January 21, 2021 4 min read
Curious about how to smoke dabs without a rig? If you don’t have your own rig, you could always try to create a DIY dab rig or nectar collector before upgrading your setup. Since dab rigs require more tools and higher temperatures to use, they are a little harder to craft than a homemade bong. But if you have a water bong lying around and a compatible banger, you can simply swap out the bowl for the banger and dab in seconds. Some rudimentary homemade gravity bongs can be put together in just a few minutes with things that are lying around the house, but dab rigs are a little more complex. To create your own dab rig, it’s best to have a cheap quartz banger on hand in addition to the essentials that you can’t dab without like a dab tool and scorch torch. If you don’t have a quartz banger, there are a few other things you can use. Some homemade banger or nail ideas include using the metal end of a hose, an old coaxial cable (check your tv) or a screwdriver socket. Now that you have the basics, it’s time to get crafty. Here’s a few of the craziest homemade dab rigs from Reddit to get your creative juices flowing:
If you’re able to cut glass, beer bottles and other glass containers like liquor bottles make great homemade bongs or DIY dab rigs since there’s already a mouthpiece! This simple homemade dab rig uses a store-bought glass downstem and dab nail. To make your own, get a cheap downstem for $4.20, available in a variety of sizes on our online headshop.
Mason jar’s may be a hipster kitchen staple, but did you know you can make a dab rig out of one? Forget the jar salads and green smoothies because this DIY dab rig is easy to make even if you aren’t into crafts and no glass cutting is needed. Be sure to find a mason jar or any glass jar with a metal lid like the ones for pasta sauce. A cork lid also works and is even easier to cut. You’ll need to drill two holes in the lid, one for a mouthpiece and the other for the quartz banger. You can either purchase a glass mouthpiece or you can create one using a metal or glass reusable straw or small hose. Be sure to cut the holes just the right size so all joints are tight and no smoke will escape. Mason jars make great homemade bongs and dab rigs because you can drop in some ice cubes before sealing it up for chilled smooth rips.
This insane dab rig looks like it came straight from a science fiction movie. Somewhat resembling a bicycle pump, this recycler dab rig seems to stand at roughly two to three feet and has six recycler tubes! With the quartz banger, carb cap, and glass mouthpiece attachment, this homemade dab rig looks like it will perform spectacularly.
Caution:Never use any plastic objects like straws or pens to create a downstem or nail. The vapor gets very hot and even without being subjected to direct heat, the plastic will melt!
Have you ever grabbed your favorite wax and set up your dab rig just to find out that you can’t find your one and only dab tool? A dabber is key to maneuvering sticky concentrates so they vaporize evenly. If you already checked under the couch with no luck, try one of these makeshift dab tools.
Because of the high temperatures needed to vaporize cannabis concentrates, it’s important to only use objects or materials that are safe when heated to extremes. The best thing to do is stock up on quality quartz bangers or titanium nails, both of which start at less than $5. Never try to create a DIY dab nail or banger out of foil, copper, or other types of metal. If you don’t have a quartz banger on hand and really get the urge, stick to the following options.
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