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? This trusty guide will tell you everything that you need to know to enjoy your new glass 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.
Just like a standard heavy glass pipe, the bowl is not removable on a bubbler. Like a glass pipe, a bubbler will have a carb on the side so that you can fill the chamber with smoke and then release it to empty the chamber. It is a great way to preserve your smoking product. A bong can have a carb, but they often have removable bowls that you can use to clear the chamber instead.
Like a bong, bubblers use water filtration which is great for a smoother smoke and perhaps our health. However, a bubbler does not use even close to as much water as a bong does. 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. Also, you will never inhale as hard with a bubbler as you would with a bong, or you will find the water at the bottom of the bubbler in your mouth. It’s like a straw. Yucky.
When adding water to a bubbler, take your time. 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 that you tilt it back a little which helps the water cover the stem even more.
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. Just pull lightly 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 clean smooth smoke that you get with a bong.
I’ve seen some people cough a little when they use a bubbler. If you are going to cough, make sure to turn your head away from the bubbler, otherwise you may 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 smoking product.
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.
Just 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.
Proper maintenance is a must. Read our guide to cleaning your glass pipe and ensure a smooth, delicious hit, every time for you and your friends.