When is there a better time to save money on smoking accessories than Thick Ass Glass' amazing holiday sale? We're not sure. In fact, it may not exist. This is a serious sale that many glass enthusiast wait all year for. Well, it's here, people. Time to stock up on some excellent glass items.
Alright, so hands up anyone that has dropped a slide in their porcelain sink? Who have had one slip through their fingers during a session, and crash heavily onto the floor. Well, if ever there was a time to buy some extra slides, friends, it's now.
The TAG Pinched Screen Slide With Handle, particularly the On-Sale Black Label 18mm version, is literally at wholesale-type prices. Do you know anywhere else that you can get a solid, thick glass slide for under $3? We don't either. The regular version, labeled or not, no matter the color, is under $6.
Don't forget to also take a look at the newer version of this TAG slide, the Built In Screen Slide With Handle. Also under six bones. Tons of designs. 14 and 18mm sizes.
Great design, superb functionality, and with the screen built in. If you haven't picked up a few extra slides, what exactly are you waiting for?
Drop Down Adapters
Find that your water pipe's main joint is a little too high for your ashcatcher plus a reclaim adapter? Worry not, oh smoking accessory loving friend. With TAG drop down adapters, such as the 1" dropdown, you can adjust your slide's height with very little problem at all. Need to go seriously lower because you're rockin' one of TAG's massive 21" Sextuple Honeycomb Water Pipe? Not a problem. You're going to want to look at the 2" drop down. This is one of those accessories that rarely, if ever, goes on sale. Why not pick up a couple for your glass collection today?
Have you lost good slides or ash catchers due to random smoking accidents? Hey... it happens. Let's face it, a lot of your water pipe's stress points are at risk when you use an ashcatcher, sadly. How many times have we pulled up a slide only to discover the whole ashcatcher was coming with it? That the drop down you just bought has decided to "stick" to your new slide?
With Keck Clips like these, you really shouldn't have to worry again. Keck clips allow you to firmly attach dropdown adapters, slides or ashcatchers to your water pipe so that it's locked in, and ready to go. For a little over $2, this is the kind of insurance policy that practically every smoker can afford. Get a few now and save yourself a lot of pain!
Always thought about getting a reclaim catcher for your water pipe, but perhaps a little shy of coin? How about the TAG Universal Reclaim Catcher Adapter for under $10? How about the same thick glass construction that goes into all of our glass pipes? Did we mention this thing is Universal? Get your reclaim happening now and start benefiting from this reclaimer's sweet dividends.
As a final note, we would be hugely remiss if we did not mention one of the most breakable accessories in the smoking world: the Downstem. TAG features a full line of multiple sizes of downstem, all of them featured here. Being TAG products, though, there's more than just your boring, mildly slitted ends. Nope, a creative smoker will want to check out the TAG 18mm Matrix Downstem. Truly superb diffusion for under $15.
Meanwhile, this amazing 18mm 9 Arm Tree Perc Downstem is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to thick, awesomely diffusing downstems. We dare you to find better diffusion! Double dare, even.
That's not it in terms of smoking accessories, of course. Remember that virtually everything is on sale during Thick Ass Glass' Black Friday Super Sale.
Hey, it's "Super" because it lasts a month! Get your glass smoking accessories today and save big time.
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If you dab, it's pretty likely you’ll have an essential piece of hardware called a nail. In most applications, you need this to complete the dabbing experience. But did you know that carb caps like this are also useful for dabbing? Lots of people think that carb caps are unnecessary but there’s a lot they’re missing out on by not using one. We’ll go through the different types of nails that are available to help you decide which one suits your needs. We’ll also give you a rundown on why carb caps are so misunderstood. A basic list of dab essentials is here.
Nail Me to the Wall
Like we said before, nails are an essential tool for dabbing. You can’t dab without them but they come in so many different types of materials it can be hard choosing the right one for your needs. You can get nails in glass, ceramic, quartz and titanium. Most dab rigs will come standard with a glass nail but you’ll probably want to upgrade that sooner rather than later.
What a lot of people don’t realize, especially when they’re new to dabbing, is that glass is weak and fragile. Glass can’t withstand consistent high temperatures in one spot without breaking. And that just leaves you with a hot mess you should probably avoid.
A great, light-weight alternative to glass is quartz. These nails are just as pretty and come in several different styles. Just like the rest of the smoking accessories out there, nails come in male and female joints so you’ll have to make sure you get the one that fits your gear.
These are some of the type of nails that you’ll come to get comfortable with:
These are just some examples of what you can look forward to when you dab. Comb through the designs and pick the one that works best for you. If you want one with flair, it’ll be easy to find it among these choices.
Remember what we said about caps in the beginning? The best thing about caps is that they help you enjoy those dabs at low temperatures. Quartz is a must for these because this material is far more durable than the glass you might find.
The basics of a cap is in two parts: heat retention and airflow restriction. The airflow restriction is going to give you a better tasting dab with less effort. You’ll see caps with holes in the top that are designed for domeless nails. These holes restrict the amount of air that enters the nail. This restriction enables dabbers to get a better taste without having their hit weakened by extra oxygen.
The cap being placed on a nail turns it into a mini oven. This allows you to maintain your heat for a longer period of time without having to torch your nail again. Because the heat is trapped, it’s constantly circulating, and which helps keep the temperature consistent. This isn’t a lengthy process though as it lasts for only a short period of time. You’ll still need to work on your temperature control skills.
The Choice is Yours
The decision on what kind of nail you use and whether or not you decide to opt in or out for a cap really begins and ends with you. You’ve got to consider what you want to get out of dabbing and what style of dabber you are. Carefully review the information we’ve laid out for you and do your research. Ask your friends who are into dabbing what they think and go from there.
Every person enjoys their hobby in a personal, intimate way. Don’t be afraid if your ideal of a perfect dab rig is different from your friend who has been dabbing for years. You’re different people with different needs. Hopefully the information we’ve provided you with today can make your decision-making process and your dabbing experience a better one.
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If you’re a serious dabber and don’t like having to heat up a nail with a torch on a regular basis because you find that you’re just blowing through butane, you may want to consider an electronic nail. Called e-nails for short, this piece combines the nail with the torch to help you keep your experience efficient and enjoyable. There are several reasons why many dabbers like having these costly little numbers on hand instead of a traditional nail and torch. Let's get into it.
The Power is Yours
With an e-nail, you have more control. We know that dabbing at high temperatures is super easy with a torch. You literally just turn it on and fire the flame at your nail and heat that sucker up. But you don’t have control over that. There are people out there that believe dabbing at lower temperatures, like within the 600 degree range, will lead to inhales that are tastier and less harsh on your throat and lungs. Since the e-nail is electronic, you can program what exact temperature you want coming from your nail and it will heat it up to precisely that. It won’t go over or under.
With all this power in your hands, you also take guesswork out of how hot, or cold, your nail actually is. You won’t have to rely on deciphering what color your nail is as it gets heated to know when exactly to dab. The e-nail will tell you.
This is good for those of us who are a little bit more anal about precision. You also avoid running the risk of ruining your dab by waiting too long or not long enough to apply your concentrate to the nail.
Show Me The Money
You’re not wasting money on concentrates anymore, but is that it? No way! While the e-nail is more costly in the beginning, it certainly pays for itself in the long run.
E-nails can run you around $250 depending on where you get them and what features they have. That can really dent your wallet if you’re just starting, so many newcomers to dabbing will steer clear from them for their dab tool kit. If you’ve got the change or are more experienced and looking to invest in your hobby, getting an e-nail will save you bigger bucks in the long run.
We already told you how they’ll save you from wasting your concentrates, but they’ll also save you money on fuel. Remember we said the e-nail combines the torch with the nail for efficiency? Because you won't need a torch, you won’t constantly need to buy butane to refill it. The cost of butane can seriously add up if you’re serious about this hobby. For people who dab daily, they can need to refill their torches more often than they’d like.
You save money on fuel and you save money by not letting your dabs go up in smoke, literally, before you can enjoy them. So far we think this is a pretty serious win for the e-nail.
Don’t Play With Fire
Now it’s time to play a little devil’s advocate here. Yeah, the e-nail sounds beautiful and easy to use, which it is. But with great power comes great responsibility.
The basic function of the e-nail is that you plug it in and it heats up right away. It’ll stay hot for as long as you have it plugged in which is great if you’ve got a group dabbing. You won’t have to worry about the nail cooling down between hits which will make your concentrate go farther.
However, there is a serious danger with e-nails that you need to be aware of. We already mentioned it above: it stays hot the entire time it’s plugged in. What do you think that means? That means if you plug it in and walk away, it’ll be hot. If someone goes to touch it, you’re going to have some serious burns. These things can get up with 1200 degrees and that is definitely remove some layers of skin. Another concern is that if you walk away while it’s on, there is a higher likely hood of something, like fabric, coming into contact with the nail and starting a fire.
Are you terrified into paying attention now? Good. That’s all you really need to do: pay attention. There are some higher end e-nails that have a safety feature built in where the nail will turn off if it’s on for too long or the temperature gets too high. It is totally worth it to spring for this feature. Peace of mind is priceless.
Lack of Portability
The only other serious drawback to the e-nail is that you need to be somewhere with power. This means no dabbing parties out on the deck or on a camping trip. If you’ve got portable sources of power that’s one thing, but most people don’t think to have or carry things like that. It just means that your dabbing can’t be overly spontaneous unless you also keep a torch on hand for situations like this.
The Choice is Yours
We think we’ve made a pretty good case for e-nails here. Just like everything in the smoking hobby, there are pros and cons. You’ve got to think about who you are as a dabber and consider whether or not this investment is for you. For serious smokers who enjoy on a daily basis, you really can’t go wrong with an e-nail. If you’re just starting or aren’t as hardcore as daily, you might shy away. Either way, we’ve got something for you, no matter what you decide.
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Just because you have a hobby that requires you to inhale vapors doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy about it. People smoke and inhale because they enjoy the feeling it gives them. No one wants to harsh on their throats and lungs, but that can be an unfortunate side effect of dabbing or smoking legal herbs. When you dab, you’re more than likely using a butane torch to heat up your nail. Getting your face that close also puts you at risk of inhaling butane vapors and messing up the taste of your dab.
There’s a way around that which won’t make it harder for you to enjoy your dab without destroying your body. It’s called a Healthstone and it’s a relatively new addition to dabbing that helps users enjoy what they’re doing in a safe manner.
What Does It Do?
In short, a health stone uses something called a vapor stone: this thing is an inert piece that doesn’t have high heat retention or emit any chemicals or gasses. That’s already a plus. You put the concentrate on the stone directly and use a torch to heat it up. The dab is going to get absorbed into the stone and it’ll sit there until it gets hot enough to vaporize so that you can suck it out through your pipe.
One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to point your flame directly on top of your concentrate. That’s just going to make your hit go up in a puff of smoke, literally, when you set it on fire. Try to hold it to the side so that you’re aiming over the top of the stone, but not right down on top of it. Clear as mud? Great.
Why Do I Want This
Anything that makes your hobby better on your body should be a no-brainer. Like we explained above, the healthstone is inert. If you don’t know what that means, it refers to the fact that the concentrate gets absorbed into the stone itself and the vapor will move in to the pipe, not out into the air. This makes your hits more concentrated without having to light up a whole bunch of product. It also helps you use less to get more. That’s something everyone can get behind.
I’m New. Is This For Me?
If you’re new to the dabbing scene you might not want to dive right into using a healthstone. Unless you have literal money to burn. Because the healthstone is a bit different from heating up the nail you run the risk of combusting your product and losing it to the wind. Not only does that suck, but the inhaling the combusted product is way harsher on your throat and lungs which makes this a lot less comfortable than it should be. You’re smoking to find a way to relax or reduce pain, right? Don’t make it harder for yourself.
The reason why this is not really recommended for newcomers to the scene is the temperature control you’ll need to have when using your torch. Some torches get up to 2000 degrees which seems insane, but is actually quite normal. When you use a healthstone you don’t need to heat it up to that high of a temperature. You want it to be more around the 400-450 range in order to make it work properly. New users generally don’t have the finesse when it comes to regulating heat which can make for a discouraging experience.
Things to Consider
Just because you don’t have the finesse doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You just need to be careful and watch what you’re doing. If you’ve got a large torch on hand you may want to invest in something smaller before you try a healthstone out for the first time. A smaller torch will produce a smaller flame and make it easier to navigate what you’re doing. Something like a cigar-style lighter is going to make your life a whole lot easier. Even if you’ve been doing this for a long time, you might want to have one of these smaller torches on hand just to save yourself some headaches down the line.
Light it Up
You should have a pretty good grasp on what a healthstone is now and why you might want to use it. It’s healthier for you, easily portable and looks pretty sweet. The healthstone just falls into place so when you’re replacing them you shouldn’t have any issues. If you find that your healthstone is stuck and doesn’t just pop out like it should when you’re trying to replace it don’t panic. This is bound to happen since residue will build up and act like a glue that keeps it in place. Just heat it up like you’re about to use it. That should loosen the residue. Turn it upside down and tap the stone out onto something non-flammable and you’re good to go. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
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Who doesn’t like accessories? How about accessories that help prolong the life of your gear? Now we’re talking!
Whether your taste is for legal herbs or concentrates, you’re going to be using gear and pipes that are continually subjected to some pretty high temperatures. You might also have noticed after consistent use that there is some reclaim stuck in your pipe that does not look like fun to get at.
When it comes to pipes and dab rigs there are multiple accessories that can be added, but some things require joints or connections that aren’t already native to your piece. Sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Not worry! There is a piece out there designed to make your hobby a lot more enjoyable without any added stress. More commonly used with dab rigs, this piece works for both.
Enter the Drop-Down! Let’s lay out why you seriously want to keep this accessory with your gear.
When we say that this piece can do it all, we’re not lying. The drop down is the must-have accessory for serious enjoyers of legal herb and concentrate. This adapter can be attached to a water pipe or a dab rig. That already makes it awesome for those who use both. Maybe you’re browsing for new accessories and can’t remember if you need male or female joints. A drop-down often has connections for both, which makes it a no-brainer.
Live Long and Prosper
Pipes and dab rigs are typically made of one safe, amazing material: glass. While you can get accessories and other parts in varied materials, the core of your equipment is going to be made from glass. Glass can be fragile, especially when you use it on a regular basis at the temperatures you need to get a good inhale going.
This is where the drop-down shines. It serves as a buffer between the joint and nail, keeping excessive heat away from this delicate area. Heat stress is caused from overuse and can be accelerated when a wayward torch isn’t as focused on the nail as it should be. In the long run the drop-down will also save you some money by preventing you from having to replace your pieces on a regular basis. If you’re a daily dabber or smoker, it’s a good investment.
Not only does catching reclaim keep your rig clean and operational, it allows you to easily harvest this useful by-product for other uses like baking. You can even use the reclaim to dab again. When you apply a drop-down to your rig you can attach a reclaim bucket to obtain the reclaim (or just buy our drop-down/reclaim combo piece). With a place to go, the oil won’t hang around inside your rig or pipe causing build-up that is a pain to clean off. Instead of washing the reclaim down the sink because you don’t know how, or can’t be bothered, to get it out let the drop-down do the dirty work for you.
Look Me in the Eye
Another really sweet reason to get your hands on a drop-down is that they make your nails easier to see. This might not sound like a big deal, but if you’re new to the scene or find yourself getting lost in the rhythm from frequent use, the nail can wander from your line of sight. By not keeping an eye on your nail you might be pointing your torch at the wrong thing which leads to the heat stress mentioned above. If you can see what you’re doing, you’re more likely to do it right.
Many nails rely on their users to notice color changes in order to determine what the temperature is. Use a nail that’s too cold and you wind up with some pudding-like concentrate. Too hot and your concentrate will become vapor and drift away before you have a chance to inhale. By being where you can see it, you’ll save yourself from a few headaches.
Saving Money, One inhale at a Time
You might think that you can enjoy your hobby without a drop-down. You’d be right, of course, but you might find your wallet getting thinner as time goes back.
We’ve told you that the drop-down and protect your rig from heat stress. Never underestimate how costly it can be when critical parts of your pipe or dab rig shatter from being too hot. Heat stress isn’t something you’re going to notice right away. It builds up over time and often catches users unaware. There’s nothing more disappointing than trying to light up to de-stress only to find out your joints are cracked, and you don’t have a back up piece. Or maybe you’ve got a craving for some special brownies but it’s going to take you more than a day to get at your reclaim in order to use it in your baking. That really takes the fun out of the whole thing.
A drop-down is an optional accessory that you don’t have to have in order to enjoy the hobby. It will, however, make your enjoyment easier and more productive. You really can’t go wrong.
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You might be an experienced smoker looking for something new to try. Maybe you’ve always been into concentrates but haven’t been confident in what pieces you need to have to have a solid start.
When it comes to dabbing there are essentials to any kit. These pieces are going to make your dabbing experience more productive and will be easier on you in the long run. You don’t want to be substituting proper pieces for makeshift ones, so it’s important to know exactly what is required with dabbing and make sure you have it all on hand when you get started. We’ve got a nice list for you here, so take a look and tick it off as you go along collecting your stuff.
First things first, you can’t get very far without this essential piece. You might know this by the terminology "oil rig" instead of "dab rig". Both terms refer to a water pipe that is the foundation of enjoying concentrates.
Dab rigs come in all shapes and sizes: just like any other water pipe. In order to find one you like, you have to think of who you are as a person enjoying concentrates. There will be a piece out there that speaks to you.
Whether it’s a huge and intricate piece looking to start conversations or small and basic enough to get the job done, you can find it at TAG. Of course, the size and where it’s made is going to influence the cost of your new toy. One of the things you can be assured of with Thick Ass Glass is that it won't be easy to break your new rig. This glass is THICK!
Since the dab rig forms the base of your hobby when it comes to legal concentrates, you should look at investing more than $50 into it. Remember: this is going to be with you for a long time. Unless you expect dabbing to be a fleeting hobby, don’t be afraid to put some money where your mouth is.
We’re not talking about the things that grow out of your fingers or what you use to keep two pieces of wood together. No, nails in this sense refer to the thing that you will apply your concentrate to and then heat the hell out of to get the vapor.
Nails come in various materials like quartz, ceramic, glass and titanium. The material your nail is made out might influence the taste of your concentrate, so be careful when you’re deciding what to use.
If you plan to be, or already are, a serious dabber it’s probably a good idea to stay away from glass nails. While they are beautiful, they can’t take being heated to the high degree you need for concentrates on a regular basis. This means they’re prone to breaking and that’s just a whole mess itself. Ceramic is more durable, but still fragile.
If you’re a casual dabber, you might want to go with glass. If you’re making this a more serious commitment, then we suggest quartz or titanium.
Another alternative to all of this is the e-nail. This is recommended for people who know what they’re doing. The e-nail plugs into a socket and heats up directly: you won’t have to use a torch at all. (We’ll get into torches and why you need them next.)
When it comes to e-nails there is a serious and potentially dangerous side to pay attention to. E-nails start heating up as soon as you plug them in. That means these little puppies are hot all the time. This can lead to burnt fingers or singed furniture so handle with care. Some of them do have a safety feature where they’ll turn off if on for too long or the temperature is too high. So be careful!
Now that we’re done scolding you like a bad teacher, let’s talk about torches. This is exactly what is sounds like: a torch fueled with butane that will heat up your nail and transform your concentrate into sweet sweet vapor. You point the flame of this sucker right on the nail to heat it up and suck back that vapor. Be careful not to inhale the fumes of the butane and try not to heat up your nail in the same spot every time. This can degrade the nail and cause it to work improperly. Also, it’ll make your concentrate taste like garbage if you don’t use it properly.
Dab Rag/Mat and Silicone Jar
Okay, these are on the list just to keep your house from becoming a sticky mess. The mat will protect whatever furniture you set your dab rig on when you’re enjoying a session. When we say sticky, we’re not talking something simple like bubble gum. Think something sticky and oily that will ruin whatever it touches right from the get-go. So while it's not absolutely necessary to have a mat, it’ll just keep your life from being a cleaning nightmare.
Same with a silicone jar. Dabs are sticky so you want something that will allow you to easily remove it to apply it to the nail. You can use a glass jar for this if you really want to, but you might miss out on some bits because glass is a lot harder to scrape off of.
Now for the last, yet obvious, piece that you’ll need. This isn’t really optional, as you are going to need something to pick up the concentrate and add it to the nail. This dabber by TAG offers not only titanium construction, but also a big carb cap. We really don’t recommend using fingers or anything else that is liable to burn and hurt. The dabber is also referred to as a wand and comes in materials like quartz, titanium, ceramic and glass. It’s up to you what you want to use but titanium is going to be the most reliable.
The Power is in Your Hands
Literally. It’s up to you what pieces you get to add to your dabbing arsenal. Pick what you think will be the most functional and consider how much dabbing you think you’ll actually do. Have fun with it! This is an expression of your personality. Run with it.
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Technology is advancing at a frenetic pace. We can carry computers in our pockets; on our wrists and in our bags. Of course, these advances aren’t limited to the tools we use to work. It also applies to the tools we use to play.
Changing up the dabbing game are nectar collectors: tubes of glass (or as is the TAG model, a titanium nail with the collector built in) with all the necessary parts for you to enjoy your legal concentrates. We’re not saying you can’t ever dab the way you used to again. Nectar collectors are just a cool new way to enjoy dabbing with a piece that’s a bit more sleek and portable. If you’re interested in getting in on this trend and expanding your kit, then read on.
Take the Show On the Road
Being portable is a key factor with nectar collectors, as opposed to a full dab rig with a titanum nail, as an example. They’re sleek and slim and can fit in your pocket. Being able to slip your collector into your pocket as you head out the door to enjoy some downtime with your friends is worth a lot. Collectors are nice to look at and super functional. They can help you get a smooth hit off your concentrates and help keep the mess down. Not only are they portable, but they help you spread the love of legal concentrates with your friends.
It’s as simple as passing it around, like you would with a pipe. There are accessories you can buy for your nectar collector like nectar collector stands and dishes to keep things tidy and organized. You’ll want to minimize damage to your collector and the surface you inhale your concentrates off of.
The tips of collectors get super-hot, so you’ll want to be careful when you’re putting it down anywhere. Last thing you need is for your hobby to cause your belongings to go up in smoke. Not the fun kind, either.
Bits and Pieces
There are a few key pieces of the nectar collector you should pay attention to. They’re similar to water pipes in that they have a neck, body and tip. Since the tip has to function like a nail it needs to be made out of something that can tolerate that level of heat. You’re more likely to get a tip made of titanium and really, why go for something less? You want your piece to last you a long time, so it’s better to spend more in the beginning.
Some extra parts a collector has that pipes don’t are glass whips, keck clips and some of them have chambers for water as well. The ones without water chambers are sometimes called wands, so make sure you know the difference!
Because the collector can come apart so easily it makes it easier to clean. There are several materials that your collector could be made out of: glass, ceramic, titanium and quartz. This means you have to be a little careful when you’re cleaning up.
Another advantage of the nectar collectors coming in several pieces is that you can mix and match if you want. Some collectors are designed to be used with dry herbs only and some are concentrates only. If you’ve got one and want to use the other, simple conversion kits allow you to experience the joy of both versions without much hassle.
A word of caution if you’re using one with a water chamber: you need to make sure that puppy is just less than half-filled in order to function properly.
Fun and Fancy Free
If we haven’t rammed into your skull how awesome nectar collectors are yet, keep reading. Not only are they sleek, easy to manage and fun to use, they come in miniature sizes as well. That ups the portability for this piece and can also help you pace yourself. With collectors the harder you inhale the larger your hit is going to be. The smaller size could either help you increase the force you inhale with or allow you to slow it down with its simple design.
All you need to do is heat the tip of your collector and either dip it or drag it over your concentrates and inhale. It’s that easy!
We’ve covered how the portability of the nectar collector allows you to share the love with your friends, but it’s also spiking a wave in the medical community.
If you partake of legal herbs and concentrates to help manage your pain, the ease of the collector just made getting your relief a whole lot easier. Outside working in the garden when the pain hits? No problem. Relaxing in your room and when the urge hits? No worries. No longer will you have to make a mad dash to your supplies and wait to assemble your gear to give you that sweet release you’ve needed.
You don’t even need to carry around a dish to use your concentrates in if you don’t want to. Any heat resistant surface will do in a pinch. Just make sure it’s actually heat resistant and that you clean up when you’re done. Don’t go setting your coffee table on fire if you don’t have to.
Appreciate the Little Things
Whether you go for a full sized nectar collector or a miniature one, you’re sure to enjoy this new addition to the dabbing game. Easy, fun to use and even more fun to share, nectar collectors are taking the concentrate game by storm. The joy of dabbing, whether it’s for pain relief or recreation, just got easier. This doesn’t mean your dab rigs should go up for sale. Think of collectors as a compliment to your supply.
via source https://www.thickassglass.com/blogs/enlightenment/nectar-collectors
Ever wonder what to do about that gunk that gets stuck in your dab rig after a while? You can try to keep up with the cleaning as much as is humanly possible, but you’ll often find bits of dark matter left behind. What is it? What do you do with it? These are questions lots of people new to the game might ask and we’re here to provide that answer.
There’s a pretty easy explanation and an even better option on what to do with it. Whether legal herbs or concentrates are your pleasure, there’s a lot you can get out of the stuff left behind. Most commonly referred to as ‘reclaim’, this resin is useful in more than one way.
High and Dry
If you partake mostly of the dry variety of smoking, as opposed to with water pipes, you might wish that brown resin that gets left behind would just disappear. Depending on what you want to use it for, the reclaim left in your pipe is actually something you might be looking forward to. There are several ways to get it out from your gear but the easiest is to invest in a glass reclaimer like these. This lovely attachment to your rig does the job of catching the reclaim for you in a nice little jar. Once it’s full, you can detach it and harvest the spoils.
If you’re crazy new to this whole deal you might be scratching your head and wondering what the heck reclaim even is. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back.
Reclaim is the vapor that condenses back into a solid that gets stuck in your pipe after several hits. You know, that brown sticky stuff that’s been staring at you for a while that you’ve been wondering what to do with. Now that you know what it is, do you know what to do with it?
Opportunities for reclaim are pretty vast. It’s another form of concentrate and depending on its intended use it can be pretty effective. One common use for it is in baking. Gotta make those brownies hit the spot somehow, right? You can also add it to your spreads like peanut butter too, to give your toast or sandwich a bit of a kick. Reclaim is perfectly safe to ingest so you don’t need to worry that you’re putting something terrible in your body. People have been using it for these methods for ages.
Another common use for reclaim is to apply it topically to your body in combination with stuff like coconut oil or other topical applications. Because it’s so concentrated it works as a fast acting pain reliever as well.
It’s up to you what you use it for. It’s pretty easy to collect and it’s even easier to use. It kills two birds with one stone: removing the reclaim helps keep your pipe looking shiny and new while also giving you a concentrate that you can use in another fashion. Recycle, baby.
Are Reclaimers Worth It?
A huge question that people ask is if the reclaimers that are designed to attach to your rig are even worth buying in the first place. We can’t tell you yes or no because it depends on how much you consume and how often. Personal preference plays a big role here, so this is something you have to decide for yourself.
If you consume a lot, you’ll see a lot of reclaim building up in your water pipe. This is a good indication that you should probably invest in a reclaimer. The more you use, the more you’ll create and the more you’ll collect. The reclaimer basically pays for itself in the first few weeks and you’ve got yourself some sweet supply for those snacks you’ve been wanting to try.
If you don’t consume a lot, however, buying the actual reclaimer might not be worth it for you. That doesn’t mean you can’t harvest the good stuff if you don’t have one. It just requires a bit more elbow grease to get at it. When it comes to the drop down, you can simply heat the glass and drip the oil onto some parchment or cooking paper to collect it.
But if it’s inside the rig itself, it requires a bit more effort. You can clean it out using alcohol and the method is pretty safe to boot. Just plug your mouthpiece and glass joint with paper towel and fill your rig, slowly, with high proof alcohol until it covers the bits of reclaim. Don’t go too fast or dump it out or you’ll lose what you’re trying to harvest.
Now comes the fun part: shake it up! But not like crazy or you’ll have a big mess on your hands. If the reclaim is being stubborn, run some hot water over the outside of the rig to help loosen it up. Pour your concoction into a dish over a hot plate and slowly evaporate the liquid. After letting it air dry for a day or so use something frozen on the back of the dish to help your reclaim stabilize and – ta-da! Now you can gather it up with a razor blade and enjoy the awesomeness of the harvest.
Save the Planet
Recycling goes a long way, and not just with one of these beautiful Ball Klein Recyclers from TAG. This applies to your reclaim and the way you get at it. We’ve all been taught that we can save the planet if we reduce, reuse and recycle, right? So here’s your contribution towards planetary health in a beneficial way. Now that you’re informed, you’ll never look at that brown gunk in your pipe the same way ever again.
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Most hobbies require supplies to ensure they can be fully enjoyed. Like, you can’t rock out without a guitar, unless you’re air-guitaring. The same thing applies when you’re looking to get your smoke on. Sure, you’ve got your basic glass pipes and bongs, but there are other supplies you’ll need if you want to enjoy legal herbs in both the solid and vapor form.
Or do you? It’s possible to double-tap your water pipe for both herbs and concentrates. You don’t necessarily need a dab rig like these, but it’s a decent idea to have one for each. So how does this work? Let’s get to it.
What’s Your Pleasure?
You might be new to the smoking game. It's OK, there are important things to learn, but fortunately you're at the right site. Trying to figure out which water pipe to get can be overwhelming when you aren’t even sure what they all do. This piece, with a Super Slit Showerhead Frother looks pretty cool, right? But what about this gorgeous 10" Klein Incycler? A truly beautiful glass pipe, for sure.
The important thing to think about is what you want to get out of your, uh, let's call it: relaxing time. If you enjoy smoking legal herbs more than you enjoy concentrates, you’re more likely to line your walls with pieces like this 14" beaker style water pipe.
This doesn’t mean you are completely cut out of enjoying the concentrates game though. The same thing could be said if you dab. You don’t have to have one of each, but it’s better for convenience if you do. Feel like cleaning your pipe every time you smoke? You may have to if you "go double" with your pipe.
Two Pipes, Two Kinds Of Smoking Accessories
Have you noticed in your search that there are both male and female parts to the gear out there? This is because many pieces are designed to work together. You’re not the only one who wants the convenience of being able to enjoy both herbs and concentrates with one piece of gear. Lots of users prefer this for the sake of convenience and some like it to save a couple dollars.
When you’re new to the smoking game you may not be sure where to spend your hard earned cash (although the fact you visited this online headshop certainly means you're ahead of most of your friends). No problem. It's pretty basic. Male water pipes take female slides and nails and vice versa. Watch your measurements as well, as 14 and 18mm joint size is key to keeping your purchase optimized.
If you’re leaning towards herbs but want to try concentrates at some point, you should start off with a female slide and male jointed water pipe. This is going to ensure you’ve got the space to connect a female acccessory like a titanium nail or banger so that you can try out the other options.
If you’re the other way around, start off with your male jointed nail and look for a nice female joint to help you along the way. See how easy that was? You can complete both options of your inhaling preference with two simple pieces of gear.
Nails for Days
Nails are common for dabbing. They come in several sizes and materials which also means they come at several different price points. If you need cheaper because you’re starting out and don’t want to commit, then you might want to look at ceramic or quartz nails.
Titanium nails are going be more expensive than quartz, but they’re a great investment. If you have the confidence that concentrates and dabbing are where your heart is at, then you could even spend the big bucks by splurging on an electric nail, or as it's mainly known, an e-nail. This puppy is going to set you back some, but it’s going to be well worth it. The only downside is that you’re going to need to be near an electric outlet in order to use it.
The type of nail is also going to impact the type of hit you get. Some nails burn hotter than others, and this is going to determine whether or not your concentrates burn or not. Ideally you want to get your oils and waxes heated up between 400°F-800°F. The hotter they are, the smoother your hit will be since you aren’t burning things all over the place. (It's an art, is dabbing. See this article on dab rigs for more details. You’ve gotta do what works best for you, though, so make sure you try out your options and find your sweet spot. The enail is not only going to help conserve your concentrates, it will also provide very precise temperatures so you aren’t burning through them as fast.
Light it Up
You should already be feeling pretty confident about your ability by now. We’ve laid it out for you here that you can do both herbs and concentrates with minimal gear until you get settled into what you truly want to do.
While there might be a lot to remember such as size, joint type, material etc. this isn’t rocket science. Smoking is supposed to be chill and enjoyable. While you may want to keep separate pieces for herbs and waxes just to keep things cleaner and easier to manage, you don’t have to. No one is going to twist your arm into getting both and if you’re trying out different ways to find a higher state, then there’s nothing wrong with making your dab rig or bong do double-duty until you’re satisfied.
You may never have two separate rigs and that’s okay. Remember, this is your time to chill. No one can decide for you which option is best. Being able to customize how you enjoy yourself is one of the best things you could ask for with any recreational activity! It's what makes smoking extra fun.
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The perfect water pipe is truly in the eye of the beholder. For some people, this can mean a 20 inch tower of percolation power. For some it's just a small bubbler with some funky, colorful glass. No matter your style, there are some things you should be looking for in your new water pipe, and this is particularly huge for newbies that are just getting into the game. So, without further adieu, let's get to it:
Yep, it's a basic concept, for sure, but it can make a difference. The larger your water pipe, the more smoke it can hold, which can lead to some truly monster hits.
On the other hand, something smaller and portable can be handy to have around, and frankly, can be far more discreet. Not everyone wants to have their pipe out at all times, and the ability to stow a smaller piece (like 14" and under) is far, far easier than a larger piece. The fact is, in some closets, a pipe larger than 16" can be incredibly difficult to place on a shelf.
It's all about your taste. While a shorter (12" and under) can work well as a handheld pipe, a 16" double honeycomb'd beauty like this probably won't be a one hander.
A final note on height revolves around ash catchers: do you have one, and if so, a pipe under 10" could make it very tough to use. Some ash catchers are 6-8" tall, so a shorter pipe may not have the clearance. Keep this in mind when you buy, as using an ashcatcher is a great bonus which can not only keep your pipe super-clean, but it can also add some sweet, sweet diffusion.
Does it make a difference what kind of mouthpiece a water pipe has in terms of usability? Not incredibly so. But some people just like different things. So you probably should determine which kind of mouthpiece you like, one with a thick mouthpiece (and neck), or a thinner mouthpiece.
One of the bonuses of a thick mouthpiece and water pipe neck is that you can add some nice extras, like an ice pinch, as an example. This 14" water pipe has just that, and has your classic straight neck.
People love the thick neck because it's just so damn ol' skool. It's a classic design that anyone can get behind.
Thin Can Be Beautiful
Yep, when it comes to neck size and mouthpiece, there's no need to go big. This Klein Incycler, as an example, is an absolute vision, and has a bent neck and much smaller mouthpiece than the one above. Same with this 9" bent neck water pipe. Both, as you can see, are quite attractive. It's simply a matter of what you prefer.
Seeing as we're talking size, it's time we talk about something that is absolutely critical to your buying decision: joint size.
Your Choices: 10, 14 and 18mm
For some people, joint size may not mean a lot. You may be just a casual glass buyer looking for a pipe, and you'll probably never buy another. Not so fast: remember that 14mm and 18mm are basically industry standards when it comes to waterpipes. 10mm, less so.
This is important when you're talking about glass, because yes, it does break. Even the monstrously thick glass water pipes from Thick Ass Glass are not indestructible. So you can imagine just how breakable the smaller, detachable pipe accessories are.
Male or Female
It's a bigger decision than you think to choose between a male or female joint, but we'll sum it up. Typically, people looking to use their water pipes for legal concentrates tend to use male ends, simply because most nails and domeless nails are female. Meanwhile, legal herb smokers tend to like female ends, which helps both with ash catchers and the slide.
If you use a slide with your water pipe, you will definitely need to know its size. This is because these items come in all sorts of shapes and sizes (which works with whatever esthetic you have), and also because they are typically the first thing to break. These can be dropped quite easily (despite TAG's handy handle built in to most of its slides), and when it breaks, you're going to need to know how to replace it. Obviously, a 18mm slide is not going to fit a 10mm pipe.
Do you absolutely, positively need an ash catcher for your water pipe? Well, no. But if you don't get one, you're probably going to be putting a lot of maintenance into keeping your pipe clean. What's more, if you have percolators in your pipe, it's going to be even tougher to clean. This is why an ash catcher, especially for a frequent user, is almost a must: you want your glass to be as beautiful as the day you bought it, and an ash catcher helps keep it that way.
Now, when it comes to choosing an ash catcher for your pipe, remember that 18mm catchers are your most common, followed by 14mm, and then finally, with not a ton of options available, the 10mm.
It all breaks down to this: understand that if you want the most options and potential accessories for your pipe, you're going to need an 18mm joint. These are just standard, and also allow for the best experience overall.
Oils Or Legal Herbs - What's Your Usage?
If you plan to focus most of your smoking on legal concentrates, obviously you're going to want to go with something along the lines of an oil rig. Our dab rigs page is here.
These rigs tend to feature male joints, as most concentrate accessories tend to be female, meaning they fit over the joint. The need for an ash catcher is less with concentrates as well, as they do not leave much in the way of ash or residue (they tend to vaporize with heat). So if this is what you're looking for, a rig with a male end is where you want to go.
With legal herbs, however, a female end is almost always recommended. And while you can use most oil rigs with legal herbs, typically it's not recommended without an ashcatcher, especially if it's equipped with percolators.
Female joints tend to be most for legal herbs, and the ability to accessorize is the absolute boss. This double honeycomb ash catcher, as an example, is a bomb way to add a ton of percolation and diffusion to your pipe without breaking the bank. Obviously, there are many additions to consider, and each can make your smoking experience better.
Our percolation page is here. This is something many people don't even consider when buying a water pipe, but oh how it changes the experience. Let's not repeat the whole article, but sum up the key points. An important point you should remember is that percolators with massive diffusion can create "drag", or basically make it harder to suck the smoke from the pipe. Drag is not a major concern with most TAG pipes, but it can make a difference. So here are our fave percs:
The Fritted Disc
Easily the MASTER perc in our opinion, this perc consists of thousands of shards of glass glued together to create pathways for the smoke to go through. More pathways equal more diffusion. Just a genius pick, but may feature drag.
These tend to be pretty standard for all manufacturers, although TAG has taken to changing the dynamic a bit by using a hex hole honeycomb perc in this pipe. These are basically discs with about 100ish holes in them that diffuse the smoke. Easier to clean, less drag, but also less diffusion than a Fritted.
Multi-Arm Tree Percs
Another classic style, TAG's water pipes with tree percs are available with anywhere from 6 to 24 arms! Each arm typically features a few slits along the bottom to increase diffusion. These can also create drag, but it's typically similar to that of a honeycomb.
Showerhead percs gain their name because they typically look like a showerhead. For many of TAG's pipes, this often looks like an inverted cup with slits along the bottom. Again, this is a mid-range kind of perc that is not very limiting either drag or in your ability to clean your piece. What's more, this kind of perc is typically combined with another, such as this beautiful 12" Interior Showerhead to Honeycomb pipe. Just a classic medium neck design, and frankly one of our faves. Definitely recommended for people dipping their toes into the percolation arena.
The Choice Is Yours
If you're a water pipe newbie, hopefully the article above was helpful. Meanwhile, if you're an experienced smoker, we hope this helped you hone in on exactly what you're looking for. Choosing a water pipe online is very simple to do, but because you can't touch the pipes, there are things you should always be thinking about before you make a decision.
Although many of these things may seem like a "given", it's always surprising how many of us forget how the little things can strongly shape the smoking experience. So, now that you're armed with this knowledge, check out our waterpipe page!
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