If you are new to bongs, or if you want to improve your smoking experience, you might be wondering how much water you should put in your bong before smoking your favorite herb or tobacco. In this blog post, we will answer this question and give you some tips on how to fill your bong with water properly.
Why Does the Water Level Matter?
The water level in your bong is important for several reasons:
- It affects the filtration and cooling of the smoke. The water acts as a natural filter that removes tar, ash and other impurities from the smoke. It also cools down the smoke, making it smoother and less harsh on your throat and lungs.
- It affects the airflow and drag of the bong. The airflow is the amount of air that passes through the bong when you inhale. The drag is the resistance that you feel when you pull the smoke through the water. Ideally, you want a good balance between airflow and drag, so that you can get a satisfying hit without too much effort.
- It affects the flavor and aroma of the smoke. The water can enhance or diminish the taste and smell of your herb or tobacco, depending on the quality and temperature of the water. Some people like to add ice, lemon juice, mint leaves or other ingredients to their bong water to improve the flavor and aroma.
How Much Water Should You Put in Your Bong?
The short answer is: just enough to cover the bottom of the downstem or perc. The downstem is the tube that connects the bowl to the base of the bong. The perc is short for percolator, which is a device that creates bubbles and diffuses the smoke inside the bong. Some bongs have multiple percs in different chambers for extra filtration.
The exact amount of water will vary depending on the size and design of your bong, but a general rule of thumb is to fill it about half an inch above the bottom of the downstem or perc. If your downstem or perc has slits or holes, make sure they are fully submerged in water. This way, you can ensure that all the smoke passes through the water and gets filtered and cooled.
You can adjust the water level according to your preference, but be careful not to overfill or underfill your bong. If you put too much water in your bong, you might get water in your mouth when you inhale, which is unpleasant and unsanitary. You might also reduce the airflow and increase the drag, making it harder to pull the smoke through. If you put too little water in your bong, you might not get enough filtration and cooling, making the smoke harsher and less flavorful.
How to Fill Your Bong with Water?
Filling your bong with water is easy, but there are some tricks that can make it easier and more efficient. Here are some steps to follow:
- Clean your bong before filling it with water. This will remove any residue or dirt that might affect the quality of your smoke. You can use warm water, rubbing alcohol and salt to clean your bong thoroughly.
- Remove the bowl and downstem from your bong if they are detachable. This will prevent them from getting wet or damaged while filling your bong with water.
- Pour water into your bong through the mouthpiece or downstem hole. You can use tap water, bottled water or distilled water, depending on your preference. Some people like to use warm water for a smoother hit, while others prefer cold water for a fresher hit.
- Check the water level by looking at the bottom of the downstem or perc. Make sure it is slightly submerged in water, but not too much. You can also test the water level by blowing into the mouthpiece or downstem hole and watching how the bubbles form.
- Adjust the water level by adding or removing water as needed. You can use a syringe, a straw or a turkey baster to add or remove small amounts of water without spilling.
- Replace the bowl and downstem into your bong if they are detachable. Make sure they fit snugly and securely.
- Enjoy your bong!
We hope this blog post has helped you learn how much water to put in your bong and how to fill it properly. Remember, there is no one right answer, and you can experiment with different water levels and temperatures to find what works best for you. Happy smoking!