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How Are Dab Rigs Made?

The public has started to shift in opinion regarding the intake of certain herbs and concentrates like marijuana. Slowly, state after state has begun to sanction its use at a medical level followed by recreational. People have begun to see the financial and health benefits of allowing these concentrates to be utilized at a recreational level and so the need for a proper dab rig has been on the rise.

As the demand for a quality dab rig continues to grow, so too do questions regarding the rigs. Many people are asking, "How does a dab rig work?" or "Which rig should I choose?" or even, "Can I make one myself?" All of these questions will be answered here, but the most important thing to remember is that using a dab, while complex and delicate, should be a fun process. While all of the cool features some of them include will certainly make for a wild ride, choosing the right rig is all about picking a set up that you like. Whether it's decked out with features or simply a glass tube.

The information in this article is designed to address the basics of dab rigs and to get you started down your path. By the end of this, you'll understand how to select a quality dab rig, how they work, and how to build one yourself - at a basic level. 

How Does a Rig Work?

There are four main components that you will encounter when utilizing a dab rig. No matter what concentrate or design you incorporate in the rig, these four pieces should be included. These are the nail, the recycler, the glass vapor slide, and the 90-degree joint. Each rig is different, and many will have varying ways in which these parts interact and play.

Essentially, the main difference between a dab rig and a bowl is that the rig comes with a nail and dome. Your first step is to remove the dome and heat up the nail with a torch or flame of sorts. After it cools off a tad, place the dome back on and grab your concentrate. With a dab tool, (you can also use a pointy metal stick of sorts) place the concentrate directly on the nail and begin to inhale.

Be careful when dabbing, especially your first time. The issue that many encounter with a dab rig is that it's light and smooth, but much more potent than a dry hit. You'll want to pace yourself when using a dab rig as it will get you high rather quickly.

Picking the Right Rig

Now that you know how to work the device, it's time to start shopping for yours. If you're hoping to make your own, head down to the next section to learn the basics of the steps required to make a rig. For those of you who are looking to buy one, keep in mind that these rigs can get rather pricey. Most of them are hand spun using glass and blowing techniques. You're buying both a tool and an art piece. 

Most dab rigs will be under $100 - though some can go higher - and you will even find some quality rigs below $50. Again, finding the right rig is all about you. Finding a rig that works well and looks cool is simple but finding the one that speaks best to you and your wants is where the search starts.

Dab Rigs Under $100

This is where you'll find the dab rigs that have put their effort into the artistic aspect of the tool. Don't worry, if you're paying more than $50 for a rig, it will work just as it's supposed to. You're simply getting the added bonus of artistic design and expert glassblowing techniques. These rigs will be focused on becoming a center piece in your home or a conversation starter for guests.

One change that you might on a rig that's more than $50 is the type of material the nail is constructed with. On higher end rigs, the nail might be made out of a more conductive material like titanium. Most rigs use glass for the nails, which is quite effective itself, but some people prefer the look of other nail types. 

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Dab Rigs Under $50

Just because the rig is less than $50 doesn't mean it's poorly constructed. A $20 rig has the same effectiveness as a $70 one and both will work well to provide you the high you're searching for. You aren't sacrificing much in terms of art either, many dab rigs under $50 still have unique and fun designs incorporated. The main difference is the complexity of the setup and the skill of the blower. 

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Making One Yourself

It's easier than you might think to make a dab rig yourself, but there is one requirement that could deter you from attempting. You must be a skilled glassblower. If you aren't a professional glassblower, we can't recommend you attempt to make a rig yourself and encourage you to check out our collection at Destination Smoke. If you do have the skills to blow glass and the equipment to shape a rig, then continue reading through.

The first step is to coil pot your colors. Pick the colors you're hoping to use and put them into a coil in which you begin to wrap. Begin to blow into this coil pot and start shaping the base of the device - you can shape it however you like. After this, you'll make another coil of colored glass while keeping the other part in the kiln so it doesn't lose heat.

Next up is to shape the neck to a length that works for your rig. After you've made the neck, build the downstem which should include three air holes. Now, combine it all together and you've got the basic shape of the dab rig. Shape the nail, the dome, make sure there's space for water and smoke, and put it all in one rig. The artistic aspect is up to you.


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