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What Is The Best Dab Rig For Me?


dab rig 1How To Choose The Best Rig For Dabs

Dabs are next level.  I talk to a lot of herb smokers and they all want in on the game.  Many, however, are intimated by the cost of a rig and torch.  Well, I have good news for you!  You do not need to fork over a lot of cash in order to get into the dab game.  Here are some very useful tips on the different options you have in selecting a dab rig.

To begin doing dabs in the comfort of your own home you will first need a torch.  A great torch that will last a long time and efficiently heat any nail you have, is the Bonjour Creme Brulee torch from Bed Bath and Beyond.  These are essentially the same torches sold in head shops for $69.99 but with a different color scheme, and they are only $29.99.  I have tried many torches and let me assure you that while you could spend more money if you wanted, it would be wasted on a more expensive torch.  I have not found a better, quality, torch for less.  If you know of one EMAIL ME ( make link to spaceshipearthfarms@gmail.com). Please.Ok, so now that you have a torch, the next thing that you will need is the dab rig itself.  Also known as an oil rig, your dab rig should be used only for oil, and never flower. The resin that builds up in the chamber from combusting flower greatly affects the taste of your dabs, and not in a good way.  Hence the need for a separate rig, rather than simply obtaining an attachment for your existing bong.  A dab rig consist of a glass chamber filled with water, and a male or female downstem where either a glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic nail rests.  Each of the nails has their advantages and disadvantages.  The glass nail that a rig often comes with, will break, and will need to be replaced.  My personal favorite is quartz.  It has the clean flavor of glass, but much more durability, and a good domeless quartz can last months.

When selecting a dab rig you have a few options depending on how much money you would like to spend. Something to keep in mind, as the level and ingenuity of glassware keeps increasing more and more these days, is that it might be tempting to get something with multiple chambers, shower-head percolators, in-line diffusers, and the list goeson. While these things are all fine and dandy for a flower rig, they are a little unnecessary when it comes to dabbing for two reasons.  First, the flavor of dabbing a properly made extract is very clean, and the need for multiple percolators is not necessary to achieve a smooth-tasting hit.. The second reason will become obvious as you use your rig for a while, and it becomes clogged.  As you take more and more dabs through your rig, you will notice that it will begin to become coated in a resin like oil. We like to referred to this as “reburn” or “reclaim”. This reburn will deposit everywhere.  This reburn can be collected and used for many things, like seasoning new nails or spreading on papers for “super-charged” joints :).  That said I recommend a simple rig.  Here are a few options to explore when you start your search:

dab rig 5Option #1) Go to your local headshop:
COST: $50-$120 Basic Mini Dab Rig
$10-$20 for a glass/quartz nail OR $20-$80 for a titanium, ceramic,
quartz, domeless, and other nails

Remember head shop owners have to pay the overhead of rent and an employee, power, etc, so their cost is logically going to be a little higher than what you will pay online.  There are a lot of awesome shop owners that are passionate about this culture, and one should always try to negotiate, especially if you bring in a few friends and buy as
a group.  If you’re by yourself, it definitely helps to ask if they will give you a discount for purchasing multiple items, since you can get your dabber, rig, nail and fuel all at once in these establishments, as well as many other things you might also need like lighters, papers, and incense.  Also, in Oregon I have noticed that a lot of the medical dispensaries are starting to carry very good, competitive selections of glass so if you are able to check them out as well .

dab rig 6Option #2) Go online and check out Facebook Glass Auctions and local
Craigslist listings.
COST: $40.00-$200.00 Basic Mini Dab Rig

A lot of amateur and professional blowers sell direct via these channels, and you can find a great quality hand blown mini rig for $40-$100.  Be careful with fraudsters though, and people trying to pass off cheap Chinese glass as hand blown boro. I think that if you do the proper research and ask around though, you will find that this is an awesome avenue to explore and show your support directly to the blowers themselves without having to pay a middleman.dab rig 7

Option #3) Cheap Chinese Glass
COST: $20.00-$100.00 Basic Mini Dab Rig

There are now also cheap rigs appearing on eBay from China.  I bought one for 20 bucks to see what the scoop was and I was very disappointed.  I do believe that as the demand and culture of dabbing matures, there will be more and more quality inexpensive options flowing from this pipeline (pardon the pun).

Option #4. (and my personal favorite) DIY (Do It Yourself) DAB RIGS!
COST: $20.00-$50.00 Basic Mini Dab Rig

All you need is a drill or dremel tool, a glass-cutting, diamond coated bit, a downstem, and your favorite glass bottle.  A lot of liquor bottles are 18mm, so an 18mm downstem fits perfect!  I have made rigs from all kinds of bottles.  You can buy downstems, glass straws and grommets all online for very little money.  The ones I am looking for, I can generally find for under $20.00 dollars.  Which means with a little elbow grease you can have yourself a QUALITY rig for a fraction of the price.  I have even made small traveler dab rigs out of small glass liquor airline bottles and a quartz domeless. This rig cost me less than $10 dollars to make!

dab rig 11Don’t get me wrong, I love awesome glass art, and believe in supporting artists, but most of us do not have the hundreds or even thousands of dollars that some of these blowers, shops, and sites are charging for their oil contraptions.  If you want to be able to dab at home for as little of an investment as possible, there are many options available to you.  Don’t let cost be the determining factor in your decision to dab or not dab.

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  1. Itl be harsh at first just take small tiny dabs and as you get use to it then it wont be as bad anymore

  2. Thanks for the info. Looking to get the best experience from these extracts. Dabs on a simple glass tube (“honey stick” or whatever) seems inordinately harsh on my lungs. I’ve been lacing joints with little chunks of wax using the tip of a pin. Right down the center I lay a small trail, put a little more weed on top, and roll. Burns well, nice and slow. Doesn’t seem as harsh that way, can feel it in arms and legs, but doesn’t last long. Wondering if an oil rig with percolators will really be less harsh than dabbing on simple glass tube. Anyone have any experience with harshness while doing dabs? And more importantly, anyone find a way to make them significantly less harsh?

  3. brandon wells on

    I’d say there are going to be a lot more dab rigs out there as time goes on. I know my friend who owns http://www.dabtools.net is about to start carrying custom blown rigs within a few weeks!

  4. I wish I could better see the pictures, because it looks to me like more than just a bottle and a downstream, but it’s hard to tell. Would it be possible to get step-by-step instructions on how to put together the DIY rig? I have never used, or seen, a dabbing rig. I was gifted some great wax and I’d like to try something other than putting it atop flowers. Thanks!

  5. mark_lee481 BSHA on

    There are many ways to enjoy a dab. As a former grower I had my own method for creating “Honey Oil.” The first step always left you with the greenish black crud which is wonderful for edibles, but the goal was to reach the golden honey oil stage. Before people run out and invest in more than a nice, simple glass device you have to ask yourself, “How invested am I in dabs, wax, or shatter.” If the answer is anything but, “I prefer this to any other form of cannabis ingestion,” Aarr is right; keep it simple.
    In times when supplies would dry up for any form of weed, and the only substances available were Lebanese hash and some hash oils, I got to hear a lot of complaints. The hash was very good as I bought 2 ounces, and at $5 for a generous gram it was very effective, but people soon got sick of hash and the not always top notch oils. During the shortage people were making oil from sun leaves, and even smoking sun leaves. The cry for some weed became so loud we finally made a trip to California and returned with some Acapulco Gold. It was not cheap, but people were happy to pay our travel expense we had to calculate into its cost.
    While those days are gone, for many, people’s tastes will remain the same. Why invest heavily into dab supplies, unless it is your thing. Thanks to quasi-legalization in many states, those waiting on their turn to walk into a dispensary are suffering through the very same types of shortages. It comes into an area when it comes, and with Minnesota’s once Oils only Law, Northern Iowan’s either created their own dab supplies, or ordered from the many online companies. We are genuinely happy for you, but until we can get our own props on the ballot, we are at the mercy of legal states and the same cries can be heard (recently very literally at a neighbors house came a woman pounding on the door crying, “Open up, I just want to get high”). This type of thing is bad for business. It is to the point where if I could restart an in-state operation, I could make the payment on a farm.

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