(per fatboy jeff's suggestion)
Difference between a Glass on Glass (GonG) bong and a Grommet bong
A GonG bong uses a glass joint that is flush to the bowl to create an air tight seal between bowl and bong. GonG bongs are almost always better quality then a grommet bong, and thus more expensive. Below is an example of a bong that is GonG:
A grommet bong uses a rubber ring that is placed on the bowls stem to create an air tight seal with the down stem. Usually found on acrylic or ceramic bongs. Below is an example:
The Bowl (a.k.a. cone piece, chillum)
Pretty self-explanatory, this is the spot where the herb goes! Bowl is then insterted into the down stem.
Down stem (a.k.a. slide)
This is the tube that the bowl is inserted into. The down stem goes into the bong's chamber, in the water. Many bongs have a downstem built in (acrylic bongs will usually have one with a grommet attached to it), or the down stem can be inserted.
Diffuser (a.k.a. diffused down stem )
A diffuser is a downstem that has tiny holes at the bottom of it. This seperates the smoke, and cools it.
Ice Catcher (a.k.a. ice notches)
These little bumps reside in the tube of the bong and, you guessed it, hold ice. This cools down the smoke before it enters your mouth.
An ash catcher acts as a second chamber that filters and cools the smoke before it enters the bong. Inserted into the bong's downstem.
Inline Ash Catcher
An inline ash catcher is an ash catcher (usually) built right into the bong, and the water chamber is almost always sideways. This picture below a picture of a bong from GC's own Five to One:
A percolator is a filtering and cooling chamber that sits in the bong's tube. There are a few kinds of percolators, the most common ones are tree percolators, and dome percolators.
A tree percolator has 'arms' that point downward and are submerged in water. Usually has 2, 4, 6, 8, or 12 arms.
Here is an excellent diagram explaining how a tree percolator works:
A dome percolator uses a single, small chamber that directs the smoke into the water. The dome is sometimes made with colorful glass designs.
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Carb Hole (a.k.a shotgun)
Some bongs, as opposed to using a slide, use a hole as shown above to clear the chamber. Usually found on cheaper bongs.
A splash guard is simply a barrier in the tube that prevents water from splashing into your mouth. Why? Because bong water is pretty nasty tasting. Always after the percolators and before the Ice Catcher.
well, thats all I can think of for now. When I have the time, I will try to add more. Feel free to add on if you can think of something I forgot!
Edited by rtlshred, 01 July 2009 - 02:25 AM.