Everyone wants to get the most out of their smoking sessions without having to deal with getting choked up or coughing up a lung. For those that have tried every percolator available, but still can't seem to find the combination that works for you, you should think about picking up a water bong that includes a glycerin coil in it. For those of you that don't know already, glycerin is not just an ingredient that can be found in lotion and body wash. Glycerin can also be used to completely revitalize your "chill" sesh. Here is a SmokeSmith Gear guide to everything you need to know to get started using glycerin to enhance your smoking experience.
What is Glycerin?
Glycerin, otherwise known as glycerol by the scientific community, is a naturally occurring liquid that is used in a plethora of products. It is best known for its anti-freeze properties, preventing ice molecules from forming. Glycerol is also a key component to vape liquid that is used to form full, thick clouds.
How Glycerin is Used in Bongs
Most every smoker out there knows that adding ice to your bong leads to a more satisfying, less harsh draw. Some bongs even include an ice-catcher to help you do just that. What you might not know, though, is that glycerin is a much more convenient way to cool down your smoke without adding more water to the bong as the ice melts away. Out of all the ways to cool down your smoke – from adding an ashcatcher, using ice cold water, or adding ice to the neck of the bong – using a glycerin coil is the more tried and true method for keeping your smoking sessions "chill."
Using glycerin in your bong setup is the easiest way to amp up your smoking experience, and it is pretty easy to get started with it. You have two options. You can either pick up an already ready to go bong with a glycerin coil already implemented, like the Glycerin Coil Bong, or you can add a glycerin adapter to your current preferred setup.
Even if you get the full bong with a glycerin coil already attached, please keep in mind that you should never put your entire bong into the freezer. No glass can withstand freezing temperatures without cracking. Even if you somehow have a large enough freezer to fit a bong, it just isn't a good idea. But, go ahead and store the glycerin coil attachment in there until it is nice and chilly, add it back to your setup, load some dry herb, and eliminate the harshness of burning dry herb.
Though it is simple enough to just keep adding ice to the neck of your bong, glycerin is still considered the more elite method for cooling down smoke for a couple different reasons. First, it stays icy cold for much longer than the melting ice, and second you don't have to deal with emptying out excess bong water later on after those hot inhales blast your ice into a liquid oblivion.
Cleaning Glycerin Coils
Not only are glycerin coils able to amplify your smoking experience, but they are also incredibly easy to maintain. You can essentially treat them just like your run of the mill glass pipe. A little 91% isopropyl alcohol, some large grained salt, and a good shake will clean them right up.
Use a container that is slightly larger than the glycerin coils, preferably a Tupperware tub or Ziploc bag. Once the piece is inside the container, cover it with alcohol and add a few teaspoons of salt to the mix. After closing up the container and giving it a little shake, leave it be for about half an hour. Give the piece one more good shake before removing it from the enclosure and rinsing it clean with cold water. You might have to repeat the process a couple of times to get the glycerin coils perfectly clean, but with some patience you can have them sparkling like new.