Bongs are much more than just smoking devices; they’re pieces of pride for their owners. Often, they’re works of art, too.
They’re beautiful, intricate, detailed, and delicate. They’re all different sizes, shapes, themes, designs, prices—you name it. Some bongs are so nice that their users report a lack of use because they “don’t want to get fingerprints on this one” (mostly regarding those in the tens of thousands of dollars price range). In short, no one comes between a toker and their prized water bong.
That begs the question: what bong accessories do you need to deck out your piece? What functional and aesthetic changes can you make to the bong you already own?
We’ve put together an exclusive list of 2021’s top bong accessories. Keep reading to make sure you have them all.
1. An Ash Catcher: Because If You Don’t Have One Yet, Do You Even Smoke, Bro?
We’d be surprised if you didn’t have an ash catcher by now, but stranger things have happened. If you’ve recently gotten a new piece that you want to keep pristine, or you need a method of keeping your current piece cleaner, an ash catcher is your answer.
Ash catchers do exactly as their name suggests—act as a barrier between your piece and ash, catching it before it can make its way into the water (where, let’s be honest, it tends to sit for a while between cleaning sessions). Ash catchers do all the dirty work for the bong, becoming black and filthy before a piece of ash could ever make its way to the bong itself.
Of course, you should clean your ash catcher, too. Still, an ash catcher’s ability to keep your bong clean for prolonged periods (especially for frequent tokers) is truly a gift.
2. A Small Collection of Glass Bowls to Keep Things Fresh
We mentioned at the beginning that bongs are more than functional pieces—they’re often works of art. The same applies to glass bowls—the thing that fits in your bong and holds the marijuana. Why not make your bowl as fun as the bong?
Thanks to an array of talented glassblowers, you can.
Glassblowing artists are doing interesting things, like adding marbles, pop culture references, making custom-mixed colors, and more. You can keep it clean and classy with brands like Roor or Illadelph, or you might prefer something funkier and spunkier, like the work from SALT Glass (expect lots of teeth, nails, and eyes to be found in his work).
If those don’t suit your liking, never fear—you’ll find plenty of others at your local glass shop. If you find more than one you enjoy, buy them both and swap them out depending on the occasion. Keep them stored in a neat display case in the meantime!
3. A Quartz Banger Attachment for Guaranteed Dab-Friendliness
Bangers are all you need to turn your water bong into a dab rig. If you’re not willing to splurge on a new piece just for concentrates, a banger proves to be the perfect solution.
Let’s discover more about bangers—quartz bangers, to be exact. Bangers come in several types of materials, including titanium, glass, quartz, and ceramic. Time and again, quartz wins the battle of the best banger for its durability, heat retention capabilities, and for inducing a smooth mouthfeel.
Bangers, like bongs, also come in various shapes and sizes, so be sure to take your measurements. If you have your eye on a banger that doesn’t fit your piece, consider an adaptor attachment.
Choose from 90-degree angled cuts, flat tops, plain, decorated, and more. The options are plenty!
4. For Dual Purposes: Expanding Water Beads
Expanding water beads are a fun accessory that’s not exactly a “must,” but sure is fun to have in your collection.
Have you ever placed ice in your bong to cool down the hit? With water beads, you can expect a cooler (and therefore smoother) hit every time. They filter the smoke in a similar fashion as a percolator, offering a cleaner hit, too.
In addition to a clean hit, they also help your bong stay clean. These, combined with your ash catcher, and your bong is sure to never need a meeting with soap or isopropyl alcohol!
Expanding beads start small. Hydrate them before using them to make them expand. Then, enjoy a more pleasant smoking experience—the thing every smoker wants.
5. Finally, a Clean, Fitted Downstem to Elevate Your Experience
What’s a bong without a downstem? Not a bong!
Each bong needs a (note: properly fitted) downstem to provide the best hits. If a downstem is too long, it’ll stick out where it shouldn’t and might be prone to wiggling in its space and even breaking. A downstem that’s too short means you’ll need more water to compensate, which doesn’t always serve the bong’s purpose.
So, be sure to measure your piece early—the length of the stem as well as its width. Match it to your bong, and enjoy!
Get These Top Bong Accessories Before Your Next Smoke Sesh
There’s no need to have a stock bong in your home when you can make it special to you!
These bong accessories can take your store-bought piece and turn it into something unique. With a cool new glass bowl, perfectly-sized downstem, dab rig capabilities, an ash catcher, and your cleaning supplies, every smoking experience is sure to be that much smoother and sweeter.
After you try out your new accessories, give our page another look to see what else you can learn!