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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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:
Option #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 .
Option #2) Go online and check out Facebook Glass Auctions and local
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.
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!
Don’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.