How to put water in your Bubbler
Bubblers are the best of both worlds when it comes to enjoying your smokes. They bring you the convenience of a handheld pipe while offering you the superior filtration that comes from bongs. We have an in depth review of bubblers here.
Any user would agree that a bubbler is one of the must-haves in your collection of smoking devices. Just get rid of the water when you’re done, and it’s good to go. Also, they are much more portable than those giant bongs that are only good for home use. Bubblers with water chambers definitely bring down the harsh and strong hits of the pipe. And even though they normally run on some sort of water filtration, you can have a variety of shapes and designs. Today, we want to talk about how to put water in your bubbler the best way. To do this, we first need to understand the varieties in which bubblers are available.
Common varieties of Bubblers
Bubblers come in a variety of designs that come with specific functions or advantages. That is not to say that one design is superior or another is below par. The choice of bubbler type will come down to personal preference. But each additional feature often brings small but useful advantages.
The Sherlock bubbler has a large bulb of a bowl and a stem that arches up and then down. It can sit upright and is named after the similarly shaped pipe that has become an icon for the great English detective with the same name.
Hammers come with a flat and stable base. This gives them a much better steadiness when placed on a flat surface. Their name comes from their similarity with hammers that also have a robust but flat head.
The Double Bubbler
This bubbler is a variety whose name is pretty self-explanatory. It comes with double chambers to hold water. The filtration is supposed to happen at twice the level as a single chamber.
The Sidecar is another genius design that was made for practical benefits. It comes with the mouthpiece and stem attached to the chamber at the side. The design is a response to that annoying splash-back that may happen in regular bubblers.
How to put water in a Bubbler
The main purpose of water filtration in your bubbler is to make the hits less harsh and hot on your throat. It works as a diffusion mechanism that smoothens the hits that pass through the filtration system. But the main ingredient here is water. And you have to get the quantity right so that your hits come at that perfect rip.
Bubblers can come with slightly varying components, and this can confuse users (especially new ones). So, you need to remember a few things as you start filling your bubbler with water.
- Downstem -
The downstem level is a crucial thing to consider for both bongs and bubblers. The main thing to look out for here is that your downstem must be submerged correctly. The precise level may vary depending on your design. But the general consensus is to have about three-fourths of it submerged. But if you’re not sure, you can start low and slowly increase the levels depending on the results. Don’t keep the levels too low, though. If the downstem doesn’t connect with the water well, your hits will come like smoke from a furnace.
- Percolator -
If your bubbler comes with a perc, there’s another way to determine the right water levels. The diffused downstem (or perc) usually comes with slits at a certain length. Make sure you put enough water to cover these slits, and you should be good to go.
- Testing the Drag -
Once you’ve put in the required level of water, take a few hits to test what the drag is like. If there is too much water, you’ll experience more splash-back. And if the water level is too low, there won’t be enough bubbling. Generally, if you can create more bubbles, the hits will run smoother.
- Smoke away -
The final step is to use your herbs to start smoking. If you got the water levels right, the hits should be at ideal levels. If your bubbler hits are still harsh, you can add more water. Or if there’s a stale taste to your smoke, it may mean there’s too much water.
The water levels aren’t an exact science because bubblers have different designs. The best way to get that perfect rip is to try out varying levels and see what works for you. It’s also a good idea to try different designs so that you understand the water levels better.