A homemade nectar collector is great for emergency dabs. You can make it when you lost your nectar collector, or when it gets broken while you wait for a replacement.
Making a homemade nectar collector
Materials you will need will be:
6mm reusable stainless steel straw
A hard vegetable such as a carrot or potato
Plastic medicine bottle. You can get either a straight cylindrical pill bottle or a refillable medicine dropper.
8mm borosilicate glass tube
Torch or fine sandpaper
Food grade silicone sealant
Make a small 12mm-diameter cylinder about 2 inches long using your vegetable.
Push in the metal straw, sharp edge first until it reaches the other side. Allow about half an inch of straw to peek through.
Measure approximately 4-6 inches of straw from the surface of the vegetable and mark it. Take it out of the vegetable.
Use the hack saw to cut the straw. Smoothen the cut edges with sandpaper and push out the vegetable stuck inside the straw. This will be your dab nail.
Cut the cap of the medicine bottle so that your cut vegetable will fit through. Use food grade sealant if there are holes on the lid.
For the mouthpiece, cut a small hole at the center of the bottom end of your pill bottle.
You can use the other half of the metal straw as your mouthpiece. Insert the smooth part of the straw halfway through the bottle.
Measure about 3-4 inches of straw from the surface of the bottle and mark it.
Cut the straw and take it out. Smoothen the edges and insert the straw back to the bottle, cut side first. Or:
Get your glass tubing and insert it about half an inch through.
Measure your desired length and mark where you want to cut the tube.
Cut the glass tube and smoothen the edges using your torch or fine sandpaper. Make sure the edges are smooth to prevent cutting yourself.
Insert the glass tube inside the bottle.
Use food grade sealant to plug any gaps.
Now you have your very own homemade nectar collector. You can use a socket instead of the vegetable. However, be careful about heat transfer. Reusable metal straws are thin. They can heat fast and conduct heat at the same rate. Depending on how hot your straw can become, also heat up the socket, causing the plastic to melt. The vegetable serves as a coolant and/or insulator to prevent this from happening.
Re-purposing broken nectar collector
You can also use the nail from your broken nectar collector.
Get the titanium nail of your nectar collector.
Place it on the mouth of a small plastic water bottle. Check the fit. Use duct tape or food grade sealant to secure the nail.
Cut a small hole at the bottom end of the water bottle and insert the mouthpiece of your nectar collector. Seal any gaps.
If you will notice, these homemade nectar collector systems do not allow for you to use water in them. Also, the setup is not advisable for high-temperature dabs. As with all of the other DIY smoking devices, we advise that you use your homemade nectar collector sparingly. Dispose of the plastic parts immediately after use.
Do you have your own homemade nectar collector? Show them in the comment section below!