Did you forget your bong at a friend’s? Maybe it’s never even been in your hands, or maybe it is just feeling especially handy. Whatever the case, don’t worry, we’ll help you build your homemade bong, it’s an experience every true stoner should have at least once in their life, at least the water bottle bong.
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS: PARTS OF A BONG
In this article, you’ll find a variety of homemade bongs that can be made with the simplest to true art pieces. But let’s cover the basics first, starting with the parts of a bong:
- Tube: it’s usually the neck of the bong in which the smoke rises into your lungs and then wonderland.
- Base: The base is where the water goes.
- Carb or Carburetor: you control the airflow through a small hole on the side or back of the bong with your index finger.
- Bowl: Marijuana is often packed into a pipe for smoking, so the bowl of the pipe should be reserved.
- Downstem: The downstream is the thinner pipe that’s connected to the base of the bowl and allows smoke to travel up from the bowl and through the user’s mouthpiece and into his/her lungs.
THE BOTTLE BONG
The water bottle bong is made by cutting the bottom off of a plastic bottle, then attaching a mouthpiece. It’s an easy homemade device that works great for recycling old plastic. The major downside to it is that you can’t preserve or reuse the bottle afterward, and some complain about inhaling fumes when using it. The size of the bottle that you are using for smoking a bong will also determine the size of your hits.
Take your water bottle and divide the water into ¼ of the cup. Use scissors or a pen to poke a small hole just below the neck of the bottle, making sure to stay outside of the middle circle as not to puncture it.
Then, add a second hole slightly above the waterline of your plastic bottle bong. This is where the downstream will be placed. Make sure the hole isn’t too big that the stem is dancing or even falling inside.
BUILDING THE DOWNSTEM AND BOWL
You’ll need a tube-like object, like an old marker or pen, and aluminum foil. The wider the marker’s diameter, the more space you have for placing your buds on the bowl.
Start by tearing out the inner pieces of the pen. Keep only the aluminum tube. Press one edge of a piece of aluminum foil to make it moist and form a bowl-like shape. It’s important that the foil doesn’t break because we don’t want to risk the plastic below getting burned while smoking, which would be highly toxic.
To create a water bottle bong, it is necessary to place your downstem through the lower hole that you’ve already made in the water bottle. Pack a bowl and light up.
THE GRAVITY BONG
The Gravity Bong is a homemade weed bong that’s easy to make and requires just a few things you might already have at home, like a bike pump and moldable plastic.
- a plastic bottle;
- a needle or a toothpick;
- some aluminum foil;
- any kind of container, as long as it’s bigger than the bottle.
BUILDING A GRAVITY BONG
To start, take the foil and cover the opening of the bottle’s mouthpiece. Next, toss away your bottle cap and poke small holes in your bong bowl with a needle or any thin stick to allow smoke to travel into the bottle.
Place the foil over one-half of your bottle’s opening. Fill a container with water and place your bottle inside, making sure that you are not using all of it in the process. Position the aluminum bowl under the bottle such that it is facing upwards; make sure to use all of the water from this first step and refill if
Keeping the bottle at the same level, carefully take off the aluminum foil and absorb the smoke you’ve gathered inside. Make sure to hold tightly on to it so that it doesn’t burst when pushed down. If you can’t smoke it all at once, put your hand over the mouthpiece before taking another drag.
If you want to make your homemade gravity bong appear more high-end, take the water bottle cap and poke a hole in the center. Place a soup bowl upside down on the sandwich. To create a bowl shape, cover it with aluminum foil and push gently in the center of the cap’s hole. Fill the two holes on the top of your lemonade bottle with a needle, and then put the cap back on.
Now you can remove the cap rather than take off the foil when lighting up your joints, rolling papers, or blunts.
THE TIC TAC BONG
So you’re trying to make some smoking devices alternatives at home late at night, but your luck runs out and you don’t have any plastic bottles on hand. You may be surprised with what you can use as packaging to organize your travel necessities, and there are plenty of options. Your best bet is considering some items around the house-like a Tic Tac box or Pringles container.
BUILDING A TIC TAC BONG
If you have a Tic Tac box laying around, you can make your downstem using just a couple of scissors and two holes drilled at the base. If you don’t know how to build a downstem, follow the same instructions from the Bottle Bong method.
Now, make another small hole closer to the upper edge of the box which will function as the carburetor.
Finally, fill the small bong with water, it should be enough to cover the stem’s edge, and using the already existent hole in the Tic Tac box as the tube, inhale as you light up.
THE IBONG, OR THE APPLE BONG
Who knew you could even get bongs at the Apple Store? Just kidding. The homemade apple bong (although it’s more of a pipe) is a true classic. Plus, this method is cheap and easy to do: you just need an apple, or any other fruit or vegetable (say, banana), some simple materials (such as a pencil), and it adds great flavor.
BUILDING AN APPLE BONG
The first step to make an apple bong, or any fruit bong for that matter, is to find a ripe apple and remove its stem. Then poke the pencil through the top of your soon-to-be bowl and downstem until you reach the center.
Stick the apple with a pencil on one side and puncture until you reach the center. This will be your carburetor. Next, create a hole near the front of the apple which meets up with the other two holes in the middle to be the tube.
It’s great that you can use apple pipes, but don’t limit yourself to just apples! There are many different fruits and vegetables you can use in your bong. For example, bananas, pumpkins, pineapples, cucumbers, and even any combination of two or more.