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When buying a dab rig one of the things you need is a nail in which to heat and vaporize the dab. There are many different kinds of nails and there is much debate about which works best.
You want a nail that will heat correctly and retain heat so that the concentrate can be reduced to a vapor and not completely burned. Burning the concentrate will produce smoke and not feel or taste very good. Overheating can cause burning of the throat which is not harmful but very uncomfortable.
You want a nail that is going to give you the best bang for your buck and retain the good flavors of the concentrate. Here are some different types of dab nails.
Types of Dab Nails
Ceramic – Like glass, ceramic breaks very easily. It holds onto heat a little better, but it’s still pretty inferior and generally not worth the bother.
Quartz – Quartz nails are pretty decent. Quartz is much more durable than glass or ceramic, and it’s almost impossible to overheat it. However, quartz doesn’t hold onto heat very long. Because it cools so quickly, it may heat your concentrate but not long enough to create a lot of vapor.
Glass – Borosilicate glass is strong stuff, and it works great in bongs and pipes. When used in nails for dab rigs, though, it misses the mark. Glass nails are pretty ubiquitous because they are very cheap. However, glass breaks easily.
Glass nails don’t tend to last very long, and they must be replaced frequently. In the long run, you’ll end up paying more. Also, glass isn’t very good at retaining heat, so glass nails don’t always do the job with certain concentrates.
Titanium – The vast majority of experienced dabbers prefer titanium nails. Titanium is virtually indestructible, for one thing. It also retains heat incredibly well. The only problem is there’s a risk of overheating it to the point where it burns the concentrate instead of producing a vapor. For this reason, many people like to pair titanium nail dab rigs with water diffusers to strike the right balance.
E-nails – Few people bother with them, but e-nails are really convenient. E-nails are essentially electric nails with a port for a coil and a PID that gauges your coils temperature. They tend to cost more but they eliminate the need to use a torch entirely. Also, you can set a precise temperature, so you have much better control. The vaporization points of different materials vary, so it’s nice to be able to set a temperature and go from there.
While some dab nails, like the titanium and E-nails are more pricey than others you will want to get one that you can afford and that will fit on your rig. Using a titanium nail on an improper glass rig can cause cracking so make sure you use the one that works the best for your rig.
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