Dab Rig 101

Dab Rigs 101: Everything You Need To Know About Dabbing


Dab rigs have quickly become a popular way to consume cannabis concentrates. The trend is especially popular among medical marijuana users, who rely on the rig's strong hits for relief from chronic pain and other ailments. While you can buy a dab rig at your local head shop or online retailer, it’s much cheaper to make your own using household supplies and items found around the house. In this guide, we'll show you how easy it is to make an inexpensive homemade dab rig—and how much better it tastes than prepackaged goods!

7.5" Donut Honeycomb Dab Rig

7.5" Donut Honeycomb Dab Rig

What is a Dab Rig?

A dab rig is a water pipe designed to vaporize cannabis concentrates. Dabs consist of concentrated cannabinoid extract, a solvent like butane or propane, and a downstem that allows you to inhale the vapor from your rig. Dabs are more potent than flowers because you're getting a higher concentration of THC; however, they can also be more expensive!

As well as paying attention to what type of material you choose for your dab rig (think plastic versus glass), consider how much heat it should withstand. Some rigs come with thick glass that retains heat well while others have thin glass that cools quicker—it all depends on your preference.

Dabs VS. Dry herbs

While it's not a necessity, having a dab rig can make your experience with dabs much more enjoyable. A dab rig is essentially a glass pipe that has been made specifically for smoking concentrates like marijuana wax and oil. Dabbing is the act of taking a small amount of concentrate on the end of your dabber and heating it up until it melts down into an oily substance (aka "dab"), then putting that material directly onto your atomizer (aka "nail") and inhaling the vapor produced by heating this melted chemical. The most common form of marijuana concentrates are wax, shatter, budder, crumble, or sugar.

Some people may be wondering why you would want to use something like this instead of just using dry herbs like marijuana flowers or kief. It's simply because these products are much more potent than any other form of cannabis! They also tend to cost more because they require extra labor in order to extract all those precious cannabinoids from their plant matter origins.*

How to Use a Dab Rig

After you've assembled your dab rig and filled it with water, place the nail on top of the downstem. Place your dabber in the bowl, and heat up your nail with a torch lighter. Apply as much concentrate as you'd like to use (a little goes a long way) using your dabber or other tools of choice. Once you have enough concentrates on your nail, inhale slowly through your mouthpiece while covering up holes at the top of your rig if necessary to prevent any spillage of hot smoke into those areas. Repeat until satisfied!

The Benefits of Homemade Dab Rigs

Some people like to dab out of a small glass piece, while others prefer a larger, more elaborate rig. Some prefer the simplicity of using a basic bowl and downstem combination, while others prefer to use other accessories like slides and ash catchers. Regardless of what type of dab rig you're searching for, there are many benefits to creating your own:

  • You can customize the design and size of your dab rig to fit any need you may have.

  • You can use whatever type of glass or silicone bong or dab rig will work best for you without having to buy one new (or as often).

  • You can create a dab rig that is unique in its size, shape, and color scheme—or all three!

Here are the steps to make your own Dab Rigs:

1. Gather the tools and materials. You will need a glass bowl, glass nail, carb cap, torch, and some metal nail or water pipe. You can also use an electric nail if you have one available.

2. Place your bowl on the table and put your nail inside it. Make sure that it fits perfectly with no gaps between them.

3. Set your torch on a heat-resistant surface and turn it on using the flame adjustment knob at the bottom of the torch.

4. With the help of tongs, place your metal nail into the flame until it turns red hot (just like when cooking). This will burn off any impurities present in the metal, giving it a clean surface for heat conduction from your flame.

5. Once heated up, hold onto your nail with one hand while keeping your other hand away from the flame so that it doesn’t burn you! Carefully drop down your dabber into its new home at the top of your rig and let it sit there for about 20 seconds or so before removing it and allowing air bubbles to escape through a carb cap (if using).

You can make your own dab rig at home with the right tools and supplies. It’s not hard to do, but it does require some work. You’ll need a glass or silicone bong or dab rig that’s been cleaned out and dried out before starting this process. Then you need to find the perfect bowl, slide, downstem, and nail for your homemade dab rig. Finally, connect your nails with an adjustable torch lighter so they will stand up straight when heated red hot by the flame!

Factors to consider when buying a dab rig

When you want to buy your first dab rig, there are many factors to consider. The first thing you need is to figure out how much money you want to spend on it. You can also ask yourself what you want your dab rig for? Is it just for use at home or do you plan on taking it out with you?

Dab rigs come in various shapes and sizes. Some are designed for home use while others are made for travel and portability. If you plan on taking your dab rig with you when going out, then it should be small enough to carry around comfortably.

The next step is looking at the features of the different options available on the market. You will find that most dab rigs have a similar structure but they vary in terms of their features and materials used in making them. This means that one option might cost more than another simply because of its features and materials used in making it.

What is the Difference between a Bong and a Dab Rig?

If you are new to smoking cannabis, you may have heard of the terms bong and dab rig. The terms can be confusing to some people, so we thought it would be helpful to give you an overview of what they mean.

A bong is typically a large water pipe with a bowl on top that you light up like a joint. There are many different kinds of bongs, including those made from glass or plastic. Some bongs even have percolators inside them that help filter out smoke for an even smoother hit. You can also find cheap glass bongs for sale online at various retailers such as Grasscity or Namaste Vapes.

A dab rig is similar to a bong in that it is also used for smoking cannabis flower or concentrates (such as wax). However, there are some key differences between these two types of devices:

Dab rigs tend to be smaller than bongs; they generally hold less water than their larger counterparts (although there are exceptions). They also have smaller bowls at the top for holding your cannabis concentrate material. Dab rigs often come with specialized nails or domes that are designed specifically for heating up your concent


Well, there you have it. This article is just a brief overview of the basics of dab rigs. I hope it was helpful and spared you the annoyance of wandering around aimlessly in your local smoke shop for far too long.

Dab rigs don't have to be expensive, and you can save some money by knowing where to look. Make sure you're buying from a source with a good reputation. For expert advice on finding the right cheap glass dab rig in AU for you, check out PuffingBird

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