Bong Parts: The Anatomy of your Glass

A quick and easy breakdown of how a bong’s components function.

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Bongs aka bings or bingers have been a staple of the weed community for as long as the weed itself. A bong is a water pipe that helps to cool and diffuse smoke making for a more pleasant and smooth experience.

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Bongs come in all shapes, colors, materials, and sizes. The number of modifications and designs that can be incorporated into a bong are endless but the components remain universal. So, let’s break down the parts of the bong and what they do. 

The Bowl

The bowl is either a metal or glass attachment where weed is inserted and heated. With some bongs the bowl is removable creating its own carb hole.

The Chamber

Once the bowl of weed is heated and cooked it releases smoke through the downstem and into the chamber. The chamber is a long tube containing water at the bottom or base. As smoke enters the chamber it mixes with the smoke. This is where diffusion comes into play.

The Carburetor

A carburetor or Carb is an opening used to bring in fresh air to push the smoke out of the chamber. Some bongs with removable bowls use the open downstem as the carb while others will have a hole you seal with your thumb while taking a hit. Removing your thumb lets the fresh air in to help you clear the smoke from the chamber. 

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The Base

At the bottom of the chamber is the base. It’s where a bong holds its water. These chambers can either be the same shape as the tube or a bulbous, beaker base. 

These are the basic components of a bong. But outside of these a bong can look like anything or have as many tubes and chambers as your mind can imagine. 

What’s your favorite bong setup? Let us know in the comments below. 


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