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How to use a Dab Rig Efficiently to Save Concentrates

Learning how to use a dab rig offers cannabis enthusiasts like yourself a different way to enjoy the variety of products on the market today. 

Like a bong, using a dab rig provides you with a quick and more potent way to get a high dose of THC into your system. 

How to use dab rig

If you are unfamiliar with using a dab rig, then it might seem a bit confusing or even dangerous. 

No worries, we got you covered.  

As you read you will learn a few tips for smoking dabs, how to use a rig efficiently to save concentrates, and prevent overburning. 

Using MouthPeace With a Dab Rig

Dab rigs, like bongs, have water in them, which helps to cool the vapor that passes through the chamber and filter out some of the desirable compounds. The water can’t, however, filter out everything, which is where theMoose Labs MouthPeace comes into play. 

The MouthPeace features a triple-layer activated carbon filter that removes unwanted contaminants that the water in your vapor rig doesn’t. 

It traps tar, keeping the substance out of your mouth and lungs, and sanitizes the vapor you inhale from your oil rig for dabs. 

At the same time, it enhances the flavor of the vapor you pull in from your dab pipe, giving you smoother, cleaner, tastier hits every time you inhale. 

What makes it even better is that it’s super easy to use, and it requires very little effort to incorporate into your dab rig setup. 

How to use a dab rig


How to Use a Dab Rig Step by Step

If you’ve never taken a hit from one before, learning how to use a dab rig might look a bit intimidating at first. Fortunately, an oil rig for dabs, even with the addition of the MouthPeace, isn’t as complicated as it might seem. 

Before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand for an optimal experience, including:

  • Your dab rig.
  • Cannabis concentrate (such as shatter, wax, budder, crumble, or another form).
  • A dab tool (a wand to help you scoop and handle the small amount of concentrate you’ll need).
  • Water for the chamber of your wax rig.
  • A butane torch.
  • A MouthPeace filter in your preferred color.

With everything you need within reach, you’re ready to go.

Step 1 – Get Your Dab Rig Set Up and Attach Your MouthPeace

The first step of learning how to use dab rig setups is actually getting your wax rig set up. Begin by filling the chamber with water. You’ll want enough to submerge the downstem so that the vapor travels through it.

However, you don’t want so much that you end up getting splashed in the face when taking a hit. Aim to cover about an inch of the downstem and blow into it to be sure. 

If you’re setting up your oil rig for dabs for the very first time, you may need to season your dab nail. It’s a simple process of placing the nail in the rig and heating it until it’s red hot, letting it cool a bit, and rubbing a tiny amount of concentrate onto its surface.

After letting the nail cool completely, repeat the process three more times. Seasoning allows for smoother hits and helps to create an overall better dabbing experience. 

Finally, the last thing you’ll need to do to get your dab rig set up is to place your MouthPeace on the mouthpiece of your dab rig. That way, you’ll be ready to inhale as soon as you heat the nail and apply your concentrate. 

Step 2 – Prepare Your Concentrate

Most concentrates aren’t exactly the easiest to work with by hand. Plus, the last thing you want near a surface that’s several hundred degrees is your fingertips.

A dab tool is an invaluable asset for managing and applying various concentrates, keeping your skin safe from accidental burns. 

Before you heat the nail of your wax rig, use your dab tool to dose out a small amount of your concentrate of choice. Remember, concentrates are substantially more potent than fresh herb.

You only need a tiny amount to achieve the desired results. You can always take another hit if you don’t feel much. A little preparation now will help to avoid fumbling around and losing the temperature of your nail. 

Step 3 – Heat Your Dab Nail

Next, it’s time to heat your dab nail with your butane torch. Make sure that you point the flame away from the vapor rig itself.

You don’t want to crack or shatter the glass accidentally. Not only would that put a damper on your session, but it’d also mean going out and buying a brand new rig.

Then you’ll want to let it cool just a bit. The exact timing will vary depending on the nail material. In most cases, ten to thirty seconds is good. You don’t want the nail to be so hot that you combust the concentrate upon application.

You also don’t want to let it cool so much that it can’t effectively vaporize the substance.

The timing also depends on your goal. Higher temperatures create a thicker vapor and can provide more intense effects.

The trade-off is that the hits are typically harsher. Lower temperatures allow for smoother, tastier hits. However, your hits are also going to be more mellow. 

Step 4 – Apply Your Concentrate

Now you’re almost ready to get to the good part. Take your dab tool (with the concentrate already on it) and put your mouth to your MouthPeace.

Place the dab tool on the surface and twirl it slowly to ensure you vaporize every last bit of your concentrate.

As you do, pull air into the chamber to coax the vapor into it. Don’t inhale just yet, though. You should see the water bubble as the base fills with vapor. 

Step 5 – Inhale Your Hit

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; it’s time to take your hit. Once the chamber has enough vapor, inhale through your MouthPeace to draw it into your lungs.

As you inhale, your MouthPeace will filter out any lingering contaminants, giving you nothing but sanitized, smooth, and delicious vapor. It’s seriously unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. 

After taking your hit, you won’t have to hold it in as you would joint or bong smoke. You can exhale right away. Then it’s time to settle into your seat and enjoy the effects. 

You don’t have to stop here, though. You can always go back for another hit.

Whether you found the first one wasn’t quite potent enough or you want to experience the effects again, all you have to do is grab another small amount of your concentrate, heat the nail, and repeat the process. 

Step 6 – Clean Up

Part of learning how to use a dab rig is learning how to clean your dab rig properly. It’s an essential step for ensuring its longevity and effectiveness. One of the easiest ways to do this is to heat the nail with your torch until all of the residual concentrate burns off.

A cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol may also help on some materials. 

Another option for cleaning your nail is to soak it. You can place it in a plastic bag with alcohol and salt. Move the nail around inside or give the bag a few gentle shakes. 

To clean the rest of your rig, dump out the old water from the chamber. Don’t let dirty water sit too long, as it can allow reclaim buildup. Plus, dirty water will lead to poor filtration and less than tasty hits.

Fill the base with isopropyl alcohol and salt (if there’s buildup), cover the holes, and shake. Finally, give all of the pieces a good rinse under running water and let them dry. 

Finally, don’t forget to clean your MouthPeace. It’s just as easy as cleaning the rest of your dab rig setup. First, pop out the filter.

Then, wash the silicone material with soap and water and let it air dry. Alternatively, you can toss it in the dishwasher. It’s really that simple. 

What is a Dab Rig?

A dab rig (also sometimes called a wax rig or dab pipe) is somewhat similar to a bong in appearance. One of the most noticeable differences between a bong and a dab rig setup is that a dab rig has a nail instead of a bowl. 

You also use a wax rig to vaporize and inhale cannabis concentrates instead of smoking dry herb. It’s quickly become one of the most popular methods of cannabis use, providing users a potent high. 

You only need a tiny amount of concentrate on a dab pipe to achieve the desired results. 

Final Thoughts on How to Use a Dab Rig

Learning how to use a dab rig is an easy process that quickly becomes second nature once you get the hang of it. 

While using a dab rig is an overall enjoyable experience, you can make each hit even better with the addition of a MouthPeace to your dab rig setup. 

It’s a small thing, but the extra filtration from the MouthPeace on your oil rig for dabs helps to create better-tasting hits every single time. You’ll quickly find that your dab setups won’t be complete without it. 

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