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How to Make a Homemade Dab Rig

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Increased legalization of cannabis has brought significant growth to the marijuana industry. Many innovations have been introduced into the weed world, but it is important to note that none of these has been able to change the manner through which we consume our cannabis concentrates.

With many names, such as as shatter, budder, crumble, wax, sauce, sugar, and crystalline, all of these different concentrate types turn dispensaries to curators of taste. It’s no surprise to see that the concentrates unit has seen many changes over time, and this has also given many cannabis users a peek into the world of dab rigs.

These dab rigs can be expensive sometimes, so our article will focus on how to make a homemade dab rig.

Vape Pen or Dab Rig

Even though vape pens are becoming popular among users and proving to be one of the best ways to consume our favorite concentrates – due to their discreet size and ease of use – most stoners would still prefer to consume their concentrates using a dab rig. Having a similar design to traditional bongs, dab rigs are typically made with borosilicate glass, and utilize a banger or nail rather than a bowl.


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Readymade or Homemade Dab Rigs?

Well, this will depend on your choice and what you are looking for. For most concentrate enthusiasts, a readymade dab rig might be one item they can’t do away with, but at the same time, it is essential to put the cost of these items at the back of your mind as they may not come that cheap.

Dab rigs come in many forms and designs, and you can get some for as low as $20, and some can even go as high as $1000.

For new entry users and people that might want to minimize cost on this treasured item, the homemade dab rig happens to be an alternative that will serve the almost same purpose with the expensive ones.

How to make a homemade dab rig

Now, what might have brought you here is how to make a homemade dab rig. This will depend on the material you have at your disposal and how creative you can be. In our guide, we will talk about a simple design that anyone can have access to.

Materials Needed

To make a homemade dab rig, you will need:

  • A titanium nail
  • Torch
  • Mason jar with lid
  • Aluminum foil
  • A pen

The 1st thing you need to do is get your mason jar with a lid. You then drill two holes on the cover, directly across from each other. You then take your aluminum foil and roll it up around the pen, after which you stick it through one of the holes on the lid – this will serve the purpose of the down stem.

You then take the titanium nail and stick it down the foiled down-stem. The part where the nail touches the lid can also be foiled; basically, the point where you should have your glue or silicon.

Now, in the other hole, you stick a bendy straw, which will serve as the water pipe, and wrap some foil around it so it will be airtight. Once you get all these together, the next step is to fill the jar with water alongside your favorite concentrate and then heat up.

Homemade Dab Rig

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More material needed

Now that you understand how to make a homemade dab rig and put one together, you must add a few items to make it a perfect one. See below to find below a list of items that will put the final touches to your dab rig.

  • Torch: You will need a torch to heat the banger or the glass jar. You can’t heat up the banger without the torch, and you can’t dab without your concentrate, so it is an essential tool in your quest to get the best from dabbing. It is preferable to get butane torches compared to propane torches since they are more portable and burn cleaner.
  • Butane: To fill up the blowtorch, you will need butane to refill your torch when it becomes empty. It is essential to read the instructions on the bottle before refilling the torch. This is necessary to avoid potential hazards.
  • Traveling Case: You will need to move your dab rig from one location to another with you, so you might want to get a carrying case that will allow you store your dab rig while you are on the move.
  • Timer: Timing is essential when dabbing, so you need to get a device to help you with the right time. You can use your smartphone or even a stopwatch, or just any other timer device to track the time used in heating the glass jar.

How to use a dab rig

Once you have your dab rig in place, it is not difficult to use. The banger can be heated  with a blowtorch for 30 seconds or until it begins to glow red. You then wait for approximately 60 seconds before placing the concentrate in the heated area with a dab tool. This then vaporizes the concentrate and makes it ready for consumption.

The setup of a dab rig, also called an oil rig, allows you to activate terpenes and cannabinoids, giving a potent and highly flavored hit.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you are only dabbling into the massive world of concentrates and purchasing your 1st dab rig, or you are just entering connoisseurship and seeking to boost your rig collection, it is essential to understand what you want when choosing a dab rig or making one at home.

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