The Right Rig

The Right Rig


Today’s educational blog is brought to you by RIGS! We will cover the materials they commonly consist of, the tools needed for basic set up and how they’re all properly used. Finally, we will weigh the pros and cons of a vape pen to a dab rig.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of rigs, we need to establish what a rig is.

A rig is a form of a water pipe or bong used exclusively to consume extracts or concentrates. They are generally smaller than it’s big sister the bong for flower. The average height for a rig is between 5 inches to 10 inches. While most bongs for flower start at 10 inches and commonly go as high as 18 inches. They tend to be glass, however, have been seen in other materials like silicone.

To name the tools involved in just the rig itself:

  • Bong/waterpipe - usually small, has a percolator to act as a cooling filter for the hot dab!
  • Nail/Banger - the piece being heated by the torch to evaporate your dabber doo to funnel through that perc! They can be made with various materials from quartz, titanium, or glass.
  • Dome/Carb cap - this piece is used to trap the evaporated dab before you inhale it.

Additional tools needed:

  • Torch/E-nail - Most people use smaller torches, similar to those used to make crème brûlée, however some opt for the larger propane filled ones.
  • E-nails are a method of heating the nail electronically providing a flameless more precise heat.
  • Dabber - Tool used to apply dab to the nail, to prevent injuries from the extreme heat the nail retains. This tool also comes in various materials such as glass, quartz, stainless steel and titanium.
  • Silicone mat/container - silicone is a great material for dabs because they don’t stick to it! The mat is better used to portion your dabs to smoke them, while the container is a place to store them.

The process:

  • Step 1/Preparation: Portion your dab onto your dabber and make sure your rig’s water level is adequate. If your nail is new it is recommended to season your nail by heating your nail with the torch until it is red how and putting some water on the areas you wish to season. Allow your nail to cool and repeat this process three times to ensure your nail is ready for use. This is only for brand new nails and doesn’t need to be done every time you start a dabbing session.
  • Step 2/Preparation: Heat the nail with your torch until it turns red hot and place your dome over the nail.
  • Step 3/Preparation: Wait anywhere from 10 to 40 seconds for your nail to cool from red hot to its normal colour. The reason we do this is to ensure the nail is just the right temperature. Generally, the longer you wait the better your dab will taste. When a nail is too hot you burn its flavour and it is very harsh. 
  • Step 4/Action: Place your pre-portioned dab onto the nail, while you inhale through the mouthpiece. 
  • Step 5/Finishing: Exhale and repeat step 4 if necessary.

Pros vs Cons 

Category

Quartz

Titanium

Taste

Best

Good

Heat Retention 

Good

(depending on thickness)

Best

Durability

Good

(depending on thickness)

Best

Heating Time

Best

(5-10sec)

(depending on thickness)

Good

(10-15sec)


  • Quartz is best if you value your time and flavour over durability and retention. Quartz being similar to glass gives off virtually no taste, and the thinner your quartz the faster it should heat up. They also usually only come in one specific size.

  • Titanium is better for those who value durability and retention. If you are new dabbing titanium is a great material to start with. When considering the lack of confidence can take more time as you get to know the method. This is where the heat retention comes in handy. Titanium nails are available in specific sizes, however, can be purchased with varying sizes from 10mm - 19mm.

Controversy on high temp to low temp dabs:
It always boils down to preference. For a flavourful low temp dab, we suggest you aim for 315-450°F. Low temp dabs are known to taste better, have mild effects and are more smooth on your throat and lungs. The more heat the more harsh. The only downsides, your smoke won't be as thick or dense and your dab may not entirely evaporate. For high temp dab, you will want to aim for 600-800°F. You will be able to enjoy a lovely thick vapour that is dense and intense effects. The entire dab you put on the nail will evaporate, leaving no waste. The only downfalls are that you lose some of the flavours who need lower temperatures and can very easily send yourself into a coughing fit.

Can you hit a dab without water?
It is highly suggested to use a rig with a perc to tame the harsh hit that comes from a dab. However, if you wish to use a pipe without water that is your choice. Reclaim from a dry pipe is much easier than a percolator rig.


Pros VS Cons

Category

Vape Pens

Dab Rig

Taste

Good

Best

Mobility

Best

Bad

Durability

Good

Bad


When comparing vape pens and dab rigs, once again we have to boil it down to preference. Do you value the taste more than anything? If so there is no competition to the rig. There are fewer tools involved with a vape pen, and the tools needed are generally more compact. If you value going durability or mobility the vape pen fits your lifestyle better. 

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Written by Brittany Kieran for Happy Dayz