If you are a fan of glass bongs, you know how important it is to get the right amount and temperature of water in your piece. The water level and temperature affect the quality, flavor, and smoothness of your hits, as well as the cleanliness and healthiness of your bong. In this blog post, we will show you how to measure and adjust the water level and temperature in your glass bong for optimal filtration and cooling.
Why does water level matter?
The water level in your glass bong plays a significant role in how your bong functions. The water acts as a filter and a cooler for the smoke that passes through it, removing some of the harmful substances and lowering the temperature. However, too much or too little water can have negative effects on your smoking experience.
According to Big Daddy Smoke, there are three types of water levels and their effects on your bong hits:
- 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. Others are partial to this because it forces the lungs to expand, allowing the smoke to diffuse deeper in a cellular level.
- 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. Others say this negates the use of the bong since you’re just getting smoke like you would a pipe. 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.
How to measure the water level?
To measure the water level in your glass bong, you can use a ruler or a tape measure. Alternatively, you can use bubbles as an indicator. When you blow air through the downstem, you should see bubbles forming in the water. The bubbles should be small and consistent, not large and sporadic.
The optimal water level depends on the size and shape of your glass bong, as well as the type and length of your downstem. A general rule of thumb is to make sure that your downstem and its slits or gills are completely submerged in water. For big bongs, this means about two inches above the opening of the downstem. For mini bongs, this means about half an inch above the opening of the downstem.
If your glass bong has percolators, you need to make sure that all of them are filled with water as well. Percolators are additional chambers or devices that enhance the filtration and cooling of the smoke by creating more bubbles and surface area for contact with water.
Why does water temperature matter?
The water temperature in your glass bong also affects the quality, flavor, and smoothness of your hits, as well as the cleanliness and healthiness of your bong. The water temperature influences how much THC and other cannabinoids are preserved or lost in the process of smoking.
According to Moose Labs, there are pros and cons of using cold vs warm water in your glass bong:
- Cold water: Cold water produces cooler, thicker, and more refreshing hits. The crispness of cold water enhances the freshness and flavor of your herb or tobacco. Cold water also preserves more THC and other cannabinoids because they solidify faster in lower temperatures. However, this also means more resin build-up on your glass bong, which can make it harder to clean.
- Warm water: Warm water produces warmer, smoother, and more soothing hits. The warmth of warm water relaxes your throat and lungs and creates a steamy effect. Warm water also reduces the resin build-up on your glass bong, which can make it easier to clean. However, this also means less THC and other cannabinoids because they evaporate faster in higher temperatures.
How to measure the water temperature?
To measure the water temperature in your glass bong, you can use a thermometer or a digital device that can read the temperature of liquids. Alternatively, you can use your hand or your mouth as an indicator. When you touch or sip the water, it should feel comfortable to you, not too cold or too hot.
The optimal water temperature for your glass bong depends on your personal preference and the type of herb or tobacco that you are smoking. Some people like cold water for a refreshing hit, some like warm water for a soothing hit, and some like hot water for a cleansing hit.
A general rule of thumb is to keep the water temperature between 40°F and 90°F. Anything below 40°F can be too harsh and icy, while anything above 90°F can be too scalding and steamy.
How to adjust the water level and temperature?
To adjust the water level and temperature in your glass bong, you can use a pitcher, a faucet, a kettle, or an ice tray. You can add or remove water from your glass bong until you reach the desired level and temperature.
If you want to lower the water level and temperature, you can pour out some water from your glass bong or add some ice cubes to it. Some glass bongs have ice holders or pinchers that keep the ice above the water chamber. As the ice melts, the water level will increase, so you need to check it periodically.
If you want to raise the water level and temperature, you can pour in some water from your pitcher or faucet or add some hot water from your kettle to it. Some glass bongs have hot holders or sleeves that keep the heat inside the water chamber. As the water cools down, the water level will decrease, so you need to check it periodically.
The water level and temperature in your glass bong are important factors that affect your smoking experience. By measuring and adjusting them properly, you can optimize the filtration and cooling of your smoke and enjoy the best hits possible.
We hope this blog post has been helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!