What are the Types of Glass Pipe Percolators?

Tree-PercMany smokers are aware of percolators in water pipes and fancy the appearance, but surprisingly many do not know what they are there for, or if they are even useful at all.

Percolatriple showerheadtors separates the smoke with small slits, making for a smoother hit that doesn’t feel like a gaseous blob of fumes in your lungs but rather like a light and airy inhale that still keeps its potency, this is especially important in dab bongs and bubblers where a hit of wax can pack quite a punch. There are many different percolator styles one might find shopping for a quality water pipe, we will detail the differences to help give you a better understanding.

Straight Diffused Downstem

The most common is the straight diffused down stem, simple and effective, the slits at the end of the downstem sit under the water allowing smoke to be cooled, filtered, and diffused simultaneously before leaving the chamber and entering the lungs. Through recent years the diffused downstem has become like a standard in almost water pipes.

Disk Percolator

The disk percolator is one that sits horizontally above the main water chamber in the shaft of the pipe, usually holding another water chamber, with either slits or holes for the smoke to pass though and diffuse.

honeycombHoneycomb Percolator

The honeycomb perc is a favorite of mine, its similar to a disk percolator diffuser in shape and location, except the fashion of the holes the smoke passes through resemble a honey comb rather than normal holes or slits.

Tree Percolatortree percolator

The tree perk is a common one in many water pipes, it sends the smoke through multiple tubes that bend down into a second water chamber filtering the smoke a second time, the more tubes there are the more diffusion the smoke undergoes.

Shower Head Percolator

The shower head perk resembles its name, a shower head, usually attached to the end a downstem it is essentially a glass bubble filled with outwards slits and passes the smoke into the water chamber like a shower head.

Matrix Percolatormatrix perc

The matrix percolator is one of the more elaborate diffusers that can be put in a bong of bubbler, in its simplest explanation it is a puck with multiple holes and slits that the smoke filters through, and seems to be a combination of both the tree percolator and shower head percolator, usually attached to the downstem in the main water chamber but can be an independent percolator with its own water chamber.

domeDome Percolator

The dome percolator is similar to the design of a miniature upside down pasta strainer in the water chamber, as smoke enters the water chamber it passes through the dome before bubbling to the surface.

Circ Percolator

A circ percolator is a donut shaped showerhead, with a tube in the center that the smoke runs through the after it is diffused through the slits.

There’s a lot of different percolators, some fit in the bowl piece some take up the bongs entire chamber, some give a good chug when taking a hit and some are tight lacking airflow, but when you hit the bowl or take that dab and think to yourself “that was a really clean hit”, you probably have percolators to thank for that.

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What’s the Difference Between Male and Female Water Pipes?

male vs female concentrate pipes

There can be a lot of confusion in today’s dabbing world, especially when it comes to concentrate/water pipes in their relation to nail size. One of the main problems that we see from amateur dab heads in the industry is the ability to discern between a male or a female water pipe/concentrate pipe. As a general rule of thumb, most water pipes/bongs are going to be female in nature meaning, a device, usually a downstem or bowl,  goes inside the pipe, where as with a concentrate pipe, which is usually male in nature, bowls and downstems can be probed with the pipe. (similar to male/female genitalia) *wink wink*

Here are examples for a better understanding of what the difference between a male and female pipe typically is.

Female Water Pipe (Straight Percolator Beaker Water Pipe) 

In the following diagram displaying the Straight Percolator Beaker Water Pipe, the downstem is inserted within the female part, and then the bowl is inserted into the downstem. Pipes of this nature are best used with cannabis flowers or buds.


Male Concentrate Pipe (10 Inch Single Dome Stemless Honeycomb 14mm)

In the following diagram displaying the 10 Inch Single Dome Stemless Honeycomb 14mm concentrate pipe the glass nail is placed within the male part and then the bowl is placed over the inserted glass nail inside the male part. Pipes of this nature are best used with dabs or medicated concentrates.