All you need to know about the Thermal Banger Nail
Banger nails are one of the most popular enhancements that you can find in any rig. They are like the conduit that makes all the magic happen. Take away the nail, and your fancy rig becomes a regular old bong. Banger nails (also called bucket nails) are pretty much the go-to design when you think of nails. Maybe the most prominent feature is the flat bottom that makes for easier heating. They work incredibly well for beginners as well as enthusiasts who prefer lower temperatures. And it doesn’t matter what type of torch you use.
Enter the Thermal Banger Nail
With any tool or technology, there’s the inevitable evolution and improvement that happens in time. And while regular old banger nails are great, the thermal banger has taken it up a notch. Think of it as an improvement of the classic banger nail design.
Thermal bangers come with an extra chamber on the inside. This means your concentrate is placed within the double-walls of the banger. It works to prevent the full force of the heated air from ruining the inhalation. The system allows a restricted flow of air to flow between the two layers and into the joint that connects the water pipe.
Regular banger Vs. Thermal Banger
The popularity of regular/traditional bangers lies mostly in the fact that they retain heat well and get it done evenly. Thermal bangers do it just as well, if not slightly better in some situations. The extra coat of the chamber gives the heat more surface area to stay in. It’s also why they’re called jacketed bangers. The inner chamber carries the concentrates that get vaporized. This means you can keep the nail at the right temperature even after the torching is done. Low-temperature dabs work at around 300 - 400°, and the taste depends mainly on a consistent heat level around this range. The extra layer in thermal bangers works great for this kind of requirement.
Thermal bangers also hold your concentrates better with less wastage. Your typical bucket nail will get the concentrates smudged around the corners and curves. While you can still get them out, it’s much better if the smudging doesn’t happen to start with. Thermal bangers ensure that you don’t have to deal with this after the concentrates get vaporized. So, this means you also don’t waste those precious dabs even if you have multiple sessions.
With the exceptional heat-retaining that thermal bangers provide, you’d think that heating will take longer. But this isn’t necessarily true for bangers. You can heat the thermal banger the same duration/level as you would a regular banger. The precise time will depend on the type of banger you use. But generally, you need about a minute or so to get the right consistency. So, you heat up the banger with about 20 seconds on top and 20 seconds each on either side of the nail. This is important to note because you can crack or damage a nail if too much heat goes on one side.
Traditional bangers can often get cloudy and crystallize with regular use. The best way to avoid this is to find consistent low temperatures to hit your dabs. But if you really prefer the higher heat levels, you can replace just the dish of the nail. Loose dishes act like insets that can fit within regular bangers to give them a thermal-like mechanism. And the advantage here is that replaceable dishes can be discarded after use, as you get a new one.
You’re probably aware that banger nails can come in a variety of materials that include titanium, quartz, glass, etc. But thermal bangers are mostly all quartz. With these bangers, it’s usually a good idea to use carb caps. Carb caps can help keep the heat distribution even and retain the quality taste of the dab. Also, they really enhance the experience if you prefer the low-temperature hits.
Benefits for low-temp dabbers
As mentioned already, thermal standards are essentially the gold standard of low-temp dabbing. It’s much easier to maintain that consistency around the 300 – 450° mark. And the process is almost the same to the one you’d use for a traditional banger. You can use either propane or butane torch to heat the banger and wait till it comes down to your preferred temperature.
Dab rigs also come in varied sizes and designs, and you want your thermal banger to be an ideal fit for your gear. Fortunately, you can find a wide range of thermal banger designs that work with different rigs. Since the secondary chamber holds the concentrates, you don’t have to worry about spillage if you tilt the bucket against the neck.
One of the most important parts of making your rigs durable is maintenance. And it becomes a hassle if you have equipment that needs a lot of nitpicky cleaning. The inconvenience can be so much that you can start avoiding the maintenance altogether. With thermal bangers, though, it’s not all that difficult to clean and maintain. You can use the same maintenance tips you use for regular bangers.
Some common techniques include
- Applied heat to remove or burn off the debris.
- Use a Q-tip for cleaning crevices and dark corners.
- Soak the whole thing in isopropyl alcohol.
These are some common methods that people use for regular nails. And they’ll work just as well, if not better, for your thermal banger nails.
It’s obvious that thermal bangers bring a new level of convenience, consistency, and efficiency to dabbing. Just when we thought the traditional banger couldn’t get any better, thermal banger nails managed to make them more popular. Quartz insets allow people to try the thermal mechanism in regular bangers before they invest in proper ones.
Thermal banger nails are worth every penny you invest. And they’re bound to take your dabbing experience to new and improved levels. With a variety of angles and designs available today, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try right now!