A bong, also known as a water pipe, is an efficient method for consuming legal dry herbs, tobacco or other herbs that can be smoked. Typically delivering an intense high, water bongs work their magic like no other filtration device and is considered a classic when you pull one out at a smoke sesh. Using a specific water filtration process involving a water chamber, downstem, and sometimes percolators, each part of a bong works cohesively to filter each hit to deliver a strong high almost instantly.

Ranging from mini bongs to huge bongs, there is a water bong for every occasion to achieve an optimal high. Whether you are a newbie to using a glass water bong or a veteran looking to grow your bong collection, EF420 bongs hit like no other and will somehow find their way into the smoking rotation more and more. Before deep diving into buying bongs online, it is essential to understand how bongs work, the maintenance requirements for bongs, and how to best utilize water pipes.


Even if a bong looks pretty straightforward to use, and you might have watched Cheech and Chong light it up a few times, any newcomer might get that overwhelming feeling of not knowing how to rip a bong properly. While no question is a stupid question, no one wants to feel like they have to ask for a play by play on how to smoke some herbs. Luckily, we are here to answer the questions no one wants to ask because we got your back like that! A step-by-step guide on how to use a bong will become easier and easier with more experience and finding the right bong for you. 

Checklist for bong preparation

There are some things that must be prepared before properly hitting a bong, and a prepared stoner is the best stoner because who wants the stress of looking for a lighter after all the hard work is done? A few things you might need for an epic smoke session:

  • Dry legal herbs of choice

  • Grinder

  • Bong 

  • Water

  • Lighter or hemp wick

1. Prepare water bong material

The process of preparing a bong does not take much, but an absolute must-have are herb grinders to cut down prep time. Imagine having to cut a nug into itty bitty pieces with scissors or even by hand? We have all been there and done that, and times are tough when you’re in a pinch and you gotta do what you gotta do. Avoid the trouble and make sure you have a grinder on deck at all times, you will save yourself the headache, stretch your weed further and set yourself up for a seamless and smooth smoke session.

2. Add water to water chamber

Adding fresh water, preferably cooled or ice water to your bong will help to cool down each bong hit quickly and efficiently. Filling up a bong to make sure the downstem hole is covered is crucial to get the water filtration process flowing. If using a bong with percolators, make sure all holes of each percolator are covered in water so that they can do their job properly, too. Adding too little water will cause the bong to malfunction and be unable to perform, and putting too much water will cause splashback when inhaling and the bong water starts to bubble. This can be extremely uncomfortable, especially when dealing with dirty bong water so making sure your water is fresh every time is an easy step in making it a habit. Frequent bong users might switch it up and add flavored water, some fruit to the water chamber, or flavored ice cubes to their ice catcher. Feel free to get creative and come up with some unique combinations!

3. Pack the bong bowl

The last major step of preparing a bong is to pack the bowl with freshly ground dry herbs. The grinder step is important because if your smoking materials are not finely ground and tightly packed into the bowl, it might cause an undesirable smoking experience. Using finely ground dry herbs is a good way to ensure that your bong sesh is set up for success, the sky is the limit!

4. Light up the water bong

Now it’s time to smoke! While lighting the bowl of the bong with a lighter or a hemp wick, place your mouth on the mouthpiece and start to slowly inhale without fully inhaling. This will take some practice for beginners but you’ll understand once you get the hang of it. Taking a drag in a slow and steady manner will give your bong a chance to create a thick cloud of smoke that will sit in the water chamber and travel up the neck when you’re ready to take a pull (inhaling the bong rip).

5. Clear the water chamber

The term “clear the chamber” when smoking a bong means you will remove the bowl and/or downstem from the bong and inhale simultaneously so the smoke travels upwards to your mouth. The bowl must be removed from the bong or lifted slightly so that when you take a full pull the direction of the smoke stream will go towards your inhalation. Not removing the bowl will cause friction and a difficult time clearing the chamber. 

That’s it! Wasn’t that pretty easy? After you’ve smoked, it is best to clean out the chamber in the water bong so that all tar and other particles are not sitting in the bong waiting for your next use. This also helps with the longevity of a bong and keeps it looking brand new! Pick up a bong cleaning solution to make it easier on yourself, place it on your shelf for safe keeping and enjoy that post bong high.

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