Glass & Dabbing Glossary and Basic Information
DAB & GLASS GLOSSARY: COMMON TERMINOLOGY RELATING TO DABBING, CONCENTRATES, GLASS – Brought to you by Toronto Hemp Company (THC)
(our Glossary of alphabetically-listed commonly-used terms and phrases begins further down, and a hopefully-helpful diagram for your reference is also included below)
There are so many interesting items and practices that have been invented, developed and co-opted for use in the consumption of cannabis that we’ve realized the need for clarification for many of our customers, whether they are new to the ‘culture’ or due to different terminology and products being used in different places, or simply as a result of how complex and wide-ranging the options can be! The following is our attempt to provide a little clarification – it is by no means anywhere near comprehensive and of course people have different interpretations and definitions of terminology for various reasons – please feel free to suggest additions or changes to this Glossary if you feel they may be helpful!
First, to start with the most basic: a “bong” is a water-pipe – a pipe (usually made of glass) through which you can smoke your favorite herb with the smoke passing through (usually clean, cold) water such that the smoke may be somewhat ‘cooled’ or ‘filtered’ (there is little evidence that any productive filtering actually happens however) and which allows you to ‘pack’ your herb into a (usually relatively small) ‘bowl’ and smoke small ‘hits’ rather than smoking a more time-consuming (and possibly more herb-consuming) ‘joint’ (cigarette). Many bongs allow for the addition of ice to presumably further ‘cool’ the smoke before it is inhaled. Bongs usually consist of parts including a ‘bowl’ (where you put the herb), a ‘joint’ where the bowl fits into (a totally different use of the word ‘joint’ than many smokers are used to – not at all referring to a rolled cigarette but instead simply the glass joint where two pieces fit together), often a removable ‘downstem’ (the tube through which the smoke passes from the bowl down into the water area) or a ‘stemless’ design meaning that instead of a removable downstem there is fixed glass tubing creating the path through which the smoke will enter the water), maybe a ‘diffuser’ at the base of the downstem and one or more ‘percolators’ (parts that disperse the smoke and usually break them up into smaller sized bubbles as they filter through the water).
You can smoke any substance you like in/through a ‘bong’ – for example you can pack herb as well as concentrated products like ‘hash’ or even ‘oil’ (etc.) into your bowl and smoke them that way, or you can add different parts for example by exchanging your ‘bowl’ (aka ‘flower bowl’) for something more designed specifically for ‘concentrates’ like a ‘nail’ or ‘banger’ and turn your ‘bong’ into an ‘oil piece’. There are reasons, however, to separate the two functions – most people would prefer to have a ‘bong’ for their ‘flower’ / ‘herb’, and a separate ‘oil piece’ for their ‘concentrates’ – for various reasons including that herb makes a bong more dirty more quickly than ‘concentrates’ do – so you can more easily keep a dedicated ‘oil piece’ cleaner so that as you are ‘dabbing’ your concentrates through it the concentrated active ingredients are not mixing with any excess mess or flavor from previous use. Of course it is best to be diligent about keeping your pieces clean and always using nice cold fresh water, but it is easier to do so if you keep the functions separate in two different pieces. Also, due to the ‘concentrated’ nature of extracts, there can be a benefit to using a glass piece that was specifically designed and made for extract-use – bongs are often larger and intended to handle more smoke volume while ‘oil rigs’ are often smaller and made for a more concentrated experience. With different people enjoying widely varying ‘bongs’ for widely varying reasons, though, there are all shapes and sizes of ‘bongs’ so there are all kinds of bongs that are extremely suitable for ‘dabbing’ (smoking extracts) and therefore there is a lot of crossover between ‘flower’ and ‘extract’ functionality.
Many of the earliest purpose-built ‘dab rigs’ or ‘oil rigs’ were designed with the ‘joint’ (where you would normally put your ‘bowl’ into when smoking herb) actually backwards/upside-down (so used a ‘male’ versus a ‘female’ joint) to allow the use of a ‘nail’ and ‘dome’ instead of a ‘bowl’. This led to a situation in which many ‘dab rigs’ still have male joints even though most people actually don’t use those ‘nails and domes’ in the original ‘domed’ configuration much anymore, but have moved on to ‘domeless’ fittings and designs which no longer necessarily require the ‘male’ fitting on the rig-side. So there are now ‘domeless’ options that fit male or female joints – some that have multiple configuration options to fit into one or the other depending on which type of joint your bong or ‘rig’ might have. In fact, some of the most common and desired ‘dab rigs’ nowadays include so-called ‘banger hangers’ which generally simply involve a ‘stemless’ female joint specifically intended for a ‘quartz banger’ to fit into, so we seem to perhaps be coming full-circle back to female joints being the more desired option for BOTH flower and extract purposes. An additional benefit of this evolutionary turn-of-events is that your purchase of a ‘dab rig’ that (typically) come with a dome and ‘boro/glass nail’ will usually mean that you’re getting two parts that you’ll likely never actually use or need, while if you spend the same money on a ‘banger hanger’ or other female-jointed ‘bong’ that you plan to use for extracts you will usually get a ‘flower bowl’ that you can use for herb/flower in this or any other bong that you may purchase or own. There is no one perfect or ‘best’ configuration or size or type of ‘dab rig’ – everyone has their own preferences for all sorts of different reasons, and the options are quite endless!
Not only are there male and female ‘joints’ and therefore also ‘bowls’ and ‘domeless nails’ etc. that are made either with female joints to fit onto a male joint or with male joints to fit into female joints, but there are also three main sizes of glass joints – 10mm, 14mm and 19mm (these numbers are rounded from more exact numbers like 14.4mm and 18.8mm for example, so some people call the ’19mm’ size ’18mm’ – the two terms are used somewhat interchangeably). There are other sizes of glass joints, I don’t mean to suggest that those are the ONLY three – 29mm for example is also used but for other parts than ‘bowls’ and ‘nails’ usually since it’s so much larger, then other sizes like ’34mm’ and ’45mm’ are used for even larger parts like when two large bong tubes are fitted together in the case of a ‘build-a-bong’. The most commonly used joint-size for bowls and nails/bangers is 14mm, but lots of people like 10mm for a tighter, more ‘refined’ hit and others prefer or simply used for whatever reason 19mm joints.
710 – Very mutli-purpose slang term for/about smoking cannabis concentrates, originating due to the written number resembling the word OIL upside-down. Related to the term ‘420’ representing cannabis (smoking, etc.).
B.H.O. – Butane Hash Oil. A very high potency 40-80% THC/cannabinoids cannabis extraction made by passing liquid butane through cannabis plant matter. The extract is then reduced and purged of residual butane before smoking or further processing. Also known as concentrate, oil, errl, honey, wax, and a whole lot of other terms!
Banger (aka quartz banger, aka globstopper, aka bangarang, etc.) – an extended ‘domeless quartz’ nail type of design that has a ‘dish’ that is horizontally further separated from your ‘rig’ for functionality and so that heating it up is less likely to create any excess heat or damage at your rig’s ‘joint’. Bangers come in every possible joint size and both male and female joints – they also come in varying bucket/dish size, some called ‘XL’ for example, and perhaps most importantly they come in either 45-degree or 90-degree configurations, so that they can match the style of your rig and the dish can sit at a comfortable angle, depending on what direction the joint sticks out of your rig etc.
– Trough Banger– a banger shaped less like a rounded dish and more like a feeding trough
– Flat-Top Banger – a banger with a standard shape except that the dish has a flat, not angled, top
– Grail Banger – a banger with a flat top and thicker base to the ‘dish’ that also has a slit cut into the front of the dish which allows air to flow in and over the concentrate as it’s being dabbed
– Thermal Banger – a banger with a cup-in-a-cup dish design with an air-space between the inner and outer ‘cup’
– Borometer Banger – a Thermal Banger that then also has crushed glass (‘frit’) or a similar material in the air-space that generally serves to change color in such a way as to indicate the temperature of the banger’s inner-cup dabbing surface to give you a way to know when your preferred temperature has been reached
– E-Banger – a banger that is sized and shaped purposefully to fit an E-Nail Heating Coil around its dish so that it can be heated electrically rather than a torch (while still being able to be heated with a torch if you aren’t using an E-Nail). Often also have a little ‘arm’ sticking out to lock the Heating Coil onto the banger securely
Banger Hanger – a ‘dab rig’ designed for use with a quartz banger, using a female joint on the rig side for a male jointed banger to fit into.
Boro – Borosilicate glass is the main type of glass used to make high quality smoke ware. Its resistance to thermal shock and stress make it very popular amongst glassblowers and smoke ware/glass art enthusiasts alike. One brand name of borosilicate glass is “Pyrex”. Other types of glass sometimes used for smoke related products include ‘quartz glass’ and ‘soft glass’. The ‘disposable’ nails that come with most oil rigs are made of borosilicate glass, while better quality nails that can be relied upon to last a reasonable amount of time (and most ‘domeless’ glass nails) are made usually of fused quartz glass.
Bubbler – a small, hand-held water-pipe (flower bong or dab rig).
Budder – Another type of cannabis extract usually made by heat purging B.H.O. (or made with a ‘secret’ process created by someone known by the name Budderking, depending on who you talk to). It is usually soft and “butter”-like as the name indicates.
Bucket / Honey Bucket – a quartz and glass hybrid design that has a dish that is torch-heated then rotated into a ‘bucket’ so as to capture the smoke and directing it into the rig rather than having it pass directly through a tube running into a banger’s dish.
Carb-Cap – A cap, various shapes and configurations are available including those attached to the end of a dabber as the most popular types, that allows for a lower-temperature (and thus more tasty) dab by controlling/manipulating the air-flow.
Color-Changing – We’ve been asked why so-called ‘color-changing’ glass pipes/bongs look yellow. Interestingly, that yellow appearance IS exactly the ‘color-changing’. Here’s an explanation of the process, in case you’re interested. What glass-blowers call color-changing is a technique discovered by ‘Bob Snodgrass’ – the original glass pipe maker from ‘Grateful Dead Tour’ days gone by – in which a glass artist ‘fumes’ actual SILVER – yes, they actually take a piece of silver, often a silver coin even, and put it directly in the flame of the torch while holding the glass being made into a pipe a little further away but also in front of the flame of the torch and ‘fume’ it, really ‘blow’ the silver using the flame of the torch onto the surface of the glass, thus causing that yellow hue. Once the piece is finished, the silver is still on the surface of the glass, melted onto it with the heat of the torch (and kiln). Then that ‘silver fume’ actually changes colors as you ‘dirty’ the piece – as you smoke and get resin in the piece it causes the fume to ‘change’ to a blue color. you’ll see it 🙂 But that’s the story, that’s what ‘color-changing glass’ is all about! Glass artists also ‘fume’ other materials onto the surface of glass pieces – gold has a different but also interesting effect, appearing somewhat pink usually. Nowadays, many glass companies are experimenting with all kinds of other glass additives and surface treatments and creating altogether new and different effects. There are glow-in-the-dark glass pieces that contain luminescent chemicals in some of the glass, there are ‘UV-reactive’ glass pieces, that glow or otherwise change under UV light. and there are other strange effects being developed all the time now, including ‘glow-in-the-light’, fluorescent-reactive, and all sorts of other strange effects.
Counterweight – The counterweight is the part at the bottom of a (usually “domed”) nail that stabilizes it so that it is not top-heavy some counterweights are also a second dish that could be put up top instead.
Dab / Dabbing – Usually: to inhale the vapor of a cannabis extract/concentrate (often referred to as Butane Hash Oil / BHO, or another type of extract / concentrate such as that extracted in a C02 extraction or a Rosin Tech process, among others). Dab is a verb as well as a noun – “I’m going to dab” and “I’m going to have a dab” and can even be used to refer to the extract itself – “pass me that dab” among other ways that people use the word.
Dabber – An object used to press cannabis extract against the heated surface of an oil rig pipe. Usually long and thin and made out of either stainless steel, glass, or titanium.
Direct-Inject – This is a term that has been often confused, and thus been used in quite a variety of ways. Most frequently it is used to refer to a male (rather than female) joint and the type of nail that fits into a male joint. So, a “Direct-Inject” set-up rig usually will have a male joint, and a “Direct-Inject” nail usually will fit into a male joint (rather than a female joint, and rather than fitting OVER / AROUND a male joint as does a female-jointed domeless nail for example).
Dome – The glass covering that goes over/around a “domed” (non-domeless) nail (usually titanium or glass) on an oil rig. It acts as a wind tunnel so as to not allow any smoke to dissipate in the air but instead funnel into the smoking device.
E-Nails and Vape-Pens – The most common methods for dabbing usually involve a torch (normally butane-powered, sometimes using propane or other combustible) being used to heat up the surface upon which the concentrate will be placed to cook your ‘dab’. There also exist plug-in and battery-powered electrically-heating contraptions that can be used to either heat up a ‘nail’ without the use of a torch, or otherwise heat a dab-worthy surface (or little ‘coils’) on which concentrate can be ‘dabbed’. They are an excellent option for safety and saving effort and money (especially in the longer term) on inefficient fossil-fuel powered torches, etc. The battery-operated ones are usually small units like, and adapted from, ‘e-cigarettes’. See “Yocan” and “High Five Vapes” at torontohemp.com for amazing examples of super-affordable battery-powered pens, and similarly cost-effective plug-in E-Nail units, respectively.
Egg Timer – It is VERY handy to have some kind of timer as a part of your ‘dabbing’ setup. Of course most people have no idea what the ‘proper’ technique is for timing and the ‘correct’ heating of a dab. The most commonly accepted (and in our humble opinions the most effective) practice is to torch-heat your banger or other type of quartz (by far our preferred material for nails/dabbing) domeless device up to evenly red-hot (which helps properly keep your banger/nail clean), then when the red-hot has faded begin a count – you will need to determine, based on the material and thickness of your banger/nail primarily, how many seconds you need to count/time – and when you get to your determined and preferred time only THEN do you start your dab by touching your extract to the now perfect-heat banger/nail surface. The time could be anywhere from 30 to over 100 seconds, average being about 45 (folks like 42.0 seconds for obvious reasons).
Fixed vs Removable Downstem – These terms refer to the different types of downstems found in a waterpipe. Removable downstems can be pulled out for cleaning and replacement, while fixed pieces have downstems that are fused into the piece.
Grade 2 – Titanium is produced in various ‘grades’ of quality. Grade 2 titanium is the most often-used quality of titanium for nails used to vaporize cannabis extracts.
Joint Size – 10mm vs. 14mm vs. 19mm – These numbers refer to the diameters of the most common three joint sizes on glass smokeware pieces. There are actually slight variations on these based on where in the world they are made, most European joints being deeper than American-made ones, for example, while the similar-sized joints from different parts of the world still tend to work together. Please also note that “14mm” and “19mm” are actually basically abbreviations since the actual joint sizes are 14.4mm and 18.8mm (sometimes also referred to as 14/20 and 19/22 – the second number usually representing the depth, rather than the diameter, of the joint). Also note that some people prefer the abbreviation “18mm” for the 18.8mm joint size, but the more generally accepted abbreviation we feel is “19mm” (and perhaps more logical due to how close to 19mm the 18.8mm number actually is).
If we’re going to get totally technical, then here are the “ASTM E 676-02” Standard Designations and measurements, with those used commonly in ‘our world’ asterisked:
Standard Dimensions for Medium Length Interchangeable Taper-Ground Joints
Joint Size Designation – Small End – Length – Large End
“10/18” – 8.2mm – 18mm – 10.0mm *Common small size, especially for concentrate ‘dab’ rigs
“14/20” – 12.5mm – 20mm – 14.5mm *Most common size for bong bowls (beakers etc.)
“19/22” – 16.6mm – 22mm – 18.8mm *Very common size (for downstems to fit into, and for stemless bong bowls)
Standard Dimensions for Full Length Interchangeable Taper-Ground Joints
Joint Size Designation – Small End – Length – Large End
“29/42” – 25.0mm – 42mm – 29.2mm *Sometimes used for larger downstem setups, in ashcatchers, etc.
“34/45” – 30.0mm – 45mm – 34.5mm *Used for smaller build-a-bong type connections
“45/50” – 40.0mm – 50mm – 45.0mm *Used for standard build-a-bong type connections
Joints – Male vs. Female – These terms refer to the type of joints on glass-on-glass smokeware. Male joints are blasted on the outside and they fit into the female joints. Typically pieces used for concentrates will have male joints and pieces for herbs will have female joints.
Nail (and Domed vs. Domeless) – A nail is a piece of either titanium or fused-quartz (or borosilicate) glass (or zirconium or ceramic etc.) that is heated up to a point at which a cannabis extract being pressed against it will be rapidly vaporized. Domeless nails do not require a dome, while ‘domed’ nails require a glass dome to go over them in order for the smoke to funnel into the oil rig.
Oil Rig (or simply ‘Rig’) – A small pipe (usually a water-pipe aka ‘bong’, but some are ‘dry’ rigs) made specifically for the purpose of consuming cannabis extract.
Percolators and Perc Types – a perc (also called diffuser by some) is the part of a waterpipe/bong/rig that exists to ‘diffuse’ the smoke into smaller bubbles for the purpose of increasing surface area as smoke passes through water to increase its cooling effect. With two primary types of waterpipes – stemmed and stemless, usually in the ‘stemmed’ design we use the term ‘diffuser’ (/’diffy’/’diffused downstem’) to refer to the addition of holes or slits or some other design to cause diffusion at the bottom of a downstem (rather than an ‘open-ended’ basic downstem as cheap bongs, or those used for ‘poppers’, often have), while ‘perc’/’percolator’ will usually be used to refer to similar design in a ‘stemless’ setup AND also when in a stemmed waterpipe there is a second section containing water and smoke-diffusion. There are countless designs and styles of ‘percs’ – some of the more popular/common include:
– Tree Percs – can have any number of ‘arms’ – the more arms, the more diffusion. Arms will either be open-bottomed or closed-bottomed, usually with slits on the sides. Smaller slits give smaller bubbles, which gives more diffusion.
– Showerhead Perc – A vertical tube that flares out at the bottom, with slits or holes for diffusion.
– Disk – A disk with holes of some kind and arrangement in it.
– Frit Disk – A disk of crushed glass (frit) with enough spacing between the frit pieces for air/smoke to travel through.
– Honeycomb – a flat horizontal disk with a lot of evenly-spaced holes in it giving a ‘honeycomb’ appearance.
– Inline or Stemline – Found in stemless designs, it is a horizontal tube with either slits or grids on the top or bottom. Up or down grids give different amounts of chug, but about the same diffusion.
– Tons of other designs have come about especially in recent years, with names like ‘sprinkler’, ‘hex’, ‘cluster’ and ‘wheel’ percs, and an amazing array of other designs and terms to match! While percs generally exist to diffuse the smoke as it flows through water, there are other additions to waterpipes that exist to cause the smoke to do other things with a similar intended purpose – ‘turbines’ and ‘Helix’ designs, for example, cause the smoke to spin, while Ice-Pinches and Ice-Disks create a restriction upon which ice cubes/pieces can be placed so that your smoke can pass through ice. There are even attachments and designs that allow for you to put all or part of your bong in a freezer, causing a substance like an ‘ice pack’, generally containing something like glycerine, to freeze without the risk of damaging your glass.
Popper – using a ‘popper stem’ or ‘popper bowl’, many people smoke their cannabis using a bong by placing their herb on top of a piece of tobacco cigarette which is plugging the stem- or bowl-piece. As they finish the cannabis and burn some of the tobacco, this releases the plug thus ‘popping’ the hit through and down into the bong-water. Requires an open-ended downstem, and is thought by many to be kinda ‘yucky’.
Purge / Purging – Removing the butane or other solvent(s) from a cannabis extract for the purpose of having as close as possible to only active ingredients from the cannabis plant without any residual left-overs from the extraction process. Most commonly achieved with heat and a vacuum (pump & chamber or oven).
Quartz – Quartz aka “Fused Quartz Glass” is a type of glass and another common material that nails are made of. Quart glass is extremely strong compared to other types of glass, while still not as ‘unbreakable’ as titanium.
Reclaim – The left over product after a cannabis extract has been smoked out of an oil rig. It is commonly extracted from the top of the water in a water oil rig or from any oil/extract smoking device. It can be vaporized (again) and has commonly been used for ‘seasoning’ oil rig nails (usually those made of titanium).
Seasoning – The act of treating a (usually titanium and usually domeless) nail prior to use, usually using ‘reclaim’ (left-over substance from previous dabs, basically – see above)
Shatter – A type of cannabis extract usually made by following specific procedures during the making of BHO. It has a hard, brittle texture and is commonly bright and golden in colour.
Silicone Pad / Dish – We sell a LOT of silicone dabbing accessories! They are very popular because concentrates can easily be a sticky mess. Silicone containers and mats/pads and even silicone dabbers/tools and fingertip covers, among so many other similar items, provide real handy non-stick solutions. Folks also like to use parchment paper as a disposable non-stick option. Silicone can be formed into just about any shape imaginable and comes in widely varying colors as well as various qualities. The main distinction that we use in the dabbing world is ‘platinum-cured’. Apparently, platinum-curing is a part/option in the silicone manufacturing process that makes for more stable and suitable (while slightly more costly) silicone products for concentrate purposes.
Vapor Straw, Nectar Collectors, Concentrate Pipes and ‘Tasters’, etc. – There really is no end nor shortage of methods for smoking cannabis, including cannabis extracts. Whether due to the sheer number of people who enjoy cannabis, or in some part related to the increased ‘creativity’ that many feel cannabis can contribute to, it seems that there are a dozen new cannabis-related tools and toys available every day, in a never-ending stream of innovation. Vapor Straws and Nectar Collectors, among so many other similar toys, are great examples of that creativity coming to light. Put very simply, these are tools that allow you to heat one part of the piece, which you then touch to your cannabis extract while inhaling on the other end of the piece. Some have water filtration, others have surgical tubing (like in a ‘Dab Vac’) or some other material for you to inhale the smoke through.
DAB & GLASS GLOSSARY: COMMON TERMINOLOGY RELATING TO DABBING, CONCENTRATES, GLASS – Brought to you by Toronto Hemp Company (THC) Introduction (our Glossary of alphabetically-listed commonly-used terms and phrases begins further down, and a hopefully-helpful diagram for your reference is also included below) There a
Bangers Bangers Bangers! How To Use A Banger And Heat A Banger Of Different Styles (Tutorial)
Published by Elev8 Presents on 10/15/2018
In this article we will go over all the styles of bangers there are. Bangers come in all shapes and sizes just like people with no one being the best banger, but more what is your preference. Some bangers do perform much better than other bangers and will till discus why this is. Bangers also come in many different materials like the infamous quartz banger, or the titanium banger and we also have seen borosilcate bangers.
Types of Banger Materials
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The first thing to learn about bangers are that they come in all kinds of different materials. Knowing what material is best for what situation will help you know what banger material is best for you.
Borosilicate Glass Bangers (Boro)
Borosilicate Bangers are the most affordable banger on the market. Borosilicate is very good at thermal shock. The boro banger does not even come close to that of the thermal resistance delivered by quartz. A concentrate user can get by with a boro banger, but one must know how to heat the boro banger slower and allow it cool slower than quartz. These have a tendency to break after some improper use. They are more prone to breaking if you heat them up and drop in cold concentrates causing thermal shock to the boro banger. The borosilicate banger cannot withstand frequent heating and cooling like quartz bangers and tend to crack and chip without much cause.
Quartz Bangers (Fused Quartz)
American made quartz bangers like Whitney Harmon or Joel Halen are the Cadillac of the dabbing community with the price tag to match. The “banger” style is most popular among dabbers. Knockoff Chinese composite quartz gets sold as such but is also passed off as made in the U.S.A to many unsuspecting online shoppers. This does not mean that foreign quartz is bad, just that some companies try to pass off poor quality quartz as good. From what we have found only clear fused quartz will last and last making the quartz banger the best glass banger. Next, to a vaporizer, quartz bangers offer the cleanest taste and is preferred by most serious concentrate connoisseurs that are not afraid of a torch. A great test to know if your banger is high quality fused quartz is to heat the quartz banger up and then submerge it in water. When doing a proper low-temperature dab it is wise to use a tidy tip after every use to clean any remaining fats and lipid in concentrates will keep quartz looking good, tasting great and lasting until somebody drops it on the floor.
Ceramic bangers are very good for retaining heat. They take a little longer to heat up but they hold the heat longer. This is based on the fact that the more mass, the longer it takes to heat and the longer it holds the heat. Ceramic bangers made from “medical” or “food” grade ceramic are obtainable in every shape and size. When using a ceramic banger or nail you must also heat the banger more gently. If the surface of the ceramic nail is not evenly heated then fragmentation is inevitable. Otherwise, these are designed to last barring any unfortunate drops or rolls off a counter. Ceramic is easy to clean, only requiring the application of direct heat and residual concentrates will disappear before your eye.
Titanium Bangers (Ti)
Titanium bangers or nails are able to endure very high temperature and can withstand any heat a commercial torch can deliver. They are a workhorse and are basically unbreakable, often tasked with bearing constant heat as part of an electronic nail set-up. One thing we have learned is that TI starts to oxidize if it sits at 600°F (316°C) for a long period of time. While this is nontoxic, it does look unappealing. Also available in manual transmission, titanium bangers and nails must be seasoned prior to use to remove any factory finishes and oils. To achieve the desired result heat the dabbing surface to a bright orange and dunk it off in a bowl of water. Repeat several times, then a few more for good measure. Even after being stripped of all impurities the titanium nail still may impart a metallic taste to dabs being taken. One thing to take into consideration is you only need to heat a banger up no hotter than 430 as the last cannabinoid in cannabis is extracted at 428°F (220°C). Keeping a low temperature ensures a clean tasting and less hurtful dab.
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How To Season A Titanium Banger
OK, so seasoning a banger is not the same as seasoning a steak, but both will enhance your flavor. It is highly recommended that you season your titanium banger. Why do this? The reason for seasoning your banger is to remove any oils and whatnot from the titanium banger that are left on from the production process. Seasoning your banger or nail will allow you to fully enjoy the flavor with no worry of dabbing cutting or machining oils.
- Put your Titanium banger or nail on your rig or water pipe.
- With your torch you will want to now heat up the titanium banger dish, (the part you will put your concentrate in). Do not heat up the part of the banger around or in the joint as it could cause your rig joint to potentially break from the heat. We highly recommend using female titanium bangers as titanium expands twice as much as boro glass.
- Let your titanium nail or banger get HOT, the first time it may not glow as red hot as it will in the future. Carbon build up also helps turn the titanium banger orange or red from heating.
- Next, you will want to let your Titanium banger cool. A good fast way is to dump the titanium quartz banger in a metal dish of water. You do not want to use a glass or ceramic dish as it could break from the titanium banger falling in and hitting it. You can also use a pair of tongs to grab the titanium nail and then put it in water. Be careful to not burn your self. It is good to repeat this process 2 or 3 times.
- The next step is optional and many people find this enhances the flavor more. Now you will heat your nail up, but not to hot, just hot enough to let your concentrates melt into the banger. Coat the dish of the banger with your concentrate oils. If the oil is sizzling you have heated up the banger too much.
- To fully season your Titanium banger you will want to repeat step 5 2-3 times.
- Your titanium banger is not seasoned and ready to be your long lasting dabbing banger.
Types of Quartz Bangers Designs
Standard Quartz Banger
The standard quartz banger is the most basic and simple to use of all of the banger styles. The thin-walled banger takes much less heat to reach a proper dabbing temp but cools quickly as well. The quartz dish these are made of can come in many sizes ranging from 14mm outside diameter up to 40mm outside diameter. The joint sizes that standard quartz bangers come in are 10mm male and female, 14mm male and female and also 19mm male and female to fit nearly any rig or water pipe. Perfect for the starting dabber that wants to get into dabbing at an affordable price.
Thermal Quartz Banger
Thermal bangers are an upgrade from the standard style banger. The quartz thermal bangers are designed to help keep your dabs vaping at a much lower temp making the dab experience more enjoyable and less lung irritation. The quartz thermal bangers will retain heat longer as they have more mass, and the more mass the longer heat is retained. This is one of the coolest banger designs we have seen to date with amazing function.
Flat Top Quartz Banger and Insert
The Flat Top Quartz Banger with Insert Cup is a new style of quartz banger that features a unique design to help keep your banger clean. With the flat top banger design, it allows you to use nearly any kind of carb cap to increase vaporization and flavor. The most notable advantage of this quartz banger is the banger cup insert. This allows you to heat the quartz banger and fill the quartz cup insert with your concentrate and then drop it into the flat top banger. Or you can heat the insert and drop it into your nail using a pair of tweezers. We recommend heating your nail as you normally would and then dropping the quartz insert cup into the banger filled with your concentrates. This not only provides amazing flavor and vaporization but it also keeps your flat top quartz banger looking brand new. Another feature of the flat top quartz banger from Elev8 Glass is that it is extra thick at 4mm. This allows the quartz banger to hold heat longer as the more mass, the more heat retention.
White Bottom Opaque Banger
Quartz Reactor Core Banger
The Quartz Reactor Core Banger is an innovative quartz banger design that incorporates a quartz heat sink in the bottom of the banger bucket giving the quartz banger more mass. The large chunk of fused quartz in the bottom retains heat for a long period of time allowing for longer dab sessions. The quartz heat sink creates more surface are and a heated canal between it and the wall that stays the ideal temperature for longer than typical bangers. The slightly longer heating period makes a low temp dab last longer and tastes better as this type of banger has more mass.
Quartz Trough Banger
The Trough Style Quartz Banger has the largest concentrate cup on any banger we’ve ever seen. The first design came from Joel Halen and is designed to hold heat longer allowing for longer low-temperature dabs. it’s ideal for the person that requires a huge reservoir and likes the big gram dabs. With this trough quartz banger design, you will also need a special carb cap designed to fit over this banger as the standard round carb cap will not work well with this design.
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Learn How To Heat A Thermochromic Banger By Whitney Harmon
First designed by Whitney Harmon, the Thermochromic banger is designed to let you know when to drop your dab. Filled with yellow borosilicate frit to show you the temp. As yellow borosilicate glass heats up, it will start to change from yellow to red. If you follow the charge provided by WH you can find the right temperature dab super easy.
How to Heat and Use a Quartz Banger
When it comes to heating a banger there are a lot of techniques. We will attempt to go over them while talking about the pros and cons of each banger heating method.
Heat And Dab With A Banger (Hot Dabs)
This was done a long time ago when dabbing was filled with ignorance. This is the technique people use to do large dabs. The issue with this method is that we find it makes people cough almost uncontrollably. We find the cause is because at the higher temperatures used the fats and lipids are also being burned off. This is perceived to be the cause of the dab lung or coughing that just hurts. Leave this to the 5 gram dab Instagrammers.
There has been research done on hot dabs that they may not be the best way to consume. To learn more check out this article.
- You will need a banger, carb cap, dab tool, Tidy Tips and torch to attain this dabbing method.
- Use your torch to heat the quartz banger until it starts to glow red or orange (around 20-60 seconds, depending on your torch).
- Let the banger or nail cool so it is no longer glowing.
- Use your dab tool to grab some concentrate (less is more, you can always do another dab) and then put it in your banger dish. As you do this you can start to inhale so as not to let any dab vapor go to waste.
- Take your carb cap now and place it on your banger and inhale. You will see the air coming in will hit the oils and let them vaporize so you can inhale the essential vapor.
How To Do A Hot Dab (Short Version)
How To Do A Hot Dab (Full Version)
Heat And Cool Dabbing (Low Temp. Dabs) With A Banger
- You will need a banger, carb cap, dab tool, Tidy Tips, timer, and torch to attain this dabbing method.
- Use your torch and heat your banger up until it starts to glow.
- Now you will want to let your banger cool down. This will take about 30-45 seconds, depending on the material of your banger and also the mass of the banger. This method takes a little learning as you will want to find the perfect temperature with your banger and torch. You can use a small sand timer, stopwatch or you can count. Remember what you did so you can adjust letting the nail cool a shorter or longer period of time.
- Now grab your dab tool and get some concentrates on it and put it in your banger.
- Add your carb cap to the top of the banger and begin to inhale. If you notice that your oil is just pooling you have let your banger cool too much. This means wait a little less time next time.
- The ideal temperature for concentrates is around 428°F (220°C) to get full spectrum vaping. You can learn more about the art of vaporizing and the temperatures that compounds vaporizer here .
Low Temp Dabs (Short Version)
Low Temp Dabs (Full Version)
Cold Start Dabbing (The Lowest Temp. Dab)
- You will need a banger, carb cap, dab tool, Tidy Tips, and torch to attain this dabbing method.
- This is our favorite method to get the best flavor, use less gas and less time.
- First, take your dab tool and get some concentrates on it. Then put the concentrate into your banger dish.
- Fire up your torch and then begin to heat up the banger. Watch closely so as soon as you start to see the dab melt, you will want to take the torch off the banger. The heat is slightly hotter on the outside of the banger and will reach the inside of the banger soon. The thicker the banger like the Thick Wall Flat Top Banger the more heat it will hold and seems to work best for cold dabbing
- Now take your carb cap and put it on top of the banger and inhale. If you do not get anything, you will need to remember to heat your banger for another second or two. But for now, just add a little more heat to the banger.
- This method will ensure you get a nice smooth flavorful low temp dab every time. Its also great as you do not waste fuel heating a banger to just let it cool
Cold Start Dabs (Short Version)
Cold Start Dabs (Full Version)
Keeping your banger clean will ensure a wonderful flavorful hit every time. It’s a good thing to keep some Q-Tips or better yet some Tidy-Tips around to soak up the fats and lips after each dab. If you want to do a deep clean you can just heat up your dabbing banger hot as can be and let it cool. It’s best to clean the banger first still with a Tidy-Tip before this mass heat and cool.
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Bangers are great for concentrates but require the ability to guess and not knowing what the proper temperature is. It’s not so much that one needs to know the exact temperature, but more what they like for themselves and what delivers that smooth and flavorful hit.
Quartz Dab Banger Alternative (Short Version)
Quartz Dab Banger Alternative (Full Version)
The Elev8R Vaporizer is one of our most favorite ways to consume concentrates. Using only hot air to heat the oils up from heating the Elev8R heater with a torch, you will get smooth hits that are less likely to get you coughing. This is due to the fact that the air is much cooler than when one heats the glass up to an unknown temperature, allowing the fats and lipids to actually vaporize.
Using a quartz heater, the Elev8R vaporizer gently heats the air that will pass over a ceramic disc. This disc called a flavor disc allows the oils to spread around the porous ceramic disc offering more surface area for the concentrates. As you inhale the air flows through the heater and warms up the disc and oils allowing them to vaporize and giving you the perfect low temp. dab. The disc will hold on to the fats and lipids allowing you to burn them off or soak them off with alcohol at a later time.
Another great feature to the Elev8R vaporizer is unlike a banger you can also vaporize dry herbs to get a full spectrum plant extraction.
As an all-inclusive package, we really like the ability to take it on the go to replace a nectar collector style dab straw, while having the ability to plug in the rig adapter and enjoy using the Elev8R in your favorite rig.
How to Use a Banger and its many different styles