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How to Use a Bong as a Dab Rig

If you’re just starting out dabbing, you may not know what to look for in a dab rig. Furthermore, you may not want to go and spend your money on a dab rig if you’re not sure you will like it. But. News Flash: YOU WILL! However, for these common reasons, we are going to give you a quick guide on how to use your bong as a dab rig. Now, if you are just learning about dabbing and don’t want to buy another pipe, we have a few suggestions. Some bongs will be more adaptable to becoming a dab rig. And, there are a few essential accessories you will need to convert it.

Choosing the Right Bong to Make into a Dab Rig

  1. Size DOES Matter
    But really, it does. Bong aficionados will say “the bigger the better!” However, larger bongs are not good for dabbing. We don’t recommend using anything over 15”.
  2. Themed/Novelty Bongs
    While these are fun for chilling with friends in your bud cave, they will not do so well as a dab rig. The joint angle size probably won’t be right and the wacky designs will probably get in the way. The same is true for animal pipes. The shapes get in the way of the banger and dab nail.
  3. Bong Shape
    A beaker bong with a straight tube is probably your best bet. The simple structure and the removable downstem make it easy to adapt into a dab rig.
  4. Percolators
    Percs in bongs are OK, but you want them to be small and simple. Bongs with multiple percolators or complex systems are good for cooling the smoke and providing extra filtration. However, too many percs will filter out the sweet taste of concentrates and decrease potency.

What You Need to use a Bong as a Dab Rig

Quartz Banger Nail

A quartz banger is used in place of the bowl piece of a bong. Another option would be a titanium banger. Since your bong is likely to be glass, a quartz banger will look better than its metal counterpart. The choice is up to your preference, though!

18mm Male to 14mm Male Glass Adapter

Adapter (sometimes)

Depending on the size of your downstem and your banger, you may need an adapter. You can figure out what size banger you need for your bong prior to buying it. But, if you have these on hand already, you may just need the right adapter to connect the pieces.

Dabber Tool

Toker Supply has a ton of options for choosing a dabber. The dabber is used to take a small amount of the concentrate and place it on the heated banger. These come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. But, the choice purely up to preference! Some dabber tools have extra features. Some have a scooper at one end for extracting the concentrate. Others (like the one pictured here) have a carb cap on the end, which helps you get the most out of your concentrates.

Carb Cap

Of course, you can dab without a carb cap. However, you don’t want to dab without a carb cap. Carb caps are these small magical items that ensure efficient dabbing. There’s a ton of styles and options to choose from. Novelty or themed carb caps are our personal favorites. Carb caps like the Rubber Ducky are a good juxtaposition to the simplicity of most dab rigs.

Torch

The last thing you will need is a torch, which is a must! Gas station lighters will not work, so don’t even try. Proper heating your dabber needs to come from a powerful heat source. Otherwise, the dabber will not be hot enough to take a proper dab. You will only waste your concentrates!

Should You Use a Bong as a Dab Rig?

Turning a bong into a dab rig is fine for a short term solution. It’s always best to buy a separate dab rig, so you keep your dry herbs and oils separate.

The main reason is for cleanliness purposes. The reclaim from dabs is easy to clean. However, the reclaim from dry herbs like resin and charred particles are hard to clean and will change the flavor of concentrates. Some people are diligent enough to thoroughly clean their pipe after every use. But let’s be real. ain’t nobody got time for that. Therefore, having a dedicated dab rig is the way to go!

Some bongs will be more adaptable to becoming a dab rig. And, there are a few essential accessories you will need to convert it.

A beginner’s guide to glass attachments

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Contents

  1. About glass attachments
  2. Factors to consider when buying glass attachments
  3. Glass attachments for bongs
  4. Glass attachments for dabbing
  5. Other glass attachments

About glass attachments

Aside from the standard glass devices found in the collection of cannabis lovers across the world, such as spoon pipes, bongs, and dab rigs, there is also a huge range of other glass attachments that can help you enhance and tailor your cannabis consumption experience. This guide will give you a comprehensive overview of the most commonly used glass attachments, setting you on a journey through the expansive world of glass smoking equipment and enhancements.

There is a huge range of glass attachments that can help you enhance and tailor your cannabis consumption experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Factors to consider when buying glass attachments

There are three main factors to consider when shopping for glass attachments:

Frequency of consumption

Consumers who smoke cannabis frequently will generally require more durable, robust equipment than those who smoke less frequently, for the simple reason that their glass pieces will see much heavier use than glass belonging to an infrequent smoker’s collection. Look for thicker, heavy-duty glass that has been heat-tempered if you want a piece with added durability.

Consumers who smoke cannabis frequently will generally require more durable, robust equipment than those who smoke less frequently. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Budget

In the world of glass cannabis gear, you can spend virtually as much or as little as your budget allows. On the affordable end are simple, straightforward, functional pieces, often pieces made in China, while the high-end segment of the market includes handmade, artisan, and custom pieces designed for both function and form. Not surprisingly, cheaper pieces tend to be of a lower quality, so be prepared to replace them more frequently.

Form or function?

If you’re focused exclusively on performance, then you should focus on scientific glass pieces, which are straightforward, precise, performance-oriented glass tools that deliver e results without very much stylistic flair. On the other hand, if you’re going for that “wow factor” with a visually stimulating glass piece, explore hand-made artisan glass pieces and attachments.

Glass attachments for bongs

At its most basic, a bong consists of a bowl for igniting herb, a water chamber to cool and filter smoke, and a mouthpiece through which you inhale the refined smoke. For a more custom experience, however, you can also utilize various glass attachments, such:

Bowls

For starters, you can choose from a number of glass bowl designs. Bowls include a male joint that slides in and out of the downstem’s female joint.

Features you can choose from when selecting a bowl include:

  • Bubble-shaped bowls: Bubble-shaped bowls encase the main bowl where cannabis flower is packed and ignited within a slightly larger glass bubble. This keeps the entire thing cool so you don’t burn your fingers when sliding the bowl in and out of the downstem.
  • Handles: Some bowls include handles of varying lengths, making it easier to slide the bowl in and out of the downstem.
  • Screens: If you want to keep your flower securely in the bowl, opt for one that has a built-in screen at the bottom.
Some bowls include handles of varying lengths, making it easier to slide the bowl in and out of the downstem. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Downstems and attachments

Once you’ve selected your bowl, it’s time to focus on the downstem. This is the component that connects your bowl to the water chamber.

The downstem is the component that connects your bowl to the water chamber. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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The following downstem styles and other attachments allow you to build a customized bong.

  • Double bowl adapter: A double bowl adapter has a single male joint on one end, which slides into the downstem, and then at the other end, it forks off into at least two open female joints into which you slide your bowls. These adapters are ideal for social smoke sessions, as they allow you to pack multiple bowls at once.
  • Ash catcher: Ash catchers typically have a male joint on one end that slides into the downstem, and a female joint on the other end, into which you slide your bowl. The main body comprises an open chamber — usually a water chamber — that catches ash and other buildups so that your bong stays clean.

Some ash catchers also include percolators for further water filtration. This can make your bong much more robust and high performing. And while an ash catcher will help keep your bong cleaner, it is also an extra component that requires a heavy-duty cleaning now and again.

  • Diffuser downstem: Using a downstem with a simple diffuser at the end of it is a simple, effective way to boost the filtration power of your bong. These types of downstems feature a series of slits or holes that rest inside the water chamber. These openings diffuse smoke, creating tons of tiny bubbles and improving the overall performance of your bong.
  • Ice Pinches: If you want to elevate the filtering and cooling effects of your bong, find a glass piece that has an ice pinch.

Ice pinches are fitted inside the main tube of your bong, above the water chamber, allowing you to drop ice cubes directly onto it. When your smoke bubbles up through the water chamber, it passes through one round of cooling and filtering, and then when it gets drawn around the ice, it receives a second, very powerful round of cooling before entering the lungs.

Ice pinches are fitted inside the main tube of your bong, above the water chamber, allowing you to drop ice cubes directly onto it. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Glass attachments for dabbing

As dabbing cannabis concentrates continues to grow in popularity, consumers, manufacturers, and glass blowers are creating a wide range of glass attachments specifically for dabbing. These include:

Glass nails

Nails are a critical component to dabbing. They are essentially a shallow dish that you heat to temperatures high enough to vaporize cannabis concentrates.

Nails are made out of titanium, quartz, and glass. When it comes to glass nails, remember that they are usually the most affordable option available and they do a relatively good job of retaining and distributing heat.

Nails are essentially a shallow dish that you heat to temperatures high enough to vaporize cannabis concentrates. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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However, they are also the least durable. Of course, there’s always the risk of dropping and shattering a glass nail. Additionally, glass nails are more prone to cracking at high temperatures after repeated use. As a result, if you opt for a glass nail, be prepared to replace it at some point when it breaks.

Glass domes

Although domed nails are becoming less popular among dabbers, some dab rigs still require the use of a dome. These components are designed to slide over the top of a hot nail to help retain and distribute heat, ensuring that vapor doesn’t escape before you pull it through your rig and inhale.

Despite their waning popularity, glass domes are a solid option for some dabbers because they are relatively affordable and effective. However, as with glass nails, there’s a higher chance that a glass dome will break compared with domes made out of other materials.

Oil reclaimers

An oil reclaimer is a glass attachment that fits between the nail and the water chamber, where it collects runoff concentrate as well as any concentrate that condenses out of the vapor. After enough reclaim builds up, you can either scrape it out or apply gentle heat until it melts and drips out of the reclaimer.

Interestingly, lab tests have found that reclaimed oil retains much of its original potency, typically between 40% to 50% THC. Additionally, because reclaimed oil has already been heated, it’s fully decarboxylated, making it ideal for cooking and baking applications.

Drop down adapters

Glass attachments called drop down adapters are seen as an excellent way to preserve your dab rig, keeping intense heat away from the main body of your rig. These attachments typically angle downward and away from your rig, utilizing a female joint into which you slide your nail.

By angling the nail away from your rig, flames are pointed away from the glass body, helping to protect and preserve its useful life. Of course, as with any glass attachment, adding a dropdown adapter into the mix means you have another fragile glass component to keep clean and handle with care.

Glass carb caps

As domed nails have fallen out of favor, they have been replaced by larger-dished nails and the use of a carb cap. After heating the nail and dropping a dab of concentrate, simply rest your carb cap over the top of the nail. This creates an enclosed chamber of hot air to retain and distribute heat for a more even dab, which is especially useful at lower temperatures. Carb caps are made out of a few different materials, including glass and titanium.

After heating the nail and dropping a dab of concentrate, simply rest your carb cap over the top of the nail. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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For added functionality and cost-effectiveness, choose a carb cap/dabber combination tool. These include a carb cap at one end with a long handle and a scoop-shaped dabber at the other end, allowing you to scrape up concentrates, drop dabs onto the nail, and then cover it with your carb cap all with a single tool.

Other glass attachments

To round out the expansive world of glass attachments, there are a variety of other components that let you further customize your bong or dab rig, or even let you consume cannabis in entirely new ways.

Glass adapters

If you’re interested in customizing your bong or dab rig with any sort of attachment or modular add-on, you may need some sort of adapter to link one component with another. Glass adapters are an excellent choice as they are relatively affordable, clean, functional, and reliable. Of course, the only major downside is that glass is prone to breakage.

Glass adapters come in virtually any configuration, including:

  • Mixed diameters to connect components and joints of different sizes.
  • A variety of angles to create different positions and configurations among your other components.
  • Male-to-male joints, male-to-female joints, female-to-male joints, and female-to-female joints so you can link up virtually any two components regardless of the configuration of their connections and joints.

Bubbler chamber attachments

Depending on your smoking device of choice, you may be able to add a water chamber to bolster the smoke filtration process. These glass attachments fit somewhere between the bowl where you ignite your herb and the mouthpiece, causing the smoke to filter through the water before reaching your lungs.

Nectar collectors

Also called “dab straws” or “honey collectors,” nectar collectors provide concentrate lovers with a simple way to consume without an entire dab rig.

These tools are relatively straightforward, consisting of a tip made of quartz or titanium; a body made out of glass or silicone that may also include a water chamber, percolator, or oil reclaimer; and a straw-shaped mouthpiece through which you inhale the vapor. To use a nectar collector, you simply heat the tip and drag it across a dab of concentrate while inhaling.

While tips are usually made out of quartz or titanium, the other components of a nectar collector are widely available in glass. These tend to be relatively affordable and provide consistent performance, but are more prone to cracking, breaking, or shattering, especially if they are exposed to extremely high temperatures.

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