Do You Know Your Percolators?

Written by: Kadircan Kana

Edited by: Patrick Thompson

 There are some bits of information that all educated smokers should know to improve their smoking experience. One bit of information that is never talked about is how percolators in bongs and rigs affect your smoking experience. A percolator cools and diffuses the smoke that travels through the water.

There are several different types of percolators to choose from. Some percolators, such as the shower head and circ-perc have more holes for smoke distribution.

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Shower Head perc

The holes cause the smoke to cool quicker because the smoke will be exposed to the water over a larger surface area.

While certain percolators allow the smoke to cool-down faster, there are some that don’t do as good of a job at diffusing the smoke through water. The honeycomb percolator is a very popular design, but what many people don’t know is that the honeycomb is one of the worst percs for cooling smoke.

honeycomb perc

Honeycomb perc

In almost all honeycomb designs the smoke never travels through the water. Instead it travels directly over it, the water does not diffuse the smoke in any way, shape, or form; this causes the smoke to be hotter and harsher, and more tar will remain in the smoke because the water has not properly diffused it.

One percolator that you should always avoid purchasing is the infamous fritted disk. While the fritted disk design is cool and unique, it is actually the worst percolator. The fritted disk gets clogged up almost immediately after taking a couple of hits, no actual water diffusion occurs here either—just like the honeycomb perc. Even when using concentrates, the fritted disk gets clogged up fast and almost all airflow becomes restricted. I can’t count how many times one of my friends has spent their entire paycheck on a brand new piece just to find out that they couldn’t hit it more then a couple times without it getting clogged up.

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Fritted disc

Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation like that. All percolators affect the smoke diffusion process in a different manner, and they each have their pros and cons. In order to find the perfect piece for you, educating yourself on percolators is key.



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3 Replies to “Do You Know Your Percolators?”

  1. Back in the late 60’s there was a glass bong called a toker 2 you could see how much of a hit you were getting and the carburetor hole was thumb size so it cleared instantly does anyone remember toker two’s?

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