Culture August 1, 2011

Win a Vaporizer : Build a Bong

Every stoner has one of those friends… A self-proclaimed MacGyver of pot, a true “bongineer”. A person who will always find a solution when there’s no paper, bong or pipe nearby. They can make a smoking device out of absolutely anything; from fruit to fruit juice bottles to bamboo to car parts, a bong will be built and that green will be smoked.

Below The Lion and Vaporium have a special prize for this special kind of stoner; a brand spanking new Extreme-Q Vaporizer worth R2500. The runner up will get a 4 piece, hand-crank Sharpstone grinder worth R350. We also have a 3rd prize to give-away (another grinder) to a lucky reader who comments below. Keep reading to find out how to enter!

vaporizer grinder

Extreme-Q Vaporizer
Extreme-Q Vaporizer
Sharpstone Grinder
Sharpstone Grinder

We want to see your home-made smoking devices! They don’t necessarily have to be bongs at all, that’s for you to decide, but what we do want to see is creativity and great craftsmanship. We’re sorry, but one old Energade bottle won’t cut it this time ;). That’s not to say cooldrink bottles can’t be used in your creation though… absolutely ANYTHING can be used! Get creative!

HOW THE COMPETITION WILL WORK:

Send us a photo (or two or three) of your home-made smoking device by posting your pics to our Facebook page. If you don’t do Facebook, you can email your photos to belowthelion@gmail.com and we’ll post them up for you.

To the best of your ability, and for the sake our readers and judges, please try ensure that your photos are as clear legible as possible. Please try to shoot your home-made smoking device without other objects like computers or kitchen appliances lying next to it in the photo.

Feel free to include a description or caption to go with your photo/s.

You may enter as many times as you like.

The entry period will run from 1-31 August.

The top entries will then be chosen and entered into a poll in which BTL readers will have the final say.

The voting period will run from from 1-7 September.

The 2 entries with the highest number of votes win!

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE A BONG?

If you don’t have any bongineering skills, you can still win yourself a hand-crank Sharpstone grinder.

Simply Like this post:

And leave a comment below, telling us why you deserve a new grinder.

Winners will be notified by email.

So, you’ve all got a month… Smoke that bowl, come up with your crazy ideas, get building and maybe you’ll end up with an Extreme-Q Vape of your very own. Lets find out who really is the best “bongineer” of them all!

The competition is only available to people living in South Africa. The judges decision is final. You have to be 18 years or older to enter.

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  • mant

    :O Holy F***ing Moly this is kinda when i wish i saved all the crazy bongs i made 🙁 guess i’ll have to craft something for this competition 😀 i want that vaporizer!!!!

  • JollyGreenGiant

    O hell yeah…I’m in!!

  • This thing does look pretty awesome!

  • twitch

    Very psyched for this!

  • JollyGreenGiant

    Got a sick idea…it will revolutionise the bong world…busy drawing up blue prints for the prototype as we speak…I can taste those thc vapours already 🙂

  • gNOME

    is there a limit to entries ?

  • mant

    i would think so like 1 per contestant?

  • Patrick Swazi

    Unlimited entries.

    The best will be the best. 😉

  • JollyGreenGiant

    Are you guys that unsure of ur own abilities that u feel uv gotta go for the shot gun approach of sending in as many entries as possible n hope like hell that one of them gets picked…come on, use ur creativity and style, make ONE super bong and enter that…well do what u like, but rather go for quality over quantity…

  • mant

    JollyGreenGiant said:
    Are you guys that unsure of ur own abilities that u feel uv gotta go for the shot gun approach of sending in as many entries as possible n hope like hell that one of them gets picked…come on, use ur creativity and style, make ONE super bong and enter that…well do what u like, but rather go for quality over quantity…

    agreed

  • You may submit as many entries as you like guys & girls. The best entries will still be selected for the finals.. If you have time to submit more than one, cool. But if you want to use your time to craft something extra special, that’s cool too.

  • Buzz

    The cream will rise to the top. Nothing wrong with lots of bong porn;)

  • JollyGreenGiant

    Buzz said:
    The cream will rise to the top. Nothing wrong with lots of bong porn;)

    Hahahaha so true!!

  • Djambo

    best thing is, whether you are also sitting with a new vape or not, you end up with an awesome bong.

  • JollyGreenGiant

    Hahahaha my thoughts exactly!!

  • mant

    first bong almost done 😀

  • mant said:
    first bong almost done 😀

    Nice, looking forward to checking it out. “First bong”. haha! The more the merrier, keep the entries coming!

  • mant

    Sticky Scissors said:
    Nice, looking forward to checking it out. “First bong”. haha! The more the merrier, keep the entries coming!

    yeah “first one” if everyone wana do more than 1 i might as well join them.

  • sohigh420

    Can we use existing pieces and use other materials in order to making our piece? 😉

  • gNOME

    my 1 nearly done

  • Funkberry UK

    Ive been using my trusty Volcano Vape for the past 4 years , never given me a prob and really brings out the flavour!!
    Havent used it since march though and trust me the mild ” detox weed ” im smoking is not worth vaping 🙁

  • jennifer

    Wow i have a Volcano as well , got it as a gift – heard its friken expensive , i agree about the flavour , to be honest i didnt really enjoy the ” flavour of the weed ” until i got a vape , do u stone shift or bomb it?

  • Ryan Lyle

    Haha… If i enter this competition, you guys can have another one, with my winning bong as the first prize ;-)…. This is gonna get interesting

  • Kevin

    yes oh my god.. i’ve been waiting for something like this 😉

  • jambo

    do you realy have to be from south africa

  • mant

    why i deserve a new grinder? Because then i can grind up all the herbs im growing 😉

  • Slade

    Why should I win the grinder? Well I entered a competition a while back to win a DJ controller. And I never won. But a good friend whipped out some Super Cheese as consolation and we had a great spliff. I’m not sure if that’s a reason but it was pretty awesome.

  • CReaMCoNTRoL

    Oh man that Grinder looks insane! Would have loved to build a bong for the comp but I’m staying with my folks at the moment and have to keep my habits on the down low :/

  • ReeferKing

    I really REALLY need a new grinder! Like badly, mine just makes a big mess and doesn’t even grind 🙂 please help guys

  • JollyGreenGiant

    As much as I love my scissor hash…I’m starting to get calluses on my fingers from over use of the scissors…and then there’s the cramp that comes with cleaning a big bag…a decent grinder is just what I need!! Take pity on me and my poor fingers…pls pls pls!!

  • Van Wijk

    Too bad i chucked all my bongs just before I went over the seas. A grinder would be just awesome. Great prizes by the way.

  • THC-Skaap

    I think I should win the grinder becuase that grinder is awsum and I,m awsumly high right now.

  • envee

    common guys, everyone was so enthusiastic about the bongathon build but now that there is a third prize to give away people seem to get so lazy and think a : “please please” will get them a little something something.
    anyway, keep it green. peace love joy

  • JollyGreenGiant

    usertest1 said:
    common guys, everyone was so enthusiastic about the bongathon build but now that there is a third prize to give away people seem to get so lazy and think a : “please please” will get them a little something something.
    anyway, keep it green. peace love joy

    My bong is under construction still,due to its amazingness…but I figure there aint no harm in asking…and aint no harm in asking nicely either 🙂

    Peace

  • Van Wijk

    I’ve decided to build the ultimate bong, watch this space…

  • Ras-Jade

    I would really like to win a grinder caus I smoke weed everyday and haven’t ever one anything : ) it would also be nice to crush my weed without cutting my hand with d scissors!

  • Kalkbay

    i need a grinder!
    my scissors no longer cut thanks to all the use they have gone through… and i need it for scientific research purposes >.>

  • Jediiiiii

    I deserve that unbefuckinglievably awesome sharpstone grinder, as i’ve been smoking for the past 4 years and only recently realized the awesomeness of using a grinder over skissors (sorry Sticky), and i will utilize this beast beyond what words could describe! Plus be incredibly uberly fucking stoked to have something that i can actually make some sweet pollen hash with (now that i know how)!

  • Craig

    Wow I need THIS!!!

  • CurvedInsight

    They should have used the word ” practical ” in the compitetion rules haha, come on, u gonna take some of these things on the move? show people? or even use them ? lol prob only made just made for this comp..

  • oneforone

    If the Space Invader wins, you guys are gonna have to sign it

  • Van Wijk

    I want to see them smoked. There is a couple of them that I don’t believe can actually smoke properly.

  • CurvedInsight

    yea i agree with you there, well im glad the judges are us i think? so if the thing looks kak its got no chance, i mean dont people care about the quality of what they do ? lol

    quote – we do want to see is creativity and great craftsmanship.

    Please try to shoot your home-made smoking device without other objects like computers or kitchen appliances lying next to it in the photo.

    i guess people cant read. i posted my lil pretty. and its PRACTICAL !! peace

  • gNOME

    i should get that grinder cos i am the only minority

    bacon

  • hippo for 20ing

    that makes no sence gnome

  • CurvedInsight

    hippo for 20ing said:
    that makes no sence gnome

    lol dude, i thought the exact same thing last night seeing that, maybe he was gaaft

  • hippo for 20ing

    must have been alot of very potent stuff for him to think he is bacon!?!?!

  • gNOME

    it makes sence you are just not stoned enough

  • hippo for 20ing

    oooh now it makes sence

  • CurvedInsight

    gNOME dude why u not well like this? can you explain to hippo and i what u mean, we sadly dont soak our herb in thinners b4 puffing, so we need help 🙁

  • hippo for 20ing

    it makes scense after you rolled a fatty haha

  • CurvedInsight

    only thing i can roll at the mo is myself maybe on the grass outside 🙁 herb = 0 …
    oh to keep with the topic 🙂 – i like to hotbox to

  • gNOME

    this is the vape comp topic not my hotbox topic

  • CurvedInsight

    CurvedInsight said:
    only thing i can roll at the mo is myself maybe on the grass outside 🙁 herb = 0 …
    oh to keep with the topic 🙂 – i like to hotbox to

    omg lol thats not this topic !!!
    id like a vap plz, it is cool and so is the topic..

  • CurvedInsight

    gNOME said:
    this is the vape comp topic not my hotbox topic

    OMFG and u had to noticed while im fixing it !! go away bacon 🙂

  • gNOME

    bacon

  • STONERS! hahhahahahha

  • Gerhard

    I need the grinder the vapor & everything that has to do with weed•
    -The grinder will really help for when I’m making food*

  • ScrOGger

    No worries bro, no rush. I’m just intrigued… hahaha. Peace.

  • ScrOGger

    Because fingers simply wont “cut it” anymore…
    A nice new grinder might help though..?

  • ChronicExposure

    Just added my entry, holding my “clutch”, I mean thumbs that I stand a chance!!!

  • CurvedInsight

    awe, also sent entry in by email, not keen to post by face identity lol

  • ChronicExposure

    Sweet me too…Can we post our pics here?

  • CurvedInsight

    My pipe bong, entered it by email but to inpatient to wait for facebook pic 🙂 .. worked out great with pull/herb ratio and final outcome of effect lol.

  • CurvedInsight

    ChronicExposure said:
    Sweet me too…Can we post our pics here?

    ooops, just read yours while i was uploading mine 🙂 haha, doesnt say we cant and they will be seen sooner 🙂

  • ChronicExposure

    Looks Mad!!! How does it work exactly? Have an idea but not 100% sure of the internal workings.
    Here’s mine! Text is a bit small, but zoom in for a closer look! (Ctrl + mouse scroll)

    Super Cool: Here is a lil something special it has three chambers for triple filtration as well as a Condenser allowing for SCS (Super Cooled Smoke)!!! Lol

  • CurvedInsight

    Dude i dig you setup, but not portable 🙁 awsome for parties and couch veggin haha.. science project.
    heres another pic, copper pipe from connection to inner of bamboo where water is kept then controlled by clutch of paint gun, then back through another pipe passing filters and a clutch in the main gun chamber, rubber seal on top for water, 80% part removable and 100% portable.

    its great, 1st time tired i though it wasnt working lol, it did, just after i blew a mountain of smoke out but felt almost nothing haha, if someone keen for a second puff top rubber can be removed for excess party puffin.

  • Wow, those last two are awesome! Upped the standard!

  • CurvedInsight

    hope we have more entries soon. not easy making nature fit with metal dam .. wat an experience. make one for lols Oscar

  • ScrOGger

    @CurvedInsight @ChronicExposure :
    Damn those bad boys look mad!!!!! Curved I’m still struggling to figure out how it works, maybe give us a photo with it dismanteled into it’s seperate parts so we can get a better idea of how it works. I’m a little confused as to how the smoke flows, and to where it flows, surelly you gonna get water backing up your down/smoke pipe due to gravity? And how you not sucking in a whole lot of water..? Are there one-way valves, what’s going on…???, or is there actually no water in the bamboo chamber?? Hahahaha,I wanna know, you got me intreged…

    That “Supercooled” smoke sounds mad! Also diggin the colour change of the water, would’ve been even more epic if you got blue and yellow food colouring to mix in the condenser(would hopefully mix into green) : so from blue and yellow to green!!!
    Now that would be pretty sick, still looks flippin mad though!!!!! Would definitely give it a go!!!

    I wonder if there’s gonna be a flurry of decently made bongs now?! Hahahaha
    Not sure if I can compete with you guys….

  • ChronicExposure

    Not too portable unfortunately your right, yet again its not something you gonna hit and be able to do much after, so best to be indoors ;)hahaha. The cool smoke makes it feel better than breathing….. but that could be said about smoking most good weed in any way 😉
    Digging that paint gun clutch, looks efficient!!

  • JollyGreenGiant

    ScrOGger said:

    I wonder if there’s gonna be a flurry of decently made bongs now?! Hahahaha

    Yeah, I can see it happening!! My bong has been the project of the month…almost done but reckon I’m not the only one that has made a decent effort with this comp!!

  • CurvedInsight

    lets see if i can explain this, herb goes in to the top connection, its pulled down along the copper pipe around a bend inside the t-piece at the bottom of the bamboo straight up inside with another pipe almost to the top of bamboo inside, joined as u can see in 2nd pic in the bamboo, if u look at the bottom of 2nd pic inside bamboo there another bigger hole which is sealed and connected to another join goin up to the paint gun and controlled with clutch higher up the gun so that the water level is lower, the angles of the gun and copper connection pipe on the other side and height all contribute to the water not pushing out.. took some time working this out haha. hope this makes sense, havent got much bandwidth left so video post last option 🙁

  • Diagram please? 😉

  • ScrOGger

    Nice, that gives me a slightly better idea, but still confused about the water levels, how full do you fill it? Surely gravity will overcome any angle/bend of the pipe and level out within the system…?
    Diagram would definitely help!!!!

  • CurvedInsight

    fml 🙁 ill have to put one together lol.. all in my mind. will a bit later

  • Why did you post that twice?

  • ScrOGger

    Hahaha, weird that it only came through now, posted that one through the main site before the one with the picture, then looked at the competition through the forums later and I couldn’t find my post, so posted the one with the picture(maybe linked with the earlier forum glitch…), don’t suppose the second one could be deleted…. along with this post??

  • CurvedInsight

    oh my goodness was this confusing.. lol well here it is. hope this explains better.
    oh yea, water goes in the top, just remove the rubber plug

  • Excellent! Very cool design 😉

  • ScrOGger

    Ah, now get it, I had suspected that was how it worked, your water level is crucial though, wouldn’t wanna end up sucking down on all that bong water…. hahahaha. Damb mad design, and final product, looks proffessional, where can I get one and for how much..? hahaha
    Nice job.
    Would still dig to see it dismanteled, if possible? Must be relatively easy to clean if you can take it apart?

  • CurvedInsight

    dismantle O.O plz no!! 🙁 lol .. i might take one like that, its just doesnt look nice apart like the above ones. must look pretty 🙂 beats my 1st entry 🙂

  • Delta 9 THC

    I need this grinder becuase my sissors are resined shut and I can feel the early stages of arthritisis in my hands from years of mulling the sticky green.

  • CurvedInsight

    Once upon a time…

    Id love that ! Well designed/great quality SharpStone grinder made from
    aircraft grade aluminum for those clumsy parties.

    Anodised (protective oxide film by electrolysis) finish
    prevents wear or smudge marks.
    Heavy duty grinding mechanism with open window !!
    now i can see my herb getting cleaned 🙂
    Stainless steel pollen screen

    neodymium magnet (used in pc hard drives) to keep herb in
    grinder tightly sealed for safety.
    Polyurethane o-ring
    (unique material which offers
    elasticity of rubber & toughness of metal)
    on top rim of grinder for smooth grinding & less friction.

    extras – carry pouch & pollen scrap

    I want this grinder cause of 3 reasons :

    ` Its built great & will last long
    ` Looks great and will impressive others
    ` Cause i need a grinder if i won the Extreme-Q Vaporizer 🙂 hehe

    The end.

  • Van Wijk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VinCmgHxHNs
    🙂 Told you guys that vacuum cleaners are awesome.

  • Jason

    I need that grinder so bad!? I have a perminent dent in my thumb from many years of scissor abuse. So please save my thumb from certain malfunction an sponser me the grinder P.L.U.R 😀

  • CurvedInsight

    nice idea but i have to comment. u didnt really make anything with this except smoke lol, craftsmanship goes to Samsung..

    The original …

    dont really see much done other than lights, a hole for connection and maybe some internal piping we cant see, everything was already there, the stash compartments etc.. its not really modified from what it was.. also i assumed making these entries would need to be quality – well built things, it did say YOUR SMOKING device as in useable everyday etc etc.. maybe im wrong. cool soundtrack as well. and u said it not working anymore? doesnt the defeat the objective? …

  • Van Wijk

    I mean the vacuum doesnt work, the bong does. I just added the vacuum sound effect to the video.

  • CurvedInsight
  • ChronicExposure

    Nice! Mad secret bong that’s for sure if anyone comes round they more likely to think your obsesed with cleaning than a stoner, the way you’ll be eyeing out you Vacuum constantly lol…
    Thought at first when I read “Vacuum Bong” you had rig the vacuum to pull the smoke and then pump it into your lungs….had images of huge hits and burst lungs!!! ha ha

  • CurvedInsight

    yea i also thought so, switch it on and the pressure builds then u suck it out… vacuum cleaner is dead btw.. thats why i was not so keen on giving credit… no offense? i wld have done that.

  • RU1kie

    21st century futuristic madness. Digging it! @ChronicExposure – how secret is that shit?

  • CurvedInsight

    ChronicExposure said:
    Nice! Mad secret bong that’s for sure if anyone comes round they more likely to think your obsesed with cleaning than a stoner, the way you’ll be eyeing out you Vacuum constantly lol…

    he’ll have to make vacuum sounds or have recording on his phone to be authentic to fool anyone though, holding a non working cleaner gonna look suspicious .. 🙂

  • JollyGreenGiant

    ChronicExposure said:
    Nice! Mad secret bong that’s for sure if anyone comes round they more likely to think your obsesed with cleaning than a stoner, the way you’ll be eyeing out you Vacuum constantly lol…
    Thought at first when I read “Vacuum Bong” you had rig the vacuum to pull the smoke and then pump it into your lungs….had images of huge hits and burst lungs!!! ha ha

    Watch this space…hopefully by tomorrow “the detonator” will be complete and I can post my pics!!

  • ChronicExposure

    @CurvedInsight :Ya but generally he wouldn’t be vacuuming his house while entertaining guests so should be all good in that respect, just might be a one damn stinky vacuum!!!Lol
    Note about vacuum bong: I have thought about it I have a wet/dry vac and it would be easy to put in a down-pipe and full the container with water, then hook up a pipe to the out let and bam…huge hits!! But I think that would just be super lazy, plus you more likely to pop a lung… lol. Would have to add a regulator or something…
    @JollyGreenGiant: Keen to check out your “Detonator”!!

  • CurvedInsight

    popping a lung cant be nice haha, or u’ll have a right lung like this:

  • ChronicExposure

    So after seeing everyone one uping the competition I decided to hit the drawing board one more time for an upgrade of my entry. I now present you with Version 2.0, I have increased the aesthetic apeal and added a few extras. I also have a video of it in action if that is allowed? it really shows it off a lot better!!! Looking forward to the Judging….

  • 420 Chilli

    (My 2c)
    k so that pipe looks really good, and “if” it works as well as it looks then it should be really nice, (as a bubble pipe) so its not really a bong… that Vacuum looks cool and will be a cool stoner toy like those Bong Mask. But in my Opinion that Super Cool, that bong has me sold, its got class, effect, science, and a lot of thought. (which i am sure the others did as well but.. COME ON look at it, its crazy). that final pull through must be so good with that cool CLEAN cronic taste>>>>> mmmmmmm..
    Big up Bru that it bong is AMAZING…
    RESPECT!

  • CurvedInsight

    the new version . . . CSB build 1.0b
    the tools:

    the weapon of choice:

    and the usage / proof:
    BTL bong entry
    everything unmarked, all editing, construction & audio creation by self.

  • CurvedInsight

    If i had smaller lungs i cld have given someone a RDP condom vap bag 🙂

  • ChronicExposure

    Here you go the vid of Version 2.0
    Super Cooled Video

  • CurvedInsight

    awsome !!

  • Van Wijk

    ChronicExposure said:
    Here you go the vid of Version 2.0

    That makes me want to smoke it. Awesome job!

  • JollyGreenGiant

    Entry submitted…thank the pope!! was getting worried i wouldnt get “the Detonator” in on time!! a plan of the internal workings will be submitted tomorrow but basically she works kinda along the same principles as a bucket/gravity bong…
    1)pull the plunger up to create a vacuum inside the 2nd chamber wich will then pull the smoke through the water
    2)seal the 2nd chamber with the taps
    3)compress the plunger and therefore the smoke in the 2nd chamber
    4)open the mouthpiece tap and TA-DAAAH…one high pressure hit straight to the lungs certain to blow you away and leaving you in pieces.

  • CurvedInsight

    @JollyGreenGiant and Admin

    the Competition closed 12:00am 31-08-2011 in case u forgot and any further entries/diagrams after are against the rules and should not be valid or allowed as you arent “special” to get a days grace where as no one else did and finished in time! , maybe u were lazy dont care 🙂
    thanks.

  • HowRude

    Hahaha! I smell fear!

  • CurvedInsight

    JollyGreenGiant said:
    a plan of the internal workings will be submitted tomorrow

    hopefully this isnt allowed – in violation of rules.

    in case you forgot :

    You may enter as many times as you like.
    The entry period will run from 1-31 August. <——
    The top entries will then be chosen and entered into a poll in which BTL readers will have the final say.
    The voting period will run from from 1-7 September. <—–
    The 2 entries with the highest number of votes win!

    kindly, curved

  • CurvedInsight

    HowRude said:
    Hahaha! I smell fear!

    fear ? never 🙂

  • gNOME

    well i smell bacon

  • CurvedInsight

    gNOME said:
    well i smell bacon

    that would be your dirty foreskin you smelling there kid.
    🙂

  • Good luck to all the entries, may the baddest bong win.

  • Van Wijk

    CurvedInsight said:
    hopefully this isnt allowed – in violation of rules.

    in case you forgot :

    You may enter as many times as you like.
    The entry period will run from 1-31 August. <——
    The top entries will then be chosen and entered into a poll in which BTL readers will have the final say.
    The voting period will run from from 1-7 September. <—–
    The 2 entries with the highest number of votes win!

    kindly, curved

    I’m sure he submitted his bong before 12 to the BTL email address and they havent uploaded it yet. A pic is an entry, explaining to judges how it works, that can be anytime.