Bubblers: The Hybrid of Convenience and Filtration
Bongs remain the go-to method for smokers worldwide due to their functionality and taste. In bongs, smoke is filtered through water/ice to create cooler, smoother, and fresher hits all while removing some of the nasty aftertastes from ash and tar. Not only do your hits taste better with a bong, but your throat will notice a difference compared to a harsh hit from a bowl creating a more enjoyable smoking experience.
Crafting the Perfect Hit: How Bubblers Enhance Your Smoking Experience
Flexibility and features are some of the most important factors for a smoking piece; bubblers give you both! Not only can you easily bring your bubbler to a friend's house or on a trip, but you can get a quality smoke when you’ve reached your ideal setting. The water filtration creates a smoke smoother than many other portable methods like a hand pipe or a joint. What’s more, you don’t have to break the bank in order to get your own!
Choosing Your Bubbler: Materials, Designs, and Features
Bubblers are known for their compact size, which generally limits you in the size and shape of your piece. Bubbles tend to have carbs that are permanently attached to the piece, unlike bongs where you can replace just the bowl if you don’t like it. This means that you need to find a bubbler that is already fitted with features you like. Material-wise, there are two routes you can go for a bubbler: glass or silicone. Glass is more expensive, but will have a better taste and bubbling effect. Silicone will be cheaper, more durable, and easier to clean, but will sacrifice some quality in the smoke.
Bubbler Maintenance: Tips for a Clean and Efficient Experience
Maintenance for bubblers is important to the function and flavor of the smoke. Unfortunately, due to the carb and bowl usually being locked into the bubbler, it can be a tad more difficult to clean a bubbler compared to a bong that you can take apart. This just means you may need to take additional care to reach all corners and crevices. Cleaning a bubbler, besides the small crevices that may exist, is similar to any other glass piece. Isopropyl alcohol is the premier substance to help break down and remove resin and debris that sticks to the glass walls over time with use.
Bubbler Versatility: From Classic Shapes to Modern Takes
While bubblers all fall under similar size such that they can be compact and portable, the shapes of these pieces can have tremendous variability. Bubblers can be simple on the inside, or have intricate flow that, beyond the filtration, can further cool the smoke prior to it getting to your lungs. Some of the popular shapes for this style of piece include hammer bubblers, Sherlock bubblers, sidecar bubblers, and double bubblers.