How to smoke wax
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- What is wax?
- What are the different ways to smoke wax?
- Consistency matters: Choosing the right tool
- Step-by-step: How to smoke wax
- Step-by-step: How to take a knife dab
What is wax?
“Wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate named primarily for its appearance and texture. Somewhere between gooey, liquid concentrates like hash oil and solid, brittle concentrates like shatter, wax has an opaque appearance and a thick but malleable, wax-like texture.
“Wax” is a type of cannabis concentrate named primarily for its appearance and texture. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Depending on variables such as extraction technique, moisture, and temperature, wax can take on a number of different forms ranging from more liquid, runny wax to more solid, brittle wax. The runny end of the wax spectrum includes products like “budder,” which is known for being very malleable and squishy, almost to the point of being a very thick oil. The solid end of the wax spectrum includes things like “crumble” and “honeycomb,” which are starting to approach the texture and consistency of something like shatter.
Regardless of these differences, all wax concentrates fall somewhere in between oil and shatter. For many consumers, this middle ground makes wax especially easy to work with—not so fragile that you run the risk of breaking it into tons of small and hard to use pieces while also not being so runny that it’s difficult to scoop up and maneuver onto a dab nail.
What are the different ways to smoke wax?
Wax’s unique and easy-to-use consistency makes it a very versatile concentrate. You can smoke wax in numerous ways, including:
- On a dab rig.
- Using a nectar collector.
- In a wax vape pen or another concentrate vaporizer.
- Added to a joint, spliff, or blunt.
- Combined with flower in a bowl.
- Using a rudimentary knife dab.
Consistency matters: Choosing the right tool
Within the world of concentrates, there are numerous consumption methods, like taking a dab or vaping. While you can always find a way to make any of these methods work for virtually any type of concentrate, certain consumption methods tend to work better for certain types of concentrates. For example, hard and brittle concentrates like shatter can be easier to drop onto a hot nail than super runny oils, while oils can sometimes be much easier to use in a vape pen than a solid chunk of shatter. As much as possible, try to match your concentrate with whatever consumption method makes it easy to vaporize.
Step-by-step: How to smoke wax
Use your blow torch to heat the nail to the desired temperature. Remember, hotter temperatures produce harder-hitting vapors that also tend to be a bit harsh on the flavor, while lower temperatures tend to give you gentler clouds of vapor with much purer flavors.
Spread the wax around the hot nail and start drawing in through the mouthpiece. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Once you’ve got the nail heated to the right temperature, use a dabber to scoop up a small blob of wax. Spread the wax around the hot nail and start drawing in through the mouthpiece. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the top of the nail while continuing to draw in with your lungs. When you’re ready to take your hit, lift the carb cap and clear the vapor from the rig.
To consume wax with a nectar collector, be sure you’ve got a clean surface on which to spread the wax. Since you’ll be dealing with high temperatures, be sure it’s also a heat resistant surface. The best options are trays or dishes designed specifically for this type of dabbing. Typically, these products are made out of quartz, glass, silicone, or other similar material.
Start by placing a small dab of wax onto the tray or dish. Now use a blowtorch to heat the nail of your nectar collector to the desired temperature. When it’s hot, put your lips to the mouthpiece, begin to inhale, and drag the hot nail across the wax. As soon as the nail touches the wax, it will instantly vaporize. Be sure you’re pulling in with your lungs the entire time so you inhale all the vapor without letting any escape.
The process of dabbing with an e-nail is almost the same as consuming wax with a regular dab rig. The key difference is, instead of manually heating your nail with a blow torch, you’ll use an e-nail to electronically heat your nail.
Once your rig is set up and ready to go, use your e-nail’s interface to input the temperature you want. As soon as the nail is hot enough, scoop up a dab of wax and spread it onto the nail as you begin to inhale. If you’re using a carb cap, place it over the nail. When you’re ready to take a hit, remove the carb cap and clear the chamber.
There are numerous different concentrate vaporizers currently on the market, and the specific steps for using them varies slightly depending on the vaporizer you’re using. So be sure you familiarize yourself with your vaporizer before using it.
The process of smoking wax with a vaporizer involves dropping a dab of wax into a heating chamber or spreading it onto heating coils. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In general, though, the process of smoking wax with a vaporizer involves dropping a dab of wax into a heating chamber or spreading it onto heating coils. From there, you’ll turn the vaporizer on, input the temperature you want, let the device heat up, and then use the mouthpiece to inhale the vapor being produced inside the device.
Step-by-step: How to take a knife dab
What are knife dabs?
Knife dabs are a rudimentary method for consuming concentrates. In general, this should be considered a last ditch effort if you have no other way to dab. The process involves heating metal knives on a stove or with a blow torch until they’re red hot, using those knives to vaporize wax, and then inhaling the vapor.
What you need
Here’s what you need to take a knife dab:
- Two metal knives.
- Stove or blow torch.
- Plastic bottle.
- Scissors or knife for cutting the plastic bottle.
Step 1: Make your mouthpiece
Before doing anything else, you need to make a mouthpiece. The simplest way to do this is to cut a plastic bottle in half. Discard the bottom half but keep the top half. This will serve as a funnel for capturing and inhaling the vapor as soon as it comes off the knives.
Step 2: Get your dab ready
Scoop up a small chunk of wax and place it on the end of one of your knives.
Step 3: Heat your knife
Heat the tip of the other knife by either placing it on a hot stovetop or by hitting it with a blow torch. Either way, heat it until it’s glowing red. Once it’s there, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly—you don’t want it to be too hot or you’ll scorch the wax.
Step 4: Vaporize the wax
Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and hold it there with your lips or teeth. Now, in one hand, hold the knife with the wax on it. In your other hand, hold the hot knife. With the mouthpiece hovering above the knives, carefully place the tip of the hot knife on top of the other knife, sandwiching the wax in between them. The hot knife will instantly vaporize the wax. As the vapor rises, use the mouthpiece to suck up all the vapor. Repeat the process as much as you like. If the hot knife cools down too much, simply reheat it and start over again.How to smoke wax Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents What is wax? What are the different ways to smoke wax? Consistency matters: Choosing
How To Use a Wax Vape Pen: Tutorial
King Pen Vapes
Jun 26, 2015 · 8 min read
Wax pens can come in different sizes. They are usually known as being the smallest of all the portab l e vaporizers. They don’t need much to operate since a small battery and wax chamber attachment are all that’s needed. This is in relation to an herbal vaporizer where it requires a bigger herbal chamber to fill up more herbs. It also requires a stronger heating coil element to make sure the entire oven is warm enough to give the herbs a proper heat distribution. Wax chamber attachments are usually small with a metal coil wrapped a wick or small ceramic rod. They usually come with a dab stick or dab tool to help you carve out the concentrates and put it on the heating dab coil. Remember that when heated, the wax turns into liquid and runs so it can stick to the side or walls of the chamber. This can make it harder to vaporize all and can sometimes clog if not heated well. With a bit of experience, you should learn how to make sure this does not occur.
How to Use a Dab Pen?
Vape pens for dabs come in different shapes and sizes but for the most part, they most work the same. Knowing how to use a dab pen is essential to make sure you’re using it correctly and efficiently.
Turn on the wax vape pen by clicking the power button five times which will start a blinking light. Click the power button and check the coil to make sure it is working. This will help make sure you do not waste your wax by placing it on the coil without knowing if your coil is working. It doesn’t happen often but it can be faulty from the manufacturer.
Loading your chamber:
Learning how to pack your dab vape pen is very important. Go ahead and take off the mouthpiece attached to the chamber. Using your dab tool, scoop up a small piece of the wax. If you do not have a dabber tool, then you can use a paperclip too. At this point you can but dab the wax from the tool onto the coil. This is the hardest part because if you poke at your dab coil a bit too hard it will break apart the metal coil. The breaking happens due to a fragile or worn down coil resulting in getting a replacement. Don’t worry, once you get the hang of it, it won’t happen anymore unless you’ve been using it for a while. Dab coils are disposable so you must replace them every now and then.
Smoking wax in vape pen:
Once you press the power button, the wax should start melting. It will vaporize right away so make sure to have the mouthpiece on. You can try taking another hit and checking to see what’s left. Open the mouthpiece to check to see if you can scrape off the sides and walls of the chamber. You can add it onto the coil. The coil at this point should be wet and waxy so it will only give you a bigger hit. We recommend you do not use a variable voltage battery on your wax chambers since they can burn it out. If you only have a variable voltage battery, put it to the lowest voltage, which is usually 3.2V. Try not to tilt the vape, especially right after vaping because the oil can spill. It’s very unlikely though.
Vaping Dabs with Different Kinds of Wax
There are different kinds of concentrates you can use and it all depends on how you like it. Each kind requires care in a different way.
– Crumble: Crumble wax is a bit harder and requires more diligence. You want to make sure you dab it on the coil. Don’t be too rough with it.
– Shatter: Smoking shatter in a vape pen can be a bit tricky because its not easy to dab with it. You can use your fingers if that is more comfortable for you but we recommend you using the tool as much as possible. Lay a small piece on the coil.
– Oil: Oils can come in different ways but it’s generally easy to scoop it up with a dabber. Scrape it and add it to the dab coil.
Using Wax Cartridges
Wax C02 cartridges are different but usually use the same battery. Vapes generally use 510 thread batteries. If you get a concentrate oil cartridge, you can screw that onto the battery. Those don’t need any dabbing or preparation.
How Much Should I Pack in the Chamber?
Don’t try to overpack it or load too much on the chamber. It can cause a short circuit or be too much load on the coil. This can give out and stop working. Then you’re left with a gunk of wax on your coil which is messy to get off. If it is a deep chamber, it can handle more concentrates. To make sure you’re being efficient as far as vapor production and maximizing the flavor, try to pack enough so you reload it after the next hit.
Dab Pen Accessories
All you need to vape is a battery, your material and a chamber. Having accessories for your personal belongings can help. Although some wax vaporizer kits come with these, you might want to find out which don’t so you can also buy it.
– Dabber: Dabbers, dab tools or dab sticks are all little picks you can use to scoop up your wax. Once you gather it, you want to use a dabber that is going to help you dab it on the coil.
– Carry case: Having a carry case for your kit can be good for two reasons. First of all, it makes transporting easier. Put it into the case and walk out the house with it. Second of all, it helps masks the smell that might come from a used concentrate pen.
– Vubbler: A vubbler or a vaporizer bubbler is an attachment that screws into your battery. It comes with a coil and everything in one. Fill it with water from the top and vape away.
Can I Use Wax Vape Pens for Dry Herbs Also?
Wax vape pens are usually 510 thread connection chambers which means that they are almost universal. Almost 95% of vaporizer pens tend to use the same connection threading which means you can switch it out for another similar chamber. Unfortunately, you cannot use a vape pen for dabs with dry herbs because of the way the coils are structured. Herbal conduction vaporizers have flat circular coils that look like “@”. This helps them heat up but a coil wrapped around a wick will only be good enough for oil.
The Best Portable Cheap Wax Vape Pens
Glass Globe Vape Pen
The glass globe vaporizer gained its popularity for two main reasons. One of them being that you can see the vapor form and rise from the glass globe attachment itself. As soon as you press the power button on your battery, the heating coil works its magic and instantly creates vapor from your wax. The second reason is because its a consistent coil that does not burn out quick and it never clogs. The opening of the mouthpiece is so wide it cannot clog. The ceramic heating coil is also large enough to scoop up and carve out your wax when it gets too runny, helping you save more concentrates. The fact that the glass globe vape pen uses high grade materials does not hurt its reputation as we are advancing towards an “all green” health conscious lifestyle. The heating element is a metal wrapped around a wick that is surrounded by all ceramic. The ceramic has a high heat resistant temperature which will stop any unwanted toxins being mixed into your vapor. The globe itself is made from pyrex glass which is known for its high heat resistance due to its ability to be used for cooking and baking.
Aside from its materials, the glass globe vape pen comes with the ceramic glass globe attachment, an 1100mAh eGo 510 thread battery which gently screws onto the power, giving power to the coil, a USB charger, and a carry case. The carry case was an additional we added on to make sure our customers are getting their moneys worth plus it protects your glass globe from breaking or being out in the open. If you are not comfortable with a ceramic glass globe and want to also get a 510 thread titanium heating nail attachment, you can do that too. We also carry glass globes for the micro g and elips style batteries. Another great product related to the glass globe vaporizer is the Vubbler which is a glass vaporizer bubbler.
Sticky Wax Vaporizer
The sticky wax vape pen is one of the easiest and most simple wax vape pens to come on the market, ever. Just looking at it from the package, you will ask
yourself, “This is all I need?” Just screw on its little 510 thread battery onto the wax chamber and you are ready to vape your favorite concentrates and waxes. The chamber is even small enough to capture all the wax that could potentially be wasted from running to the walls. It comes with two wax chambers in case the first one burns out, a 510 thread connection battery, a dab tool, and a USB charger. The dab tool, dab pick, or just dabber is used to scoop up the wax and drop it on the heating coil. Be sure to gently throw it on the coil because they are fragile and can short circuit or rip easily.
To use the sticky wax vaporizer, simply charge it for an initial 3 hours then take it off the charger and click the power button five (5) times to turn it on. Screw on the chamber to the battery then take the black mouthpiece off the wax heating chamber attachment and test to see if the coil turns on. You do not want to lose wax to an already dead coil. Using the dab tool, scoop up a bit of your wax and throw it in the chamber, making sure it falls on the heating coil. Put enough for the tightly wrapped wick to get wet as this will help the coil drying out and short circuiting. Close the mouthpiece back up and vaporize your favorite waxes.Wax pens can come in different sizes. They are usually known as being the smallest of all the portable vaporizers. They don’t need much to operate since a small battery and wax chamber attachment are… ]]>