Bongineering 2011 : Finalists

***UPDATE***

Hello everyone. As most of you already know, this competition has had its ups and downs; with one of the entrants being disqualified for cheating and openly admitting to tampering with the votes. As a result and after much discussion with the admin team and the finalists in question, we feel it the fairest to take the top 3 finalists (The Vong, The Turbonator & Super Cool) and have a re-vote on our Facebook page via Facebook’s childproof question/poll system. Comments on this post are now closed, so please continue any discussion about this on the forums. All the relevant comments thus far have been added into the draw for the grinder, and wil be announced alongside the vape winners. Good luck to all!

High. We’ve had a great response to this competition and some amazing entries were submitted. The brief was to build a “home-made smoking device”. The entries were judged on creativity and craftsmanship. It was a tough judging process, with some insane bongs and smokeables submitted (gallery coming soon), but we’ve managed to narrow it down to the top 10. The person with the most votes after the 2 week voting period will win themselves an Extreme-Q Vaporizer worth R2400, sponsored by Vaporium, and runner up will win themselves a Hand-crank Sharpstone Grinder!

Anyways, without much more rambling, here are the finalists (in no particular order):

Which home-made smoking device wins?


  • The Vong - By Van Wijk (34%, 231 Votes)

  • The Turbonator - By Josh, Decio & Nic (32%, 216 Votes)

  • The Pipe Bong – By CurvedInsight (17%, 113 Votes)

  • Super Cool – By ChronicExposure (8%, 56 Votes)

  • MooOjojOjo (Teddy/Monkey) – By Tiahnah (3%, 20 Votes)

  • Cannapipe - By Ramone (Stoney McGyver) (2%, 14 Votes)

  • DIY Vaporizer – By gNome (1%, 10 Votes)

  • Gen II Stainless Steel Styla! – By Lee (1%, 8 Votes)

  • The Detonator – By Jolly Green Giant (1%, 6 Votes)

  • The T-Bong – By Johan (1%, 1 Votes)

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1. The Vong – By VanWijk

Vacuum Cleaner Bong

2. The Turbonator – By Josh, Decio and Nic

When 3 bong-mechanics stumbled across a hole in their bowl, they decided to plug it with a nugget, but not just any bong would cut it… So, they needed to create something that would go, blow… Oh my f*ck, this thing needs a turbo!!

Why it’s a pleasure to smoke the Turbonator:

- 110% airtight silicon/rubber and O-ring seals (if it leaks it’s not a bong)

- Convenient USB plug-in turbo fan (can be powered using a computer or wall plug adaptor)

- Strong turbo suction (can smoke its own bowl)

- Watertight heat-shrink electrical seals

- Separate chamber, base and downpipe for easy cleaning, filling, (no spilling), packing, racking, smoking, toking and choking. (if you aint choking then you aint smoking)

- Solid, stern base so you don’t spill your bong all over the place

- For all skill levels:
Rookie – initiate turbo fan after releasing the clutch.
Advanced – Initiate turbo in bursts while lighting up and after clutching.
Veteran – Just keep that button down for HIGH speed queeshes!

self smoking

3. MooOjojOjo – By Tiahnah

bear bong

teddy bear bong

4. The Detonator – By Jolly Green Giant

gravity bong

5. Super Cool – By ChronicExposure

6. DIY Vaporizer – By gNome

Parts used: wood, soldering iron, gas reducer 1/4 – 3/4, some piping, some surgical tubing, light dimmer or a soldering iron with temp control, a mayo jar.

home made vaporizer

7. The T-Bong – By Johan.

The T-Bong is actually a 3-in-1 party bong… The T-bong with 3 chambers and tripple filtering, the double or the single. It takes 4-8 people to smoke the 3 piece, making it great for parties!

8. Gen II Stainless Steel Styla! – By Lee.

American style clutch. Big ass cone. Dish washer friendly

Stainless Steel Bong

9. The Pipe Bong – By CurvedInsight (DISQUALIFIED)

10. Cannapipe – By Ramone (Stoney McGyver)

My home made Hemp Pipe, made from the dried out main stems of my plants harvested earlier this year! 100% El naturaal and works like a beast! :) Oh the uses i have for this wondrous plant :)

hemp pipe

And now it’s voting time… Good luck guys and girls! May the best bongineer win!

P.S. Leave a comment below letting us know who you voted for and why, and you could win yourself a Hand-crank Sharpstone grinder :)

Which home-made smoking device wins?


  • The Vong - By Van Wijk (34%, 231 Votes)

  • The Turbonator - By Josh, Decio & Nic (32%, 216 Votes)

  • The Pipe Bong – By CurvedInsight (17%, 113 Votes)

  • Super Cool – By ChronicExposure (8%, 56 Votes)

  • MooOjojOjo (Teddy/Monkey) – By Tiahnah (3%, 20 Votes)

  • Cannapipe - By Ramone (Stoney McGyver) (2%, 14 Votes)

  • DIY Vaporizer – By gNome (1%, 10 Votes)

  • Gen II Stainless Steel Styla! – By Lee (1%, 8 Votes)

  • The Detonator – By Jolly Green Giant (1%, 6 Votes)

  • The T-Bong – By Johan (1%, 1 Votes)

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Voting closes 23 September
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About the Author: Sticky Scissors

Co-founder and editor of Below The Lion. Hippie with a haircut. Appreciator of fine herbs and spices. Nature lover. Animal Lover. Skateboarding is not a crime. Proudly South African.


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  1. GreenCat says:

    Van Wijk said:
    This is what you said to her after she commented on my bong “”you must be the sour girlfriend of the guy who made some holes in that vacuum. lol, can see u think your ass doesnt smell by your profile pic, attitude etc. dont care if u have a hole between your legs makes no difference to me, u just another tick on the wall of idiots :) ”"
    No resepct for ladies, no respect for anyone. You are sick in your head my friend.

    This has what exactly to do with the TOPIC ” Bongineering 2011 : Finalists ” ?
    create a topic called “Im a little girl who cries alot” then post how much you love me.
    dont waste space posting irrelevant crap.

  2. GreenCat says:

    phototropism said:
    Van Wijk,grow up dude.

    whether curved posted that or not, i dont care.

    i dont think anyone wants to come onto ANY forum and read shit like that!

    U are creating the problems, just leave it now.

    But i hope u feel better now that u got to share that with us.(if i could i’d subtract rep points from u,just for posting what has nothing to do with anyone except u,curve and your lady friend,all u doing is adding fuel to the fire.)

    this whole thing is attracting so much negative energy….and so many people are feeding off it. WAKE UP PEOPLE

    (no sides taken,just what i feel,and i have no ties with anyone)

    ~peace~

    I agree with you, ppl spend more time making kak for Curved than caring about the site..
    like this guy now ? keeps mentioning my nicks, real name etc.. i dont care and dont know how long itll take him “Wijk” to stop being sour that he isnt going win anymore. But admin will leave him, then see my replies and not give a shit that he keeps making kak. i mean i posted relevant posts on this topic.

  3. Van Wijk says:


    like this guy now ? keeps mentioning MY nicks, real name etc..

    Hahahaha = CurvedInsight – like I said.

  4. Right. Update as promised. CurvedInsight has been disqualified from the competition for cheating.

    To make things clear; getting friends to vote for you is perfectly fine. However, Creating new email accounts or using proxies to bypass the IP checker on the poll is not. You will be disqualified.

    julius = greencat = curvedinsight = lots of other accounts. Very funny how the ONE person to complain about the possibility of users creating new accounts and/or using proxies to rig the competition, is the one who abused it.

    Good luck to all. And apologies for taking so long to ban this guy and letting him (nearly) ruin an awesome competition.

    Now to clean up his trail of mess…

  5. littlebopeepDaisy says:

    Phototropism is NOT curved, he is my boyfriend. please may you reactivate the account.
    one love and peace*

  6. ScrOGger says:

    Sticky Scissors said:
    Phototropism = julius = greencat = curvedinsight = lots of other accounts…
    …Now to clean up his trail of mess…

    phototropism is not CurvedInsight!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know this for a fact!!!!!
    Do not ban that account!!!!

  7. ChronicExposure says:

    “Phototropism” Is a mate of mine!!!!!!!!! How can you generalize because someone agreed with curved ?? And then ban them?? How did only curved get disqualified for cheating what about the rest of the votes we leaving them? Its seems a bit bias guys !!!!!

    This whole thing has created the hugest obelisk of Negative energy!!

  8. Cool, he’s unbanned. Apologies.

    Yeah, tons of negative energy. Should never have allowed a banned user who was always rude, argumentative and insulting and who continuously broke rules to be allowed into this competition. Go figure that he’d break more rules by cheating, not the mention stir up more negative energy in the comments.

    @ChronicExposure – As far as we can tell the other votes are from valid IP addresses and accounts.

    The rest of the votes still stand.

    All of us here are trying to make this as fair as possible, but it doesn’t work when one user ruins it for everyone… Shall we continue in peace :) ?

    • Baked Bat says:

      “one user ruins it for everyone” …. I disagree… I think its good u dealt with this Curved Oke, but you can’t lay it all on him. We ALL know the other entries are doing it too.

  9. Mr.Valentine says:

    Thank you very much Sticky Scissors you have done this community a worldly favor, all he was doing was creating unbalance and stirring up a storm that would of erupted shortly if you had not acted in a practical manner. I salute you sir.

  10. SwaziPIP says:

    he disqualified an entry because the user mentioned bad rule set? thats doing a good thing?
    cheat ? id like posted proof please if u accuse me of something ! im not one to piss off

  11. Aegenroth says:

    Greed makes a man do horrible things. I’m glad I didn’t submit my bong, maybe next time, and with a prize of lesser value, things will go better. Plus, in an attempt to alleviate the stress I post this picture, I’m sure a lot of folks felt like this…


    Just for the lolz

  12. SwaziPIP says:

    jesus christ, now after admin makes up a shit story accusing me without proof the users are changin their tune from the past 2 pages? are u people the fucking stupid? oh well cannapipe for the win then

  13. SwaziPIP said:
    he disqualified an entry because the user mentioned bad rule set? thats doing a good thing?
    cheat ? id like posted proof please if u accuse me of something ! im not one to piss off

    I’m only replying to this to post proof. Not getting into any further debate with you, CurvedInsight. No, we didn’t disqualify you because you didn’t like the rules, we disqualified you because you broke the rules. Here are some the of email addresses associated with your fake accounts:

    nlbdqfkomi@mailinator.com
    qrbgdnnzlmggnr@mailinator.com
    rdxfyppeepua@mailinator.com
    nbydmpwzyo@mailinator.com
    boqsdkvxjnxn@mailinator.com
    nlgovcuvogix@mailinator.com
    ejajamxjfrdfyb@mailinator.com
    rjjdyoxynoxgho@mailinator.com
    uekctlqcljzx@mailinator.com
    slznbowpfeyr@mailinator.com
    bkudvuitpm@mailinator.com

    … etc etc …

    You also said your votes all came from your friends at a lan, which is not possible as you guys would all be on the same IP address. We’re aware that you posted on another forum asking for votes, but the click-throughs from that were not nearly high enough to even get 1/20th of your current votes – so please don’t tell us that’s where your votes came from… Not only were you registering fake accounts, but you were using the following proxy websites to alter your IP address and vote for yourself through out the day.

    proxfree.com
    proxysites.com
    newipnow.com
    convan.ipxnow.in

    Please, we’ve caught you out. Be gone… You’re wasting yours, ours and everyone else’s time. You cheated and you were caught. End of story.

  14. ChronicExposure says:

    Cool glad to hear there is nothing fishy going on, just found it strange this morning with the votes shooting up so quickly on the same day ! Apologies to anyone I may of offended if the votes are legit.

    Its a pity Curved’s entry needs to be disqualified because I do appreciate the effort he went to in making it, its really cool.
    Unfortunate that it has come to this.

    Anyway Positive vibes guys
    Good luck Everyone
    Peace

  15. fkfugyidnrv@mailinator.com says:

    wow sticky u are stupid

    nlbdqfkomi@mailinator.com
    qrbgdnnzlmggnr@mailinator.com
    rdxfyppeepua@mailinator.com
    nbydmpwzyo@mailinator.com
    boqsdkvxjnxn@mailinator.com
    nlgovcuvogix@mailinator.com
    ejajamxjfrdfyb@mailinator.com
    rjjdyoxynoxgho@mailinator.com
    uekctlqcljzx@mailinator.com
    slznbowpfeyr@mailinator.com
    bkudvuitpm@mailinator.com

    ALL OF THESE WERE CREATED CAUSE FUCKING ADMIN LOCKED ME FROM POSTING !!
    FUCKING HELL, OK CUM STAIN ADMIN, LIKE TO SEE THAT OTHER POES ENTRIES 40 VOTES IN 2 FUCKING HOURS ? EXPLAIN THAT POES

  16. Mark says:

    Voting for the turbonator, that thing looks so mean!

    haha can’t this curved insight oke just give up and find another forum to troll on?

  17. PowerPuff says:

    Rate curved needs a poes klap……you can’t talk to women like that you fucking pig!! So maybe you should stop acting big over the keyboard and gives us a time and place? You needs to be fucked up =D only way to sort out your mentality that or your 12…..

  18. Up in Smoke says:

    vlepa said:
    Definitelly cannapipe. Nature for the win!

    Agreed

    Dont like joints or pipes.Much prefer bongs, but i ain’t liking all the metal and copper and plastic(no offence intended, it’s homemade pieces after all).Now if there was a GLASS BONG entered!thats a different story

    For that fact alone, The CannaPipe IMO.As nature intended it!

  19. phototropism says:

    Sticky, still cant lock in…?
    sorry to make litter on this thread,i kno its irrelevant to the other posts just dont kno how else to contact admin…

    peace~

  20. ChronicExposure says:

    Up in Smoke said:
    Agreed

    Dont like joints or pipes.Much prefer bongs, but i ain’t liking all the metal and copper and plastic(no offence intended, it’s homemade pieces after all).Now if there was a GLASS BONG entered!thats a different story

    For that fact alone, The CannaPipe IMO.As nature intended it!

    Hey bud my entry is nearly all glass except for the piping….agree with you about plastic though nothing better than nice clean glass ;)

  21. Craig says:

    I voted for the cannapipe, mainly because I find it very clever but also because in this day and age with global warming causing so much drama, This pipe is what cannabis smoking is all about… Being one with nature. No need for any factories nor polluting chemicals in the making of this pipe. I believe this is the way weed is meant to be smoked. Thanks for the Inspiration! After my babies are ready to harvest I will definitely make one of those pipes! I might even go a step further and try make myself a 100% cannabong. Anyway I know the votes aren’t going to well for the cannapipe but good luck none the less. One love

  22. Craigb says:

    I voted for the Cannapipe, Why? Because its all natural! its perfect. You are at one with nature. Its completely natural and completely bio degradable. perfect for trance parties and camping trips. Not causing any harm to the environment.I believe that This is the way cannabis was meant to be smoked. I can’t wait for my babies to flower and be harvested so that I too may make myself a cannapipe.I might even go as far as to make a 100% cannabong. I do not know any of the people who have made it to the finals so My vote is totally non bias. Goodluck to all and happy smoking. one love

  23. 420 Chilli says:

    WOW what a lot of hostility just over a cool stoner comp… come now guys peace and love remember….

    That cannapipe is a half ass attempt, i cant believe it made it on.. dude if ur going to make a cannapipe, use the main stem as your pipe and put some effort into your cone, iv used the root and a fat node in the branch, sorry but i was shocked at the effort. the dude with bear is cute and put effort into the sewing but no skills in creation..
    the turbonater is a great idea, minus the fact that you would never be able to keesh your bong properly. maybe if it went into a balloon, i would have seen more potential in the idea.
    All in all, I think the most hard work was put in by chronicexposure and his supercool bong. you’ve got my vote buddy!
    any ways thats my 2c lol.
    good luck to those that tried hard and to BLT dudes, you guys should join the UN with your skills in defusing a situation. well done!
    Peace and love all..

  24. JollyGreenGiant says:

    ^^^amen brother!!

  25. Up in Smoke says:

    Craigb said:
    I might even go as far as to make a 100% cannabong.

    I cant wait to make my own cannabong someday too!!

  26. Up in Smoke says:

    ChronicExposure said:
    Hey bud my entry is nearly all glass except for the piping….agree with you about plastic though nothing better than nice clean glass ;)

    I agree, you do you use the most glass and with all those chambers and water your bong will be the smoothest smoke out of all the entries(maybe even smoother than the homemade vapouriser).But for me it has to be at least somewhat portable, and your smoking device is the most elaborate thing i’ve seen in a long time.
    @420chilli
    And yes i agree the cannapipe is a bit rough around the edges but I would pesonally make a more refined bong version!!

  27. Hey.

    Maybe you should read the entire post and see for yourself why the person was disqualified?… This was the peep who had the time to sit at their PC all day voting for themselves using proxies, creating new accounts, even having conversations with himself in the comments and generally causing the most noise.

    The Vong’s entries are valid, and getting friends to vote for you is part of the competition. Also, saying that the Cannapipe’s craftsmanship is better than the others is just your opinion, and you’re entitled to it :) But the panel of judges decided that all the finalists are all worthy of the vape, that’s why they are finalists :)

    Hope this clears things up.

    Thanks for the comment and for the concern!

    Regards,
    Sticky Scissors

    • Baked Bat says:

      I HAVE read the posts and I know he was also banned and disqualified for his behavior.. what I am saying is that you are pulling the wool over your eyes, in denial or pretending to US if you believe that those other entries aren’t doing the same- they probably just had better cover up methods. This comp. is no longer about smoking/bongs or anything, its about IT skills and time. There’s no point in denying that. I don’t really care if its fair since I’m not winning anything, but it isn’t fair- thats just an observation. I’m just pointing out the obvious. I can understand, as an admin, that you don’t like me pointing out your shortcomings but you can either deny the truth (as you have been doing) or you can be a bigger person & try find a better solution, which you obviously aren’t going to do.

  28. vic says:

    Dude, the site is not only about this competition, so give it a rest

  29. PowerPuff says:

    You are wasting your own time. Get the fuck off BTL you are not welcome here.
    EDIT: that was aimed at curvedinsights comment which was removed.

  30. PepperPot says:

    Geez are stoners not suppose to be friendly calm people…. let’s all just get along :)

  31. 420 Chilli says:

    so whats going on? i take it all proxys votes will not be counted but in that case what is the real vote count? i just want to know as many other voters would like to know, did our real votes count anything? not trying to make waves or any thing like that, its a true worry.
    P.S. BLT guys, u have had to deal with a lot of crap this comp, but pls know that we true and happy stoners are so grate full for them, o don’t let it discourage u guy.
    happy vibes:)

    • Theguy says:

      Actually those two who are winning have been using LOCAL proxies, so admin “think” its legit. check the normal entries, lol.. now these two (one of which only appeared 2 days after close)
      are now over 200 ? 200 individual votes? yea im sure. I see people have left these 2 cheaters to out vote each other haha. and BTL lets this happen rather than do it right.

      • Actually, 200 individual entries is normal, considering the amount of unique page views this post has. Also, the votes have been continuously tampered with by the dude who was disqualified (admittedly). We’ll be announcing a new solution later this evening. In future, please email us your queries and assumptions instead of raising them publicly – this is already being dealt with. Thanks for your concern though

      • Theguy says:

        Im sorry but from what I and other users have seen with our own eyes people ARE CHEATING and you guys at BTL are trying to hard to defend this over and over from various users. I for sure will never enter a competition on this site if you were not willing to do it right the 1st time and prolong the deadline 2 weeks to allow more cheating? must be friends of the two “winners” aka cheaters.

      • You sound a lot like the person who got disqualified…

        No deadline was ever prolonged? What are you talking about?

        No one here minds if you don’t enter our competitions :) We have many readers who win stuff on a weekly basis who are more than happy with how things are run.

        Anyways, as I mentioned earlier – this poll has been admittedly tampered with over and over again by the person who was disqualified – We’ll be making an official announcement this evening and advise everyone on how the final leg of this competition will be run.

        Cheater proof.

        Peace

  32. 420 Chilli says:

    WOW, never wanted to wake up more hostility…
    Sticky, I un like some have faith that u guys are wanting to pull off a fair and even comp. thank you and i hope you new decision works well.
    good luck.
    and to those that have only got harsh and non constructive comments, F off you not welcome! Contribute positively or don’t contribute at all it just never helps..
    like your mother used to tune u, “If you don’t have any thing nice to say….
    DONT say any thing at all..
    Happy Vibes all.

  33. gNOME says:

    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!
    thats one week if im not wrong
    No deadline was ever prolonged? What are you talking about?