How Much Water Should I Put In A Bong

by Courtney T. July 02, 2019 4 min read

Filling Bongs With Water

Bongs come in all different shapes and sizes, so how can you tell how much water to put in it? The amount of water will vary depending on the size and design of the bong that you have, so there is no one right answer. However, a general rule of thumb is that the bong should have enough water to properly filter and cool the smoke being inhaled. 

So, how much water is that? You want to be sure that the downstem of the bong is completely submerged in water. This will make sure that the smoke will have to filter through the water before being inhaled, giving you the smooth, cool taste that you have grown to expect from a bong. Too much water, though, can negatively impact the flavor of your smoke and the quality of your draws.

Can You Fill a Bong with too Much Water?

Yes! An overfilled bong will cause a lot of problems for your smoking experience. In a properly filled bong, the smoke filters and bubbles through the water and then remains in the body of the bong for you to inhale. An overfilled bong will make it too difficult for smoke to successfully filter through. The small amount that may make it through will not have much room to billow and wait to be fully drawn in. If it seems that it is way too hard to pull a draw from your bong, you may want to try removing some water.

Can you Fill a Bong with too Little Water?

Again, an emphatic yes! With too little water, the smoke will not have a chance to be filtered and cooled, resulting in hot, harsh hits. Too little water completely defeats the purpose of smoking with a bong, to begin with. If your water is not bubbling or hits feel too harsh or hot, consider adding more water to the bong. At the very least, make sure that the downstem is completely submerged.

How to Put Water In a Bong

How to Put Water In A Bong and Smoke

Whereas the exact kind of bong you are using will determine the specific steps, most bongs follow the same general instructions for properly filling them. Putting in water and removing it is simple; pour water through the mouthpiece or pour water out of the mouthpiece.

However, if you are wanting to try and make sure that you have the perfect amount of water for your liking, there are a few extra steps you can follow to make sure you do not have too much or too little water. Take test drags through the mouthpiece of the bong without actually having dry herb lit in the bowl. If you have enough water, the bong water should bubble. If you notice the bong water is barely bubbling or the downstem is not submerged, add more water. If, when you take a test drag, you notice water moving up the pipe and touching your lips, you have too much. 

It may take a bit of trial and error, but it will not be long before you find the perfect amount of water for your bong.

Why do You Put Water in a Bong?

The answer is simple; the water in the bong is what gives the smoke the cool, smooth flavor bongs are famous for. If you do not put water in the bong, you are essentially smoking a gigantic glass pipe, which will give you similar flavors to using a traditional spoon pipe. If you do not like the idea of hassling with water in a bong, you should consider other pipes that do not require it!

How Does a Water Bong Work?

How to Use a Percolator Water Bong

Bong water works to affect the taste of the smoke in two major ways; as a cooling agent and filtering agent. When smoke passes through the water, it passes along the heat that it is holding from the bowl. This makes the hit taste less harsh than a super hot one fresh from the bowl.

The water in a bong also helps filter some of the harsh flavors or particles from the smoke. If the bong is properly filled, the bubbling removes large particles and particles that can cause harsh flavors. This, in conjunction with the hit being cooled by the water, gives the smoke the smooth, cool taste that makes bongs a popular choice amongst smokers.

Flavored Bong Water

Looking to try something a bit different? You could always add flavor to the bong water! Adding a flavor to the water means that, as the smoke passes through it, the flavored water will give the smoke some of the flavors. If you are struggling with the taste of your dry herb, this is a fantastic option. If you are bored with the taste of the dry herb, this is an easy, cost-effective way to try something new! 

How Often Should I Replace Bong Water?

The water in a bong is the number one factor affective the flavor of your smoke. Because of this, you should be using fresh water at the beginning of every smoke session. In fact, you should be dumping out the used bong water at the end of every smoke session (you should NOT let bong water sit inside your bong for long periods of time). This will not only make sure that you are getting the best flavor possible out of your dry herb, but this will also reduce how frequently you need to clean your bong.

Where to Buy Water Bongs

Bongs For Sale at Vape Vet Store

Water bongs are much easier to find than they used to be in the past. They can be found in head shops and vape shops pretty regularly. You can even find a selection of glass bongs in certain gas stations (especially those near college campuses). Online stores are a great option as well, especially if you want the broadest selection of pipes to choose from (silicone bongs too). That includes right here at! Not only can you find water bongs here, but you can also find FREE U.S. shipping with no minimum purchase requirements, as well as fantastic customer service to help you pick out the perfect water bong for you!

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