What is Borosilicate Glass

What is Borosilicate Glass

Posted by Stephen Alexander on Jun 28, 2024

You've probably heard your buddies say "yeah, this bong is made from borosilicate glass!" But what exactly is borosilicate glass? What makes it different than other glass? Let's talk about it!

What is Glass?

You melt sand and make glass, right? More or less, but some glass is more equal than others.

When you buy a water pipe or glass hand pipe you want to be sure it's made of quality materials. The material of any pipe could range from soft glass to quartz to borosilicate, and each one offers its own strengths and weaknesses. For example, soft glass is cheap but is prone to cracking, and heaven forbid you drop it.

More often than not, a bong is made with ordinary glass: a mixture of silica (sand), soda, and lime. This is the same glass used in window panes and drinking glasses. For the most part, this glass is fine for a wide range of uses, including smoking.

But to get the absolute best experience from your bong or water pipe, you'll want to be sure it is made of borosilicate glass.

What is Borosilicate Glass?

Borosilicate glass, or known simply as borosilicate or boro-glass, is a special formulation of glass which is made with silica and boron trioxide.

What makes borosilicate glass better for bongs and hand pipes than regular glass? This special formulation reduces the thermal expansion of glass, meaning it can withstand a higher degree of temperature change than regular glass and is less susceptible to thermal shock which makes traditional glass break.

Chances are you've heard of the brand name Pyrex. Pyrex uses borosilicate glass for all of its products, which makes it a famous and household name of glassware.

Borosilicate glass is most commonly used in the field of science, used in beakers, cylinders, and many other scientific instruments. For this reason, borosilicate is sometimes referred to as "scientific glass."

Is Borosilicate Glass the best glass for bongs?

The answer to the question if borosilicate glass is the best glass for bongs and hand pipes is "YES". There's nothing wrong with the other styles of glass, both traditional glass and soft glass, but borosilicate glass has benefits which make it worth any additional cost.

Who Makes Borosilicate Glass Bongs?

Borosilicate glass has a higher cost than regular glass, so most manufacturers can lower their cost by using a less expensive alternative. However, some brands do use borosilicate glass in the construction of their bongs, and a few brands use borosilicate exclusively.

The most notable brand that Waterbeds 'n' Stuff carries which primarily uses borosilicate glass is GRAV. GRAV, also known as Gravitron (after their innovative gravity bong), use borosilicate glass in 99% of their products. In fact, their trademark used to be "GRAV Scientific Glass," since, as mentioned earlier, borosilicate is the primary type of glass used in the scientific community.

Other brands who make use of borosilicate glass to create durable and high-quality bongs are Hemper and MJ Arsenal. Both of these brands make very unique pieces, artistic and stand-out bongs and mini rigs respectively. So to offer the best products, they rely on borosilicate glass.

Where can I buy Borosilicate Glass Bongs?

The best place to buy borosilicate glass bongs is Waterbeds 'n' Stuff. Waterbeds 'n' Stuff has spent years fostering strong relations with the best glassmakers in the country, and are an official distributor of GRAVMJ Arsenal, and, most recently, Hemper. All of these high-demand names in borosilicate glass are for sale at waterbedsnstuff.com online for competitive prices.

When it comes down to buying your next bong, you want it to be the best. Although soft glass is very inexpensive, spending more money on a quality piece will pay off in the long run.

Check out waterbedsnstuff.com's extensive selection of bongs and find the one that's best for you.

Borosilicate glass offers super clear, thick, sturdy, and heat-resistant properties which will help it outlast the competition and impress all your friends.

For your next smoking vessel, spare no expense. If you take care of your bong, it can last many years. A small investment now can definitely be worth it in the long run.

Browse borosilicate glass bongs and more at waterbedsnstuff.com today, or stop in one of Waterbeds 'n' Stuff's 13 retail locations around central Ohio.