Bubblers borrow aspects from both hand pipes and glass pipes to generate a glass piece that takes the best attributes from each.
How is a Bubbler Different than a bong?
What makes glass bubblers so unique is their combination of two different existing smoking devices. Bubblers borrow aspects from both hand pipes and waterpipes to generate a glass piece that takes the best attributes from each.
Bubblers utilize a lot of the tools that give tobacco bongs their smooth hits. They use water, which acts as a way to cool your smoke for smooth hits that don’t feel harsh on your lungs or throat. Bubbler pipes also function with percolation systems, just like large glass water pipes. These percs filter, diffuse, and cleanse your smoke to give you the healthiest hits possible. The combination of water and percolation systems allows for a smoking experience that is enjoyable.
Glass bubblers have also swiped some great characteristics from the traditional glass pipe. They both have the extremely convenient quality of being handheld. This allows for easy transportation, portability, and on-the-go use. Bubblers and tobacco pipes also share the common feature of containing built-in bowls as well as carbs. Built-in bowls give you a convenient place to place your dry herbs, while carbs allow you to personally control the airflow of the pipe.
Different types of bubblers:
Hammer Bubblers: Hammer bubblers get their name from the stand that holds them up. The mouthpiece and the bottom of the chamber sit flat on your surface with the neck leading diagonally upwards to connect to the top of the chamber.
Sidecar Bubblers: Sidecar bubblers are bubblers that include a sidecar mouthpiece. A sidecar mouthpiece branches off the chamber and moves on an angle from the side of the chamber instead of the top. The sidecar design eliminates splashback and prevents any water from leaving the bubbler.
Sherlock Bubblers: Sherlock bubblers are bubblers that contain the “S” shape that is seen in sherlock pipes.
Pendant Bubblers: Pendant bubblers come with a notch and string so that you can wear the glass piece as a necklace! These compact bubblers are great for bringing to your favorite music festival or for just hanging around your house.
Concentrate Bubblers: Concentrate bubblers are just what they sound like, bubblers that give you the ability for use with legal concentrates and essential oils.
Double Bubblers: Double bubblers are bubblers that contain two chambers, usually each with their own percolator. This design creates an immense amount of filtration thanks to the dual perc system.
How to hit a bubbler
1. Fill With Water The first step is to fill the water chamber with water. You can pour water through the mouthpiece, bowl, or carb. But it’s easiest to use the bowl. The best method is to use a syringe to squirt water through the bowl and directly into the water chamber. That way you won’t spill or splash. You can also use a regular sink. Just turn it to low and carefully fill up the water chamber.
2. Check Water Level Now it’s time to see if you got the right amount of water into your bubbler. To do this, just act like you’re taking a regular hit. Put your thumb over the carb and draw through the mouthpiece. The water should begin to bubble. Now remove your thumb and keep drawing in.
Is the water splashing up into your mouth? Is it bubbling the entire time? If you have the right amount of water, it should make a hollow, bubbling sound. And it shouldn’t be overflowing into either the bowl or your mouth.
3. Pack Bowl Before packing any herb, use a cloth or paper towel to wipe out any water in your bubbler’s bowl. This is where you’ll be sparking your weed, so you want it to be completely dry.
Now go ahead grind up your herb. Once you’ve got a nice pile of ground up weed, carefully pack it into your bowl.
4. Enjoy Now it’s time to spark up. Hold the bubbler in one hand with your thumb over the carb. Put your mouth to the mouthpiece and start to draw in.
With the other hand, spark your lighter or light your hemp wick. Apply the flame to the bud. Go at an angle so that you burn only a portion of the bud at a time. This will give you as many fresh, green puffs as possible.
While the bud burns, keep drawing in. By now your bubbler should be happily gurgling, and the entire thing should be filling up with smoke.