Bongs, also known as water pipes, are among smokers’ favorite smoking devices. Their roots spread deep throughout history, being used in the earliest smoking days. Bongs combine the forces of air, fire, and water to create a smoother, more enjoyable smoking experience. Water is always used to make taking hits from a bong smoother and easier on the lungs. A system of chambers and water barriers serves as the cooling/filtration mechanism in bongs. Borosilicate glass, percolators, and diffusion systems are the latest innovations that make up the glass bongs we know today. Various materials are used to create a bong, glass of course being the most popular. In the beginning, bongs were made from bamboo, ceramic, wood, and even metal. Ceremonial bongs made of gold were used to smoke dry herbs and tobacco over two millennia ago. The Ancient European Scythians used these smoking tools as a way of tightening tribal bonds and bringing good fortune to their people. Water pipes of various makes have also been found in ancient Chinese, Greek, and Egyptian archaeological sites. Stories and poems have been written about the enjoyment derived from bongs since mankind’s beginnings. Today cultures from across the world bring their people come together to smoke tobacco from the tools passed down by our ancestors. Modern bongs bring many improvements to smoking, with artists and scientists continuously creating new innovative features. Borosilicate glass (boro), is one of the greatest new features added to bongs. This thick, heat resistant glass is made from a mixture of silica and boron trioxide. Bongs, spoon pipes, and bowls are usually made from boro to withstand repeated exposure to high temperatures. Instead of cracking under the pressure of high heat, boro glass maintains its form and integrity. It’s also resistant to cracks and breakage, meaning minor drops and fumbles could go unnoticed. With the right treatment a borosilicate glass bong could withstand repeated use for a lifetime or more. High temperatures and unfiltered smoke could also be a problem for the smoker himself. The basic function of a bong is to cool and filter smoke. Percolators and diffusion systems add to a bong’s function, making it easier and cleaner to smoke. When smoke travels through a bowl, down a downstem, and into the main water chamber, it begins to spread out and diffuse. Passing through water makes smoke lose some of its heat, while the water clings onto large particles, eliminating some of the smoke’s dirty particles. Percolators, like bongs themselves, come in many variations. Showerhead percs, stereo percs, barrel percs, and many more are all used to separate smoke into several streams, increasing surface area, and accelerating the cooling and filtration process. Small bubbles often form in a bong’s water chamber once smoke passes through a percolation system, indicating that smoke is being filtered. How To Pick a Bong With so many varieties of bongs, picking the right bong for you could be a challenge. You should always gauge your smoking preferences and budget to begin with. Do you like to take fat rips? Or do you prefer more mild, filtered hits? Are you looking for a beautiful centerpiece to show to friends and guests? Or do you want something you can grab and smoke anywhere? Our selection of bongs range in price, design, and levels of filtration. One thing you can be sure of is that all of our bongs are handcrafted by trustworthy brands which never falter in build quality and aesthetic. If you want something that looks unique and also functions well check out our heady glass bongs or our artist shop. Looking for function? Look at the wide assortment of percolators, beakers, and tubes. Depending on whether or not you already have a replacement bowl you would like to use, you should consider what type of joint you want in your bong. If you have a male bowl, you will need something with a female joint. If you have a female bowl or ash catcher, you will need a male joint. Also be aware of the bowl sizes which come in 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. Different joints are meant to hold different accessories. 45 degree joints, commonly found in beakers are best suited for bowls and diffused downstems, while 90 degree joints and sidearms can accommodate larger accessories like ashcatchers. Some people prefer to shop by brands. We carry bongs from some of the most reputable American glass companies including Purr Glass, Chameleon Glass, and Empire Glassworks. Teams of glass artists and scientific glass blowers make up these amazing companies, continuously delivering style and quality. Why Buy a Bong from Sploofs? With all the online headshops and smoke shops to choose from, why choose us? We support American business and the art of smoking. Quality, price, and integrity are our values and we never compromise. Our entire inventory comes from American brands that design and manufacture all their bongs and glass items right here in the US. They use glassblowing techniques and only utilize the highest grade materials. Thick American glass is a standard for us. We match or beat the prices of all our competitors without ever sacrificing customer service. Our shop is easy to navigate and goes above and beyond most online headshops in that we don’t just support established American businesses but also cater to American glass artists, giving them a public space to sell their own work. Sploofs.com is more than an online headshop. We are a community for smoking enthusiasts and artists alike.