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The Bong Carb – What It Is Used for and How to Use It

Before we tackle on what a bong carb is and why we need it, let’s talk about first the benefits of using a bong. Many people are asking, “What does a carb do?” without even understanding first what a bong is and how it is used.

Parts of the Bong

The tube is the primary part of the bong. It is the cylindrical case which gets filled with smoke after it gets filtered and cooled down by water each time you hit.

It is where you put and light your desired product for smoking. In many bongs, it can be removed, enabling it to act as a slide.

Commonly known as the carb, it’s the hole found in your bong. We’ll discuss this further.

It functions as a smoke transport from your bowl all throughout the base of your bong.

It’s the bottom part of the bong. Many bongs have beaker shapes over the tube to make the chamber for the water. This will cool down the smoke when it traverses the water.

What Are the Benefits of a Bong?

If you’re new to this, you might have already heard that a water pipe or as many would like to call it a bong, is a favorite of smokers.

Filtered Smoke

This is the primary reason why people prefer to use a bong. The smoke they inhale from the pipe is filtered. So, the smoke that reaches their mouth and lungs are not too strong. They can enjoy every hit they take from their smoking session.

Not only that. The smoke is cooled down by the water in the bong. Imagine smoking directly from a joint; the smoke is too aggressive. It can irritate your oral cavity and lungs, making you vulnerable to respiratory problems and even infection.

Easy as ABC

Using a bong is simple. If all of this is still new to you, you’d assume that using a bong is complicated. But, it’s not. It’s easy, and when you get used to it, you can do it with your eyes shut!

Here’s an excellent guide for you on how to properly use a bong.

It’s Safer for You

Because it cools down and filters the smoke, the bong is safer for you. You’re guaranteed that you won’t suffer from any burns or any throat and lung problems such as a cough and infection.

Better Experience

Bongs come in many sizes and shapes. They also have these bong beads that come in different colors. These make your smoking experience enjoyable. Rest assured you will enjoy your desired smoking product better when you’re using a bong.

Easy to Clean

Bongs are designed in a way where it’s easier to clean. This is because if you can’t clean it correctly, it will ruin your entire smoking experience. Not only that, you might develop severe lung infections from the stale product in your bong if you don’t clean it properly.

Here’s an excellent guide for you in cleaning your bong the right way.

What’s a Bong Carb?

A bong carb is a tiny hole found in glass bongs and glass pipes. It’s essential for clearing out the smoke in the chamber.

How to Smoke With a Bong Carb

When you light your preferred product, the smoke then fills the bong’s chamber. The chamber is the open space found inside your glass. The carb is the hole that lets the air abound and then clear it in your chamber. Through this process, it enables you to have all the smoke from the pipe and then to your lungs. It depends on how you want to use it. Some people prefer to clear it several times during a hit, while others prefer to wait and use it only after the end of every hit.

This is what’s going to happen when your pipe has a bong carb:

  • You place one finger, usually the thumb, on the carb or hole. This is to block the tube so that the smoke will go into your pipe.
  • Then, when the smoke fills your pipe, you remove your thumb from the carb to let the air rush in. While you go with your smoking, the smoke advances to your lungs.
  • If your bong doesn’t have a carb, it would be impossible to clear it entirely, which will put some of the smoke to waste.
  • Moreover, if there’s no carb, it’s possible that you’ll inhale stale smoke on your next hit.

Points to Remember:

  • If it’s your first time, it’s better if you do it with someone who has ample experience.
  • Don’t expect that your desired smoking product will be effective the first time you use it with a bong. In some cases, people still need to wait for their body to adjust to the effects of the product. However, some believe that it depends on how you inhale your product.
  • People have their preference for smoking through a bong. If a specific product doesn’t work out well for you, then so be it. You don’t have to force yourself because you don’t have to prove anything. Some people are afraid that others will call them losers because they didn’t like it. There’s no need to feel that way.
  • It’s not harmful. You will read a lot of posts that smoking through a bong with your preferred product will cause you health complications. It doesn’t. You make sure that you keep everything in moderation.

Bong Carb Vs Slide

A slide is a metal or glass piece that you lift to clean the tube part of your bong.

If you’re going to ask bong users who have both tried a slide and a carb, many will answer you that they prefer using the bong carb.

The carb is simpler to use compared to the slide. Just block the opening with your thumb and release it when you want to. While with the slide, many find it difficult to get the slide again into the hole of the bong.

To have the ultimate experience of smoking through a bong, you need to have a bong carb. It is a small hole that allows you to take control of the smoke.

Different Types of Bongs and Their Benefits Explained

There are so many ways to get your THC or CBD fix these days—blunts, joints, thai sticks, edibles, wax, oil, the list goes on and on. Despite many of these new and novel approaches to cannabis use, one thing remains constant: the bong is the go-to choice for marijuana smoking. But just as there are many different ways to consume cannabis products, there are many different types of bongs to choose from.


Here at Honest Marijuana, we want you to be an informed consumer. We want you to know the difference between a blunt and joint. We want you to know all the weed terms. And we want you to know the difference between a percolator bong and a gravity bong. That’s why we’ve created this guide to the types of bongs available for your smoking pleasure.

Let’s start by discussing the various materials from which bongs are made so you can see the benefits and drawbacks of each. After that, we’ll move into the numerous bong designs you have to choose from.

Bong Materials


Glass is the most popular material used to build bongs. It provides a clean, pure taste because the glass doesn’t affect the flavor of the smoke. Glass is very easy to monitor for resin buildup because it’s transparent. It’s also very easy to clean when the buildup becomes a problem. Because of these factors, glass bongs are often more expensive than bongs made from other materials.


Plastic is probably the second-most popular material for making bongs because it is extremely durable. You can drop a plastic bong during a coughing fit and the only damage done will be the water stain on your carpet. Plastic bongs are also fairly cheap when compared with other materials. Bongs made from plastic are great for traveling because they are difficult to break and don’t shatter or crack like glass or ceramic. The only downside of plastic bongs is that they might affect the taste of your smoke slightly.


Ceramic bongs tend to be heavier and more robust when compared to the other materials on this list. For that reason, and their general fragility, ceramic bongs don’t usually travel well. They do, however, come in all sorts of novelty shapes, sizes, and colors thanks to the fact that clay is extremely malleable and easy to work with. Ceramic bongs are usually a bit more expensive than plastic bongs because of the work that goes into making them. Though a ceramic bong might not be your daily smoker, they are certainly great for special occasions or to display in a cabinet or on a shelf.


Bamboo is another popular material from which bongs are made. Bamboo bongs can range from pretty basic—just a tube of bamboo sealed at the bottom—to fancy and ornate with metal, varnish, and paint incorporated into the design. Bamboo is also very durable meaning that your bamboo bong will pretty much last forever if you treat it right.


Metal is also used to make bongs although the practice is not as common as glass or plastic. Metal is very durable and long-lasting. It’s also pretty cheap. The downside of metal bongs is that they can affect the taste of your smoke and you never really know when it’s time to clean them.

Bong Designs

Now that we’ve discussed the materials from which bongs can be made, we’ll move to the bong design. Each of the bongs below could could be built from any of the materials above, although some materials are more common than others thanks to their ease of use.

1. Carburetor Bongs

Your bong will either have a hole in the middle somewhere, or it won’t. If your bong does have a hole, it’s a carburetor bong. If there is not hole, it’s not a carburetor bong. Pretty simple, no? Carburetors are not necessary to the design of the bong, but many feel that carburetor bongs produce a much more intense hit. This is because, when you release your finger, the carburetor hole allows fresh air into the pipe. This fresh air forces the smoke into your lungs more rapidly and makes it easier to inhale all the contents of the pipe.

2. Straight-Tube Bong


Straight-tube bongs are the simplest design available. They consist of a simple tube sealed at one end with a stem and a bowl poking out of the side. You pour a bit of water in the tube, place your ganja in the bowl, and go. It’s simple, straight-forward smoking at it’s best.

3. Beaker-Shaped Bong


The beaker-shaped bong is similar to the straight-tube bong except that the bottom is flared into a cone shape that looks like a beaker. Hence the name. Beaker bongs are more stable than straight-tube bongs because they have a larger base. The smoking process is the same: just add water, cannabis, and fire and you’re good to go.

4. Round-Base Bongs


Round-base bongs are similar to beaker bongs in that the base is wider than the tube and the mouthpiece. Round-base bongs, as the name suggests, have a sphere-shaped water chamber with a flat base. They are more stable than straight-tube bongs, but slightly-less stable than beaker bongs because the flat surface is smaller. Regardless of the shape—straight, beaker, or round—the basic mechanics of using them are the same.

5. Multi-Chamber Bong


A multi-chamber bong, sometimes called a recycler bong, is a variation of the straight-tube bong (although the chamber can come in various shapes). In a multi-chamber bong, the straight tube is separated into two chambers connected by a tube or third chamber (you can see one of them on the right in the picture above). Both upper and lower chamber hold water so the smoke is filtered twice. This produces a much cooler, much smoother smoke than the straight-tube, beaker, or round-base bong can provide. Because of the complexity, multi-chamber bongs are more difficult to build. That makes them more expensive than the simpler builds on this list. Multi-chamber bongs are also harder to clean.

6. Percolator Bong


A percolator bong, or bubbler bong, can be straight-tube, beaker-shaped, round-base, or pretty much any other shape you can imagine. The thing that makes them unique is that they contain a percolator. The percolator (shown up close below) is a piece of glass that dissipates the smoke before it passes through the water and causes a bubbling effect in the bong. Spreading the smoke out in that way helps to filter it better and cool it faster.


The percolator can be at the bottom of the bong (a single-chamber percolator), in another chamber (a multi-chamber percolator), or both (a multi-chamber, multi percolator). Because of the complexity of this type of bong, they can be difficult to clean, not to mention more expensive.

7. Bucket Gravity Bong

Gravity bongs rely on the vacuum that water leaves behind when it leaves an enclosed space. Gravity bongs come in two types: bucket and waterfall (which we’ll talk about next). The simplest version of the bucket gravity bong uses a plastic bottle and a bucket full of water. This is a fun project to try now and again, but if you use this type of bong regularly, you’ll probably want to purchase a professionally-built model. Check out the link here for detailed build instructions.


Once built and packed, you light the weed in the cap and slowly pull the water bottle out of the water being sure to stop before the bottle comes completely out. Pulling the bottle up creates a vacuum in the enclosed space on top of the water that pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the bottle is full of smokey goodness, remove the cap and inhale the contents.

8. Waterfall Gravity Bong

The waterfall gravity bong is similar to the bucket gravity bong but instead of pulling the bottle up to create the vacuum, you drain the water out the bottom. Again, you can get detailed build instructions here.


When everything is assembled, light your cannabis and let the water drain from the bottle. As the water leaves, it pulls the smoke down into the bottle. When the water has completely drained, plug the hole with your finger or tape, remove the cap from the top, and inhale to your heart’s (or lung’s) content. As with the bucket gravity bong, you can make a waterfall gravity bong from household materials. But if you want to use it regularly, purchase a professionally-built glass or plastic model.

9. Homemade Bong

The gravity bongs discussed above make a nice segue into the wonderful world of homemade bongs. If you’re without your prized multi-chamber, multi-percolator, beaker-shaped glass bong, you can construct a simple substitute from everyday materials like fruit, water bottles, candy, building blocks, and even snow. They may not look as pretty as your colored-glass bong, but they’ll get the job done in a pinch.

Try Them All And See Which One You Like Best

Cannabis consumption is all about enjoying yourself. There’s no need to make smoking marijuana any more complicated than it has to be…unless you want to. That’s why we recommend trying all the different types of bongs we’ve discussed above. You’ll have fun doing it and you’ll find the bong that fits your needs just right.

Discover nine types of bongs for your smoking pleasure and learn the benefits of each design so your next toke session goes off without a hitch. ]]>