How to make a vaporizer from a water bottle

Updated March 23, 2017

An empty plastic water bottle can be used to make a homemade vaporiser. Since you heat the vaporiser with a flame, you will also need a glass piece, such as a light bulb, to attach to the water bottle and complete the creation of the vaporiser. Vaporisers can be used to help release healing herbs or tobacco. Once vapours from the added substances are released, they are then inhaled by the person using the vaporiser.

Remove the cap from an empty plastic water bottle. The bottle should can be 340 to 567gr, depending on how big you want the vaporiser to be. Saw off the bottom of the water bottle, which will be the end of the water bottle opposite the end with the removed cap. The sawed-off bottom of the bottle is where the vapours from the vaporiser will be inhaled.

Use a serrated saw blade to carefully cut off the base of a light bulb where the glass meets the metal. Cut the glass slowly, rotating the bulb as you gradually cut through. To prevent the bulb from breaking, do not press the bulb too firmly onto a surface or squeeze it too tightly when cutting. Remove everything from inside the light bulb so that you are left with the glass piece.

Connect the top of the water bottle to the opening in the light bulb. If the water bottle opening is smaller than the bulb opening, place the water bottle inside of the bulb. Do the opposite if the light bulb opening is smaller than the water bottle opening. Secure the connection by wrapping several layers of duct tape around the area where the pieces connect.

Add your herbal substance to the opening in the bottom of the water bottle so that it falls through the bottle and comes to rest in the bulb. Place a flame to the outside of the bulb with a lighter to create vapour. Inhale the vapour from the bottom of the open-ended water bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bottle, empty
  • 100-watt light bulb
  • Serrated saw blade
  • Duct tape
  • Lighter
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Kim Fuller has been writing food and lifestyle features since 2007. She now lives in Vail, Colo., after spending one year traveling Europe. Fuller is a regular contributor to Gaiam Life, an online fitness and wellness publication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder.