Dab Oil Rig Essentials: What You Need to Get Started

In the early 2010s, just as the cannabis community was looking for ways to get stronger hits, technology came through with new methods to extract high-quality concentrates. These breakthroughs led to the development of specialized devices for using oils and other high-quality concentrates, such as oil rigs.

If you are new to dabbing, understanding the origin and basics is important for you to maximize your experience with it. Here, we will cover everything you need to get started with dab oil rigs, then we will touch on some fun DIY mods to save you money and maximize your experience with oil rig dabbers.

What is an Oil Rig for Dabs?

If you have seen a bong, you have a good idea of what a dab oil rig looks like. The difference between the two is the form of cannabis they are designed to process. While bongs use dry cannabis buds, oil rigs use cannabis oils.

Oil rigs for dabs are a vaporizing device that converts cannabis oils to vapor for you to inhale. The cannabis oil is applied to the rig’s banger (also called nail) that heats it to slowly release vapor of highly concentrated THC and/or CBD.

Electric oil rigs have heating components powered by a battery that automatically heats up the banger. But regular ones require you to heat it with an external source of heat. Because of the focused stream of heat needed to vaporize the oils, torches are used in place of lighters.

The vapor is then passed through a water chamber to cool it down and filter out debris and toxic elements before you inhale it. Carb caps are usually used to regulate the airflow going into the banger and optimize the vaporization process depending on individual preferences. 

Oil rigs are designed to give a smooth and highly potent cannabis experience. It prevents a harsh experience on your throat by reducing the temperature and filtering out debris — while also letting you enjoy a consistent and controlled experience of highly potent cannabis hits.

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Are Dab Rigs and Oil Rigs the Same Thing?

Dab rigs and oil rigs are very similar devices but with a little difference. They are devices designed to vaporize cannabis concentrates as opposed to regular dried weed flowers used in bongs — therefore they have the same design and structure.

However, while dab rigs would usually refer to a rig that can vaporize different kinds of concentrates like oils, wax, shatter, budder, live resin, etc, oil rigs are specialized for cannabis oils alone. But you will often find them used interchangeably in the cannabis community with no respect for oil specialization or not.

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Can You Smoke THC Oil in a Dab Rig?

Yes. However, the process has nothing to do with “smoking” as the oils are not burned but heated to release vapor. With a dabbing tool, you can collect a small amount of THC oil and place it on a heated banger in your rig. You will quickly see the oil vaporizing and turning into a very clean smoke before it moves into the water filtration chamber.

THC oils are the most popular version of concentrates around. They are also just as easy to pick up as most dispensaries carry them. You can also find them online here.

Can I Make My Bong a Dab Oil Rig?

The basic structure of a bong makes it possible to convert into an oil rig for dabbers, but that requires specific know-how. With an enthusiastic DIY spirit, you don’t need to go out to buy an additional Dab and oil rig when you already have a bong. We have arranged the process into easy-to-follow steps below:

  1. Remove the Bowl: The bowl is the part of the rig where you place your weed buds in the bong. It is attached to the rest of the device by a narrow tube called the downstem. Remove the bowl from the downstem.
  2. Choose the Right Nail/Banger: Here, you will need to buy a banger/nail that fits the size of your bong. You can find them in dispensaries or other retailers that sell bongs and dab rigs. 3. 
  3. Attach the Nail/Banger: Insert the nail or banger into the bong’s joint where the bowl was. Make sure it fits securely to prevent air leaks.
  4. Heat and Use: Test it out by heating the banger with a torch. Use and enjoy your newly modified oil dabber.

By modifying an existing bong, your only expense would be on a new banger and the time to find one that fits. You can then swap between your bong bowl and banger to make a versatile device that works as a bong and a dabbing rig.

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How to use a dab pen in my oil rig

Oil rigs have many attachments that allow you to make the most interesting modifications. Using dab pens in oil rigs is one of the more interesting modifications.

It works by taking advantage of the electric heating element in your dab pen to vaporize the oil in the oil rig dabber before it passes through the water chamber for you to inhale. The combination allows you to enjoy the heating convenience and precision of dab pens while you are on the move with a more satisfying experience with an oil rig when you are in a more comfortable situation.

The process is just as simple since many dab pens have a removable atomizer. Get a water pipe adapter for your oil rig and connect it to the detached atomizer of your pen. Then place the adapter into the oil rig’s joint.

To use your new mod rig, make sure your dab pen has enough oil, then press the pen’s button to activate the atomizer and inhale the vapor through the rig. The setup allows you the enjoy the benefits of the cooling and filtration chamber in your rig without having to bother with a touch or manually applying the oil.

How to Make an Oil Rig for Dabs

The convenience of finding dab oil rig parts and accessories means that you can build a custom one for yourself. It is a very fun project that can help you build a very personalized rig that fits perfectly well with how you enjoy dabbing.

To build a custom dab oil rig, we have to start by collecting all the materials we’ll need and that includes a glass bong or a water pipe, a banger/nail, a butane torch, a dabber tool, and a carb cap.

You need to choose a sturdy glass bong or water pipe to use as a base for your oil rig. Then find a quality banger or nail made of quartz or titanium that fits into the bong you chose. Fit the banger into the bong you chose till it fits snugly. If the bong comes with its cannabis bowl, you will have to detach it as that’s where you fit your banger.

You can now heat up your banger with the torch and scoop up some oil with the dab tool to vaporize it.

How to Clean Oil Dab Rigs

Debris from impurities from the oils will build up and affect the taste of the cannabis and can even affect the operation of the rig. Therefore, you need to clean the rigs regularly to preserve your flavors and make sure your rig lasts.

The cleaning supplies you need are isopropyl alcohol, coarse salt, pipe brushes, and some warm water.

First, you need to take the rig apart. Remove the banger, mouthpiece, downstem, and any other detachable part. Then fill a container with isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt. Place the rig parts in the solution and let them soak for about 20 minutes.

Soaking them in the solution will make it easy to scrub off the buildup and residue. Pick up your pipe cleaner or brush and start scrubbing the interior of the parts till you are satisfied. Rinse off the solution with warm water and allow it to dry.

Where Can I Find Oil Rigs for Dabs?

You can find oil rigs at any Verts dispensary location in Colorado, Michigan, and Missouri. Order now for some of the finest oil rigs in the country!

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