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Thursday December 28, 2017

By Andrew Ward

420 Culture

Winter is here! Remember when you were a kid and used to “smoke” in the cold air with your finger cigarettes and joints? Since then, your outdoor smoking devices have probably changed a slight bit. And with innovative smokers always looking for new options to consume cannabis, you’re left with loads of options to try this season.

We’ve compiled some classics and cool devices that you can take out into the wilderness this season:

Snow Bong

Winter and snow go together like Cheech and Chong, or Jeff Sessions and antiquated views about marijuana. So, it's only natural that smokers decided to make Frosty the Snowman into their own magical snow buddy of sorts.

Making your own snow bong only takes a few materials.

Outside of snow itself, you'll need tools to dig out a chamber and shape your bowl after forming your heaping pile of snow. Usually a dowel and actual eating bowl will do. The key is to use a gentle touch. Go slow when shaping your chamber and bowl. You don’t want to crack your bong. Though, at least with snow you can always make another bong.

Igloo for Hotboxing

Show off your engineering know-how with an igloo smoke shack this winter. Igloos are an excellent option if you have the patience to build something a bit more intricate. Building an igloo needs a bit more precision than other devices on the list. Follow the instructions to give you a safe and excellent hotbox. If done correctly, the end result leaves you and your pals with a winter fortress to weather the storm while smoking in peace.

Igloo for Hotboxing
Hotboxing in an igloo will take your smoking experience to the next level! Derek Thomas

Just be sure to set your igloo up somewhere discrete. You don’t want to end up like the Utah college students that got busted after being confused for a homeless encampment.

Ice Bong

Making an ice bong on your own, like you would an igloo or even snow bong, takes a high level of skill. Instead, we suggest going with an ice bong you can make at home. There’s even a special ice bong mold made by the company, Eyce, which allows you to make an ice bong with ease.

Eyce Ice Bong Mold
The Eyce Mold 2.0 allows you to make an ice bong with ease. Eyce

Technically, this means you can make it any time of year and isn’t a winter device. But we’re going to add it anyway because ice bongs are fantastic and give your throat some needed relief from smoking. Plus ice equals snow and all, right?

Citrus Fruit Bongs

Winter is prime season for citrus fruit - which means it's getting high from a citrus device season.

Citrus Fruit
Try smoking the strain Clementine out of an orange for a tasty experience. Tookapic

While most people opt for apples, we say put the autumn fruit on hold for the season. Instead, go for a seasonal fruit for a flavorful twist on a classic DIY device. Oranges are in peak season and come with helpful videos across the Internet on how to make them. Others like a grapefruit or clementine have similar building instructions worth trying your hand at.

Gingerbread House Bong

Here is one house that you can should set fire to, in moderation of course.

Gingerbread House
Gingerbread house bongs take ‘baked’ to a whole new level! lizawin

It's best to make your gingerbread house bong so you can construct your bowl and chamber for optimal smoking. Though you could just buy a premade one and make the slight alterations yourself. Heads up, this can result in a crumbled house. Just be sure not to use your family's Christmas gingerbread house. You know how grandma can get protective over cookie houses no one ever eats.

Antler Pipes

Bucks shed their antlers when testosterone levels drop, occurring between late December and March or April. The process is painless for bucks while leaving hikers and nature fans another natural wonder to find in the wilderness. This can also lead you to finding a natural source for a pipe.

Antler Pipe
It doesn’t get much more natural than smoking out of an antler pipe. Etsy

Antler pipes can even net you some money as a side business on Etsy if you’re crafty. Most designs are rather simple designs, while some could have your feeling like Gandalf.

Bong Cozy

Not up for making your own bong but want to smoke outside? Then the bong cozy is something for you. It keeps you and your glass a little warmer against any harsh winter winds.

Bong Cozy
Keep your hands cold and your tokes fresh this winter with a bong cozy! Etsy

Like an ice bong, you can make one any time of year. If you have a knack for knitting, you could even turn it into a side business just like antler pipe makers sell on Etsy.

Let us know about some of your favorite winter smoking devices in the comments below. We’d love to see what you’ve made!


Andrew Ward Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is a Brooklyn-based cannabis writer and creative. His work has appeared on Benzinga, High Times, PROHBTD and several other publications and brand blogs. He has covered the cannabis space for over three years, and has written professionally since 2011. His first book, "Cannabis Jobs," was released in October 2019. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

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