There is nothing nicer in touch and feel than natural warm wood or bamboo stick. With an elegant finish, it is a beautiful natural show-off and a proof of care for Mother Earth.
Smoking from bamboo bongs in nature gives great tribal children of Eden feeling. Use it, like it, be proud of it!
Buckets of goodness. There’s no denying that a bong is as fun to use and smoke from as it is cool-looking, but the humble water pipe has had its limitations. Enter bamboo bongs – made out of natural materials for an earthy feel and smooth smoking experience alike.
A bong may look like your run-of-the-mill glass tube, but don’t be fooled by appearances. They come in all shapes and sizes, some looking more “traditional” than others. The most common type of bong we know today is called the percolator style (or bubbler), which looks very much like a tall drinking straw with two holes at either end.
It works on basic principles: water flows through the chamber where air bubbles form, then up through the smaller hole into the mouthpiece. This simple design creates a huge variety of effects when smoked — sometimes even frosty ice cold hits!
Other styles include double walled percussive pipes, which have multiple chambers instead of just one, and bowl shaped pieces designed specifically for concentrates such as hash oil. Some people prefer not to inhale their smoke directly — these users often opt for headpieces known as chanters or vaporizers, which allow the user to suck in their own exhaled breath before passing it over to another person who will take care of filling all those good lungs.
There are still many other variations, so if you’re really interested in learning about this art, try finding yourself a local dealer or smoker (such as someone at Smokes Plus) for some guidance. You might find yourself getting hooked after trying only one or two varieties.
I’ll admit right off the bat that my favorite kind of bong is also the simplest: the classic straight piece. It doesn’t get enough credit for being so versatile, because it’s usually paired down to something resembling a long cigarette lighter.
However, although traditional, I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t any particular reason why anyone should choose to go with anything else. In fact, I’m sure it would seem rather strange to see a regular old bong paired down with a sleek white MacBook Pro.
But back to our topic: what exactly makes a bong great for smoking weed? For starters, it gives you control over how hard you want to hit, depending on how high you’ve set the temperature. If you put a small amount of concentrate, such as kief, inside the bowl, the result will be a stronger hit than using loose flower alone.
If you don’t mind mixing things up every now and again, you could always stick with flower. Another thing that bongs excel at is creating thick clouds of mist without burning you out completely.
A lot of smokers report having difficulty quitting once they start actually doing it regularly, partially due to the fact that they need time to recuperate between each puff. With a bong, however, you can keep going until you’re too stoned to stand anymore, and nobody needs to know unless you decide to share your secret stash with them.
Finally, the whole process takes significantly less effort than rolling joints or packing loose material tightly into papers, which means you’re spending less money on supplies while saving both time and space. All around, a pretty solid deal.
Now let’s talk about one specific kind of bong: the ones made out of bamboo.
What Are They?
Bamboo bongs are basically glorified water pipes. Their structure differs greatly from wood, metal or plastic models, though. While wooden and metallic pipes tend to stay rigidly upright during usage, bamboo pieces feature flexible stems that bend naturally whenever pressure builds up within the chamber.
As a result, they offer far more versatility and customization options than standard tubes, making them perfect for beginners and pros alike. Since they’re built solely from natural materials, they don’t emit harsh fumes or odors, and they won’t react badly to water.
Also, since they grow quickly in size, you can save quite a bit of cash by choosing larger specimens, especially if you plan on keeping them for several years. On top of that, bamboo does well under pressure, meaning you can enjoy a satisfying session without worrying about breaking anything.
Lastly, unlike other kinds of pipes, they aren’t typically sold packed with chemicals or preservatives, so they’re safer to store away somewhere in your house. Not bad for a $20 investment.
The Different Types of Bongs
Before moving onto what makes bongs so special, here are a few general terms worth knowing:
Wicks: These thin strands of cotton or hemp help absorb tar and nicotine while drawing hot gases through the tobacco mixture toward the bowl. When used correctly, wickless designs can yield comparable results to traditional cigarettes.
Chamber: The main chamber where the substance gets heated up.
Stem: The part attached to the bowl that helps direct smoke flow upward toward the mouthpiece.
Outer Diameter: Usually measured in inches, this refers to the diameter of the stem itself.
Mouth Piece: An opening located above the bowl where you draw air and smoke into your body.
Lighter Flue: Located near the bottom of the device, this connects the inner chamber to the outer chamber where heat transfers occur.
Airway: Basically a passage between the inner and outer chambers that allows air to pass freely underneath the device.
Shank: The lengthwise portion of the stem where the bowl meets the rest of the piece.
To recap, here are the main parts to understand when talking about various bong types:
Percolator Style: Water enters the chamber via the large top hole, travels through the center airway, then exits through the smaller lower hole. Air passes through the chamber from below, heating up the substance along the way. Users typically hold the bowl upside down during sessions.
Double Wall Percussive Pipes: Multiple chambers create alternating layers of hot air and steam. One side acts as a condenser, while the other side heats up substances placed inside. Instead of a central airway, these devices incorporate numerous vents throughout the entire length.
Single Wall Percussive Pipes: Similar to double walled versions except they lack a second compartment. Instead, the first section becomes the condenser, and the remaining area functions as the heater.
Vaporizer: Vaporizing involves sucking in fresh oxygen directly from the atmosphere, cooling it slightly, and blowing it across a concentrated substance placed inside. Users place their lips close to the mouthpiece, allowing warm air to enter their bodies.
Chanter/Holder: Chanters are essentially holders that fit over a bowl for easy access. Holders attach to the opposite end of a bong compared to the bowl. Many people prefer vaping over actual inhalation and claim it offers smoother highs and cleaner draws.
And now that you know the basics, check out the next page for tips on maximizing your enjoyment of a bong.
How Do You Smoke With One?
One of the best aspects of a bong is that almost everyone can make effective use of it regardless of skill level. Beginners mostly focus on experimenting with temperature settings and airflow to discover what suits their tastes best, while advanced enthusiasts can play around with adding additives such as oils or waxes.
Once you figure out what works best for you, remember that experimentation is key. Don’t worry if you accidentally break your new toy — most manufacturers provide detailed instructions on assembly and maintenance, including cleaning methods and proper storage techniques.
Besides, replacing broken parts is cheaper and easier than buying entirely new equipment.
When it comes to safety, be smart about everything you handle. Before handling any sort of plant matter, whether loose flowers or pressed buds, wash your hands thoroughly.
Never touch your face or eyes while smoking, and never eat or drink anything containing THC (a chemical compound found in cannabis). Make sure to ask questions if you’re unsure about what happens to your body after consumption, and consult your doctor before taking any medications or supplements.
Smoking marijuana increases blood pressure, circulation, heart rate, respiration, and body temperature. Most importantly, please use caution and avoid driving afterward.
While it seems impossible to deny the benefits offered by a bong, you shouldn’t simply jump aboard the bandwagon without considering alternatives. Check out the next page to learn about other ways to enhance your smoking experience.
Where Can I Buy Them Online or In Stores?
Since bongs come in all sorts of shapes, colors and price ranges, a quick search engine query probably won’t turn up much information. Here are three reliable websites that specialize in selling inexpensive yet quality bongs:
If you’d rather shop locally, visit a dispensary or smoke shop. Although prices vary widely based on location, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15-$250 for the same model.
Keep in mind that dealers generally have better customer service and support, so consider asking questions and reading reviews prior to purchasing. Just remember to treat responsibly and legally.
Another option is to build your
My Favorite Bamboo Bongs
Bamboo Tiger Bong, Large
Bamboo bong, the metal downtube and bowl, mouthpiece ring, rubber grommet, and base are standardized bong parts.
“This bamboo bong is perfect if smoking with 2-3 other people or by yourself. The best features are the sturdy-as-hell bamboo and the smooth hits you get as long as you keep it clean.”
“Sweet bong! I replaced all the standard parts that it came with for my own personal pieces. Very easy. The pot leaf is large. It’s a really cool bong. Looks great in my room. My friends and I love this bong. Hits like a champ. Pot leaf looks great too.”
Bamboo Bong With Leaf
The Black Bamboo Green Leaf Bong is made from a single bamboo cane and makes a fantastic ornamental piece, while also providing a great smoke.
Painted black for a very different look to other similar bamboo designs, this bong also features a painted green cannabis leaf on the front of the bamboo cane. Strong and sturdy, the Bamboo Green Leaf Bong is mounted on a circular wooden disk and has a metal pipe and bowl to avoid the rough taste that some wooden bowls can give a bong when burned continuously over time.
Decorated with thin metal bands around the base of the bamboo cane, this bong really does look as good as it smokes.
Bamboo Bong With Leaf
Strong and sturdy, the Bamboo Stencilled Leaf Bong is mounted on a circular wooden disk and has a metal pipe and bowl to avoid the rough taste that some wooden bowls can give a bong when burned continuously over time.
Decorated with the stenciled leaf on the front of the shaft, this bong really does look as good as it smokes.