The most powerful of all percolators, fritted disc percs are a similar, yet slightly more intense version of honeycomb percs. With even more holes, they will fill your piece with bubbles, producing plenty of smoke for you to inhale. Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of holes makes cleaning a nightmare (though it’s well worth it for the adventurous smoker). Showerhead percs use a tube that connects to the main chamber to bring smoke back through a larger tube, directing the smoke down and into another percolator with varying quantities of slits. From there, most pieces direct the smoke to a second percolator.
This piece uses the showerhead perc in addition to a recycler, which brings the smoke through the chamber several times before inhalation. Also referred to as a coil percolator, this style simply brings the smoke through the coil and increases the cooling potential. Compared to other percolators, spiral percs provide smoother and longer drags. This piece allows the awesome visual of smoke rushing through the coil to shine with an otherwise bare-bones approach, aside from the ice catcher. While a faberge egg percolator will not efficiently filter smoke independently, it will work well when paired with another percolator. Instead, placing a faberge egg perc within close proximity to another percolator will allow the smoke to filter and spread out, giving the bubbles more surface area. Additionally, they bring an appealing aesthetic to the table. Downstems are far more basic than percolators, in both appearance and function. In fact, they are what initially separated water pipes from dry pipes.
A downstem is simply a tube that sits in the main water chamber, allowing air to enter the chamber. They can be easily removed and cleaned, and replaced by different downstems when needed. However, make sure that the downstem is the appropriate size. This basic piece has a diffused, removable downstem, and is perfect for smoking alone or with friends. Regardless of the percolator style that you prefer, a bong with a percolator will surely improve your smoking experience. There is no substitute for the feeling that continuous smooth hits give you. Toker Supply is an online headshop that provides all styles of smoking pieces and accessories. Our products are made to ensure the highest degree of quality and durability. Most people have seen them on bongs and bubblers, but many still don’t fully understand them. Simply put, a percolator forces smoke to travel through water in order to filter it. This filtration cools the smoke and makes hits much less harsh. They come in many different designs, but all ultimately accomplish the same thing. If you prefer smoother hits, or you’re looking for a healthier way to smoke, percolators are definitely something worth having in a smoking piece. There are three ways that percolators help you: Cooling – The smoke is extremely hot as it comes from the bowl, some lighters can get as hot as 3600 F / 2000 C. The water slows down the smoke’s path to your lungs, giving the smoke significantly more time to cool down. Additionally, forcing the smoke to interact with water gives it a chance to dissipate its heat into the water, which dissipates heat from the smoke better than air. Moisturizing – Another reason taking direct hits from a joint or pipe with no water filtration is so incredibly harsh is that the hits are dry. Forcing the smoke to interact with water causes some of the heated water to turn into water vapor, thereby moisturizing the hit, making the smoke less harsh on your lungs. Filtration – Filtration of the smoke occurs when the smoke makes contact with the water, therefore the more surface area of bubbles you have, the more filtration you have. This means that when the smoke interacts with the water, the water magnetically attracts polar contaminants, taking them out of the smoke. Water Filtration isn’t great at getting small contaminants or non-polar contaminants, but the filtration in addition to cooling and moisturizing makes for much smoother hits and happier lungs. This is a common misconception about percolators and water filtration. Joint and pipe enthusiasts often complain that the water filters out the THC, which is why they prefer to not use additional percolators or any water filtration at all. However, if you’ll note my little chemistry lesson above, you’ll know that water is only good at attracting polar compounds from the smoke. Fortunately, THC, as well as many other cannabinoids, are non-polar substances, so the water would do a poor job at taking the THC out of the smoke.
Anyone who’s made cannabutter with water has thrown out that water. You can throw the water away for the same exact reason. On the other hand, THC dissolves well in fats and oils because fats and oils are non-polar.
This is why you can be confident that water filtration and percolators don’t decrease the THC content of your smoke. There has only ever been one study done on the matter. It suggested that water was indeed able to filter a minute amount of THC from the smoke, however the methodology has been disputed, and the study has never been repeated. Additionally, for the chemistry-related reasons stated above, conventional wisdom would say that THC isn’t filtered out of the smoke. Until a study definitively proves it one way or the other, we can’t be certain, but our analysis is that percolation does NOT filter out the THC.