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How to Build the Ultimate Dab Rig Kit

by Angel Ferrer 4 min read

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Those who love dabbing know that it’s not quite as simple as just packing some ground-up weed into a bowl or bong. It requires a number of different tools and materials to ensure you’re getting a clean hit without making any sort of mess with the wax or sauce. That’s why many new dabbers look for dab kits to get started on their dabbing journey.

For the ultimate dab rig kit, you’ll need high-quality components that are personalized to your needs in order to make your dabbing session as convenient, efficient and clean as possible.

If you’re looking to build your own ultimate dabbing setup, this guide is for you. Today, we’ll cover everything you need to know about putting the right dab rig kit together so that you can enjoy your next sesh knowing you have all the gear that you need to vibe out and chill.

The Essential Components of a Dab Rig Kit

Dab Rigs

Dab rigs are the quintessential piece for any dabbing session. Often made of borosilicate glass, dab rigs are similar to bongs but designed specifically for dabbing cannabis concentrates. They produce clean, smooth hits that provide a stronger high than traditional flower.

Dab rigs come in a number of different styles that you can choose from, including recycler rigs, mini rigs, and more. There are both high-end and cheaper dab rigs that you can buy depending on your specific needs and budget that you’re working with.


The nail refers to the removable part of the dab rig where the concentrate is vaporized. It needs to be able to withstand high temperatures, hence the use of durable materials. Nails can be made from a number of materials like ceramic, quartz, and titanium which each offer their own unique feel.


Dabbers are tools with a long, pointed end on one side and flattened scoop on the other side. They are used to scoop up and apply the concentrate onto the heated nail before you smoke it.

These are especially useful when you’re handling and applying cannabis concentrates in order to make sure that you’re keeping everything clean and precise. If you’ve never dabbed before, most concentrates are sticky and thick substances. The dabber helps keep it off your fingers and also helps you more accurately dose your sesh.

Carb Cap

Carb caps are used after the concentrate is applied to the nail to help maximize convection, control airflow and trap heat, helping to ensure efficient vaporization without getting too hot. Carb caps are crucial to the dabbing process to ensure that you’re getting a nice clean hit every time without running the risk of burning your throat.

Additional Tools for Your Ultimate Dab Rig Kit


Instead of lighters like you’d use with traditional flower, dab concentrates require a torch that produces a more intense and targeted heat. A high-quality torch to heat the nail is essential for achieving the high temperatures needed for vaporizing the concentrates. There are a few torch options that you can choose from, such as propane and butane torches, but both should effectively do the trick.

Dab Mat

Dab mats, often made of silicone, provide a heat-resistant, non-stick surface for handling concentrates and hot dab tools. These are often used to protect surfaces underneath them, like wooden tables and maintain a clean dabbing area so that your dabbing session doesn’t leave a mess when you’re done.

If you live with others, the dab mat can be your best friend. You can enjoy your sesh without leaving sticky wax residue behind, maintaining a clean environment for everyone at home.

Reclaim Catcher

Reclaim catchers collect leftover concentrates that can be reused at a future session. This helps to reduce any waste and keep the dab rig clean throughout your dabbing session.

Don’t Forget Cleaning Accessories

When it comes to keeping everything clean, we recommend that you have a tool station specifically for dabbing so that your accessories are always in a clean and dry area when not in use. You should also seek out a cannabis-specific cleaning solution that you can use regularly whenever you start to see resin building up on your piece. This will help make sure that your dab rig stays clean and you’re not inhaling anything but the concentrate itself.

You can also keep cotton swabs on hand with rubbing alcohol to clean the nail as needed if you don’t have a specific cleaning solution that is geared towards cannabis. Rubbing alcohol can be a perfect option for spot-cleaning as you go, or for quick touch-ups between deeper cleansings.

If you’re using rubbing alcohol, though, make sure that it fully dries before using a torch. It’s flammable when still wet, so do not rush right back into dabbing the second you clean it. For good measure, wipe the surface with a cloth and then wait between 5 to 10 seconds before taking another hit.

Lastly, rather than buying all the pieces separately, you can also look for a dab rig cleaning bundle online where all the essentials are assembled for you. That way, you can create a simple routine that makes keeping your rig and all of your accessories a simple process.

Build the Perfect Dab Rig Kit for Your Next Sesh

At Hemper, we outfit you with the widest variety of dab rig accessories in the dabbing game so that you can build the ultimate dab rig kit for your next sesh. With our expansive collection of quality rigs, tools, accessories, and cleaning gear, you’ll have no trouble finding everything you need within your budget to complete your kit.

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