I ordered this bong with an ash catcher and use the two pieces together, religiously. The bong also hits smooth without the ash catcher.
The bong is great! The coil increases the distance that the smoke travels through water, cooling it for the smoothest hits! Adding the ash catcher only enhances the experience. With the ash catcher you then have the option to add ice and also helps keep the coils clean.
It would have been cool to have the option of adding ice to the pathway without the ash catcher.
I definitely recommend on investing in a rubbing alcohol / salt solution to keep this piece clean. Or make your own.
This piece really sits me down. It hits HARD.
tips: always add water through the bowl stem not the mouth piece. Cut out two fingers from rubber gloves, insert at the openings when cleaning- helps keep the water in and you can focus on shaking without tossing it like a turkey ;)