Shop for dab rigs at our online headshop. Dab rigs or oil rigs sometimes called wax rigs, are concentrate pipes - a type of water pipe designed specifically for the use of waxes and oils or "dabs". Mile High Glass Pipes has the best selection of glass dab rigs for sale, your new favorite dab rig is just a click away - with free shipping and instant returns.
Whereas dry herbs can be smoked with almost all types of regular pipes and water pipes, concentrates require special tools in order to heat the body down to the point of vaporization and filter these hot vapors so that you can inhale them without doing damage to your body every time. These products that you will inevitably need to buy if you wish to take dabs are known as dab rigs.
What's a Dab Rig?
A dab rig is a special type of water pipe that allows you to filter your hot vapors through the large body of the rig in order to filter out contaminants and make sure that your hits are cool before they reach your lungs. Dab rigs are traditionally quite large, but you may be able to find mini ones that you can take on the go as well.
What to Consider When Buying an Oil Rig
There are many considerations that need to be made when you’re shopping for an oil rig. Let’s dive into a few of these.
The type of material that you settle on when you purchase your first dab rig will ultimately determine the experience you have. There are generally two materials used in the construction of dab rigs.
Glass is the best material for dab rigs as it serves to preserve the flavors of your vapor as it travels through the many pathways. It also protects you from inhaling contaminants that may enter your dab rig if you were to accidentally heat up any area beside the nail. That being said, glass can also be a disadvantage as these types of pieces are much heavier and vulnerable to accidents if you move it around frequently or travel with it.
Silicone oil rigs may be preferable for those who are accident-prone and have broken many a glass piece in the past. These types of products are also much easier to clean as you can soak them, boil them, or even freeze them. The only thing to pay attention to is that you don’t leave your dab rig near any sharp materials or accidentally heat up any other area than the nail as this can cause the material to melt.
Type of Dab Rig Styles
Now that we’ve covered the types of materials you can select when you shop for your dab rig, it’s time to cover some of the styles that you can choose from as well. When you’re shopping for a dab rig, you’ll come across dab rig styles like:
Classic dab rigs feature a traditional body with a small percolator on the inside of the dab rig. These may be rather plain, but they’re the perfect introductory piece to add to your collection if you’re just getting into dabbing. Additionally, they’ll typically cost less than more specialized glass pieces that you will see in head shops or online.
Castle or Daisy
Both named after their respective designs, castle or daisy dab rigs have different shapes that are designed to look like, as you guessed it, castle or daisies (although some dab rigs may only feature these style elements in the nail and not in the whole rig itself). Don’t worry, these types of dab rigs offer the functionality that you would find in classic designs. If you’re more drawn to unique glass rigs that give you something more personalized, you’ll probably prefer these styles over others on this list.
Angled-cut dab rigs serve to bring the mouthpiece towards you and keep your flame away from your face. Although you likely won’t be heating up your dab rig while you have your mouth on the mouthpiece, this can be a useful feature if you’re worried about being too close to the heat source or use your dab rig for other needs like smoking marijuana. Angled cut dab rigs don’t add too many new features besides the design of the rig itself.
If you’re looking to just get started and aren’t too focused on what your rig looks like, just look for a standard dab rig. It may not exciting or impressive, but it gets the job done!
What's a Recycler Rig?
Recycler rigs are a new type of dab rig that features a unique type of filtration system that essential “recycles” the water. Water and smoke travel through the first reservoir and move into the second percolator where the process continues in a loop until the vapors finally move out of the body and toward the mouthpiece. A recycler rig can be a great product for you if you value vapor purity and cool hits!
Percolators in Oil Rig
Percolators in oil rigs serve to filter the vapors and cool them down as they travel throughout your glass piece. Some basic dab rigs offer standard percolators that do a standard job of getting your vapors cooled down. Meanwhile, others may feature more complex water pathways to help you get even more out of the experience. When you’re shopping for a dab rig, make sure that you’re paying attention to the type of percolator contained within the dab rig as well as the style of your dab rig. After all, every component of the dab rig from the material it’s made from to the percolator style it chooses to employ plays a major role in your overall experience.
Dab rigs can be a relatively new concept to those who have never dabbed before. This makes it even harder to find the right product when they’re looking to enjoy concentrates on their own. Are you someone who’s never dabbed but wants to see what it’s like? If so, the guide above will help you better understand how a dab rig functions, what you should be looking for when you decide to go out and purchase your own, and some of the fundamental design elements that will determine what type of experience you have when you go to heat up your concentrates for the first time.
Make the most of your honey, budder, and shatter with a special dab rig. These water pipes are designed to diffuse heat, not provide intense filtration, offer dabbers an easy pull, and maximize the flavor of their concentrates.
We’ve also got a huge variety of recycler dab rigs, favored by dabbers because they are designed to keep your water and vapor constantly moving within the glass for minimum drag and maximum flavor.
Finding the perfect dab rig can be difficult, but we've tried to make the process a bit easier. We've curated a selection of the highest quality borosilicate glass rigs, and have a wide selection of dab tools to go with your rig purchase - from carb caps to titanium nails and quartz bangers, to various dabber tools & more.
Dab rigs are used for vaping your favorite concentrates, waxes, and oils. Some call them oil rigs; others say concentrate pipes, but they all are used to smoke your favorite dabs. In the early days of dabbing history, people would take what was known as “knife hits.” Knife hits were the earliest form of modern dabbing. Smokers would set a butter knife on top of the stove and heat it. Once heated, they would remove the knife and drop a small chunk of concentrate onto the knife's hot end. They would use a straw to inhale the vapors from the hot knife. From this modern-day dabbing way created.
Mile High Glass Pipes carries affordable dab rigs under $50 and dab rigs under $100. Some of our lower-priced oil rigs will be perfect for starter pieces to familiarize yourself with the process of dabbing. Our basic concentrate rigs will come with a pyrex glass nail and dome. They will typically have basic water filtration built into the piece and allow for a smooth vaping experience.
Some more intricate pieces will have percolators and multi-chambers built into them. These pieces will have more than one point of water filtration that will ensure a vaping experience that is nothing but pleasurable.
Recycler oil rigs have tubes built into them that recycle the smoke inside the piece. The design creates almost a vacuum effect so that the vapor doesn't escape from the rig's base. Recycler designs can have some intense glasswork that involves up to 10 tubes and multiple chambers. The sky is really the limit when it comes to the design of Pyrex glass recyclers.
Can I use my bong to dab?
If you buy the right nail and dome that will fit your bong, you can indeed use it to dab with. It is best to use the bong as either a full-time bong or a full-time dab rig. If not, when you dab, the vapor is going to have an off-putting taste. When you use the bong and smoke flower, that flavor will still be there when dabbing. The strong flavor of flower smoke residue will make your dabbing sessions taste funky. For best use practices for dabbing, you want a dedicated dab rig so you can enjoy the full flavor of the terpene profile of your concentrates.
What different types of concentrates can I dab on my oil rig?
With most oil rigs, you can dab almost any type of concentrate. The most popular on the market in the US seems to be shatter or waxes. In areas where recreational and medical are legal, you seem more advanced techniques to make higher-end concentrates. In these areas, sauce, aka terp sauce, is the got to concentrate for dabbing full flavor super terped out goodness. Extract Companies refined sauce more to get the diamonds and not the sauce. This is referred to as diamond mining. The diamonds are extremely concentrated and one of the most potent options of concentrate on the market today.
Older school styles like crumble, butter, and even bubble can be used with our concentrate rigs. Using oils can be a little more tricky. Depending on the texture dabbing oils can be more work than it's worth. Things like distillates can be dabbed if they are not too runny. These concentrates will need to be thicker so that you can transfer them from their storage container to the nail with some dabber. If the oily concentrate is not thick enough, it will just run off of your dabber before you can get it on the nail or banger. Our oil vaporizer line will be better suited for thinner oils than trying to purchase a dab rig.
What do I need to dab?
You will need the two most important things when dabbing is some concentrate and a dab rig. That being said, it's not all you will need to accomplish your goal of inhaling giant vapor clouds. To heat your nail, you will need a torch. Most people use handheld butane torches. The smaller, lighter style torches won't work very well and usually won't heat your nail hot enough to vaporize your concentrates. For extreme dabber that wants to save some money, propane torches like the ones plumbers use can save tons of money. Basically, you buy the propane torch adapter from the hardware store, and it screws on top of a small propane tank. These propane tanks cost only a few dollars and will last even the heaviest dabbers for many weeks.
Storing your dabs can be tricky because of the texture of the concentrates. They tend to be sticky and tacky by nature. When using sauce or oils, it is best to use the container that they were purchased in. Fro things like waxes and shatter, silicone containers for storage work extremely well. These silicone containers are non-stick and work well for transporting your favorite concentrates. They come in sizes that are generally rated in milliliters. 3Ml, 5ml, and 7ml are some of the standard-size silicone containers we have for sale.
Moving your extracts from the storage container to the nail so you can dab is done with a dabber. Dabbers are long skinny utensils specifically designed to pick up your concentrates and put them onto a heated nail. It's like the spoon of the dabbing world. Dabbers can be made from so many different types of materials. Basic metal dabbers made of stainless steel dominate the market. They are extremely durable and very inexpensive. Other dabbers are made of titanium, glass, and ceramic.
Upgrading your dab rig with a new nail can make for a better dabbing experience. Aftermarket nails are made of similar materials as dabbers. Quartz bangers are the number one aftermarket add-on for today's popular dab rigs.
Now that you have the low down on dab rigs and what you will need to dab, you can shop our online headshop to find all your dabbing necessities.