MONSTERS OF SMOKE Bongs What are some of the most common accessories and attachments for glass bongs and how do they work?

What are some of the most common accessories and attachments for glass bongs and how do they work?

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. (Source:

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Bowls can also vary in shape, design, 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, silicone, or even wood. Some bowls are simple and plain, while others are colorful and artistic. The choice of bowl depends on your personal preference and style.


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. (Source:

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Downstems can also have different types of diffusion, which means they can create different sizes and amounts of bubbles in the water. Some downstems have slits or holes at the bottom, while others have percolators or diffusers attached to them. Percolators and diffusers are additional glass pieces that further break up the smoke into smaller bubbles, increasing the surface area and contact with water. This results in smoother, cooler, and cleaner hits. Some common types of percolators and diffusers are showerhead, honeycomb, tree, matrix, turbine, etc.


Ash catchers are attachments for bongs that offer extra filtration. Ash catchers 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. (Source:

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Ash catchers attach to the joint of your bong, and then you attach your bowl to the ash catcher. The smoke passes through the ash catcher before entering the bong, leaving behind most of the ash and tar in the ash catcher instead of the bong. This makes cleaning your bong much easier and less frequent. Ash catchers also add another layer of diffusion to your smoke, making it smoother and cooler.

Nails or Bangers

Nails or bangers are accessories that convert your bong into a dab rig for concentrates. Concentrates are potent extracts from herb or tobacco plants that come in various forms such as wax, shatter, crumble, etc. To smoke concentrates, you need a device that can heat them up to high temperatures and vaporize them efficiently.

Nails or bangers are usually made of metal (such as titanium), ceramic, quartz, or glass. They attach to the joint of your bong instead of a bowl, and then you heat them up with a torch or an e-nail (an electronic device that maintains a consistent temperature). Once the nail or banger is hot enough, you use a dab tool (a metal or glass rod) to scoop up a small amount of concentrate and place it on the nail or banger. The concentrate vaporizes instantly and you inhale the vapor through your bong. Nails or bangers can also have different shapes, sizes, and designs, such as domeless, domed, flat top, angled, etc. (Source:

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Adapters are glass pieces that can help you 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 help you change the angle or direction of your joint, which can make it easier to use or attach other accessories. Adapters come in different sizes (10mm, 14mm, and 18mm) and genders (male and female), so you need to know what you need before buying one. (Source:




As you can see, there are many accessories and attachments that can improve your bong experience. Whether you want to add more filtration, switch between herb and concentrates, or customize your bong to your liking, there is an accessory or attachment for you. However, you need to be careful about the compatibility and quality of the products you buy, as not all of them will fit or work well with your bong. You can find a wide range of bong accessories and attachments online or in your local headshop, but make sure you do some research and read some reviews before making a purchase.

We hope this blog post has been informative and helpful for you. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!