Our Smoke Shop’s Guide to the Perfect Bong Rip

Man lighting water pipe and inhaling smoke through mouthpiece

A bong is maybe the most effective way yet devised to get wiped quickly. It provides you the ability to take monster hits, and because those hits are filtered through water, they’re nice and smooth. But what if you could stack a hit that was so big and potent that it would knock Godzilla back on his butt? Well, you can. It’s called a “bong rip” and in this article, your friends at the 710 Pipes head shop are going to explain how you can use glass pipes to create the perfect rip.

Getting the Best Bong Rip with Glass Water Pipes: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’ve never experienced a bong rip you’re in for a treat. In fact, by the time you finish reading this short step-by-step guide your life will have changed forever. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Using the right water

The ideal bong rip starts with filling your water pipe the right way. In this case, the “right way” means using distilled water, not that chlorine-laden gutter runoff that Denver serves up through the faucet. Distilled water is important for a couple of reasons.

First, there are none of the impurities in distilled water that there are in city water. Those impurities have a nasty habit of leaving deposits on expensive heady glass pipes. They also affect the quality and taste of the hit. Not to any great degree, but we’re talking about creating the “perfect” bong rip here, not just a really good one. So distilled water it is.

Step 2: Filling the bong

Now that we’re all on the same page regarding distilled water, the next question is how much water to add to your water pipe to create the perfect bong rip? Without trying to be unnecessarily vague the answer is: it depends. “On what?” you ask. On the design of your water pipe mostly.

With standard bongs, the downstem penetrates the bulbous bottom chamber at an angle. But it doesn’t extend so far that it touches the actual bottom of the pipe. With this kind of standard design, you’ll want to fill the pipe just far enough to cover the end of the downstem.

Just remember that if the downstem has slits in it the water will have to cover them too or the hit will end up being unnecessarily harsh. Now, we’re talking about the ideal bong rip here – and in our book, “ideal” means “as big as possible.” So, we’re all for keeping the water level as low as you can.

If, however, you’d like a more modest, though still large bong rip, just add a bit more water. More water will also make the bong rip cooler and a wee bit smoother. More water also makes it easier to clean water pipes, especially custom glass pipes with non-standard designs, easier to clean.

Step 2a: Filling a bong that has an ice catcher or percolator

If your custom glass has an ice catcher make sure not to add too much ice. In most cases, a couple of pieces should suffice. Then fill the pipe with room temperature distilled water until the end of the downstem is submerged by half an inch or so. The combination of room-temperature water and minimal ice will create a nice smooth bong rip that doesn’t torture your lungs.

If yours is a percolator bong then add cold water to the bottom chamber and warm water to the top chamber. Again, make sure it’s distilled water, and make equally sure that the warm water is warm, and not hot.

Step 3: Packing the perfect bowl

You could just take a huge bud from your bag and jam it into the bowl, but again, we’re talking about creating the perfect bong rip. So that’s just not going to be good enough. When those of us at 710 Pipes are manufacturing an ideal bong rip after a long day at work we grind that shit until it’s juuust right.

The ground weed makes for a more even burn, a larger cloud, and a smoother hit, so grinding your weed is a must. If you don’t have a grinder make your way to our head shop in Denver on Evans Avenue. We have an array of high-quality grinders for you to choose from.

Anyway, back to the task at hand. Inspect the ground weed and remove any stems or other detritus. Then pack the bowl fairly loose to allow for optimal airflow throughout when you spark it up.

Step 4: Taking the perfect rip

The moment of truth has arrived. Position your mouth over the mouthpiece and spark up your lighter. Move the lighter over the herb slowly making sure you’re getting a nice smooth bake while drawing in a deep, even breath. Now, normally, before you reach the end of your ability to inhale you’d pop the bowl and accept your hit. But that’s not what you’re going to do here.

Instead, you’re going to lift your mouth from the mouthpiece without inhaling any smoke, exhale, reattach yourself to the mouthpiece, fire up the bowl again and inhale again stacking a second hit on top of the one already waiting inside the bong. This combined hit is your bong rip and it may be too large for you to inhale all at once. In which case, practice!

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