Dab Nails Additional

Dab Nails

What are Dab Nails?

Quartz bangers and domeless dab nails are accessories for oil rigs. There are several different styles of nails for entry level and seasoned dabbers alike.

Nails can be made of ceramictitaniumquartz, and glass and come in a multitude of sizes. Don’t worry, we have it all: 10mm, 14mm, & 18mm, male and female accessories, domed and domeless. 


Quartz Nails

The demand for quartz nails for dabbers has drastically increased over the past few years, because, well, they're awesome. 

While quartz is less durable than titanium, quartz offers cleaner flavor and heats up very quickly. Quartz also has less heat retention than titanium, allowing dabbers to get to ideal temperatures quicker and enjoy the true flavors of their terpenes. 

Dabbers love quartz for it's clean aesthetic, flavor and quick heating times, and concentrate enthusiasts around the globe are trading in their domeless titanium nails for quartz bangers or honey buckets. If you’re looking to enjoy low temp dabs, consider scooping a quartz nail for consistent heat and super clean inhales.

Smoke Cartel's selection of bangers and other quartz heating elements serves every taste: We’ve got cube style bangers and large trough style bangers for people who love to dab BIG. Some of our quartz nails feature hinged caps for easy low temp dabbing. We’ve even got direct inject quartz nails if that’s your style!

From domeless quartz nails to swing arm honey buckets, your favorite online headshop has an excellent quartz selection that doesn’t break the bank.


Titanium Nails

Titanium nails are a heating element for use with concentrates and oils, widely used because they're the most durable dab nail on the market. Unlike glass and ceramic nails, titanium nails won’t crack on impact or shatter when heated incorrectly.

Titanium requires longer heating times than glass and quartz nails, but it has solid heat retention. If you’re a dabber that enjoys low temp dabs, it will take you longer to reach ideal dabbing temperatures on a titanium nail than quartz. On the other hand, titanium cools at a much faster rate than ceramic, so the time difference is minimal in the long run. 

If you’re looking for a fully adjustable titanium nails for use with a dome, there's a super selection below. Are you a fan of domeless nails? We’ve got a wide variety, from fully universal nails that fit any joint to specimens with sturdy side arms.

If you’re considering scooping a new domeless titanium nail, don’t forget to invest in a new carb cap! Carp caps are essential tools for dabbers who want to enjoy the full flavor and effects of their concentrates.


Ceramic Nails

Ceramic nails are popular heating elements used for the consumption of oils and concentrates. Ceramic is a great alternative to quartz or titanium nails, as the ceramic material is chemically inert and offers significantly longer heat retention. Some concentrate lovers can even get several dabs from heating a ceramic nail just once!

Unlike titanium nails, fresh ceramic heating elements are always medical grade and are ready to go without seasoning. Because of the material, ceramic nails require more heating than quartz and titanium to reach ideal temperatures for dabbing.

Make sure to heat ceramic heating elements evenly, otherwise you run the risk of the ceramic cracking and breaking. Although ceramic nails are less durable than titanium and quartz, the flavor is exceptional!

Smoke Cartel offers a large variety of ceramic nails. If you prefer to use a dome, we’ve got fully adjustable ceramic domed nails. Sesh Supply produces awesome ceramic bangers if those are your heating element of choice.

Fan of honey buckets? We’ve got some awesome ceramic honey buckets that fit both 14mm and 18mm joints. Do you like to dab with domeless ceramic nails? We have several varieties that will fit any joint, just make sure to also pick up a ceramic carb cap!

Having trouble deciding which heating element to use? Check out this helpful infographic from our Knowledge Base.


Carb Caps

A carb cap is an essential instrument designed for use with domeless nails. To use a carb cap, heat up your heating element, put your oil or concentrates on the nail, and then place the carb cap over the domeless nail.

These devices have a small hole to restrict airflow to your nail and increase flavor. If you dab without a carb cap, you’ll be constantly pulling cold air into the chamber of your nail. This flow of air will cool down your heating element and concentrates before you are able to enjoy all of the flavors your concentrates have to offer.

Dabbing without a carb cap forces you to take higher temp dabs, destroying the terpenes in your concentrates. Terpenes are responsible for the flavors of your concentrates, and also alter your smoking experience—why would you want to waste that!?

Some newbie dabbers think of carb caps as a secondary accessory, but a concentrate connoisseur will never dab without one!

When you place a carb cap on top of your domeless nail, it essentially turns your heating element into a convection oven. As the carb cap restricts airflow, your nail will retain heat for a longer period of time.

Once you’ve got a good handle on nail temperatures and wait times, this extra heat retention will enable you to maintain your ideal dabbing temperature long enough to taste all of the terpenes within your concentrates.

For more information on carb caps, check out our in-depth Knowledge Base article!


How to Season a Dab Nail 

From low-temp dabs to carb caps, dabbers go through many steps to enjoy the full flavor of their concentrates. These steps begin with seasoning and/or cleaning your new nail.

Please note: Only titanium nails require actual seasoning—ceramicquartz, and glass nails do not need to be seasoned, but they should still be cleaned prior to use for the best possible result.

While titanium heating elements are designed for vaporization, they need to be seasoned before use to remove any foul tasting finishes created by the manufacturing process. Seasoning a nail is just like seasoning a new pan—it ensures you have a tasty experience right from the start.

You’ll need the following items to clean your nail:

  • Nail (quartz or titanium)
  • Torch
  • Your smoking apparatus (rig or water pipe)

If you are also seasoning a titanium nail, you’ll need all of the above, plus:

  • A titanium or quartz dabbing tool (preferably the same material as the nail you are seasoning)
  • Your oil of choice (coconut oil and hemp oil are both great options)


OK! Let’s get started...

  • Place your nail securely on your rig or water pipe.
  • Heat all of the dabbing surfaces of the nail with the torch. Do not attempt to heat up the entirety of the nail (the base/joint), lest you damage the joint of your pipe.
  • Allow your nail to get hot. The nail will not glow bright red as it is brand new. The red glow is created by a buildup of carbon overtime and is only acquired after use.
  • Once thoroughly heated, allow the nail to cool naturally. You can repeat this step if desired. This is all you need to do if you’re preparing a ceramic, glass, or quartz nail! Congratulations, you nail is clean and ready for use! See steps 5 and 6 for instructions on how to season your nail.
  • Now that any dust or manufacturing residue has been burned off your nail, begin heating it again until just below red hot. Allow to cool for five to ten seconds, and then add the oil to the nail as if you were dabbing it (don’t, btw). Coat the dabbing surface of the nail as evenly as possible, then allow to cool completely. Note: If your oil is burning or sizzling when you add it to your nail, it is too hot and the seasoning will not take correctly. Adjust your heating time accordingly if this occurs.
  • Repeat a few times—three is good.

Seasoning a nail is that easy! There are videos out there with people seasoning their nails with odd substances like salt, or even jelly. Don’t do that! Save your jelly for a sandwich. It's is not good for your heating element and just makes a mess!

To further preserve your quartz nail over time, check out our article explaining Q-Tip Tech and how to slow the oxidation process and wear on your nail. Enjoy!