Flexing Our Knowledge of Joints
Last time, we explained why having a high quality down stem is not only vital to making a bong airtight, it’s also an important element to use to ensure you get an incredibly smooth hit, and that’s thanks to their diffused bases. Because we mentioned joints in that last lesson, (we revealed that glass-on-glass fittings are better than rubber o-rings and grommets because they’re much easier to clean and they won’t degrade over time), we thought it best to go into a little more detail about the fascinating fittings which hold a bong together.
So today, we’re going to share our knowledge about joints.
What is a joint and what does it do?
The joint of a bong determines the sex of your bong. Yes, we know, stop snickering! Bongs can be classed as either male or female. Water pipes are typically female, and they have a joint like the type as is seen on the right-hand side of this photograph. As you can see, the sandblasted part of this joint is where accessories with a male fitting, like those on an ash catcher or precooler, can fit inside, all snug, therefore creating a perfect airtight seal between accessory and bong. A dab rig is usually male, so when you’re looking to buy accessories for those, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time looking at females – wait, we mean female accessories! To keep it simple, think of bong
A dab rig is usually male, so when you’re looking to buy accessories for those, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time looking at females – wait, we mean female accessories! To keep it simple, think of bong joints in the same way you would think about the mechanics of sex. A male joint always probes into a pipe, and a female joint always sits on top of a male phallus, wait, we mean fitting! Learning the differences between male and female joints will help stoners buy the perfect accessories, and because glass joints have become standardized in recent years, toners can buy as many fittings as they want, and switch between them with ease.
Learning the differences between male and female joints will help stoners buy the perfect water pipe accessories, and because glass joints have become standardized in recent years, bong enthusiastics can buy as many fittings as they want, and switch between them when they want, with ease.
Does a joint really make that much of a difference?
A joint is an integral part of holding a bong together. If any fitting is the wrong size, is misshapen, damaged, or is of the wrong gender, you’re going to have difficulty obtaining a relaxed and pleasant smoking session. That’s because a bong with bad joints isn’t airtight, and in the end, it just won’t work, no matter how big and strong your lungs are. Also, if you don’t know what type of joint it is you need when going out to buy a new pre-cooler or additional chamber, you’re going to run the risk of becoming incredibly frustrated, and out of pocket, when you find out the new accessories you’ve just bought aren’t compatable with your bong. And that would be a shame because look at what astonishing creations stoners can come up with when they’ve got awesome joints and a lot of time on their hands!
So as you can see, with good joints comes an abundance of great accessories, and we’re going to be talking about those further along in our guide.
Another reason why joints are so important to the anatomy and overall smoking experience of a bong, is if you add additional accessories and chambers to your piece, maybe not as elaborately as the chap in this photo though, the longer the smoke has to travel from the bowl or nail, which means that once the smoke has reached your eagerly awaiting lungs, the rip is going to be as smooth as silk. Imagine if just one of those joints was damaged… Picture all the hard work you’d have to put in to stop that glorious, milky white smoke from escaping. You’d have to spend your time sucking and milking it more than Donald Trump. And nobody wants that. So make sure you invest in some good bong joints.
In our next lesson, we’ll be “Getting to Know H2O”. Class dismissed!