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Marijuana Tips and Tricks

The Importance Of Purging Your Dab Torch

dabs dabbing concentrates butane hash oil medical marijuanaBy Aarr Kellz, Spaceship Earth Farms

The Why…

When you first take a brand new torch out of the box it has been freshly manufactured and sometimes the torch’s gas chamber has a little oxygen left over inside that needs to be purged before you fill the chamber with butane. If the oxygen is not completely purged then it can cause some problems in the torch like prematurely extinguishing the flame or not allowing enough butane into the flame to be as powerful as intended. This is because oxygen is not as flammable as butane so the oxygen from the chamber blows the flame out.

Purging also releases excess air pressure that builds in the gas chamber, expelling butane from your lighter every time you fill it. If the pressure is not released after each use, it can build and build with every refill, meaning less and less butane will flow into the gas chamber every time you refill it and more frequent refills may become necessary. Regular purging of ones torch will help prevent these
problems from occurring and allow you to use it for years to come!

The How…

I have found that the best way to purge your torch if it is not brand new is use it until it is completely out of fuel. Once it becomes completely depleted of fuel and the flame can no longer light, then go outside to a well ventilated area and turn the torch over and use a small wooden match or dab tool to press the butane fuel release valve down. Press down until you no longer hear any gas being released from the torch. At this point your torch should be completely purged of all gas. Wait about 2 minutes for any air in the torch chamber to stabilize and then try to ignite the torch. If any flame appears repeat the process again. If no flame appears then it is now time to fill your torch.

Fill your torch according to the manufacture’s directions. Always wait about 2-3 minutes after filling your torch for the gas in the chamber to stabilize and warm up to room temperature before using it. After a complete purge and refill you will find that
the flame of your torch is much stronger on the high setting and that it last much longer between refills. If you purge your torch on a regular basis and try to use a good quality butane it will last you for years to come.

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  • Bo Trytis

    All the gear it takes to do dabs is kind of like a junkies fix kit. I will stick with easier methods for consuming cannabis, plus it seems like once you do dabs, smoking will not do the trick. If you cannot get stoned enough on a couple of hits, your cannabis is too weak.

    • Sarijuana

      Exactly what always makes me wonder if they’re making the dabs from the weaker weed they can’t sell as buds.

      • crimsonking

        Sometimes. Or sometimes even from trim. The best stuff will be nug runs, but also more expensive. If the stuff from trim is at a good price and purged properly, however, it can still be good.

      • chulookin

        Try bottom leaf through a power juicer, whole plant.

    • crimsonking

      It’s a bit silly to be turned off because someone’s using a torch. That’s the only similarity to other drugs. As far as tolerance goes, there are people all over the spectrum and there’s nothing wrong with that necessarily. It can be important, however, to monitor one’s tolerance and adjust it if needed. I enjoy a little wax now and then (I actually don’t dab it but rather add it to some flower in my vape) but do like to stick to mainly flowers to keep myself in that range. It’s a bummer if it costs you like $25 to get high because you need half a gram of virtually pure THC.

      • Bo Trytis

        I’m not turned off because people are using a torch, I have friends that cannot get high unless they dab, This became a problem when my friend whipped out his dab kit in my car and fired it up, As i enjoyed my vape pen not drawing attention to myself my friend was heating up his gear, after his first hit he laid the still hot torch on the seat which melted the seat and rolled against my bare leg, Ouch!!! It gave me a nasty 2nd degree burn and killed the buzz I was attending to. Yea I am silly. Until you have dabbed, as I have you are not qualified to give your opinion as I see it. I get plenty high enough on the genetics I have bred which have tested at 28% + Thc. Each to their own, I prefer flowers and some thrown in, its easy and I can do it anywhere without so much gear

      • chulookin

        Half a gram live resin is ten same for some shatters nanaimo, allard case brought the prices down …

  • chulookin

    What if u can’t purge using a the dab pick it’s full but nothing comes out…either end…

  • The things I Google when i have early morning insomnia…. why does my torch sound like it’s leaking after I fill it? Ahh, it needs to be purged.
    Dab done, back to sleep