The honeycomb perc, also known as a honeycomb disc or honeycomb diffuser, is a type of percolator commonly used in water pipes and bongs. It is named for its resemblance to a honeycomb structure, featuring multiple small holes or slits arranged in a disc-shaped pattern.
The honeycomb perc is typically made of glass, although other materials like ceramic or silicone can also be used. The purpose of the honeycomb perc is to provide additional filtration and diffusion of smoke or vapor as it passes through the water pipe.
When a hit is taken from a water pipe with a honeycomb perc, the smoke or vapor is pulled through the water and into the perc. As it passes through the small holes or slits of the honeycomb disc, the smoke or vapor is broken into numerous tiny bubbles. This process helps to increase the surface area of the smoke or vapor, allowing it to come into contact with more water. This interaction between the smoke or vapor and the water helps to cool and filter the hit, resulting in a smoother and more enjoyable smoking experience.
The honeycomb perc is valued for its excellent diffusion capabilities. The large number of holes or slits in the disc-shaped perc creates a significant amount of diffusion, resulting in effective filtration and cooling of the smoke or vapor. This diffusion also helps to break down the smoke into smaller particles, which can contribute to smoother hits and less harshness on the throat and lungs.
Maintenance of a honeycomb perc is relatively straightforward. Regular cleaning with isopropyl alcohol and warm water is recommended to remove any resin or residue that may accumulate on the perc’s surface and inside the small holes or slits. Proper maintenance ensures optimal functionality and longevity of the honeycomb perc.