It’s been a long while since I wrote up a new Stoner Essentials review, I know. You can thank the awesome folks at AC Greebs for inspiring me to write this one, because the Smoking Steel is so awesome in it’s simplicity that I knew it deserved it’s own dedicated review.
So what exactly is the AC Greebs Smoking Steel? It’s the goddamn best thing to happen to homemade gravity bong users in all the history of the gravity bong. The Smoking Steel is an easy to use bowl piece for gravity bongs, which replaces the customary bottle cap/socket bowl piece (which I detailed how to make long ago). You don’t even have to screw it on or off, just pop the Smoking Steel atop the lid and you’re good to go!
Here’s a photo of my Smoking Steel next to a lighter for scale:
The Smoking Steel is made out of solid stainless steel (hence the name), so obviously it’s sturdy as a rock. Unless you lose it, you’ll literally never need to buy another one again.
My favorite thing about the Smoking Steel is it’s so easy to clean and maintain. When it inevitably gets clogged, the fix is as easy as running a simple paper clip through it. When it just gets too dirty over time, or if you need to carry it with you somewhere without smelling, cleaning is as simple as filling a small plastic bag with either an alcohol/salt mix or a commercial bong/pipe cleaning product.
The only drawback to the Smoking Steel is its price. While I’m not really complaining about it, especially considering it’ll literally last me until I die, I can see how others might be taken aback by it’s ~$30 price tag. But if you smoke gravity bongs frequently, it’s well worth the cost.
If, however, you’re still looking for something a bit cheaper, there is another option: The BongCapt.
I actually discovered this one while reviewing the AC Greebs and decided to buy one to compare the two.
The main difference with the BongCapt is that it’s actually made to screw into standard plastic bottles. This is actually a downside to me, as the AC Greebs just drops in the top of the bottle; it’s way easier to remove before hitting, as you don’t have to spend time unscrewing.
While they’re both quite durable, I would say the AC Greebs will likely last longer, considering it’s basically just a hunk of steel with a hole through it.
One thing about the BongCapt is you can pack a lot more weed in it, which helps to make for super milky hits. Though you can fit a decent sized hit into the AC Greebs as well, just not as ridiculously huge.
All in all, they’re both great products, but I personally prefer the AC Greebs.