If you enjoy smoking herbs or tobacco from a bong, you might be wondering how much water you should put in it. The water level in your bong can make a big difference in the quality and smoothness of your smoke, as well as the ease of pulling it through the device. In this blog post, we will explain how to find the perfect water level for your bong, whether it has a simple downstem or multiple percolators.
Why Does the Water Level Matter?
The water in your bong serves two main purposes: cooling and filtering the smoke. When you light up your herb or tobacco, the smoke travels through the water before reaching your mouth and lungs. The water cools down the smoke, making it less harsh and more pleasant to inhale. The water also filters out some of the tar, ash, and other impurities that might otherwise irritate your throat and respiratory system.
However, not all water levels are created equal. If you put too much water in your bong, you will have to work harder to pull the smoke through, creating more pressure and resistance. You might also end up getting some water in your mouth, which is not very tasty or sanitary. On the other hand, if you put too little water in your bong, you will not get enough cooling and filtering effects, resulting in a hotter and harsher smoke.
How Much Water to Put in a Bong with a Downstem?
A downstem is a tube that connects the bowl where you pack your herb or tobacco to the base of the bong where the water is stored. Some downstems are fixed to the bong, while others are removable. Some downstems also have slits or holes at the bottom to create more bubbles and airflow.
The general rule of thumb for finding the optimal water level for a bong with a downstem is to submerge the bottom of the downstem in about half an inch of water. This way, you ensure that all the smoke passes through the water and gets cooled and filtered. If your downstem has slits or holes, make sure they are all covered by water as well.
To fill your bong with water, you can either pour it through the mouthpiece or directly into the base through the downstem opening. Be careful not to overfill it or spill it on yourself or your surroundings.
How Much Water to Put in a Bong with Percolators?
A percolator is an additional chamber or device inside the bong that further cools and filters the smoke by creating more bubbles and surface area. There are many types of percolators, such as honeycomb, matrix, showerhead, tree, etc. Some bongs have one percolator, while others have two or more.
The principle for finding the ideal water level for a bong with percolators is similar to that of a bong with a downstem: you want to submerge all the openings of the percolator in water. Depending on the design and shape of the percolator, this might require more or less water than a simple downstem.
To fill your bong with water when it has percolators, you usually have to pour it through the mouthpiece and let it trickle down to the lower chambers. Sometimes, you might have to tilt or shake your bong slightly to distribute the water evenly among all the percs. Once the water settles, check if all the openings are covered by water and adjust accordingly.
How to Know If You Have the Right Water Level?
The best way to know if you have found the perfect water level for your bong is to test it out by taking a dry hit (without lighting anything). Simply inhale from the mouthpiece and observe how easy or hard it is to pull air through the bong. You should hear a bubbling sound and feel some resistance, but not too much.
If you find it difficult to inhale or feel like you are sucking water into your mouth, then you probably have too much water in your bong. Pour out some water and try again until you find a comfortable level.
If you find it too easy to inhale or feel like you are not getting enough bubbles or filtration, then you probably have too little water in your bong. Add some more water and try again until you find a satisfying level.
Finding the right water level for your bong is not rocket science, but it does require some trial and error. The optimal amount of water can vary depending on the size, shape, and features of your bong, as well as your personal preference. The key is to submerge all the openings of the downstem or percolators in water, and then adjust the level until you get a smooth and enjoyable smoke.
We hope this guide has helped you learn how much water to put in a bong and how to fill it properly. If you are looking for a new bong or other smoking accessories, check out our online store for a wide selection of high-quality products at affordable prices. Happy smoking!