Smoking Guide: How To Use A Glass Bubbler
Using a Glass Bubbler with Video Guide
A glass bubbler pipe offers the water cooling smoke experience that a bong provides, while also being small and portable like your traditional glass spoon pipe.
- There are real differences between a bong and bubbler
- Yes, you add water to a bubbler
- Don’t pull as hard on a bubbler as you would a bong
- Light the bubbler and use the carb like you would a packed glass pipe
- Make sure you know how to clean a bubbler, it’s important
- Take care of your new glass bubbler
Did you just get a beautiful glass bubbler and want to know the basics of how to clean a glass pipe and how to pack your new piece?
Let me be the first to congratulate you on acquiring such a beautifully designed glass pipe, and I would be happy to explain how to smoke a bubbler. This trusty guide will tell you everything that you need to know to enjoy your new water pipe.
It’s time to uncover the mysteries of the glass bubbler. What is it? How does it work? What makes it different from a standard glass pipe and, let’s say, a glass bong?
The answer is that it is somewhere between a bong and a glass pipe. But, for me, one of the biggest differences is that a bubbler is a beautiful piece of glass and a great addition to a glass collection, especially when you have guests. Let me explain.
There are Real Differences Between a Bong and Bubbler
Just like a standard heavy glass pipe, the bowl is not removable on a bubbler. Like a glass smoke pipe, a bubbler will have a carb on the side so that you can fill the chamber with smoke and then release it to clear the chamber.
Using the carburetor is a great way to preserve your smoking product. A bong can have a carb, but they more often have removable bowls that you can use to clear the chamber instead.
Yes, You Add Water to a Bubbler
If you want to use a glass water pipe the right way, then you need to know how to fill a bubbler. Like a bong, bubblers use water filtration which is great for a smoother smoke experience and perhaps our lung health.
However, a bubbler does not use even close to as much water as a bong does. People are always asking; how much water do you put in a bubbler? The answer is that it depends on the size of your water pipe.
When adding water to a bubbler, take your time. Think of adding water to a bubbler pipe like pouring a cup of tea, carefully and slowly. Run a thin stream of water out of your faucet and either use the hole in the bowl or the mouthpiece to fill just a little water into the bubbler.
You do not need much water. Watch the water line through the glass and when it is high enough to cover the bottom of the bowl stem, you are good to go. You will find that when you are using a bubbler, you tend to tilt it back a little which helps the water cover the stem even more.
Don’t Pull as Hard on a Bubbler as You Would a Bong
Also, you will never inhale as hard with a bubbler as you would with a big bong, or you will find the water at the bottom of the bubbler in your mouth. It’s like a straw. Yucky.
I’ve seen some people cough a little right into the mouthpiece when they use a bubbler. That is a major party foul. If you are going to cough, make sure to turn your head away from the bubbler, otherwise you will be blowing your smoking product and a fountain like stream across the room.
While that might be funny initially, it’s messy to clean up and a waste of your stash. It gets old, fast.
Light the Bubbler and Use the Carb Like you would a Packed Glass Pipe
Now, light the bubbler just like you would a glass pipe or a bong, and make sure to use the carb. You do not need to inhale very hard.
Take the flame from your lighter and gently place it on the side of the packed bowl. Let your inhale pull the flame just into the corner of your stash so you can burn through it slowly.
Inhale softly and you will hear the soft bubbling sound coming from the bubbler, hence its name. After the chamber is filled with smoke let the carb go and you get the same cool smooth smoking experience that you get with a bong.
Make Sure You Know How to Clean a Bubbler, It’s Important
A bubbler is a fun and beautiful addition to the collection and I hope you are able to enjoy yours the same way that I always have been able to. When you have guests come by, they will ooh and aahh over it too. However, bubblers can get clogged and look dirty easily.
Unlike the large chambers typical to bongs, the narrow chambers in bubblers gets filled with dark resin quickly. Since there is typically less water in a bubbler versus a bong, the water becomes dark and murky faster.
Make sure to empty your glass waterpipe when your session is over and have some pipe cleaners handy to clear out the chamber. Proper maintenance is a must.
Bubblers tend to be a lot smaller than bongs which means they also need to be cleaned regularly so they don’t get too gross. Read our guide to cleaning your glass pipe and ensure a smooth, delicious hit every time for you and your friends.
Take Care of Your New Glass Bubbler
Make sure that you are careful when placing your bubbler down on the table. Glass bubblers tend to be a little easier to tip over and the last thing you want is spilled bubbler water and a cracked pipe.
When you are not using your glass bubbler, find a safe place to store it where an inconsiderate swing of the hand could easily knock it over. Keeping it on something soft inside of a case of some sort is the best way to store water pipes like these.
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Learn the best way to enjoy your glass bubbler with our handy guide to filling the chamber with water, using the carb and cleaning your glass pipe. Glass bubblers are compact and pack a punch!
How to Blow Glass Pipes at Home
Glass Blowing Techniques for Glass Pipes
Things You’ll Need
- 6-millimeter glass poking piece
- 50-millimeter base wall glass piece
- Metal punching piece
- Curing oven
Many smokers enjoy glass pipes, as they allow tobacco flavors and aromas to circulate unencumbered for maximum enjoyment. Glass pipes don’t introduce any added flavor such as a wood pipe would. Glass pipes are also much easier to clean and can withstand extreme heat. You can make your own glass pipe at home.
Pull the point of the 50-millimeter base wall glass piece away from the torch flame.
Put the 50-millimeter base wall piece of glass into the torch slowly so that the glass does not crack. Keep the glass hot and spinning the whole time or it may crack from the temperature difference. Spin the glass piece using your fingers until it is glowing red hot. Make sure to keep your arms and shoulders steady to keep the glass heating evenly. Once the glass reaches a soupy consistency on the edge where you are warming it, keep your arms steady and gently pull it.
Turn the glass piece upside down so that the bottom piece of glass hangs. Allow gravity to assist you in stretching the bottom glass piece from the top base piece.
Adjust your torch flame to a cutting tip.
Cut the glass piece at the edge where the glass strand meets the base wall glass piece.
Cut a hole in the end of the second piece of glass tube by placing the tip into the torch flame. This will give you a glass tube with which to blow your glass pipe.
Round the end of the glass tube that you are using for your pipe by turning it in the flame of the torch on the cut edge to smooth it out.
Hang the glass piece once it starts getting thicker with a bubble to allow gravity to straighten the tube out. Blow in the end of the tube so that the end of the glass tube becomes rounded. Put the glass piece back into the torch and allow it to be positioned at an opposite angle.
Allow the pipe to cool slightly and blow a few light breaths into it.
Allow the bubble to continue forming in the end of the glass piece while turning it in the torch flame.
Allow the glass piece to cool slightly and blow a few breaths into it to make the end of the pipe more round.
Warm the 6-millimeter piece of glass in the torch flame while warming the tip of the base glass piece.
Insert the 6-millimeter glass piece into the base glass piece center on the rounded part and press it through. This allows you a place to hold the glass even while it is in the torch flame.
Align the glass piece in the torch flame in the specific spot you would like the mouthpiece to be and turn it while staying away from the glass tube.
Turn the pipe while the glass is thickening into a glob-like consistency. Take the glass pipe away from the flame torch and hang it upside down while allowing gravity to pull the pipe to make a stem for the glass piece.
Allow the pipe to cool while pulling it away from the torch so that it does not form ripples on the outside.
Break the 6-millimeter piece of glass off the end of the base glass piece.
Round the edge of the glass piece where you broke off the 6-millimeter piece of glass by turning it in the torch flame.
Choose an even side of the glass piece to make a bowl and apply the glass piece to the torch flame at the end where your bowl will be. Continue to rotate the glass piece in the flame. Set the torch to cut.
Place your punching piece into the glass piece and allow it to sink for about two seconds. Remove the punching piece and put the glass piece back in the torch flame.
Take the glass piece out of the flame and use the punching piece again to form the bowl of the glass piece.
Put a flat side directly on the opposite side of the bowl to allow for the glass piece to sit steady when laying on a flat surface. Put the glass piece in the torch flame on the side you are using as the flat side to heat it up.
Take the pipe out of the flame and press the side onto a flat metal material to press the flat side into the pipe.
Make a carburetor on the glass piece by heating up the side of the glass piece next to the bowl and, using a punching tool, punch a small hole in the side. Place the metal punching tool in the bowl of the pipe to give resistance so that the bowl won’t warp when melting the side for the carburetor hole.
Use tongs to hold the pipe upside down by the bowl, and keep them clamped while turning the glass in the torch. Heat the glass at the appropriate location where you want the stem of the pipe to start. Turn the glass while heating to soften it so it can be pulled apart. Keep the flame at the end of the stem to warm it up and use a punching tool to make a hole in the stem so that smoke can be sucked through. Keep rotating the glass piece in the torch flame to ensure that it is warmed correctly and rounded out evenly. Place the glass piece in a curing oven when you’re finished cutting it.
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Cassie Skelley has been writing articles about computers, electronics, video games and personal care for the Ikana Kai newsletter and Bon Losee Beauty College since 2005. Skelley majored in biology at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and in cosmetology at Bon Losee.
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