Everything You Need To Know About Filling & Cleaning Your Bong

So want to know more about using your bong? On this page I explain to you how to use a bong with percolators. Don't worry, it's not rocket science. When you're done reading you definitely know everything about using your bong. If after reading you still have some questions, feel free to leave a comment!

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How Much Water To Put In a Bong

You don't get the best smoking experience out of your new percolator bong, when you don't fill your bong properly. It's like driving a Ferarri with flat tires. With your bong it's the same principle. When you fill your bong properly you get a far richer, far smoother toke, for the best smoking experience possible.

For the most silky smooth hits I explain two common filling methods to fill your bong. The best method comes down to your own preference. You will find your favorite method soon enough. Especially when you use your bong regularly!

Waterlevel tip #1

For the best user experience it's best that all honeycomb discs (or other percolator filters) have a little layer of water. It does not matter whether you have a single honeycomb bong, a double honeycomb bong, or a triple honeycomb bong.

It's really easy to fill your bong through the mouthpiece with water. If you have a bong of good quality the water will run itself down, all the way to the main chamber of your bong. Depending on what is possible, pull out the downstem or joint so the water is running down much faster. The layer of water on the percolator would be about 0.8 inch (2 cm) to 0.5 inches (1 - 1.5 cm) heigh. This ensures that the smoke is well filtered by the water and all the honeycomb percolators!

With a bong of inferior quality the water will remain on the percolators and not run down. As a solution you blow into the mouthpiece, by doing so you push the water down. You have to fill the main-chamber of your bong through de downstem or joint. Pull it out, and fill your main chamber with water.

The downstem should be in the water to use your bong properly, like on the image.
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The water level in the main-chamber should be low enough so the water doesn't come all the way up through the mouthpiece when taking a hit, or go out of the carb hole if your bong has one. The water level should be high enough to filter the smoke. More smoke through the water equals smoother and cooler tokes.

Waterlevel tip #2

An other method that is used regularly is to fill your bong just below the first perc. It stacks really nice bubbles at that level. Yes, 2 totally different ways to fill your bong. When you fill your bong just under the first perc the water will come up when you remove the downstem when you take a hit. The smoke will be filtered through the water and the percolator filters. It's just a matter of what you like the most.

Tip: Try to remember how much water you put in the main room, so you can repeat this for the next time your use your bong!
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Cleaning a Bong with Honeycomb Percolators

If there is one disadvantage of the honeycomb bongs then it's this: You need to clean your honeycombs more then other types or percolator bongs. Because of the heavy honeycomb filtration some unwanted stuff tend to get left behind after awhile. But do not worry, these tips have your piece clean in a blink of an eye. 😉

Smoking from a filthy perc bong really deprive you from a good smoking experience! Therefore, make sure that you regularly clean your bong, for the best bong experience.

Cleaning products?

Well first of all you need a cleaning product to clean your bong safely.

You have cheap ways like filling it up with coke, the soda .... not the ....

Or you buy some special cleaning products to get the job done. There are lots of industrial grade cleaners on the marketplace that work very well. The greatest disadvantage is that some of them are pricey. Formula 420 is probably the most well-known. It is non-toxic and simple to use, nevertheless will run you about $ 10.

Some people use rubbing alcohol to clean their bong. This is a effective way to thoroughly clean your percolator bong. Pour a liberal amount of the alcohol into the bong so that the percs are immersed in the alcohol. A vigorous shake can help to separate even the most difficult blockages. Let your bong sit with the alcohol in it, so that time can work it's magic. Adding some epsom salt can help in the cleaning of your bong. Always remember to wash out any remaining alcohol from your piece.

*** You do not wish to ingest any alcohol, as it can be dangerous ***

We recommence to use Formula 420 Because it's non-toxic and will clean out your bong in a blink of an eye.

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STEP # 1 Cleaning can best be done in your kitchen, so you have some working space. The first step is to put some hot water in your bong and let it soak for a moment. Beware don't fill your bong with water that is too hot, it may break the glass! After a while discard the dirty bong water.

STEP # 2 Add some of your chosen detergent in your bong and mix with a little water. Place your thumb on the hole of the downstem and place your other hand on the mouthpiece. You can use plastic cellophane to seal the mouthpiece. That way it's possible to hold the piece with your other hand for extra grip. Shake your percolator bong back and forth and make sure the detergent reaches all the filters.

STEP # 3 Continue this the process of shaking your bong with the mix of water and detergent until all dirty particles are gone. You can hold the bong horizontally, to reach all parts of your filters. If there are still dirty particles, then repeat the process. If your detergent is really TOO dirty, you can refill your bong with clean detergent and water. Just make sure that you first discard the dirty water, off course 😉

AND ... Shake it, baby!

STEP # 4 After your bong is really clean, you can fill your bong one more time with clean warm water and shake. This ensures that all the particles of the cleaning product are flushed away. This will prevent your weed tastes like detergent.

STEP # 5 "Important stuff to think about"

  • Be careful when cleaning your bong, do not break the glass and cut yourself.
  • Never put to hot water in your bong, this can break the glass.
  • Clean your bong regularly, your glass bong last longer and when you clean it's almost no effort.
  • A honeycomb ash catcher prevents any combustible material from traveling to areas of your bong that can clog with resin. They work very good at preserving the percolators.
If you got better tips and tricks about how to fill a bong and for cleaning a bong . Please leave a comment.

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