How to Heat a Dab Rig Without A Torch

December 29, 2018 Dab Rigs

How to Heat a Dab Rig Without A Torch

The good thing about using dab rigs is that you vaporize concentrates for you to enjoy all the beneficial effects of smoking with lesser toxins and byproducts. Some smokers fear using a dab rig because it involves the use of a torch. This is understandable considering you can get nasty burns and there’s a risk of fire.

Use a stove

You can use your dab rig by heating the nail on a gas or electric stove. This can work with both glass and metal nails, and you’ll need a pair of solid tongs to keep protect yourself from burning.

  1. Turn on the stove on high.
  2. Use the tongs to hold the nail and place it on the burner.
  3. Wait for the nail to heat up; usually, it takes about 2-5 minutes.
  4. Take it out and attach it to your dab rig
  5. Use as usual

Although this method is relatively cheap and convenient, it takes a while for the nail to get warm. The temperature is also not consistent throughout the nail. This also means you have to go back and forth the kitchen just to get a hit.

Consider going electric

E-nails are your best option for using your dab rig minus the flame. The E-nail is heated via a coil that gets its power supply from a box. The E-nail is usually a hybrid of titanium and quartz for better conductivity and temperature control. It allows you to dab anywhere and anytime you want without fear of setting the house on fire. However, you have to consider this as an investment. The E-nail can cost you between$200-$500 depending on the quality.

Using a Healthstone

A Healthstone is a vapor nail system that has an inert carbon-stone patty originally sold by Health Stone Glass. The good thing about this nail system is that the material does not cause any burning or smoke. You don’t need to use a torch just to heat the nail and enjoy your concentrates. A simple lighter can work well to produce a vapor that is clean and full of flavor. You can get slides for as $60-$80, and a vapor stone replacement will only cost $30.

Dabing without a dab rig

There are also other alternatives for dabbing if you are still hesitant to use a dab rig.

Bowl topping

You can top our bowl of herbs with a thin layer of oil before lighting it up. The heat from your lighter will be enough to melt the wax and the cherry from your dry herb will vaporize the oil. It’s basically just like hitting a bong or pipe, but with the added flavor of concentrates.


Unlike your usual dab tool, a vaporizer has a lower temperature when it comes to vaporizing concentrates. Vape pens are starting to become popular for the modern smoker. It works almost just like an E-nail, but it comes in a portable design. The rechargeable battery pack heats up the coil (usually made out of titanium, ceramic, or quartz). The coil is found in an atomizer chamber where you put your concentrates. Screw on the atomizer, press the button and take a hit. There are vape pens that will cost around $40-$60, while some designer vaporizers will cost up to $270.

A dab rig does not necessarily have to rely on a torch for you to use it. You can use other creative alternatives for you to enjoy your concentrates. If you have questions about using one of our dab rigs, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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