What is their disadvantage? Well, brass screens are not as sturdy as screens made from steel, for example. Although brass screens won’t melt, if you hit your pipe often, they will get weaker over time and break at some point.
A tried and true method is to take a piece of aluminium foil and poke some holes into it with a toothpick. Form the foil into a suitable-sized screen, and place it into the bowl just like you would an ordinary screen. No worries, the aluminium foil won’t melt when you’re smoking. That said, such a DIY screen may only last one or two sessions before losing its integrity.
Glass pipe screens are normally made from a special, heavy-duty type of glass called borosilicate. This heat-resistant type of glass won’t crack from changes in temperature, and won’t shatter as easily as regular glassware. Obviously, screens made from glass are not flexible, so you can’t cut them to size. As such, you need to make sure you get the right size for your bowl. As glass doesn’t wear out, these screens can, in principle, last forever; that is, if you don’t break or lose them.
We had to start with a method that has been, and still is, super popular. Now making a comeback on social media is smoking out of foodstuffs – the same method your grandpa used during his stoner days.
Steel screens are often used in silicone bongs and acrylic bongs, although the latter can easily be scratched with these screens. They work just like brass screens, and there is no difference in taste. In fact, aside from their colour, the main difference between these two materials is that steel is more durable.
You never know when there might come a time where all you have is your bud and nothing to smoke out of. These are hard times for every stoner. It’s always handy to know what other options you might find around the house.
This is how most people smoke out of fruit. You can always change things up to make them more pleasant to smoke. If you have a bowl, place it on the top of the apple. Or, you could use the tip of a pen or any other material (that doesn’t melt or release harmful fumes) as a bowl.
So, what pipe screen should you use with your homemade bong? And further, what do you do if there are no screens around?
• Brass screens
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To make a gravity bong, you’ll need two bottles (or a 2-liter bottle and a 5-gallon bucket), one of which should fit easily into the other. Cut the bottom off the smaller bottle (leaving the bulk of the bottle’s length in tact) and cut the top off the larger bottle if there is one. Next, affix a bowl to the top of the smaller bottle, being sure the seal is tight but also easily removable for later by attaching a bowl (or a nut as mentioned earlier) to the bottle’s cap using a box cutter and electrical tape or hot glue.
Stoners are innovative, for sure, and no where is that more apparent than when there’s weed and a need to smoke it.
T here’s no greater buzzkill than having weed and a lighter but no way to smoke it. Fortunately, as every true stoner knows, when there’s weed, there’s a way. If you’ve ever found yourself with a fresh stash and no way to smoke it, then take notes because these may be some of the best ways to make a bong in a pinch courtesy of stoners who have been there before.
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All you need to make a basic water bong is a bottle, a bowl with a down stem (If you don’t have a bowl with a down stem, you can make one using an old pen barrel and a nut from the hardware store), a box cutter and something to seal everything up like electrical tape, hot glue, or silly putty.
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Adding water to a pipe or bong adds a layer of filtration to make it hit more smoothly, but water can be used to pump the smoke into your lungs, too, with the use of a good ol’ fashioned gravity bong. The idea is to use gravity first pull the smoke out of the combusted flower and into the bong then to use gravity again to push it back out of the bong and into your lungs for a huge hit.
There’s something poetic about using the earth to consume the cannabis from which it came. To help celebrate the bounty Mother Nature gives us (or just to get high in a pinch), make a pipe out of the very ground you walk on.
There are also companies who specialize in making custom attachments to turn any water bottle into a bong.
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