There are so many options for you to choose from when you go to your head shop for a bong. Today we’ll discuss the different types of glass bongs and what makes them unique from each other.
Percolators improve the function of your glass bong by adding diffusion and filtration as you take a chug. The glass bong has various layers of water separated by percolators which increases the surface area of the smoke with each pass. Filtration and cooling take effect once the smoke disperses under water. The result is a smooth hit that is cool to the throat and full of flavor.
Percs do add a bit of drag to your bong, depending on the type and stack of percs. Some bongs have single percs, while others have two to three percs. The stack can be of the same type of perc, or a mix of different percs to get the maximum perculation possible.
Fritted glass is made by sintering together glass particles into a solid yet highly porous unit. Its purpose is to provide fine filtration of solid particles from the water in the same manner as filter paper. It works almost the same as a honeycomb perc, but with finer holes for filtration. What it does in a bong is that it allows smoke and liquid to pass through while filtering out solid particles such as ash and resin.
Because of the high porosity of the fritted glass material, it’s capable of increasing the surface area of smoke. By breaking the smoke into millions of tiny bubbles, you’ll get maximum filtration and percolation.
The downside with this high filtration is that the fritted disk can get dirty easily, which often turns off smokers even if it’s capable of stacking bubbles. You have to clean the bong regularly, or you’ll suffer clogs often.
Glass bongs are usually hand blown. Soft glass, on the other hand, is like making a vase. You spin glass to form interesting shapes and color patterns that you won’t usually get with hand blowing. The downside is, the glass is weaker which is why it’s called “soft glass.” To offset the weakness, soft glass bongs are usually thicker than their blown counterparts.
Initially created using disposable plastic found in your home, gravity bongs deliver ginormous amount of smoke. Now, Grav Labs produce gravity bongs made out of glass bottles fashioned to fit each other. The base holds the water, while the upper vessel collects smoke. As you lift the upper vessel from the bottom, the force of gravity will suck the smoke inside the collecting vessel. To take out the smoke, you push the vessel back into the vase to let the water drive the smoke up to the mouthpiece.
The amount of smoke you can get from a gravity bong is similar to a balloon bag vaporizer. The only difference is the taste gets stale sooner since you’re dealing with smoke and not vapor.
Recycler bongs cycle the water in an infinite loop through two different chambers. The water rises from the first chamber as you pull and goes through a series of tubes before reaching the 2nd chamber. From there, water drains down back to the first chamber, and the cycle goes on until you get the milk and percolation you’re looking for. It’s an amazing bong because it continues to filter and cool down the smoke without causing it to become stale. As a result, you have a smoke that is highly filtered, smooth, cool, and full of flavor.
These are the different types of glass bongs that you can get from your head shop. BigDaddySmoke has a wide collection of glass bongs that you can choose from. If you see anything that you like and wish to know more about it, please feel free to ask us in the comment section!