Identification: One of the main categories
Which bong is recommended for beginners?
Bongs are available in all sizes, from different materials, for different applications, and in a wide price range. Beginners should start with a medium sized and inexpensive glass bong. Medium sized , because you have to get used to large volume of smoke first.
Blackleaf recommends glass bongs (for beginners and advanced) because glass ensures a genuine taste. Starting with a cheap bong makes sense because the beginner still does not know if the bong will become his favorite smoking device. In addition, glass bongs usually have standard ground joints, with which later accessories can be adapted.
If you want to transport your bong a lot or smoke outdoors (at festivals glassbongs are forbidden), you should think about a wooden, acrylic or silicone bong.
What does Standard Ground (SG) mean?
The diameter of the openings of a bong as well as the accessories are standardized. There are four different standard ground (SG) joints taken from laboratory technology. To close precisely and airtight, the standard ground joints are slightly conical.
- Common are SG 14 (14.5mm) and SG 19 (18.8mm).
- Rarer is the SG 29 (29.2mm).
- The much smaller SG 12 (12.5 mm) is the standard size for dabbing bongs and accessories.
The female cut designates the recieving part, for example the opening in the body of the bong. The counterpart, in this case the downpipe with the head, therefore needs a male joint. When buying accessories, it is important to use the matching standard ground.
Designs and features of a bong
In Europe, laboratory-style bongs are popular, cylindrical or bulbous, or as Erlenmeyer flasks. That's because they were developed there (hence the common standard cuts). In America, artfully hand-blown self-made items are more popular.
An ice pitch is an option to cool the smoke. Just like percolators. They are available in various versions.
Percolators swirl the smoke in the water - more surface, better cooling. In addition, they filter resin from the smoke.
Honey combs are flat percolators and are installed in one or more layers in the bong.
A kick hole is a must have for all bongs without standard ground joint. Using standard-ground glass bongs, just lift the bowl to inhale the smoke.
Special bong forms
Holland Bongs are vase-shaped bongs without ground joint, in which the downpipe is secured by a rubber seal in the glass.
Small bongs that produce a small amount of smoke are called bubblers. They are suitable for people who are not used to smoking or who are prefer a compact bong.
Dabbing bongs or rigs are used to evaporate oil (wax or shatter). The extracts are not burned, but evaporated (no direct contact with fire).
Recycler (dabbing bong)
Recyclers are dabbing bongs that use a special process to cool the smoke. They are designed so that the cooling water is sucked during inhalation in a second water reservoir. More circulation ensures better cooling. This second reservoir may be adjacent to the main body of the bong, above it or even inside it. Recycler bongs for herbs and pot are rare.
Which bong is right for me?
For home use, there is no way around the glass bong. Inexpensive models have a wall thickness of 3mm. If you want to make sure, that your bong survives a fall from the side table, you should set it to 5mm, or even better, 7mm wall thickness.
The next question is, what do you want to smoke and which kind of equipment? Traditional bongs are suitable for both herbs and pot. If you want to smoke oil (wax or shatter), you can use a dabbing rig or accessories that can be used to convert a conventional bong.
Otherwise, the same applies to bongs, which applies to all commodities. Wit´d up to you whether you prefer a purist standard bong, or one with all the bells and whistles.
The right accessory for every purpose
No manufacturer offers more accessories for bongs than Black Leaf. And for a good reason. With the help of suitable accessories, your bong can be removed and converted for any purpose and for smoking all kinds of materials.
- Chillums with diffusers provide additional cooling.
- Ash catchers and pre-coolers can be adapted as well as small bowls for smoking without tobacco.
- Even percolators are available as accessories.
- When converting bongs to dabbing rigs, please note that very large bongs are less suitable for conversion because dabbing causes less smoke than smoking. Thanks to the standard ground joints nails made of all materials (ceramic, titanium and glass) can be easily adapted.