A titanium nail is almost indestructible so it will probably outlast your dab rig. The metal heats up quickly and retains heat better than glass, ceramic, or quartz. It is the best of the four material options but its main flaw is that it overheats quickly. As a result, it can burn your wax rather than creating vapor. Consequently, experienced dabbers tend to combine titanium nails with water diffusers.
This is a convenient option and relatively new to the marketplace. Rather than lighting the nail with a torch, you can relax and let the e-nail heat up the dab using electricity. As well as heating up rapidly, e-nails allow you complete temperature control and you can customize it to the concentrate you’re using. E-nails are expensive and you have to be close to a power source. Also, traditionalists believe that using the torch is an integral part of the dabbing experience. In the end, if you have money to spend, an e-nail is an excellent purchase. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, domed nails hold in a greater level of vapor than their domeless counterparts and because they are smaller, they heat up faster. Domed nails are also safer but a bit harder to use than domeless. They are easier to use but more hazardous and less attractive looking than domed nails.
A male nail is placed inside the intake tube while a female nail is placed outside the intake. Some users claim there is a big difference in the dabbing experience between the two while other users don’t notice anything. Although dabbing looks and sounds like a complicated process to the uninitiated, it is very easy and there are only a few parts you have to worry about. Aside from the nail and dome, the rest of a rig consists of a couple of pieces depending on the design. It is normal for the glass part of a rig to have an intricate design as you will see in our list of dab rig reviews below. Experienced users believe that the shape of a rig impacts the flavor. For example, an oblong or oval bowl is said to deliver concentrated vapor. There are two main tools to worry about: Dabber : This is a device that resembles a pen and is used to ‘dab’ the concentrate on to the nail. When shopping for a rig, make sure it comes with a dabber or else you’ll have to purchase one separately. Some users don’t use a dabber and prefer to add the product to the nail directly from its wax form or the bottle. Torch : Despite its critical importance, a surprising number of rigs don’t come with the torch. You need it to heat up the nail and without it, all you have is an expensive and useless device! You won’t need a torch if your rig uses an e-nail however. If you’re new to dabbing, we recommend using a small torch that runs off butane because a powerful blowtorch is dangerous for inexperienced users. If you go to any website that specializes in rigs, you’re sure to come across an array of accessories including: Bong cooler. It is entirely up to you to decide whether you want or need these pieces. Some will enhance the dabbing experience, others could prove a waste of money. No matter what waxes or oils you use, a dab rig will ultimately accumulate debris over time; known as ‘reburn’ or ‘reclaim’. The speed at which your rig becomes dirty depends on the model and also how regularly you use it. There are specialized cleaning products on the market designed to make the process easier. If you fail to clean your rig regularly, it will become clogged and impossible to use. If you fancy being economical, it is possible to collect and reuse the reburn. There are special attachments designed for this purpose and you normally place it between the downstem and nail. When you scrape the rig, place the reclaim in a container and use it again. Cleaning your rig normally involves using pipe cleaners, rubbing alcohol, paper towels and a bowl. A quick tip from experienced dabbers is to add some salt to the alcohol to enhance its cleaning power. Pour the alcohol into the rig and allow it to soak for at least an hour.
The longer you leave it in, the looser the reburn becomes.
Eventually, you’ll notice that the alcohol’s color becomes darker. If your rig is extremely dirty, a second helping of alcohol may be required. Use the pipe cleaner and more alcohol and when you’re satisfied that it is clean enough, let the rig dry. If you smoke marijuana but are looking for something less harsh, dabbing is the ideal alternative.