DIY Dab Rig: How To Make A Dab Rig At Home - HØJ

DIY Dab Rig: How To Make A Dab Rig At Home


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You are one crafty individual; for some reason or other, you found yourself with some wax to dab, but no rig on hand to partake in this particular joy. After all, depending on where you live, getting a proper dab might not be the easiest or quickest thing to do, so maybe hitting the hardware store and hoping for the best is the only plan available (or are you going to smoke dabs without a rig?). Or maybe you simply want to try your hand at DIY weed projects and improve your craft, who knows?

What we know is that you want to know everything about a DIY dab rig, and HØJ has the wisdom you seek.


Okay, first off, how does a dab rig work? This is a type of smoking apparatus that is used for vaporizing and consuming the cannabis concentrates commonly known as “dabs”.

These dabs are a concentrated form of cannabis that is extracted using solvents like butane, CO2, or propane, resulting in a sticky, honey-like substance high in THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. 

To smoke it properly, you need a “rig”, a device typically consisting of a glass water pipe (similar to a bong), a nail (usually made of titanium, quartz, or ceramic), and a butane torch. The way it works is quite simple: the nail is heated with the torch until it is red-hot, then a dab of concentrate is placed onto the nail. The heat vaporizes the concentrate, which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece of the rig, with the water in the pipe helping to cool and filter the vapor, making it smoother to inhale.

Dabbing is a relatively new method of consuming cannabis and has become increasingly popular in recent years. It is known for producing a strong, fast-acting high that can be more potent than traditional smoking methods. However, dabbing can also be more complicated and potentially dangerous due to the use of open flames and high temperatures, so it is important to take proper safety precautions when using a homemade rig for dabs. So always keep safety in mind!

Preparing to make a DIY dab rig at home

When making a DIY dab rig for cannabis, it is important to take safety precautions to prevent harm to yourself and others. This includes wearing proper safety equipment like gloves, safety glasses, and a mask, using materials that are heat-resistant such as glass, quartz, or titanium, and avoiding using plastic or other materials that may release harmful fumes when exposed to high temperatures. And if you are going to need some power tools, be careful and slow to avoid shattering the glass and don’t forget to test the rig with water before using it to ensure that it functions properly and there are no leaks. Finally, when using a butane torch, do so in a well-ventilated area away from any flammable materials, and be cautious not to touch the hot nail with your fingers or any other objects, storing and handling the rig safely when not in use to avoid any potential injuries. By taking these safety precautions, you can enjoy your DIY dab rig safely and responsibly! 

Now, to get started…

glass bottles to make a DIY dab rig
Glass bottles to make a DIY dab rig (Envato)

What materials do you need to make a DIY dab rig?

  • Glass bottle or jar

  • Glass stem or pipe

  • Titanium or quartz nail

  • Butane torch

  • Pliers

  • Drill with a glass bit

  • Rubber grommet

  • Water

What do you need to make a DIY dab rig?

  1. Take a glass bottle or jar and clean it thoroughly.


  2. Using a drill with a glass bit, create a hole in the bottle or jar to place the glass stem or pipe.


  3. Insert a rubber grommet into the hole to hold the stem or pipe in place.


  4. Take the glass stem or pipe and insert it into the grommet. Make sure it is firmly in place.


  5. Heat the titanium or quartz nail with a butane torch until it turns red-hot.


  6. Place the nail onto the glass stem or pipe using pliers.


  7. Allow the nail to cool for a few seconds.


  8. Take a dab of cannabis concentrate and place it onto the nail.


  9. Inhale through the mouthpiece of the bottle or jar while using the butane torch to heat the nail and vaporize the concentrate.


  10. Exhale the vapor and enjoy!


Now, you should be aware that this DIY dab rig is not intended to replace a professionally made one, and it is important to be cautious when using any kind of smoking apparatus that you made yourself. Always follow the safety precautions we outlined at the beginning, and use the appropriate due diligence when embarking on these projects. Or, if you don’t feel up to the task, can try the following ideas to ensure your dab doesn’t go bad.

Hands holding a dab rig
Hands holding a dab rig (Envato)
Woman holding a dab rig
Woman holding a dab rig (Envato)​​

Other alternatives to a dab rig

We understand if you do not want to make a DIY dab rig for cannabis. It can be a hard and delicate process, but the good news is that there are several alternative options available that you may consider, all in the name of having a good time. So what about if you try to…

  • Purchase a pre-made dab rig:

    The obvious solution is out of the gate. You can purchase the best rig for dabs from a local head shop or online retailer, and there are a variety of styles and materials available to choose from, such as glass, ceramic, and silicone. Just remember to check your local regulations to see if any problem might arise from this route! Make sure you know how to clean a dab rig properly so it can be a long-term investment.

  • Use a vaporizer pen: 

    On the other hand, vaporizer pens are a portable and convenient alternative to traditional dab rigs, coming in different sizes and styles, and are designed specifically for use with cannabis concentrates. They tend to be fairly inexpensive, depending on the brand, so this probably will be the ideal solution.

  • Dab with an electronic nail: 

    Electronic nails, or e-nails, are devices that allow you to heat your nail without the use of a butane torch. They come in different sizes and are designed to fit most rigs, and can be safer to use, even if the vaporization is not optimal. Your call!

  • Try a dab straw: 

    A dab straw, also known as a nectar collector, is a handheld device that allows you to heat the tip and then dab directly onto your concentrate. They are a convenient and portable option for those who want to dab on the go, but maybe are not enough for daily use.

  • Use a DIY alternative: 

    Now, if you are hesitant about making a DIY dab rig, you can try using an alternative smoking apparatus that you may already have at home, such as a bong or pipe. However, it is important to note that these methods may not provide the same level of vaporization and can be less efficient than a dab rig.

When choosing an alternative to a DIY dab rig, be sure to research and choose a reputable and reliable product to ensure the safety and quality of your dabbing experience. After all, choosing the right dabbing method is important, because you are looking to have a powerful and intense experience, and the wrong approach can lead to a suboptimal or even unpleasant experience. With a reputable and reliable dabbing method, whether it be a pre-made rig, vaporizer pen, or other option, you can enjoy the full range of flavors and effects that your concentrates have to offer.

Now… let's start dabbing!

Simon Folmann
Simon V. Folmann

Simon Folmann

Simon is an accomplished entrepreneur and inventor in the cannabis industry. He’s the founder and CEO of HØJ; a revolutionary high-end cannabis accessories company. His mission is to change the way we experience the herb and enhance people’s smoking experience through knowledge and unique products.

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Disclaimer: HØJ is not a medical advice blog, so please consult with a doctor or a specialist if you have any questions regarding smoking or anything related to cannabis consumption itself.

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