Many people smoke dry herbs to get that incredibly diverse experience. When you consider the different strains that are available and the various ways to smoke them, you can’t help but be curious.
Filling up a bong hit or rolling and sparking a joint are standard procedures, but there are other devices that you can use nowadays to smoke the devil’s lettuce. This article will dive deep into the details of one particular apparatus - the Bubbler Pipe.
What are Bubbler Pipes?
A bubbler is a type of water pipe that falls under the “bongs” category but is a bit different. They also have some advantages that you can’t find in bongs.
A clean glass bubbler will feature a mouthpiece, a bowl, a stem, and a chamber to hold water that allows the smoke to pass through. The water cools the smoke in the process, allowing for a smooth and clean hit.
You’ll find bubblers that come with a percolator, an extra water chamber to further help the cooling process. Some models feature carb holes, which allow for cleaner smoke to pass through and quicker clearing of said smoke.
Bubblers are much smaller than bongs but function similarly and are shaped like a pipe.
Types of Bubblers
Bubblers come in various shapes and sizes, but they all use water as a filtering system. The smoke that passes through the water deposits debris into the water, providing the user with only steam and not smoke.
This bubbler gets its name due to the resemblance to a hammer. It is designed to rest on its own without rolling around.
As you may have guessed by the name, the Sherlock bubbler resembles the great Sherlock Holmes’ pipe and is more like a hammer bubbler except that the stem is shaped like an S.
This type of bubbler is a bit smaller and has a small hole or ring on the side. This is so you can put it on a necklace and wear it for convenient use.
The Sidecar features a stem and mouthpiece that are attached to the side of the water chamber. This solves the problem of water splash-back, which is common with the Hammer and Sherlock bubblers.
As the name suggests, the double bubblers have two chambers instead of the usual one, and this allows the smoke to filter twice, providing a flavor that is smooth and extra clean.
This is a unique type of bubbler and is explicitly designed to smoke essential oils and concentrates instead of dry herb.
Most bubblers are made from either glass or borosilicate glass, which is another type of glass that makes the piece less affected by changes in temperature. However, you’ll also find bubblers made from ceramic, acrylic and even silicone.
Percolators bubblers have extra hardware to filter and cool smoke and are considered expensive but smooth. Although they are made with durable glass, they can still break easily if you’re not too careful.
Mini bubblers are smaller versions of bubblers and are a bit harder to find than the others and are also generally harder to use. You can still find some out there if you’re looking for something easy to use on the go and conceal while still being smoother than a one-hitter or bowl.
Silicone bubblers are a fairly new scene to what Stoners are used to, but they are becoming really popular nowadays. The reason is that most of them are affordable, have interchangeable bowl attachments, lifetime warranties, and are available in a whole lot of designs. What’s better is they are nearly indestructible and can be washed in the dishwasher?
How Do You Use A Bubbler?
Smoking out of a bubbler is quite easy; you just need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Fill the bubbler with water
You can do this by pouring it down the mouthpiece. Try to fill the bubbler till you hear a relaxing sound of bubbles when you inhale. If it’s too aggressive, you’ve added too much.
Step 2: Pack the bowl
You should do this on a flat surface, or you risk spilling water on the herbs. Don’t pack the bowl too tight as you’ll restrict the airflow, making it hard to smoke. Don’t pack it too loosely either, or you’ll burn the herbs quicker and pull it right through.
Step 3: Light the bowl and inhale
Light the herbs and inhale while keeping your finger on the rush hole to create a vacuum. You’ll need some good suction to light the bowl completely and create the smoke. Try “cornering the bowl”, which means to light the corners of the bowl and work your way to the middle.
Step 4: Clean the bowl and empty the water
After you’re done smoking the bubbler, dump out the water so that you can avoid harmful bacteria buildup and mold. To clean the bubbler efficiently, you can use a paper towel or q-tip to clean out the bowl after you’re done using it. It might take some time, but at least you’ll get cleaner, smoother hits, and you won’t have to worry about any smell or health hazards.
Benefits of Bubbler
Bubblers are small and can be carried around discreetly without drawing any attention. However, you need to be careful while handling them, especially with glass models.
Since bubblers offer Stoners a smooth and filtered hit of smoke that has been processed by both a percolator and water chamber, you could view them as portable bongs.
When you have the convenience and easiness of a classic glass pipe mixed with the smooth smoking experience of a bong, you get the best smoking device - a Bubbler.