How To Select the Best Torch for Dabs

So you've obtained your waxy oil or other fun concentrate and picked out a dab rig, what else do you need? You need fire, my friend. But not just any flame will do: Dabbing requires a torch to heat up the nail to the desired temperature in order to enjoy the full flavors and effects of the concentrate in your banger. 

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So you've obtained your waxy oil or other fun concentrate and picked out a dab rig, what else do you need? 

You need fire, my friend. But not just any flame will do: Dabbing requires a torch to heat up the nail to the desired temperature in order to enjoy the full flavors and effects of the concentrate in your banger. 

Proponents of dabbing report that it provides pure, fast results. It also protects your lungs against the carcinogens released through traditional cannabis smoking methods. And unlike traditional burning methods, most dabbing techniques do not emit strong weed odors. 

You don't want to settle for the very first product that pops up in a search for "dabbing tools"--it's important to do a little research before you decide to purchase a torch. There are several crucial features to the right dabbing torch that is going permit you to dab easily, safely and with satisfaction.

SIZE MATTERS

The ideal dabbing torch isn't too big or too small but just the right height, usually around eight inches. However, smaller versions are advised if you are hanging out with buddies using the device, since they take up less space in your bag.

On the other hand, a bigger torch is a better choice if you plan to use it exclusively for home sessions.

MATERIALS

The right dabbing torch is made from professional and high-grade materials with advanced body construction and a comfortable grip. A topnotch torch may also boast anti-flare technology and one-click release button. A broad base will keep it from toppling over. 

Reputable torches aren't just about pointing and then pulling a trigger to heat a dab nail. The primary objective here is to warm the nail evenly, which can be achieved with a torch with a broader flame. There are versions you can adjust the flame based on your needs and preferences as well as torches that come in single, double and triple jet flames for additional levels of control and power. 

PEACEFUL, EASY FILLIN'

The hottest torch on the planet doesn't qualify as the perfect dab tool unless it is easy to refill. The best kinds of dab torches burn a little more than half an hour before needing to refill. And when you're in the middle of a dabbing sesh and you run out of fuel, you will not be pleased with a torch that takes 15 minutes to top off with butane!

Dabbers prefer to use butane as a fuel source for their torches because it is cleaner than propane. Because butane is a hydrocarbon that produces CO2 and H2O, sufficient ventilation and oxygen from the environment are available to have minimal impact on the environment.

A propane torch can do the trick, though it burns much hotter than butane. We suggest that you only pair the extreme heat of a propane torch with for titanium nails. If not, you are at risk of melting the entire nail after a few minutes of passing it around.

To refill a butane torch, you will have purchase butane canisters for this purpose. Buy a few--it's good to keep extras around in case your dabber friends come by! Look for those that have gas level indicators so you know how much butane is left in the cartridge. 

Remove all glass and other flammable materials from the refill area. There will be a plug located on the bottom or side of the torch; make sure it fits with the nozzle on the canister or things will get leaky. This is of course is a fire hazard and much care should be taken to keep sparks from reaching the butane or things could go kablooey! Which brings us to...

SAFETY

Obviously, you must fill your torch with great care. Your caution should not decrease once it's ready to use, however.

Many torches have auto-locking features, which make it so you don't have to hold down the button all the time. But you have to be careful when the flame is in the locked position: If you knock it over, you could set the house on fire, which is the ultimate party foul. 

Torches that utilize a trigger are a safe way to go, as the flame comes on and goes off at will. 

IN CONCLUSION

When it comes to dabbing, no plain everyday lighter will do. You've got to break out the big flame--i.e. a butane torch--to heat the nail evenly. Which one will you choose? 


About the Author

Jessica Leigh Lebos

Jessica Leigh Lebos

Communications Strategist for Smoke Cartel, Inc. Jessica is a long time believer and supporter of Cannabis Reform and even has a seat on the Board of Directors for Reform Georgia, a non profit dedicated to building a better justice system. #ReformGA held a big hand in the recent decriminalization of cannabis in the city of Savannah, GA.



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