What is a Dab Rig?

This really is probably the most significant part of the equation, as there’s literally no way to dab without it. When we say “dab rig” (a.k.a. oil rig), we are referring to the altered water pipe that has become the go-to for dabbing. Instead of a connector for a normal glass bowl like you’d have on a bong or bubbler, you’ve got either a male or female glass joint (14 mm or 18 mm normally) which is meant to hold a nail (more on that later). This allows one to heat the nail up and place the concentrate.

The most significant things to consider when buying a rig are water volume function, portability and durability durability. Whether you need a tiny little rig that fits in a hulking behemoth thought to sit as an art piece on a coffee table or the palm of your hand, it really comes down to personal taste. Smaller rigs with less water will give a direct hit with tons of flavor, while larger, more ornate rigs with higher water volumes have a tendency to provide a negligible lack of flavor to smoother hits. Be not unmindful of the layout of the rig, because anything top heavy will likely take a spill at one point or another. So if you’re dabbing in a higher-traffic environment, look for something low-profile with a thick walls and a heavy, sturdy foundation.

You are able to find many different online retailers along with rigs at any head shop. One suggestion: Go into a quality glass store where they will let the bit tries with water inside of it. You can see how it feels, because many people prefer others like a bit of opposition and a very easy pull although you won’t get to examine it with a concentrate. Pricing changes, beginning as low as $30 for the cheapest, tiny, Chinese-made creation rigs (stay from those if you are able to afford to). Mid-grade options run $75-$250 or so for most American-made creation glass. Prices can run up well into the high hundreds, thousands and possibly even tens of thousands of dollars for one of a kind pieces by the leading glassblowers, many of which could sit in museums. One thing is certain: there’s definitely an ideal oil rig out there for you, it just may require some trial and error.

A “Nail”
You can find two principal kinds of nail on the market today, quartz nails or domeless titanium nails, frequently called “bangers.” Avoid borosilicate glass nails entirely, as they can shatter under extreme heat, which may be dangerous and break easily. The term “domeless” only describes the early generations of nails, which demanded a glass dome to encompass them and capture the vapor. The business has since largely moved away from this setup, which demands coordination and added sections, in favor of the domeless arrangement, at whichat which vapor is sucked through a hole or slit down into the rig.

There is certainly undoubtedly a debate about whether quartz or titanium is the better alternative for dabbing in the focus community. In my own opinion, they can be largely interchangeable, but many connoisseurs swear by quartz as the surface of choice to discover the best flavor and additionally as a result of worries about titanium oxidation at high temperatures as titanium nails degrade with use that is improper. Additionally available are more sophisticated composite versions that are both quartz and titanium, which appear to be getting rave reviews for truly being the best of both worlds. In general, though, titanium is stronger than quartz, which could break if it was made or was just dropped onto a hard surface – if you’re spending $50-$150 on a nail, maybe opt for titanium if you’re extra incompetent. Quartz nails are higher priced in general ($75-$200). Again, there are Chinese options that can be as low as $30; if you go that route, buy a couple of them because they’ll break finally.

The days of the inexpensive artists’ clay-sculpting implements or dental tools used as dabbers are – the carb cab dabber combo is the manner that most expert concentrate consumers have gone within the last two years.

A dab of Alien Rock Candy shatter made by TR Concentrates is removed with an old school implement from its container.
A dab of Alien Rock Candy shatter is removed with an old school implement from its container.
The dabber of alternative depends upon whether you have dry, crumbly concentrates or those that are inclined to stick to the dabber (i.e. sap, shatter, soft budder). Dry concentrate is easier to scoop, so choose for a broader, spoon-like dabber; you can get one that’s more like a flathead screwdriver or a ballpoint suggestion, if you chiefly dab shatter or oils.

The carb cap is an important bit for those looking to maximize their flavor retention when dabbing. The carb cap allows you to let more cool than you’d manage to otherwise because when applied, it functions to cover the nail’s surface, creating an oven-like surroundings in which the concentrate will vaporize easily. This means you’ll be able to dab at 550-600 amounts instead of at 700 , which enables you to capture more of the volatile terpenes (i.e. odor and flavor) which would be lost at higher temperature.

Dab Rag/Mat
Your house will maybe become a sticky nightmare, coated in oil that spatters the nail, isolated dabs that fell off and immediately stuck to the table, etc., though you are able to certainly dab without these things Today, many companies make custom designed dab mats that can also function as a spot to wipe off your dabber.

Getting a washable one is advised (you’ll likely need to soak it in isopropyl alcohol to really clean it completely) and make certain it’s large enough on your rig to sit along with while having enough elbow room to fit dabbers, containers of concentrate, etc.

The mat (that is generally an oversize mousepad) is mainly to keep your rig from breaking in the event it gets knocked over, but it also can shield the surface underneath from stains. A silicone baking sheet from a housewares store would also do the trick.

Blowtorch
This is probably the most chilling part of the dabbing experience for the uninitiated. Warming a piece of metal or glass with a torch conjures up unsavory pictures of all kinds of other drugs, but it truly is a begrudgingly necessary part of the experience for individuals who don’t have $250 – plus to spend on an e-nail. Go to your own local head shop or home store and look for a culinary-fashion torch that stands up on its own, generally of medium size, with a powerful enough flame to get the surface red-hot but no giant metal barrel (those get incredibly hot to the touch). Torches run $30 to $100 depending on size and quality. Remember to purchase some refill butane, as they are not filled at the shops. Possibly of going the torch route the primary and indisputable bonus is then and the top of a crème brûlée can caramelize enjoy it after a dab sesh.

E-Nail
This is only vital for the incredible flavors they can provide and people who actually adore concentrates and will willingly invest a bit more to get the best experience possible.

The key advantage of an e-nail over a torch is you could actually customize your dabbing encounter – if you’re looking to get every last morsel of concentrate in a powerful, supremely powerful vapor, you are able to make it around 700 amounts, while in case you are looking for a smooth, super flavorful hit, you are able to set it as low as 500 degrees and use a carb cap. Keep in mind that lower temperatures often mean your concentrate don’t fully vaporize , so if seeing a puddle of oil kills your wallet and you, make a compromise and go to so or 625.

Really the only disadvantage of an e-nail – aside in the additional cost and small compatibility with present nails – is that it is not portable and has to be plugged into an outlet. Resourceful stoners have now began using backup batteries (like those you’d take on an excursion to charge your telephone between stops) to power their e-nails. Thus, if you see some man in the woods, crouched with a back pack blowing out that’s what’s up, giant vapor clouds.

A variety of companies make these, and you can now locate them for as cheap as $150 for a made-in-China variant – you normally get what you pay for with these, though, and the recommendation is always to go together with a model from a reputable business, that will set you back more like $250-$300.

So whether you happen to be looking to go the cheapest, simplest possible route to dabs or take the longer, more pleasing road that calls for added equipment and expense, there exists an answer out there. Get their views that they’ve used if you’re blessed to have buddies who dab consistently and look at it. Dabbing is customizable and private as a smoking encounter gets, so feel free to experiment and you’ll absolutely find a mix that meets your needs and your needs