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Bong Anatomy 101: An Overview

If you’re an experienced smoker, you’ll know there’s not much to a bong, and if you’re new you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the parts that make up a bong and what each part does.   


The base of your bong lays the foundation for your smoking sesh. The longevity of your bong can really come down to whether the base is built sturdily enough to withstand light knocks that could otherwise send it tumbling. Luckily, today even your more affordable bongs have a solid flat base. If you really want to invest in the best, some bases come with a protective rubber cover, to grip onto surfaces better.

Chamber and Neck

The chamber is the bottom part of your bong and is where the water goes and where the smoke fills up. The neck of your bong is what the smoke travels up. Necks can be bent or straight and they vary in size. A longer neck is seen as better, as it requires the smoke to travel a longer distance and therefor has more time to cool on its way up to your mouth.


Percolators, or ‘percs’ attach within the neck of your bong and come in a myriad of different types, with tree, showerhead and honeycomb being some of the most common. The purpose of a perc is to cool the smoke on its way up the neck and to your mouth, providing a smoother and cooler pull that’s less harsh on the throat. Most percs feature a number of slits or small holes that break the smoke into smaller pieces and distribute it more evenly through the water. This allows the water to cool more surface area of the smoke, providing cooler smoke and smoother, cleaner pulls.


It all starts here. The cone attaches to the downstem and varies in different sizes. Stuff the cone with your herb of choice, light it up and let the good times commence.


The downstem can either be fixed to your piece or removed and attached. The cone attaches to the downstem and when lit, smoke travels from the cone down the stem and into the water. Diffused downstems are stems with slits towards the end of the stem, which provide another layer of percolation, by cutting the smoke up as it travels into the water.

Ice Pinches

Your bong doesn’t have a percolator? Not a problem. Ice pinches are a cool little feature which cools the smoke as it travels up the neck. Seen on the neck of your bong, fill these little grooves with small pieces of ice and enjoy a cooler smoking experience.

Shot Hole

Otherwise known as a carb, a shot hole is a small hole on the neck of your bong. It’s a fun little feature whose primary purpose is to give the smoker more control over the amount of smoke in each hit. Simply place your finger firmly over the hole as you light and pull. The smoke will build up and swirl around in the neck. When you’re ready, releasing your finger will send air into the chamber, shooting the smoke rapidly up the neck and to your lungs.

Herb holder

Herb holders are just another accessory you might find built into certain bongs. There’s not much to these; like the name suggests, an herb holder is a small groove that holds your herb for easy and convenient refills.

All these things put together make for one sweet smoking experience. What does the perfect bong look like to you? Let us know below. 


October 16, 2017 by BM Admin

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