Gravity Bong: What Is It and The Different Types
Humankind has been getting high for millennia, along the way there has been the creation of ingenious ways to smoke bud. There are perhaps thousands of ways to smoke some sweet sinsemilla, from old-fashioned joints to big bongs. If you’re a creature of habit, it might be time to try something new. If you have yet to try a gravity bong or even know what a gravity bong is, you have come to the right place.
What is a Gravity Bong?
A gravity bong can come in two forms:
- A system where the user must lift a hollow top container that is submerged in bong water and suction is created through the lifting of the said top container causing a milky rip to be pulled from the bowl.
- A system where the water in the bong is made to pour out of the base while using the suction of this action to pull a milky hit from a lit bowl
How To Make A Gravity Bong
Follow these easy steps to make your first, bare-bones gravity bong:
- Find something that you can use as a bowl. If you’re not very creative, you can just use a plastic bottle cap (Make sure you have the bottle that goes along with the cap)
- Use a drill, knife, screwdriver or whatever in order to create a pinky-sized hole in the middle of the cap
- Take a piece of foil and fit it as snug around the cap as possible without puncturing a hole where your pinky-sized hole resides (Imagine vacuum-sealed packaging) and leave enough slack so that a small bowl-like dip can be created in your pinky-sized hole
- Use something skinny such as a toothpick to puncture several tiny holes through the foil in the cap hole which is big enough to pull smoke through but keeps your buds safely in your bowl
- Now back to that bottle I told you to keep. Cut the bottle into two pieces at about the halfway mark
- Fill the bottom of the bottle about 90% full (Use water, etc)
- Fill your foil-covered cap “bowl” with your sweet sinsemilla and twist it back onto the top of your bottle
- Carefully place the top portion into the bottom container
- As you light your bowl, slowly raise your top portion out of the water which will create a suction leaving the top full of milky smoke
- Stop raising the top just before it exits the water completely
- Quickly and cautiously remove the foil cap then inhale the smoke through the neck hole
- Follow everything in the “Type 1” instructional from steps 1 to 4. Then fill your cap with your choice of bud
- Grab your bottle and place another pinky-sized hole near the bottom of the bottle (The bigger the hole, the faster gravity will pull smoke from your bowl)
- Get yourself a container that is big enough to comfortably hold all of the water inside of your chosen bottle. This will be used to catch the water pouring out.
- Cover the hole with your finger, fill your bottle with water and hover the hole over your bottom container
- Twist on your bottle cap, light the bud, remove your finger from the hole and aim the water into your container
- Once all the water has exited the container, unscrew the cap and puff away
Why Use A Gravity Bong?
Using a gravity bong will enhance your cannabis consuming experience if you’re stuck in a boring routine. Making a gravity bong could also get your hands going and your brain thinking creatively. You might even spark a note in your brain causing you to become the next great bong-engineer of the 21st century.
The Different Types Of Gravity Bongs
Along with the thousand ways that are available to consume cannabis, there is also a huge number of different bong types. They range from different types of materials and design, I am sure there are hundreds of other designs that are not listed here or are being thought up as you read this.
Glass Gravity Bong
Gravity Bongs made out of glass are beautiful pieces which tempt any stoner into dishing out copious amounts of cash to have one. A glass gravity bong will also give you a much purer taste than any other material that can be used. It is also easier to clean than natural or cheaper materials.
Bamboo Gravity Bong
If you’re into natural materials, then a bamboo gravity bong may be your avenue. It is cheaper than glass, more durable and lighter. This is a bong that will last forever if you treat it correctly.
Seth Rogen Gravity Bong
The Seth Rogan gravity bong is an insane piece that I am sure is currently 1 of 1 (If you’re committed and have some basic hand working skills or the money to burn, I’m sure you can replicate it). It a beautifully designed smoking device that eliminates the possibility of spilling water everywhere and has removed most of the moving pieces. No more having to lift different containers, screwing things on and off or having to treat your glass piece like a crumbly piece of bud.
Plastic Gravity Bong
Plastic gravity bongs are the best bang for your buck purchase you can make. They are cheap, durable and can be designed in a very appealing manner. The only downside to this type of bong is the watermarks left behind after each use and the slight impurity in taste.
A bucket bong is essentially the “Type 1” bong that we show you how to make. However, the term bucket can also become literal as users who desire “bigger and better”, can scale up to gallon-sized buckets. There have been others who have used 10-gallon water jugs in huge buckets or even pools to pull insane amounts of milky smoke.
Ceramic Gravity Bong
Ceramic gravity bongs are like special edition shoes, you may wear them from time to time but they aren’t made for everyday wear and tear unless you’re very careful. Ceramic bongs are the most fragile of all types but can be molded into the most unique and intricate pieces around, especially when it comes to colors.
Metal Gravity Bong
Gravity bongs made of metal are the toughest, longest-lasting pieces you can buy and are fairly cheap. However, you will have a harder time cleaning metal, counteracting the development of rust can be a pain and it can be on the heavy side (making it a pain if you like to keep your storage light).
Other Bong Designs
Gravity bongs are a big category of modern-day smoking devices, but they are not the only giants on the playing field. If you did not fall in love with the gravity bong, there are other bong designs that are sure to catch your eye. Be careful on this segment as you could develop a strong dependence on high-quality bongs.
Straight Tube Bong
A straight-tube bong is basically a long cylinder that has a flat base at the bottom and an opening for a bowl to be inserted. This type of bong is as basic as it gets, but it can also become very intricate in the creation of the tube itself.
Have you ever smoked a bowl before? Do you remember having to place your finger over a hole to make your rips stronger and releasing your finger after your hit was over? Well, that is the same concept at work, except it is featured on a bong.
A bong that has a round base looks like a typical hippy bong that was used back in the 70s. It creates that classic bubbling effect when you are hitting it and is versatile in the angles that you hold it. Unlike bongs with bulky bases, a round base will feel very good in your hands and make it comfortable to take a very leaned-back bong hit.
A percolator is more like an add-on to a bong design, but it changes it dramatically. Percolators allow smoke that is pulled to be dissipated, allowing for a lower temperature hit and nice bubbling effects within the percolator.
A beaker-shaped bong is just that, except the neck part of the bong is more elongated than laboratory grade beakers you have seen.
Bongs with multiple chambers are basically bongs that filter smoke more than once, meaning there are two or more separate percolators and/or tubes for the smoke to run through.
The Last Word On Gravity Bong
Now that you have reviewed numerous types of bongs and learned how to make a gravity bong, it’s time to take your knowledge and exercise it. Whether it be through making your very own gravity bong, investing into a cool new piece, or both, it is time to take action!