MONSTERS OF SMOKE Bongs How to measure and adjust the water level and temperature in your glass bong for optimal filtration and cooling?

How to measure and adjust the water level and temperature in your glass bong for optimal filtration and cooling?



A glass bong is a device that filters smoke through water before the user inhales it. This way, the smoke cools down and becomes smoother on the throat and lungs. However, not all bongs are created equal. The water level and temperature in your glass bong can affect your smoking experience in various ways. In this blog post, we will explain how to measure and adjust the water level and temperature in your glass bong for optimal filtration and cooling.

Water level

The water level in your glass bong plays a significant role in the filtration, temperature, and hit of your smoke. Getting the optimal water level means getting the most of your bong. Here are some tips on how to measure and adjust the water level in your glass bong:

  • Look closely at your downstem. If it has slits or gills, you need to make sure that your downstem and the slits are completely under water. No slit or gills? Submerge the downstem should be two inches above the opening for big bongs, or at least half an inch for mini bongs.
  • There are three types of water levels and their effects on how your bong functions:
    • Overfilling: The water level goes over the downstem almost up to the neck. This is good for those who are after huge amounts of filtration. The great amount of water lowers smoke temperature, giving you a hit that is cool and smooth to the throat and lungs. Downside is that you have to put much effort to pull in the smoke. There’s also a greater chance of you getting bong water in each pull.
    • Underfilling: The water level barely covers the slits or gills of the downstem. What this does is that you get more flavor with each drag. Reason is, there is not enough water to filter the smoke going through the stem. However, this leads to low filtration, which can increase the chance of irritation in your throat and lungs.
    • Optimal: The gills or slits are covered just right. You get to enjoy both filtration and flavor. You enjoy the taste of your herb or tobacco because it’s not filtered too much. However, you still get to experience a good hit because you drag in the smoke just right.
  • If your bong has percolators, make sure that all of them are submerged in water. Percolators help filter and cool smoke, but they cannot do their job if they are not filled with water.
  • The action of the bubbles lets you know the level of the water. There is a distinct, gurgling sound produced by the bubbles when the level of water is just right.

Water temperature

The water temperature in your glass bong can also affect your smoking experience in various ways. Here are some tips on how to measure and adjust the water temperature in your glass bong:

  • The colder the water, the cooler the smoke. It’s safe to say that cooler is better to most cannabis consumers. But keep in mind that filling your piece with warm water is still going to cool the smoke. The temperature of the water is always going to be less than the burning herb or tobacco in your bowl.
  • One of the few downsides of filling your bong with icy-cold water is the resin build-up. THC solidifies faster in lower temperatures, leaving more resin behind on the innards of the piece. If you can’t stand to see those precious crystals go to waste (or you really hate cleaning your bong), cold water can work against you.
  • Warm water produces a very different sensation than cold water. Some people like the feel of a warm bong giving off plumes of steamy smoke, like a hot shower or a sauna room. Others prefer the crispness of cool water that enhances the freshness and flavor of their product.
  • If you’re aiming for the healthiest hit possible, water is definitely your friend. Filtering marijuana smoke through water lowers the amount of toxic substances while preserving most of its THC content. However, there is no conclusive evidence on whether cold or warm water filters better.
  • If you use ice in your bong, be careful about how you add it or use it. Some bongs have ice holders/pinchers/catchers above the base or water chamber. As this melts, the water level at the base increases. However, if ice is added to the water chamber, the water level remains the same.
  • Whichever temperature you prefer, always change your bong water after each sesh! Leaving it to sit is a recipe for bacteria and grime. Fresher water equals fresher tokes. Glass bongs are sensitive to sudden temperature changes, so avoid using boiling or freezing water.

In conclusion, the water level and temperature in your glass bong can make a big difference in your smoking experience. Experiment with different levels and temperatures until you find the one that suits you best. Remember to keep your bong clean and enjoy your hits!

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