How to Use a Dab Rig

Dab Rig
In today’s smoking world, something revolutionary has taken over and has become even more popular than regular “flower” or herb. Concentrate or “dabs”, has become a favored way of smoking due to the potency, and the lack of strong smell. Imagine getting as high as smoking a blunt with just one puff...or not having to drown your house in Febreeze after every sesh? That’s what dabs do, they get you feeling nice and euphoric off just one hit. And how do you smoke a dab or dabs? It’s simple, its called a dab rig.

What Is a Dab Rig?

Similar to a bong, dab rigs are a glass or silicon piece used for cooling the hit and giving you the most enjoyable and heavy hit possible. It consists of a body (water chamber), base, down stem, nail, neck, and oftentimes a type of percolator or recycler. Each part plays its role in getting you a nice, powerful hit without any of the gunk or fumes you could risk with a blunt or joint. It’s more bang for your buck and well worth the time and effort getting familiar with.

How to Use a Dab Rig

Dab Rig
Each dab rig is specifically built to filter and give you the most potent hit every time, but it can’t do it on its own. What you need to complete your set up is a trusty nail, carb cap, a dabber, and a torch to light up your hit. Lighting a dab is much more different than lighting a bowl, flower usually burns slow and you could easily use a lighter to keep it lit for a couple of tokes around the room. A dab is lit every time, with the torch heating the nail and melting the concentrate through the downstem before it’s cooled by the perc and smoked up by the user. The first step to getting a quality hit is using a trusty nail. Nails take the most heat with the torch hitting it every time and it has to be strong enough to hold the dab being melted. Most nails are strong quartz or ceramic so that they can withstand high temperatures and no chemicals are melted when it's torched. Another strong must-have for a dab rig set up is a good dabber. A dabber is just the right size and durability to efficiently pick a dab size of your comfort. It’s an underrated tool that a lot of beginners forget about and they are out of luck. The last accessory you need for a good quality set up is the carb cap. Carb caps act as a stopper, keeping the hit and flavor intact while you smoke up at your own pace. With the carb cap, you don’t have to worry about taking it all in one go and you can comfortably control the power with the cap.

Types of Dab Rigs

Like bongs or pipes, there are plenty of dab rigs to choose from, you can easily customize one at a glass shop, or simply just buy a cheap dab rig that catches your eye. There are silicon dab rigs, glass dab rigs, and many more types, sizes, and budgets.

Silicon Dab Rigs

Dab Rig
As the name suggests, silicone dab rigs are made of silicon, a food-grade type that is durable and great to look at. Each silicone dab rig is made with high-grade silicone that won’t melt under high temperatures and won’t melt any fumes into your lungs when you take a hit. The silicon dab rig is ideal for the clumsy smoker or the ones who value durability over anything.

Glass Dab Rigs

Dab Rig
Glass dab rigs are often the cheaper dab rigs due to their abundance and how easy they are to make. They are the most common types of rig that just about anyone has and they can be customized or they can have great accessories like percs or recyclers. Glass dab rigs are made with clear glass and are the easiest to clean and maintain.

How to Clean Your Dab Rig

There are many reasons you should clean your dab rig every 3-6 months, mainly due to the resin build-up and regular buildup from constant use. There are also several different ways to clean a bong, but the best way to clean it is with isopropyl alcohol and salt solution. Both are common household items and do the same thing other cleaners do. The first step is mixing the isopropyl and salt solution into a container and letting the rig soak for 30-60 minutes to loosen all the gunk and resin. When you put your rig in, make sure you take it apart completely to make sure every part is cleaned properly. After you let it soak for a while, take it out and dry it completely to avoid inhaling any alcohol solution. You can use cue tips to clean the crevices and hard to reach spots and a simple towel to dry the rest. Once it’s done, it should look good as new and should work better than ever before!

How to Smoke Without a Dab Rig

If you’re still skeptical about getting a rig but want to try smoking dabs, there are two surefire methods to get a good sesh without a rig. The first method is a wax pen or vape pen. Nowadays there are cartridges that sell the concentrate so you can discreetly get hits throughout the day without the rig or set up. Wax pens are also mini dab rigs, withholding chambers for crumble concentrate that do just what a dab rig does but is much more convenient. It’s harder to clean and maintain than a dab rig but it does the same job. The second way is to use a bong. Bongs work just like rigs and can be found in most smoker’s setups, so it’s easier to obtain than a dab rig. All you would need is to switch the bowl piece with a nail and you are all set. If you’re thinking about getting a cheap dab rig or you want to find dab rigs for sale, look no further than At Slyng we have high-quality dab rigs and smoking accessories to add to your set up and get you started on dabs or help you continue your journey.