Using a bong is like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you can ride or smoke any bong anywhere.
Steps To Smoke a Bong Correctly
Fill With Water
Start by using cold or room temperature water to fill the base of your bong with water. How much water do you put in a bong? The goal is slightly submerge the the tops of any percolator located inside your piece. On your percolator you'll notice slits or holes cut into the glass. Fill your piece to the highest percolator is slightly submerged. You can always test if you did it correctly by doing inhaling with water in the piece like you are taking a hit. If there's bubbles being created and it doesn't feel like you're trying to suck through a straw than you did it correctly. If this test run does feel too cumbersome, remove water and repeat the taste. If no bubblers are being created, add water. After a few times you should be able to get it right on the first try and you'll know what your bong normally feels and sounds like when functioning correctly.
Fill Any Middle Percs With Water
Some bongs have a percolator that its between the base and the mouthpiece. The same logic and routine to fill and test the base applies here. We recommned testing the middle perc and base together. You should be able to see / hear / tell which part, if any, is the root of your problem.
Freeze Any Glycerin Coils
If you do own a Freeze Pipe bong or piece with a glycerin coil on it, make sure that you put this part in the freezer for at least 1-hour before your smoke sesh. It's okay to leave the glycerin coil in the freezer for 1-hour or in between sessions.
Use Grinded Herb To Pack The Bowl
For a myriad of reasons, always grind your weed. It tastes and smells better, it burns better, and it's easier to smoke. Grinded weed wont clog your bowl or get stuck in percolators which ruin the bong's function. Grinding herb also releases the full flavor and aroma to show off the delicacy of whatever strand you're smoking on. You want to pack the bowl tightly, but not too tight. It's important that air can still flow through the bowl and into the piece.
Light The Herb and Inhale
Once you see the flower ignite, stop using the lighter! Your green will burn naturally and you can use your lung power to create bigger and longer hits. A good functioning bong will take minimal lung power to achieve this. Using your lighter the entire time you're inhaling means you're unnecessarily inhaling nasty butane chemicals from the lighter. Additionally, you can actually over burn your weed which lessens the THC levels and taste you consumer from herb.
It's recommend you use hemp wick to ignite your herb. Hemp wick, or hemp rope is a all natural remedy that's been used by cigar aficionados for decades. Simply use the lighter to lit the hemp wick, touch the flaming hemp wick to your herb and away you go. This method is a healthier and smoother experience than lighters. You consume WAY less butane and hemp wick burns at a lower temperature than lighters so you burn away less THC levels. Not to mention a drastic improvement in taste and aroma from your herb.
Clearing The Piece and Bowl Removal
We're not gonna be a bunch of hardasses and say that you have to clear all the bong smoke. If you've feel you've had enough simply stop smoking. Time is on your side and you can always smoke more later. In the previous step and your herb ignites and you inhale you'll notice the base of the bong fill up with smoke. When you're ready, remove the bowl from the bong and continue to inhale. Said smoke inside the bong will rush towards your mouth and into your lungs.
Change Your Bong Water
It's a great habit to get into. Changing your bong water after every use is vital for your health and a pleasant smoking experience. Plus it'll prevent you from having to clean your glass as frequent to save you some extra free time.