What are all of the Bong Parts you need to know?

Bong parts can get real confusing, fast!

There is just so got dang many!

I hope that this breakdown on all of the parts of a bong with help alleviate some of the confusion and enable you to find the bestbong for you.

Use the table of contents to shoot over to a particular bong part you want to learn about.

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Nowadays, a bong can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Beaker- A beaker style bong has a wide base leading up to its tube. Because of this design, the smoke has a larger volume, creating a less dense smoke.

Tube- A tube bong doesn’t have a wide base like it’s beaker counterpart. Instead, it is simply a straight tube from its base to the mouth piece. This style has a smaller volume, creating a denser smoke.

Creative- An innovative base can be all over the place. For instance, Grav Labs has awesome bongs shaped like a cup with a lip and straw!

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Let me just get this out of the way… the bowl is where you put what you’re going to smoke.

Most bowls come in the main sizes:

  • 9mm
  • 14mm
  • 19mm

Your bowl is measured by the outside diameter of the base. I.e., where the bowl fits into the female joint of your bong.

Some bongs might have what’s referred to as a slider.

Often, these bowls will double as your bowl and downstem and are usually reserved for nonglass on glass bongs.

With any of these bowls, you need to remove them to create an opening that will allow you to clear bong of smoke.


This is something you don’t see on modernbongs, except for your cheap plastic bongs.

Before removable bowls, a carb was used to clear the smoke out of your bong, in the same way, a carb on a glass pipe helps to clear the pipe of smoke.


The downstem is the connection between the bowl and reservoir of water in your bong.

Without the downstem, the smoke would not be aerated and cooled down by traveling through the water.

A variation on the traditional downstem is what’s referred to as a diffused downstem.

Instead of having a single hole at the bottom of the downstem, a diffused downstem is comprised of multiple smaller hole.

This helps to aerator the smoke even further, while also making a smoother, thicker, and cooler smoke.

The modern style of a downstem is what’s called direct injection, and in the traditional sense of the word, it’s not a downstem at all.

With a direct inject downstem, you don’t have a tube that submerges under water.

Instead, it's connected straight to the chamber typically leading to a percolator.

Stem hole

Your stem hole is where the downstem connects to the base.

It can be glass-on-glass or a rubber seal known as a grommet.


Percolators coming in many forms, and while some are in the main chamber of the bong, some are in their own separate chambers.

Like diffusers, percolators help to aerate your smoke further.

Aerating the smoke breaks it into smaller bubbles, creating a larger surface area of smoke to be cooled by the water.

Recommended reading: What is a Percolator?

Some of the common types of percolators:

  • Honeycomb
  • Turbine
  • Fritted
  • Inline
  • Hanging
  • Tree Arm
  • Bullet Point 2


Ash catchers are agreat added attachment to any bong.

They are an extra chamber in between your bowl and your bong that works to catch the majority of yourash.

This helps to keep your bong cleaner for a longer period.

On top of that, most ashcatchers has percolators contributing to an even smoother smoke.

Ice Catcher/Splash guard

An Ice catcher/Splash guard consists of notches in the tube of the bong that allow you to put ice cubes in the tube through which the smoke will pass after coming out of the water.

These notches also prevent bong water from “splashing” into your mouth with you are smoking.

Carbon Filters

Carbon filters are another sweet add-on attachment for anybong and are often used as a replacement to an ashcatcher.

The activated carbon acts as a filter for carcinogens and toxins creating a much healthier and smoother smoke. It also helps with smell 🙂


These are clips the hold all of your bong attachments in place.

They are used because sometimes when you try to remove your bowl from your ashcatcher, the ashcatcher might come up with the bowl removing it from the downstem.

This can lead to a lot of broken glass!

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Male Joints and Female Joints

The joints (also known as fittings) are where your attachments meet, i.e., where the bowl connects to the downstem. Joints come in a few different styles and sizes.

The most common setup on a bong is for thebong to have a female joint where the male end of a bowl consensually places itself.

However, with the emergence of dab rigs, the opposite is becoming more and more popular, a male joint attached to thebong with the bowl having a female joint that slides over the male joint.

There are a Crap Ton of Bong Parts

Well, that about covers all of the bong parts out there, let me know if I forgot any!

Also, I would love to hear what your favorite bong accessories are!

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