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How to Season Quartz and Titanium Nails

When concentrates were just hitting the scene, dabbing was not a popular smoking method. Most dabbers were very hardcore smokers who were interested in the enhanced taste of concentrates. Over time, people gradually started buying more concentrates, and dab rigs and dabbing supplies became more popular. Dabbing is not difficult-- but there are a few things that all dabbers should know. In order to enjoy your dabs to the max, seasoning your dab nail is an important step. Read on to learn how.

What’s a Dab Nail?

The function of a dab nail is comparable to that of a bowl in smoking a water or glass pipe. The nail contains the smoke generated from heating the concentrates with a torch.

Because dab rigs vary in size and style, dab nails vary too. Before you purchase a dab nail, it’s important to look at the size. It’s also important to examine the “gender” (or style) of the joint, so that you know whether to purchase a male or female dab nail. Based on the size and style of your dab rig, you may need to purchase specific dab supplies.

Why do I Need to Season my Dab Nail?

The concept is the same as preparing new cookware. After purchasing a new pot or pan, it’s common to season it with oil to remove the factory taste.

Dab nails are mass produced. So, because of the manufacturing process, dab nails tend to have a residually bad taste in the beginning. In order to remove this taste and allow the great concentrate flavors to shine, dab nails must be seasoned. Once seasoned, they will become a fixture in your dabbing routine, just like a dab rig.

Before seasoning your dab nail, it’s important to note that not all dab nails should be seasoned. Titanium and quartz dab nails do require seasoning because of the manufacturing process. Ceramic and glass nails, however, do not, so be careful while preparing dab supplies.

6 Steps to Season a Dab Nail

Seasoning a dab nail is easy, and will allow you to use it with your dab rig in no time. By following these steps closely, you can enjoy great-tasting dabs.

  1. Fill a large container with cold water. Then, add ice cubes to make the water even colder.
  2. Get a pair of pliers that will be thick enough to grip the nail without bending or damaging it. Using the pliers, hold the bottom of the dab nail.
  3. With a dabbing torch, heat the dab nail until it is completely red. This should take about one minute. This process burns away the grease that would otherwise cause the unpleasant factory flavor.
  4. After the nail has been fully heated, submerge it in water. To cool down the entire nail, swirl it around in the water so that it makes complete contact.
  5. Shake the dab nail out, so that all of the water is off of it.
  6. Repeat this process a few times, so that there is no remaining grease or factory oils on the dab nail.

It really is that easy! Regardless of skill or experience, all dabbers can complete this easy seasoning process. With a seasoned nail, your collection of dab supplies should be complete!

After seasoning your dab nail, try placing some concentrate on it to test the taste. If you can fully taste the concentrate, then the seasoning worked! If not, though, you should do it again, so that you are not wasting any of your concentrate.

Dab Supplies

At Toker Supply, we carry everything that dabbers need in order to fully enjoy concentrates.

5 Dabbing Tips

1. Take small dabs

Concentrates often contain stronger chemicals than herbs. So, they have a stronger effect. To prevent a negative experience, always take smaller dabs.

2. Don’t Dab at High Temperatures

You can prevent many issues by dabbing at lower temperatures, including bad taste, chest discomfort, and a loss of balance. Always give time for the dab nail to cool before taking a hit.

3. Wear Gloves

Handling herbs is easy. Handling wax or concentrates is not. Concentrates have a slippery consistency, and will stick to your hands. Wearing gloves prevents this.

4. Clean Your Dab Rig

To maximize your benefits from the dab rig, clean your piece often. The more you clean it, the better hits you’ll get, and the easier the cleaning process will be.

5. Purchase Great Accessories

Even with a great dab nail, you will need other accessories too. Dab tools are great for applying concentrate. Silicone mats prevent hard impacts from damaging glass.

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