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Headshop, Glass, Pipe and Smoke Shop Language & Terminology: A Dictionary

All About Dab RigsWhat is a Bong?

Concentrate Pipe Nail & Dome Parts: The Differences Between Titanium, Ceramic, Quartz, and Pyrex Glass

Herb Grinders, Why and How To Use Them

Wholesale Pipes

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To better help you find what you are looking for or if you just want to become more familiar with popular terminology, the language, words, or slang used in smoke shops and the tobacco or herb-based smoking industry, this dictionary of headshop, glass, pipe and smoke shop terminology may help.

Adapter: Adapters are used to protect your piece from heat damage as well as to change the sex, angle and size of the joint on your piece.

Ash catcher: Also used as a “pre-cooler”, this device attachment is added to water pipes or bongs and catch ash before it falls into your pipe. Some devices may diffuse or cool smoke.

Atomizer: The heating element on a vaporizer that converts liquids to vapors that you can then inhale.

Banger: An apparatus typically used for dabbing and smoking herbs, plants and/or essential oils. Some banger products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Banger hanger: A device used to hang a banger quartz nail, thus named “banger hanger”. The design of this device prevents hot air from hitting your face while also preventing heat stress to the vapor rig and joint. It features a bent neck that helps keep water in the chamber rather than your mouth. Some banger hanger products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Banger nail: A female joint designed to fit over the male joint on an oil rig. It features a curved glass tube that moves the heat from the torch away from the rig to prevent premature cracking and heat stress on the joint. Some banger nail products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Bong: A large water pipe. The mouthpiece is typically a tube in which your lips go inside, rather than over like a bubbler or traditional pipe. A “beaker bong” is a popular style in which the device consists of a beaker-shaped base. Some bong products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Boro head: Someone who has intensely immersed themselves in the current and upcoming techniques and fads in the glass industry. These individuals have extensive knowledge of glass artists and glass in general.

Borosilicate: A type of glass consisting of 5% boric oxide used to make glass pipes. It is durable, strong and resistant to extreme temperatures, and it also improves its resistance to chemical corrosion.

Bowl: The area on a pipe where you place dry herbs to be combusted and inhaled.
Some bowl products can be found in: Water Pipe Accessories

Bubbler: A hand pipe that uses a small amount of water and features a downstem that leads the smoke into the water for cooling prior to inhalation. Some bubbler products can be found in: Glass Bubblers

Carb: A hole on the side of a hand pipe that is responsible for regulating airflow. You place a finger on top of the hole to allow smoke into the chamber and release your finger upon inhalation to clear the chamber of smoke.

Carb cap: A cap placed on top of a domeless nail or vapor dome for regulating airflow into your pipe. It is also meant to help the nail retain its temperature so that you evenly burn your concentrates. Some carb cap products can be found in: Concentrate Pipe Accessories

Chillum: A straight glass pipe that lacks a carb and offers a similar experience of smoking a rolled substance without the added flavors of tobacco leaves or paper. Some chillum products can be found in: Chillum One Hitters & Onesies

Collab: A pipe designed and manufactured by several artists.

Concentrate rig: Also known also a “concentrate pipe” or “dab rig” is a water pipe usually set-up with male joints and comes with a vapor dome and nail. The user can smoke concentrates from this apparatus. Some concentrate rig products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Cone: Pre-rolled cone-shaped papers. Grind your herbs and fill the cone -- no rolling necessary.

Dab rig: A bubbler apparatus designed for dabbing oils. Similar to a concentrate pipe or rig, a dab rig is typically equipped with a dab nail, male joint and vapor dome.
Some dab rig products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Dabber: The tool used to scoop up concentrates for use on a hot nail for vaporization. Some dabber products can be found in: Concentrate Pipe Accessories

Dichroic glass: In the processing of glass, dichroic generally refers to the use of additional colored glass pieces or particles to show different colors when viewed from different directions. Some dichroic glass products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Diffused downstem: A downstem with slits on the bottom that acts like a percolator to filter the smoke.
Some diffused downstem products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Diffusion: When water travels through the percolator and begins to bubble making for a smoother smoking experience.

Dome: A glass piece that fits over the dab nail and traps the vapor so that it may freely flow through the joint of the bubbler. The dome features a hole to dab through on one side and a female joint on the other. Some dome products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Domeless nail: A nail with a hole in the center designed to direct airflow into the water pipe. It does not require the use of a vapor dome. Some domeless nail products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Downstem: A long skinny tube in which your bowl slide will fit. It directs the smoke into the water pipe where it is filtered prior to inhalation.
Some downstem products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Dugout: A dugout is an all-in-one apparatus that contains two small chambers: one to store a bat and another to store ground, dry herbs. Dugouts are typically made from metal or wood and are useful for travel due to their relatively compact size.
Some dugout products can be found in: Dugouts

Dry piece: Any smoking apparatus or device that does not use water filtration. They can come in a variety of sizes and shapes, including sidecar, sherlock, hammer, spoon, steamroller and chillum. Some dry piece products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

ENail: An electronic nail that heats up via a ceramic or metal heating element. It is a vaporizing device used to control the temperature of concentrates with either an analog or digital control dial, thus eliminating the need for a torch.

Filter / screen: Either metal or glass inserts for a bowl that help keep fresh or ashed matter from falling into the pipe.

Flowers: A term that refers to the material or substance you put in the bowl to smoke.

Frit glass: A process of glass soldering using crushed glass or beads generally fused to the inside of a glass pipe that forms a ceramic composition or granular effect creating a type of glass design.
Some frit glass products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Glass blunt: A straight, hollow glass pipe that features a second hollow straw-like tube for a mouthpiece.

Grinder: A tool used for grinding herbs so that the user may better smoke them. Typically made of wood, steel or plastic, grinders often come with pollen screens and feature little pins or small nails fitted inside the device to help grind up the herbs or dried plants. Some grinder products can be found in: Grinders

Hammers & hammer pipe: A style of pipe that resembles a hammer. Some hammer pipe products can be found in: Glass Bubblers

Hand pipe: A glass pipe small enough to fit in your hand that does not use water filtration. Some hand pipe products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Headshop: A headshop can also be referred to as a “smoke shop”. A headshop is a retail outlet specializing in the sale of smoking equipment items and or odds-and-ends used in relationship to the consumption of tobacco, herbs or other plants designed in forms for smoking. 

Heady: A term used as an adjective to express something that is exhilarating, exciting, potent, intoxicating and such.

Heady glass: High-quality, custom, one-of-a-kind glass pipes that incorporate glass art techniques. Some heady glass products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Hemp: A material produced from the stems and stalks of a commonly known herb/plant and used in the production of fabrics and rope. Some hemp products can be found in: Rolling Papers

Latticino glass: Also referred to as Zanfirico or Cane glass which is a process in glass design by incorporating colored threads, sometimes twisted into the glass to create the design, style and pattern. Some latticino glass products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Lathe-made: A term indicating the majority of the process to make the piece was done so on a lathe -- which holds and spins the glass for the manufacturer. The process consists of blowing through the tube, or “lathe,” to create the desired shapes.

Linework: Refers to the striped colored patterns incorporated into a glass pipe.

Millie glass: An Italian term that means “thousand flowers” is used to describe mosaic glass objects. The images are made with colored glass using a technique similar to the one used to make patterns in taffy candy. The images are cut into small chips and incorporated into the glass pipes. Some millie glass products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Mini-tube: A miniature-sized bong. Some mini-tube products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Nail: The platform which you will heat prior to placing your concentrates. It can be made from titanium, quartz, glass or ceramic. Some nail products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Nano-rig: A tiny dab/concentrate rig. Some nano-rig products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Oil pen: An electronic, portable, pen-shaped vaporizer used for vaporizing oils.

Oil rig: Also referred to as a “dab rig,” an oil rig is a specific type of water pipe used primarily for smoking concentrates, extracts or oils.
Some oil rig products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

One-hitter: A slender, smaller pipe typically with a pinched narrow bowl designed for a single inhalation or “one hit”.
Some one-hitter products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Opal: A synthetic gemstone used in glass-blowing that is often encased inside glass marbles.

Percolator: The filtration part of a bong or water pipe that makes the water bubble.
Some percolator products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Piece: A slang term that refers to a hand pipe, water pipe or a piece of glass in general. Some pieces can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Pre-cooler: Also used as an “ash catcher”, is an attachment added to water pipes or bongs for cooling fluid, gases or smoke and can act to catch ash before it falls into your pipe.

Pyrex glass: A high-end type of borosilicate glass often used in water pipes and bongs. It is hard, durable, 100% non-toxic and resistant to high temperatures.
Some pyrex glass products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Quartz: A type of glass. Unlike Pyrex, quartz can handle extreme temperature changes without shattering or cracking, but it is not as shock-resistant as Pyrex.
Some quartz products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Recycler: A water pipe that allows water to drain back to the bottom of the pipe rather than creep into the mouthpiece. Smoke and water travels from chamber to chamber, then back down and through the first chamber, providing a continuous filtration loop effectively cooling the smoke. Some recycler products can be found in: Recyclers

Reversal glass: A colorful design of striped zig-zag color patterns featuring a spiral at each end. It is also a form of line work and known as a “wig-wag.” Some reversal glass products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Roller: A device used to roll dry herbs into a paper.

Rolling paper: Thin sheets of paper typically made from “rag fibers” such as hemp, flax, sisal and other non-wood plant fibers on which one can place dried plants such as tobacco or dry herbs before rolling it into a cigarette and smoked. Some rolling paper products can be found in: Rolling Papers

Sandblasted glass: A technique in which high-pressure air is mixed with sand and used to etch or engrave designs into glass.
Some sandblasted glass products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Scientific glass: Typically, scientific lab glass is any type of borosilicate made glass. The use of this term here is due to science lab glass makers who would use the same glass creation techniques to make smoke pipes.

Sherlock pipe: An S-shaped style of pipe named for Sherlock Holmes. The bowl sits lower while the mouthpiece rests above it.
Some Sherlock pipe products can be found in: Glass Bubblers

Sidecar: Refers to the arm of a bubbler, water pipe or oil rig that comes off the side and up at an angle to your mouth.
Some side car products can be found in: Glass Bubblers

Silicone rigs: These are dab or oil rigs which are made of silicone. Silicone is more heat resistant and keeps oils and concentrates from sticking to rigs. Some silicone rig products can be found in: Silicone Dab Accessories

Slide: A “bong slide” also referred to as a “bong bowl.” A type of removable bowl that is separate from the main pipe. The two are typically connected via glass-on-glass joints. Some slide products can be found in: Water Pipe Accessories

Smoke shop: Also referred to as a “headshop,” a smoke shop is a retailer who sells smoking equipment as well as tobacco or other herb and plant smoking accessories.
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Soft glass: Soft glass is thicker than typical glass. It is ideal and sturdy for everyday or casual use. Soft glass is known for having some of the brightest and most vivid colors. Some soft glass products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Spoon pipe: A style of pipe named for its resemblance to a spoon. Some spoon pipe products can be found in: Glass Pipes, Hand Pipes, Spoons, Bowls

Straight tube: A completely straight water pipe.
Some straight tube products can be found in: Nails & Domes

Tree perc: Also referred to as a “tree percolator,” this device features a tree-like arm of glass tubes that sit inside the water. Some tree perc products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Vapor dome: The slip you place over the nail before you place the dab in the center of the nail. As you take a draw on the pipe, the dome directs the airflow down into the pipe. Some vapor dome products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Vaporizer: A device that vaporizes concentrates or dry matter rather than smoking by combustion.

Vapor rig: A bubbler set-up for dabbling oils that typically features a dome, dab nail and male joint. Some vapor rig products can be found in: Oil Rigs, Dab Rigs, Concentrate Pipes

Water pipe: A pipe that features a percolator and uses water. This generic term may also describe a bong and/or a bubbler.
Some water pipe products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

Wig-wag glass: A colorful, striped pattern design in glass that sharply waves back and forth with spirals in design.
Some wig-wag glass products can be found in: Bongs & Water Pipes

As the public becomes more aware of the various ways in which herbs and concentrates are used and consumed, along with considering safety and the various health benefits they offer, we, at Mile High Glass Pipes, wanted to share some information specifically about dab rigs, what they are, how they work, and help you make better, more informed decisions for your own individual needs, choices and selections when it comes to smoking pipes.

Here is our comprehensive guide to get your dabbing experience off to the best possible start.

What is Dabbing?

Dabbing is considered an alternative and safer method for inhaling smoke to that of a direct flame set to burn or char herbs, oils or concentrates directly. Dabbing causes concentrates of herbs to burn in a vapor-like fashion because it uses the process of convective heating instead of conductive heating. It’s a form of cooking concentrates on a protective surface instead of burning directly by a flame.

The apparatus used for dabbing is called a dab rig.

What is a Dab Rig?

A dab rig is a specific type of smoking pipe or bong that is used to smoke concentrates and oils, also known as dabbing. They can also be called concentrate rigs. Our favorites are made and designed in glass and incorporate the use of water filtration in the pipe.

A dab rig is made to incorporate a two-step process in which you first use a torch to heat up the nail (a surface area) before “dabbing” concentrated extracts from the herbs onto the nail surface. Once the concentrates are in place on the nail, you then inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece of the dab rig.

How Does a Dab Rig Work?

Dab rigs work in slightly different ways and will vary depending on the style of the concentrate rig you choose. However, in its most basic form, a dab rig works by incorporating a glass vapor slide, a 90-degree joint, a recycler and a nail.


Of these rigs, nails are arguably the most critical aspects to the dabbing process. A nail can be made of quartz, titanium or glass, and they all have pros and cons along with personal preferences to consider. So, it’s important to choose one that’s right for you.

A dab rig can feature a vapor dome that fits over the nail and prevents you from losing any of the concentrated vapor produced. Whereas traditional water pipes have 45-degree joints, dab rigs typically have 90-degree joints and are smaller in size to help prevent the dilution of the taste of the vapor.


A dab rig may also come with a recycler - a specific type of water pipe that pushes the water throughout the device. Smoke and water travel from one chamber to the next, then back down into the first chamber, providing a continuous loop of filtration that constantly cools the water and vapor.

 

Not sure whether a device is intended for dabbing? Look at the gender of the joint on the apparatus. If it is a male joint and comes with a vapor dome or glass nail, you can use it for dabbing. Other pipe styles can be converted with the use of special nails, but it’s the male joint pipe that is most common.

How to Choose the Best Rig for Dabs?

If you’re ready to invest in a dab rig of your own, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer assortment available. Trying to understand terms like “reburn,” “domes” and “nails” can be intimidating, but you don’t need to feel like a fish out of water. Like most smoking apparatuses, there are low-end, simple dab rigs, mid-level devices and high-end dab rigs, complete with an assortment of extra features.

Just as concentrates have evolved in the past several years, so too have the pieces you use to enjoy them. If you’ve never owned a concentrate rig before, the options can be intimidating. Keep in mind that a standard dab rig kit requires three pieces: a nail, a glass piece and a torch lighter. While you can certainly go the cheapest, most economic route, pay attention to the most important part of your setup - the nail or heating element.

Depending on your preferences, you have several choices of nail surface material: titanium, ceramic, glass (borosilicate) or quartz (fused silica). While some people might prefer one type of material over the others, the truth is, your choice will have little effect on the flavor. Rather, the material will affect the temperature the nail reaches and how long it remains at that temperature.

If this is your first dab rig, you might consider opting for a domed nail. Domed nails generally require less upkeep but do offer a bit less airflow. Domeless nails require more care and cleaning but are designed to have more airflow. Domed nails are also smaller and don’t require as much heating time as domeless nails.

When purchasing a torch, we’d recommend using butane. Propane simply gets too hot too quickly. Choose a small torch with a manageable flame to avoid heating up the glass on the rig. As you continue to dab, you’ll notice that the rig will become coated in a resin-like oil - known as “reburn” or “reclaim.” You can collect this and spread it on papers to smoke or season new nails.


Ultimately, your dab rig will come down to a personal preference. Experiment, ask friends and experienced dabbers what they use and ask questions to get the best possible experience.

 

Smokerolla has a wide variety & selection of Dab Rigs & Concentrate Pipes

A Bong is commonly defined as a device, generally used for smoking cannabis, tobacco, or a myriad of other herbal substances, which uses water and/or ice as a filtration system. Some suggest that the word “Bong” is said to have derived from a Thai word, “Baung” which means a cylindrical, wooden water pipe. Others say the word may have come from an early water pipe discovery in Africa with the Bong’om tribe. Historically, it is generally accepted that the bong was first brought to the United States by US soldiers stationed overseas in the 1960’s. Since then, artisan glass blowers have made bongs into their own art form.

Smokers often say, “What do I need a grinder for? I   have fingers.” Unfortunately, breaking up bud with your fingers presents a few problems. If you have some fresh, “sticky-icky” the flower is not going to breakup well, and essentially, you’ll end up tearing it into chunks or clumps that will just smolder in your bowl, or worse, tear your joint. Even if it’s not sticky flower, using your fingers to break up a dry bud, much of the kief is going to get lost during the process, either just through touch or simply falling through your fingers.


 Therefore, grinders are an essential tool every smoker should have in their bag of tricks. Just as a coffee grinder grinds beans in grounds for easier brewing; herb grinders grind herbs into fine, consistent pieces that burn evenly, which means, a better smoking experience for you. Not all grinders are created equal however and there are a few differences to keep in mind when buying one.

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Those new to the world of dabbing will likely, at some point in their journey, come face-to-face with the question, “What is the difference between titanium, ceramic, quartz and Pyrex glass?” Here at Mile High Glass Pipes, we break down these materials to help you choose the best nails and domes for your concentrates.
Titanium Pipe PartsTitanium is a metal and heats relatively quickly, typically within 15 to 25 seconds, and it has great heat retention. In addition, a titanium nail will never break, no matter how much you drop it or heat it.Most pipe experts maintain that grade 2 titanium parts are best for dabbing, although both grade 2 and grade 3 have minimal or no harmful by-products and retain heat well. Unlike quartz and ceramic parts, the titanium used for nails is not food- or medical-grade, so it is important to consider researching the manufacturer to avoid buying potentially carcinogenic, titanium with high iron levels.
You may notice a thin layer of titanium oxide on the dab nail after repeated use, which ultimately affects the productivity of the rig. If this happens, you can use a “water-dippin’” method to remove the white oxidation residue. Heat your nail as normal, then use tongs and place the nail into room-temperature water to clean the piece. Unseasoned titanium nails can also make the concentrates taste like metal, seasoning the nail before use is best.
Ceramic Pipe PartsAlthough ceramic nails can take 30 seconds or longer to heat, they can hold heat for the longest amount of time. However, this can make the ceramic piece more prone to heat stress than other materials, and in rare situations, the material can fracture. To prevent breakage or cracking from heat stress, make sure to heat the ceramic nail evenly. Unlike quartz and titanium parts, ceramic does not turn orange when it is hot, so you may wish to time the heating process for the best results. Ceramic can also take a while to cool down, so it is often recommended that you invest in a carb cap to maximize your hits and prevent leftover concentrates from sticking to the nail.
Ceramic nails are food- and medical-grade, so they do not release harmful gases when heated, and since ceramic is a non-porous material, you do not need to season ceramic like you would with other quartz or titanium parts.
Quartz Pipe PartsQuartz is a mineral compound with a crystal-like structure and appearance. Out of these concentrate pipe materials, quartz parts take the least amount of time to heat, generally around five to 10 seconds, but quartz does not hold heat as well as titanium or ceramic. A carb cap can help to retain heat since quartz tends to cool down as fast as it heats up. Quartz is also prone to breaking if it is overheated or if it is dropped repeatedly, but it is much more durable than ceramic or Pyrex glass pieces. Quartz dab nails work well for once-a-day dabbers, but they are not meant to withstand heavy use.
Quartz is a food- and medical-grade material, meaning that it is completely safe to use and does not release toxic gases when heated. Much like titanium nails, quartz nails are available in a number of styles and sizes, making them a convenient choice for many users. However, if you use different rigs, keep in mind that quartz nails are not always available in all-in-one and adjustable styles.
Pyrex Glass Pipe PartsOf all the materials, Pyrex is considered the least durable and is more known to crack and/or break after repeated use. Pyrex glass comes standard with most all dab rigs because it is the cheapest option. Although Pyrex is a fantastic material for someone who dabs on occasion, it is not meant for heavy use, and you risk destroying the components if you dab all day, every day.However, if your Pyrex rig does break, it is relatively inexpensive to replace. Most people who are just starting out with dabbing ultimately upgrade from the standard Pyrex glass nails because they tend to be tiny, only allowing for small dabs at a time. In addition, Pyrex glass requires a lower heat, but it does not retain heat as long as other concentrate rig materials such as quartz.
Choosing the Best Pipe DomeSince some dab rig nails have domes or can be domeless, there’s also a debate as to whether domed or domeless nails are better. Nails with domes are considered safer because it covers the nail nicely and helps reduce the risk of burning yourself. Domes are generally made using quartz or Pyrex glass. You won’t find them made of ceramic material, nor in titanium.
Choosing the Best Dabbing NailThere are a number of types of nails to use with your dab rig, and each has a certain resistance to heat stress and thermal properties that allow them to absorb and hold heat. For instance, some people prefer the quick-heating quartz, others like the durability of titanium nails and some love ceramic’s heat retention properties, so it is important to weigh your smoking habits and needs before choosing one that is right for you.

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In some cases we may request you send the broken item back for closer inspection. This is to help fight fraudulent liars. Please don't try to scam us. 

We will replace the broken item with the same, and or similar item in most cases.

We ONLY accept UNUSED items. Once it has been used/opened we can not, and will not accept it as a return. If you do want to return an UNUSED/UNOPENED item (up to 5 days after purchase date)please contact us prior to the return. We will need your order number, name, and the item/items ordered.

Once we have been contacted about your return please send a copy of the invoice in with the return item to Smokerolla 

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Smokerolla does NOT pay for return shipping/packaging costs. The customer is responsible for paying all return shipping/packaging costs. Smokerolla can use its discretion on whether a store credit is issued, or the customer is given a full refund.