There are several things to consider when you are looking for a torch to buy. Of course, much depends on what kind of nail you are using. If you have a ceramic nail maybe you don’t want your torch to burn too hot, or at least be adjustable, so you don’t overheat your nail. If you’re using titanium, maybe you want a torch that burns hotter.
Butane vs. Propane
There is a spirited debate among dabbers about which fuel is best to use in torches. Propane can cause degradation to the quality of your nail, especially if its titanium, in the form of oxidation. Propane is cheaper however, and does burn hotter (the source of the oxidation) than butane, depending on how it’s used.
Much also depends on where your torch will be traveling, if it is at all. Obviously smaller torches are good for taking a trip because they take up less space. If your torch will be a “home” torch, then you can go for a larger size. You can also collect a variety of torches to fit your changing needs.
Heating a nail is more than just pointing a torch and pulling the trigger. You want to try and heat your nail evenly, and this is easier with a wide flame. Flames that come to a sharp point will cause you to have to move the torch more to heat evenly. You also want to make sure that the flame is burning hot enough to heat your nail properly.
In the end, make sure you do some research as to what kind of torch you will need before making your purchase. There is no point in buying something you’re not going to get any use out of.
- Joe Klare
Choosing The Best Nail for Dabbing
Dabbing is a relatively new activity in the toker world; at least when it comes to “mainstream” toker acceptance. This has caused a flood of dabbing products to hit the market, so many that it can be confusing as to what you need for the activity.
One of the key components to dabbing is the nail. There are three main types of nails, in terms of the material they are made from. Each has its uses, depending on your needs.
Ceramic nails are the newest material on the market for nails. They hold their heat very well and provide cleaner tasting hits. It’s important to heat ceramic nails evenly or they can crack or break. It’s also important to be careful with domeless ceramic nails; the possibility of burning yourself on the nail is very real.
Nails made from titanium are very popular. They can withstand high temperatures and hold their heat fairly well. Again, if your nail does not have a dome, make sure that you don’t touch a hot nail. Titanium nails are also favored because they heat up quickly.
Quartz nails are popular with those who don’t want to incur the expense of titanium nails. Since they are cheaper, they are also slower to heat up and don’t hold their heat as long, but they do provide clean tasting hits.
As mentioned above, you can either go with a nail and a dome, or just a nail. Domes are used mainly to protect dabbers from burning themselves, but they also gather the dab hit for inhalation. Make sure you know what you are looking for and what will fit your needs before you start buying your dabbing materials.
- Joe Klare
Vaporizing in the 21st Century
We’ve all heard about the health benefits of vaporizing for a while now. It’s better for the lungs than smoking, there is less combustion and so on. This has caused an explosion of vaporizer products on the market, particularly in the last few years.
Larger, desktop vaporizers have been a favorite among tokers for quite a while now, but like everything else in the technological world, vaporizers on the market get smaller and smaller every year.
Portable vaporizers come in many styles and colors. They can be used for dry herbs, wax and more. Everyone is on the go these days, in their cars with their smart phones. Portable vaporizers can come in handy just about anywhere because they are small and unobtrusive.
In fact, vaporizer pens and other assorted mobile vaporizers are just about the hottest products in the toker market today. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing at least one person puffing on their pen.
There are also a lot of products that come closer to vaporizing than burning, making them “vaporizer-like.” One of these is the solar hand pipe, which uses a magnifying lens and the sun’s rays for combustion, but the combustion is at a much lower temperature.
Vaporizing is the future. Smaller pipes and water pipes will always be around, but the bulk of the toker product market in the coming years will be dominated by vaporizers, both the desktop variety and portable variety. The styles will multiply and each product will be more efficient than the last, and the bounds of smallness will be tested. How small can vaporizers get? Time will tell.
In the meantime, tokers can enjoy the endless variety of vaporizers already available.
- Joe Klare