Guide to Buying a Downstem
There are a few reasons why you may want to replace your downstem. Regardless of why you're getting a new one, how you do it matters the most. Getting the right downstem involves knowing what to look for and how to buy it.
Now, before you strut into the nearest shop or start browsing online, there are a few things you have to know. Today, we'll take you through every step involved so that you're prepared with the right information. You may not need a replacement immediately, but when you do, you'll be glad you spent a few minutes reading this handy guide.
Replacing your downstem involves two major steps – getting the right measurements and picking the right downstem. Let's look at each step in a bit more detail.
Getting the right measurements for downstem sizes
Before you decide which downstem to buy, you need some basic numbers. Downstem sizes can vary depending on the design. And you'll be much better off if you make the following measurements before you commit to buying a model.
Measure the Inner Chamber of the Bong
Take a small, long object for scale (a pencil works great). Place the pencil into the ground joint (female) of the bong. Let the pencil reach about ½ inch from the surface of the bottom. At the outer exit, mark the level where the pencil comes out of the joint.
Measure the pencil/object used for measurement
Take a ruler (or any measuring tape/device) and measure the pencil from the bottom end to the point where you've marked the exit. The value you get is an estimation of the distance from the bottom to the ground joint. This estimated length is the downstem size you need to pick later. Remember, downstem sizes can vary, and this measurement will help you pick the right size.
Measuring the Joint
The next step is to measure the female joint's width. When you browse downstem sizes, it's important to know that joint widths are also different. The widths are normally 10 mm, 14 mm, or 18 mm. Wider joints will prevent proper fitting, and narrow joints fail to maintain the air-tight seal. If you can't find anything else to measure with, use a dime. If the dime fits within the joint, that means it's 18 mm. If it doesn't, you have a 10mm or 14mm on your hands. But you still have to specify whether it's 10 or 14 before you buy a new one.
Pick the best from different downstem sizes.
Destination Smoke offers a wide variety of products and services today. And you should have no trouble finding the right downstem. Use the measurements to find the appropriate choice from the different downstem sizes available. Also, remember the male bowl you're using. You need a downstem that matches this bowl. Downstems sizes will come in 14 to 14 mm, 18 to 18 mm, 18 to 14 mm, or 14 to 18 mm. Pick the downstem you want based on the measurements you took earlier. Just make sure it fits your device's requirements, and you're good to go.