What is the Best Temperature to Dab at?
When it comes to concentrates, how you take the hit is just as important as the quality of the oils. So why is that? Before smoking technology started to become more advanced, one would think it is completely fine to heat a nail red hot and hit it right away. This method is still used with many smokers that have not done their research. The truth is the lower the temperature of the nail, the smoother the hit and more flavorful the hit is. Now the real question is, how do you get the perfect temperature and hit when smoking oil? Low temperature dabbing is the most effective with a carb cap. These caps can be titanium, quartz, ceramic, or glass. They have a small hole on the side for air flow and fits over a domeless nail. It works the same as placing a lid over a hot pot of water on the stove; it locks in the heat. This way the nail stays that temperature and all the concentrate is vaporized.
Low Temp Tips and Tricks
A good trick if you do have domeless is to heat it up as you normally would but wait about 30 seconds before hitting it. This means it should not be red hot on any part of the nail. If you can place your hand flat just above the nail and feel the heat without it being too hot for your hand, then it’s ready to hit. When getting the oils on the nail from the dabber, it’s important to let it just slide off the dabber so you can cap it quickly. The oil will look like it is starting to sizzle but no smoke will be coming from the nail. This is a perfect time to cap it, if all was done correctly. Once the cap is on you should see your smoke start to milk up in your piece.
Note: Wait time will vary based off of nail material, thickness, and wear. It's important to figure out a temp that works for you, so take time to figure it out!
Different strokes, different folks
Of course the type of nail and oils will play a part of how long to wait for the perfect temperature. It is all about practice and researching what is perfect for you and your set up. Perfecting your low temperature dabbing and carb cap usage will give you the entire amazing flavor that your concentrates have to offer. An even better plus is that this will also save you money by conserving your oils due to the fact you will be vaporizing every last drop you put on the nail. This way of dabbing concentrate oils will be sure to show great results. By doing more research and watching videos online you truly be able to get the best hit and the most out of your oil.