A bong is considered a statement piece to your collection. Sure, you may have pipes and bowls, but the real thing that is going to grab your friends’ attention is your bong, sitting high and proudly up on a shelf while it is not in use. Unfortunately, after just a few smoke sessions, your bong can become noticeably dirty. That means that it’s time for a cleaning, because nobody wants to be embarrassed by having a dirty piece. Cleaning a bong isn’t the easiest process—you can boil it, pour whatever product “says” it’ll get it cleaned after shaking the solution around for 20 minutes, or you can try and go in there manually with half a roll of paper towels and attempt to get sticky resin off of the sides and end up giving up after half an hour. Fortunately for you, there’s a solution to keep your bong from getting dirty, and they’re called ash catchers.
What is an Ash Catcher?
An ash catcher—usually made of glass—is inserted into the downstem of your bong. There are two different types of ash catchers — those that use water and those that do not. The ash catcher essentially filters the smoke and catches the ash BEFORE entering your bong, leaving your bong with as little residue as possible. I bet you’re asking yourselves, “but wait, where does the bowl go if the ash catcher is in the downstem?” Don’t worry, the ash catcher has a spot up top for you to insert your bowl into.
What are the differences between ash catchers that use water and those that don’t?
The function of an ash catcher that uses water and an ash catcher that doesn’t use water are exactly the same. The one that does not use water traps ash from the smoke in its chamber, preventing debris from entering the bong. The one that does use water also traps ash, but also filters the smoke through the water before entering the bong. By doing so, this means your bong will stay cleaner much longer, and you won’t have to worry about cleaning it after every few uses.