Bongs are probably one of the best smoking options out there. Not only do they help to cool down smoke, but they also make it easier to take a massive hit. If you are looking for a bong shop with plenty of great water pipes and other smoking accessories, then the team here at FunkyPiece has your back. We offer plenty of great bongs here in our online store and even more options in our physical stores for smokers in the DC area.
We are dedicated to making sure that the bongs we offer are high quality and built to last. When you visit a lot of online head shops, you will find a ton of generic pipes. These bongs tend to be pretty standard clear glass tubes, sometimes with some extra bells and whistles. While these pipes, or the pictures used to sell them, usually look impressive and boast a low price tag, it is true that you get what you pay for in the case of glass bongs. When pipes like these are mass produced, the quality tends to take a major dip.
In order to make sure that our customers won't have to deal with manufacturing defects, we focus on keeping high quality glass pipes in stock. This means dealing directly with American glass manufacturers with reputations for making great pipes. You will usually find glass from brands like Illadelph, RooR, Medicali, GRAV, HVY, and more. Some shops will sell cheap imitations of these brands but everything we offer is the real deal.
One of the most important things when it comes to bongs is the glass that is used in their construction. Not all glass is going to have the same properties and your average piece of glass is not going to be able to handle heat. This is because heat causes expansion and glass is so rigid that that expansion can cause the glass to crack. That is why pipes are made from borosilicate glass, the same stuff used to make glass baking dishes. This type of glass barely expands at all when heated, so even the strain of heating one side while the other remains cool will not cause shattering. All of the pipes in our online bong shop are made from quality boro glass so they can handle years of use.
So if you are thinking about buying a bong, you might be wondering where you should start. Luckily you are in the right place. But when it comes to finding the right bong to meet your specific needs, that all depends on how you smoke. Some smokers are going to want a huge pipe loaded with percolators while others are going to get the most out of a smaller pipe that provides nice, quick hits.
The best way to know what style of bong is best for you is to try as many different styles as you can. Sadly we can't offer in store testing, but if you have friends with water pipes we recommend trying out as many as you can before buying your own. The first thing to think about when making a purchase is size. Obviously a bigger bong is going to provide a larger hit, but that also means that it will be harder to clear all of the smoke out in one shot. Large bongs can also have wide mouthpieces that can make it hard for people with thin faces to make a seal. Luckily there are plenty of amazing bongs that are also more compact. This includes mini rigs that can fit in your palm as well as moderately sized pipes. Once you know what size you are looking for, you can move on to features.
Bongs filter smoke using percolators, points in the bong where smoke bubbles through water. Every bong will have at least one perc but some bongs will use more advanced percs than others and some might even have multiple percs. The simplest percolator is just a downstem that accepts the bowl on one side and goes into the water on the other. Many downstems will also feature small slits on the water side that will help to create more small bubbles, increasing the bong's filtration power.
A lot of bongs are going to have main percolators that offer superior filtration compared to a downstem. There are countless different types of percs and each has their own pros and cons. Some pipes will even have additional percolators, usually in the tube section. These extra percs continue to cool and smooth out the smoke but they also add more draw resistance to the pipe. Many tubes will also have a pinch for holding ice cubes, which is great for getting a nice cold rip from your bong.
In addition to bongs for smoking we also carry plenty of great dab rigs in our online headshop. These are water pipes specifically designed for vaping oil based concentrates. The best pipes for dabs are usually smaller, which helps to preserve the flavor of the dab. The smaller size also gives the dab vapor less time to condense back into oil along the inside of the pipe. Many pipes designed specifically for dabs will also feature a male glass connector instead of the female connector usually seen on pipes for smoking flower. The easiest way to take a dab is to use a banger along with a dabber and a carb cap. The process is definitely a little more complicated, but the results really pay off!
So if you have been looking for a quality bong shop, check out our options. We know that you will be able to find the perfect bongs and dab rigs here in our online smoke shop. If you happen to be local to the DC area, come visit us in person! Our team of glass experts are always happy to help our customers find the perfect pipes and accessories to bring their smoking experience to the next level.