Dabbing Accessories Guide
Concentrates are all the rage these days and you’ve decided you want to get into the game, but what do you need? Basically, you’ll need a rig, a nail, a dabber, and a torch; ideally, you also want a carb cap. In our dabbing accessories guide, we’ll cover the purpose and functions of everything you’ll need.
A dab rig is simply a pipe meant for concentrates. A dab rig has several parts: a base, a can, a stem, a nail, and a mouthpiece. They may also feature an attachment used for gathering reclaim. There are a few things you should keep your eye out for when on the hunt for a new rig. A smaller rig will offer more flavor than a larger rig, so opt for a smaller oil rig for a richer flavor and a larger dab rig for a smoother pull. Concentrates tend to be more expensive, so you should get a good pipe to use with them.
A “nail” has become a general term for an element you heat and where you put your concentrate. The most basic and classic nail is shaped, shockingly, like a nail but with a small dish on top instead of the flat top of a literal nail. The nail is meant to fit on top of a male jointed rig and used with a dome. They are generally smaller because the head of the nail has to be small enough for the dome to fit around it.
Several alternatives have become much more popular that the classic nail itself, the most popular ones being a domeless nail and a banger. A domeless nail is a nail with the dome built in. They are round with a hole in the middle, like a doughnut, with walls around the entire nail and the inner hole. The outer wall around the nail acts like a dome and the vapor travels down through the middle hole.
The most popular option these days is the banger. It is a dish connected by a tube with a glass joint at the end, either male or female, that connects to your rig. The dish is the part of the banger you heat and the vapor travels through the tube into your rig. Bangers are popular for their ease of use and ability to handle large dabs but also because most are made of quartz, the preferred material to heat concentrates on.
Domes are usually a round piece of glass with a female joint that is slipped onto your rig around the classic nail. Surrounding the nail with a dome forces air flow around the nail instead of just being drawn into the rig from under your nail allowing vapors to float away instead of down into the rig.
Dabbers are the long, often pointed, objects used as the applicator for your concentrate. Most dabbers are made of either metal (stainless steel or titanium) or glass. The dabber is used to pick up your wax, usually by making the wax stick to the dabber itself. There are also spoon-like dabbers which allow you to scoop your concentrate up instead of relying on it sticking to the dabber as some concentrate textures do not stick as well to a dabber. Once stuck on the dabber, the heat from the nail will melt the wax off of the dabber for it to be vaporized by the nail.
The torch is meant for heating; in this case, heating your nail. Ideally, you want at least a medium-sized torch, like a kitchen torch or one specifically made for dabs. While smaller torches like torch lighters will work, they emit a small flame relative to most nails and bangers and may not be able to heat the entire nail up evenly or quickly.
A carb cap, used mostly with domeless nails and bangers, is a lid placed on top of the nail to restrict airflow into the nail. The restriction creates a convection-oven-like effect in your nail, making your concentrate heat more efficiently and at a lower overall temperature. While it is best to have a carb cap with some sort of airflow, any flat object able to cover the top of the nail that won’t melt from the heat will be sufficient.
There you have it, all you need to get your dabbing game started. Now go out there and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!