the most out of your herb or tobacco.