Tube vs Bubbler vs Rig


Bubblers are small to medium size water pipes that are used to smoke flower. Most regular, run-of-the-mill bubblers are usually made with built-in stems and a carburator on the side.

Usually, it’s just a straight stem but sometimes diffuser stems are used to add more filtration in the water chamber. Using a bubbler like that is similar to using a spoon style dry pipe, with one finger on the carb to regulate airflow.

On the other end of the spectrum, the best bubblers could easily be mistaken for compact tubes by the untrained eye as they often share the same styles of percolators. However, a bubbler is usually given away by the lack of a straight tube.


At Jerome Baker, the glass is high quality and the premier available bubblers are the Honeycomb Klein Bubbler respite with circle splash guard and eponymous honeycomb perc as well as the Incylcer Bubbler. Both feature a stemless design with 18mm female joints and 24kt gold inlay of the JBD crossed tubes logo.


Why choose a JBD tube?


Tubes are medium to large water pipes that are used to smoke flower. Tubes typically differ from most simple dry pipes and bubblers because the sleeve or down stem doubles as the carburator. The flower is placed in a bowl or slide which then must be removed from the sleeve or down stem to clear the water filtered smoke from the tube.

This glass on glass design with female (or male) joints, in combination with a straight tube that features an ice pinch, is very common and can be considered the calling card of the new school tube.

Some tubes even offer a variety of percolator types with which to filter the smoke and percs are often doubled or even tripled up or combined with different types of percs. Take the Double Tube in a Tube for instance, it’s no wonder that piece was the 2014 High Times winner.


The classic tubes, though, typically feature a single non glass on glass slide and sleeve mechanism for the bowl. In comparison with the glass on glass design where the male and female ends must be the same size, the non glass on glass design uses a rubber grommet to ensure an airtight seal and pull.

There’s less filtration, and more of the natural flavor of the flower. Jerome Baker currently offers the Q Ball Fumed tube in this style with 100% pure silver fumed designs on the base and tube. Collectors might also be interested in the ageless beauty that is the JBD Mothership tube.