A homemade bong is a general term to describe homemade water pipes, as well as other pipes that do not use water. Homemade bongs are typically made because a typical bong or other class pipe is not available to smoke dry herbs you may have on hand. While often difficult to make or of a crude assembly, homemade bongs beat the alternative of not being able to smoke available dry herbs.
There are no set instructions on how to make a homemade bong. In fact, there are a variety of designs you can use, depending on the materials you have on hand. If you are just making a pipe, the designs can be relatively simple, whereas if you are trying to make an actual bong, the steps become more complex.
Before deciding on if you want to go for a simple or complex route, you need to take inventory of what supplies you have available. This can help limit your options to what kind of bong you are able to make. Here are some common supplies that can be used to make homemade bongs:
This is not an all-encompassing list. After reading some of our examples homemade bongs below, you may find that you have something on hand that would work perfectly for a homemade bong of your own design!
If you want to make a true bong and not just a pipe, a gravity bong is one of your easiest choices. All you need is a plastic bottle and preferably some foil! Here are the steps:
This design will serve more like a simple pipe as opposed to a bong or water pipe. However, it can get the job done in a pinch!
This is another easy pipe that can help you get dry herb smoked in a pinch. All you need is an empty soda can something to poke holes with (like a needle):
It should be noted that the health risks of using aluminum to smoke are somewhat inconclusive, so while doing it once in a while probably is not going to hurt anything, we do not recommend it be your regular smoking pipe.
Toilet paper rolls actually work pretty well as heavy-hitting steamroller pipes! You do need to be extra careful about not setting the pipe (or the surrounding area) on fire, but they can still get the job done!
You frequently see these two pipes compared and mentioned as alternatives to traditional bongs or pipes, so we thought they were worth mentioning here. As you know, a gravity bong, homemade or otherwise, uses drag produced by moving water to create a hit without the smoker having to draw air manually. A bukket pipe also does not require manual drawing but employs a different method than using water.
Instead, a bukket pipe uses its accordion design to pull air through the bowl by means of simply moving the pipe. So, just like an accordion produces sound by having the player pump air through movements, a bukket pipe produces your hit by the smoker pressing the pipe body up and down to create airflow. It is definitely possible to make your own bukket pipe, but the process is more complicated than making a gravity bong or a simple pipe.
A percolator bong is a water pipe that uses a series of tiny holes to force smoke to diffuse before it actually gets inhaled. So, a homemade percolator bong is simply a homemade bong where you also have made the percolator! A homemade percolator bong is far, far more complicated than other styles of homemade pipes, as you need to not only construct the body of the pipe but also the internal mechanics for the percolator.
You can make the percolator out of all different kinds of materials. Straws situated into plastic bottles, empty prescription bottles, and any other kind of MacGuyver-like system work. This is not a system that you would want to build in a pinch, but rather as a DIY project. Building your own percolator bong will take ample time to complete successfully.
The big differences between these two are going to be their respective complexity. A homemade bong can be relatively simple; all you need is a plastic bottle. Gravity bongs are likely the easiest to build, but making a more classic bong is not that difficult, either (all you need is something to act as a downstem towards the bottom of your bottle and something to act as a bowl).
Homemade percolator bongs, on the other hand, require extensive setup. Not only are you crafting the body of the bong, but you are also going to be making an intricate system that allows smoke to diffuse, all the while figuring out how to get that system inside of the bong you have made. It is definitely possible (some people make a hobby out of it), but the level of work, the materials needed, and the expertise recommended far outpaces what one would want for a simple bong or gravity bong.
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