How To Use a Dab Rig

How To Use a Dab Rig
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What Is A Dab?

A dab is any type of cannabis concentrate, such as shatter, wax, budder, crumble. A dose of concentrate can also be referred to as a dab. Smoking a dab is the process of consuming it by vaporizing it with a vaporizer, or combusting it with a torch. The act of vaporizing the dab is referred to as "dabbing", and the act of combusting is called "buddering." Dabbing is typically done with a water pipe, also known as an "oil rig" or simply "rig." This may be done with one's lungs by inhaling or by using a whip attachment with one's lungs.

Dab Equipment

Before we start, let's go over the equipment you need such as the torch, the dab rig, dab nail, dab tool. Once you have acquired these items you will be good to go.

The Dab Rig

The first thing you're going to need is a dab rig. A dab rig, sometimes called a wax rig, is a main glass or silicone piece that you inhale from to get smoke or vapor. They are usually smaller pipes that measure abut 5 to 7 inches. On the end of the dab rig you have what's called a “joint”, which is where the nail goes, and at the opposite end is the mouthpiece from which you inhale. It is common for the mouthpiece to be connected to a water chamber by a small tube.

The Dab Nail

The second on your list of things you need is a dab nail is a key piece. A dab nail turns your essential oil into smoke or vapor. The nail is the part of the dab rig that heats up with your torch. The majority of dab nails are glass quartz banger and there are other options like titanium, etc.

The Dab Tool

The third item is called a dab tool. A dab tool is used to pick up your oil or concentrate, which then goes on the dab nail. If you want a cheaper option; stainless steel ones are around $10 and they work well. If you want something a bit more sophisticated, try a glass dabber tool which gives a little more flare and overall is a good choice.

The Torch

The fourth and final key to your puzzle is a torch! The torch is important because you can't dab without it. The torch heats up the dab nail to be hot enough to melt your essential oil or concentrate. Torches that are handheld and typically from smoke shops are a good choice.

Advice when buying a torch: Remember to buy one that works with how your dab rig is made.

Best Practices When Using A Dab Rig

Now that you have the items you need, you are ready to start your first dab!

  1. First, Make Sure the Dab Rig Is Secure

    First things first, you want to make sure your dab nail is secure and connected to your dab rig. For a quartz banger, all you have to do is insert it into the joint on the rig. If the standard nail and glass dome are what you're using, you will need to insert the glass nail while leaving off the glass dome.

  2. Next, Heat Up Your Dab Nail

    Now that your dab rig is ready, you're going to need to use your torch to heat the nail. Heat up the dab nail for only about 10 to 20 seconds with your torch. If the glass is starting to glow red hot, stop and let it cool down because you have applied too much heat. Getting the perfect temperature for your dab rig does take some time to learn and experience but give it some time and you will become a pro at it.

  3. Apply the Oil to the Nail

    Now that your banger is hot and ready to go, you use what's called a dabber tool to get the wanted amount of concentrate on the end and simply apply it to the dab nail. There is no need to be in a hurry during this process, dab nails are designed to stay hot for quite a long time, so do not need to worry about the temperature dropping too much. When you apply your concentrate to the dab nail it will start to smoke, which then you start inhaling through the dab rig. Boom there you go your all set!

More Dabbing Techniques

Now that you know how to use a dab rig, you are all set! Now you can enjoy your essential oils or concentrates probably the best ways possible. Looking to better your craft or if you are still looking for even more information, there are a few little tricks and techniques you can use for dabbing. You can use nectar collectors for dabbing, which uses a straw hybrid dab nail for dabbing. Add-Ons are available that such as heat coils, which replace a hand torch by wrapping hot coils around the banger and gives you the exact temperature you want. You can even do one better and purchase an electric dab rig which eliminates the whole process.


We hope this article helped you learn how to use a dab rig. If you already knew how we hope you have gained a bit more insight to master your dabing craft even more. As we learned the process isn't that hard, all you need is just a little bit of time and equipment. In summary, all you need is your dab rig, dab nail, torch, and dab tool to start, then all you have to do is secure the nail, heat the nail, and apply your oil. If you would like more info about buying dab rigs or want more information, contact us at The Freeze Pipe.

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