For smokers of dry herbs, a bong is never enough. Even if you have more than one bong, you will most certainly want another, and more. But no matter how many bongs you buy, the one thing you can’t survive without is a bong bowl.
A bong bowl or bong slideis an accessory that needs to be attached to a bong to use it better. Along with the stem, a mouthpiece, and a water chamber, a bong bowl is perhaps the most essential element of a bong where the weed is packed for smoking. A bong bowl is generally considered to be male, vis-à-vis a water pipe that is considered female. How a bowl fits with a water pipe determines how effectively your bong can be used?
Depending on this, bong bowls can be of various sizes that control the amount of cannabis weed leaf being burnt with each hit or rip from your water pipe. Accordingly, the sizes are – 9mm bong slides, which are the tiniest of the lot, followed by 10mm, 14mm, 18mm, and 19mm bowls.
So, while choosing a bong bowl, there are several factors to consider. Let us take a look at these.
This is one of the primary questions that need to be answered as you embark on buying the best-suited bong slide for your bong. Herbs can be either dry or concentrated oils. If you are largely into concentrates, you need an additional dab rig, but if you are into dry weed, you need to buy the right bowl that needs to be used to pack the herb. A good 14mm bowl is most commonly used for an awesome smoking experience with dry cannabis.
The next significant thing to figure out is who is going to use it, when, and how? Since a bong bowl is essential to use a bong, the frequency of use needs to be considered seriously. Buying a proper bong slide or bowl would depend on, among other things, whether it is to be used personally or among friends in small parties. To ensure that you do not get stuck with one bowl when you need it the most, you need to consider the durability of the product and go for one that can sustain multiple usages without proper care, multi-person usage, as well as for both dry weed or concentrates, when need be.
Bong bowls or bong slides are made of various materials and can be of varying thickness and quality. Commonly, bowls can be made of glass, ceramic, wood or plastic. Although glass bowls are more fragile than all other materials, it will allow you to keep a watch on the water quality while enjoying looking at the bubbling clear water as you measure and take your drag. Ceramic bowls are thicker and have now started being customized into recent popular themed articles. They might be slightly more durable than glass, but certainly less classy! Wooden bowls are not as commonly found and are not considered to give the desired taste or aroma, although sturdy as well as stylish. Plastic bong bowls or slides are also used commonly for cases where handling can be a challenge. But they leave much to be desired in terms of experience. In terms of thickness, remember, the thicker the better. More thickness ensures strength and durability. So, if you can afford it, a glass bong bowl with considerable thickness will probably be a best choice. Further, the depth or shallowness of a bong slide should also be proportional to the number of people using the bong. More the number of people, deeper the bowl – should be the rule.
Bong bowls are can be of different sizes ranging from 9mm to 19mm. Standard sizes range between 14mm and 18mm. Remember, a 14mm bowl generally fits standard joint while the 18mm bowl generally holds large joints. Depending on the number of people using the bong and the amount of weed being consumed, it is necessary to choose the correct bong size from among the available options.
The price of bong bowls can vary depending on their quality, fitting, measurements, number of smokers, type of cannabis smoked, the quality of material, depth and thickness of the bowls, convenient to clean and style. Diffusion should also be considered as a key aspect, as a bowl with multiple holes burns better and therefore makes for a better buy. Based on all these factors, standard 18mm bowls are available for about $12 while cheaper slides can start from about $10 per piece. Based on the material, thickness, and customizations, however, the price can shoot up considerably. 14 mm bowls come cheaper, some of them starting from as low as $7. While better quality would entail higher price, but to ensure the best experience, it is better to invest in something to that effect. A proper borosilicate thick bong bowl or bong slider can cost you some money, but it would be worth the buy.
With headshops, both online and physical is a standard answer to all your questions on this. There are a large number of online options that where you can research, look for the bowl exactly fitted to your needs, but you need to identify the ones that produce and sell quality products that can promise durability, a good smoking experience and value for money.
If you are buying for the first time, it is absolutely necessary for you to consider all the above-mentioned points, and if needed your wish to customize your bong bowl. It is fun to have a bong slide designed according to your favourite theme, but more importantly, you need to think about the material, durability, affordability and how technically sound your bong slide should be. Trust your good sense to buy the bong bowl of your choice and enjoy your smoke!
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