Thursday, December 14, 2017

Build Your Custom Dab Tool Kit During TAG's Holiday Sale

If you're a dabber looking for the best dab tools or cheapest dab rigs then coming to Thick Ass Glass' holiday sale is going to be your best choice of the year. As an experienced dabber, you know that the right tools can make or break a good dabbing session, and that quality tools make for a better dab.

So when you're looking at 30% off the entire store at TAG, with everything from dab rigs to ceramic nails and quartz bangers to dabbers on sale, you're going to come out a winner. Here are just a few highlights for folks who love the dabbing scene:

Quartz Bangers

TAG big quartz bangerOne of the beautiful things about TAG is that we don't just stock "the same old" when it comes to smoking and dabbing accessories. A prime example we should talk about here is probably the TAG 30x2mm Quartz Banger. Now, it's important to note that this is a freakin' big banger.

If you're new to the dabbing game, we probably would recommend AGAINST such a huge banger, but seasoned pros asked for this particular bucket, and TAG provided. Not only is this thick, high quality quartz... it's also laser engraved with the TAG logo. And hey, who can doubt the words of TAG customer Felixe B., who notes, "It's lit".

Yes Felixe. It is.

Quartz bangers aren't always the same old at TAG, as we noted. A good example might be the TAG Quartz Trough High Flow Banger, a super thick, completely fantastic "trough shaped" banger that is simply going to change your dabbing style forever. This is FDA Grade Quartz crystal at its best, or as customer John S. puts it, "Way better than any of the headshop quartz I've had and for a lot less money."

We like your attitude, John.


Let's face it... A dabbing enthusiast without a decent dabber/carb cap combo is like a knight without a sword - good looking, brave and tough - but frankly not getting much done. Fortunately, TAG provides the arsenal for any dabbing knight, and we'll start with the 3" Titanium Carb Cap with Dabber.

If you have a domeless nail already, there really is no better dabber than this, a Grade 2 Titanium monster with a ball point that is always available to help you grab your sweet, sweet legal concentrates. This is a hugely popular item at TAG with over 26 customer reviews, but we think that "Carl" says it all when he notes, "The dabber unscrews from the cap and can be mount on top or on the side depending on your preference. Like most TAG products this carb cap is a solid buy."

TAG Quartz trough dabberNow, for those with a taste for Quartz dabbing tools, you're definitely going to want to check out both the Quartz Banger UFO Carb Cap, and if you happened to purchase the trough banger above, the gorgeous 4" Quartz Trough Carb Cap Dabber. For the former, this is one of the cheapest carb caps available and fits most Quartz bangers out there, so you can pretty much consider this a somewhat universal carb cap.

The latter item, meanwhile, is a dabber that just screams "Dab Power!". This beauty is available as both clear and Slyme Quartz, and as Nick L notes, "It works perfectly, makes my trough from TAG work like a completely different nail."

Your New Dab Rig

TAG dab rig with showerhead percWell, since you're at TAG shopping already, doesn't it just make a ton of sense to pick yourself up a handy, dandy new dab rig? We think so... and our recommendation here is the 9.5" Fixed Super Slit Showerhead Froth Diffuser Dab Rig. First of all, this is a dab rig that can be had in its second quality version, with a glass nail (or a slide if you order the female version) for under $45.

Now, you did not read that wrong. Forty five bones for a beautiful, 5mm thick rig with a classic and effective showerhead perc. This one diffuses very nicely, according to Luke K., who states that this rig, "works mad nice." We'll take it, Luke K!

Get Going!

Now, it would be a great thing if TAG's holiday sale was all year long, but sadly it is not. You only have until December 19 to get this solid gold savings, so now is NOT THE TIME TO PROCRASTINATE! Get to it, friends, while the getting is very good.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hiding The Smoke Smell

Just because you enjoy a certain hobby doesn’t necessarily mean you want to broadcast it to the entire world. Many people like to keep their hobbies private, and when you're talking smoking, you're probably talking about some kind of stigma involved. Hence, when you enjoy legal herbs and concentrates for either recreational or pain management, you might not want the universe to know.

There are certainly eye drops you can get to minimize the redness but smell of smoke is one of those things that’s a bit harder to cover up. People who smoke tobacco run into the same issue: the smell can cling. It clings to your hair, your clothing, your shoes, vehicle; anything. There are ways to manage and minimize the smell while still enjoying your hobby to the fullest. Maybe you need to manage it for work or maybe you just don’t like the smell of it yourself. Whatever your reason, here are some handy tricks for you to try.

When It’s On Your Person

Having the smell of legal herbs clinging to your clothes can dampen anyone’s mood. You don’t necessarily want to broadcast to your office what you do on your spare time and maybe you just want to save yourself the sermon from a conservative relative.

The best option to remove the smell from your clothes, skin and hair is to have a shower and change your clothes. Sounds simple, right? It might be simple but it’s not always doable. If you’ve had a hit while on your lunch break you don’t want to smell of it when you get back to work. So what can you do?

A lot of the same things people who smoke tobacco do:

  • Brush your teeth right after smoking. If you can, chew some gum. This will help remove the smell from your breath.
  • Lotions and body sprays can help cover up the odor on your skin and clothes in a pinch.
  • Essential oils can also do this, but they are more powerful so require you to be a bit stingier with their usage.
  • Going outside to bask in the sun helps a lot. The UV rays neutralize odors so maybe take a toke in the beginning of your lunch break and go for a nice 30-45-minute walk outside afterwards.
  • If you’ve got hair on the longer side, tie it back. When you’re done having a smoke, let it down so that the air can help diffuse the smell over all your hair.

In The Air

The place you probably smoke the most is in your house. It’s your space and you should feel comfortable in it. That doesn’t mean your guests are going to share the same sentiments. If you’ve got friends or family popping by you probably want to show them your home at its best. It’s even more important to deal with the lingering smell and smoke in the air if you have pets or small children at home.

You can deal with the smell in the air with something as simple as an air purifier. These things work to remove all smells from the air. This will help remove the smell from the air as well as any carpet, upholstery and walls. It won’t be odd to have this in your house because more and more people are using them just to have fresh air in their homes.

Another option is to use a home-made device called a “sploof” or “doob-tube”. You simply take an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and stuff it with dryer sheets. When you’re ready to exhale, do so into the tube and it will filter the smell and smoke for you. There are more advanced versions of this tool because even though you can make it yourself, you’ll probably go through quite a few.

You could also try vaping with a dab rig if you really want to keep the smell from the air. There are vaporizer pens that you can get which can help with this. Since you aren’t actually combusting your legal herb or concentrate, the smell that gets emitted is nowhere near as strong as smoke. You can also leave your material in your vape pen and won’t have to worry about the smell leeching into your clothing. It’s a pretty solid win.

Go Outside

It’s pretty straightforward: the best way to keep the smell minimal and not allow it to settle onto your furniture or body is to smoke in a nice, well-ventilated area. The outdoors fits this the best. It’s understandable that you might not be able to make this work, however.

Not everyone has a private backyard where they can enjoy themselves without potentially bothering the neighbors. The same could be said against sitting in the window sill and exhaling outside. Yeah, the smell isn’t in your house, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t drifted into someone else’s pad.

Fight Hard

One thing to keep in mind is that candles and air fresheners do a great job of masking smells, but they don’t necessarily remove them. Their scents will fade as well and sometimes they don’t mix too well with the scent of your hobby. Stronger smells will always overpower weaker ones, so you could always consider cooking with garlic or something with a powerful scent to help overpower the smells you don’t want other people to notice.

Hopefully the tips we’ve laid out for you will help make your life a little easier and allow you to enjoy yourself without stressing about potentially reeking afterwards. Because, really, if your hobby is stressing you out then it’s not doing it’s job.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Why Stop At One? Collecting Water Pipes & Dab Rigs

When you have a hobby that requires more than one piece of gear, it’s really easy to get caught up in collecting. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, friends. When it comes to recreational legal herbs there are many glass pipes that can not only add to your collection and serve a different functional purpose. This makes it pretty seriously easy to justify hitting up your wallet for another piece.

12" water pipe with matrix diffuserDifferent situations call for different water pipes and it’s nice to be able to handle anything that gets thrown your way. But there’s a difference in assembling a huge collection just for the hell of it, and creating somethign special. There are some basics you should think about in order to round out what you’ve got. We’ll walk you through what pieces are a must for any avid collector.

Basic is Best

If you’re into the herbs and smoke on a regular basis you’ll want to ensure you’re stocked with a basic water pipe like this. While there are many cool designs out there that work pretty awesome as a conversation starter, if you’re smoking alone that doesn’t really matter.

It’s a smart idea to have your basic water pipe be made of scientific glass and to try to keep the size under 15”. This glass beaker pipe, as an example, will let you see the amount of smoke and water inside which will help you control your hits.

Basic water pipes should meet basic needs: size, percolation and construction. Keeping all of this simplified will help you from getting too caught up with the flashy pieces that are available out there. Remember, we said basic. A piece that meets these needs will be easier to clean, store and go softer on the throat.

Dab It While It’s Hot

If you partake of concentrates along with your legal herbs then you want to make sure you have yourself an outstanding rig from our dab rig collection. While you could totally use a dry herb glass pipe to take care of your concentrates as well, there are some serious drawbacks that should make you think otherwise.

Residue from dabbing is going to affect the flavor of your legal herbs in a way that’s not overly pleasant. Also, dab rigs were created for a reason. It’s almost cruel not to use them for concentrates. Again, you can get several cool pieces (this one is severely awesome), but if you want to have a basic piece in your collection, look for something with a 90 degree angle joint to help support using a torch and look for something lightweight. You don’t want this to be awkward to use and carrying around too many heavy pieces detracts from the chill feeling you want to enjoy from dabbing.

Travel Size for your Convenience

If you’re a social smoker and tend to go to a lot of gatherings and parties and want to bring your gear with you, you’ll want to make sure you have a nice, smaller water pipe like this that can make that journey with you. You’ll need to be careful about what it’s made out of and how you transport it. You don’t want to be shattering your gear while in transit.

Silicone might be the way to go if you find yourself on the road more often than not. Something under 7” would do the trick if you want to have something that’s easily portable. You can also consider a reclaim collector for your concentrates. These babies were made to be transportable so you know you’ll have an easy time with them.

Since most dab rigs are already small, you should be fine with whatever strikes your fancy. Just make sure you don’t go tossing your glass gear into the back of your car or you’ll be sorry when it comes time to pull it out.

Let’s Get The Party Started

Everyone likes having that piece they can show off. You could consider it the center of your collection. These are nice to add to your collection because it allows you to show off your own personal smoking style.

The majority of water pipes made specifically for showing off are crafted by glass artists. They are typically called, "functional glass art". You know that these pieces are functional and beautiful. Realistically you don’t have to even use this kind of piece. You can just set it on display and let it do the talking for you. But if you’ve gone through the trouble of selecting something that suits your personal style, why wouldn’t you want to bring it out when some friends are over? Just remember that the more elaborate the construction, the more time it’ll take to clean. Well worth the pain.

Come One, Come All

large beaker water pipeNow that you’ve gotten the party started with your pretty piece, you might find that you’ve got a big group that wants to partake of legal herbs together. This is where the bigger pieces like this 30" beaker monster are going to come in handy. While the current myth is that bigger bongs give you more potent hits, the reality is that they are just able to hold more smoke so that those partaking can get an equal hit.

Bigger bongs are going to be heavier, but that’s okay. Being closer to the ground is better when you want to share with several people. This will help prevent you from knocking it over and ruining your time.

Wind It Up

Here you’ve got a nice little list to help you get started on building your collection of pipes and other gear. You want to make sure you have some basic pieces to form the foundation and then branch out with more elaborate or exciting pieces like recyclers, depending on what you want to use them for.

We’ve given you four examples of situations where you might want a special piece to use, but in reality the opportunities are endless. There’s a lot of great gear out there, so take a gander through TAG's site and see if you can’t find that special piece that will just add the finishing touch to your collection.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Smoking Accessories For Cheap During TAG's Holiday Sale

When is there a better time to save money on smoking accessories than Thick Ass Glass' amazing holiday sale? We're not sure. In fact, it may not exist. This is a serious sale that many glass enthusiast wait all year for. Well, it's here, people. Time to stock up on some excellent glass items.


Alright, so hands up anyone that has dropped a slide in their porcelain sink? Who have had one slip through their fingers during a session, and crash heavily onto the floor. Well, if ever there was a time to buy some extra slides, friends, it's now.

The TAG Pinched Screen Slide With Handle, particularly the On-Sale Black Label 18mm version, is literally at wholesale-type prices. Do you know anywhere else that you can get a solid, thick glass slide for under $3? We don't either. The regular version, labeled or not, no matter the color, is under $6.

Don't forget to also take a look at the newer version of this TAG slide, the Built In Screen Slide With Handle. Also under six bones. Tons of designs. 14 and 18mm sizes.

Great design, superb functionality, and with the screen built in. If you haven't picked up a few extra slides, what exactly are you waiting for?

Drop Down Adapters

Find that your water pipe's main joint is a little too high for your ashcatcher plus a reclaim adapter? Worry not, oh smoking accessory loving friend. With TAG drop down adapters, such as the 1" dropdown, you can adjust your slide's height with very little problem at all. Need to go seriously lower because you're rockin' one of TAG's massive 21" Sextuple Honeycomb Water Pipe? Not a problem. You're going to want to look at the 2" drop down. This is one of those accessories that rarely, if ever, goes on sale. Why not pick up a couple for your glass collection today?

Keck Clips

Have you lost good slides or ash catchers due to random smoking accidents? Hey... it happens. Let's face it, a lot of your water pipe's stress points are at risk when you use an ashcatcher, sadly. How many times have we pulled up a slide only to discover the whole ashcatcher was coming with it? That the drop down you just bought has decided to "stick" to your new slide?

With Keck Clips like these, you really shouldn't have to worry again. Keck clips allow you to firmly attach dropdown adapters, slides or ashcatchers to your water pipe so that it's locked in, and ready to go. For a little over $2, this is the kind of insurance policy that practically every smoker can afford. Get a few now and save yourself a lot of pain!

Reclaim Catchers

Always thought about getting a reclaim catcher for your water pipe, but perhaps a little shy of coin? How about the TAG Universal Reclaim Catcher Adapter for under $10? How about the same thick glass construction that goes into all of our glass pipes? Did we mention this thing is Universal? Get your reclaim happening now and start benefiting from this reclaimer's sweet dividends.


As a final note, we would be hugely remiss if we did not mention one of the most breakable accessories in the smoking world: the Downstem. TAG features a full line of multiple sizes of downstem, all of them featured here. Being TAG products, though, there's more than just your boring, mildly slitted ends. Nope, a creative smoker will want to check out the TAG 18mm Matrix Downstem. Truly superb diffusion for under $15.

Meanwhile, this amazing 18mm 9 Arm Tree Perc Downstem is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to thick, awesomely diffusing downstems. We dare you to find better diffusion! Double dare, even.

That's not it in terms of smoking accessories, of course. Remember that virtually everything is on sale during Thick Ass Glass' Black Friday Super Sale.

Hey, it's "Super" because it lasts a month! Get your glass smoking accessories today and save big time.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dab Nails & Carb Caps

If you dab, it's pretty likely you’ll have an essential piece of hardware called a nail. In most applications, you need this to complete the dabbing experience. But did you know that carb caps like this are also useful for dabbing? Lots of people think that carb caps are unnecessary but there’s a lot they’re missing out on by not using one. We’ll go through the different types of nails that are available to help you decide which one suits your needs. We’ll also give you a rundown on why carb caps are so misunderstood. A basic list of dab essentials is here.

Nail Me to the Wall

Like we said before, nails are an essential tool for dabbing. You can’t dab without them but they come in so many different types of materials it can be hard choosing the right one for your needs. You can get nails in glass, ceramic, quartz and titanium. Most dab rigs will come standard with a glass nail but you’ll probably want to upgrade that sooner rather than later.

What a lot of people don’t realize, especially when they’re new to dabbing, is that glass is weak and fragile. Glass can’t withstand consistent high temperatures in one spot without breaking. And that just leaves you with a hot mess you should probably avoid.

A great, light-weight alternative to glass is quartz. These nails are just as pretty and come in several different styles. Just like the rest of the smoking accessories out there, nails come in male and female joints so you’ll have to make sure you get the one that fits your gear.

These are some of the type of nails that you’ll come to get comfortable with:

  • Domeless – These nails have a crown design that boasts a raised centerpiece. This has great airflow and is super easy to clean.
  • Daisy Nail – This one is pretty to look at with it’s bowl design and the 8 slits that are around the edges. TAG has one here. This helps distribute airflow so that no matter where on the nail you’re dabbing from, you legal concentrates and oils will vaporize evenly.
  • Banger Nail – This one helps manage heat stress on your gear with a long winding tube that connects to a dish that you keep the heat away from the joint. Many people don’t realize heat stress builds up over time and your joints are prime areas for stress.
  • Domeless Halo Nail – The halo design is pretty fresh and sets it apart from standard nails. The slits in it that loop over the dish function as a pathway to your water pipe. The vapor from your legal concentrates and oils gets pulled up evenly through the slit, resulting in a better taste.
  • Honey Bucket – This design helps keep your concentrates away from the dish itself by protecting them from the large chamber they rest in. There is almost a mini filtration system before the vapor hits your dab rig.

These are just some examples of what you can look forward to when you dab. Comb through the designs and pick the one that works best for you. If you want one with flair, it’ll be easy to find it among these choices.

Popping Caps

Remember what we said about caps in the beginning? The best thing about caps is that they help you enjoy those dabs at low temperatures. Quartz is a must for these because this material is far more durable than the glass you might find.

The basics of a cap is in two parts: heat retention and airflow restriction. The airflow restriction is going to give you a better tasting dab with less effort. You’ll see caps with holes in the top that are designed for domeless nails. These holes restrict the amount of air that enters the nail. This restriction enables dabbers to get a better taste without having their hit weakened by extra oxygen.

The cap being placed on a nail turns it into a mini oven. This allows you to maintain your heat for a longer period of time without having to torch your nail again. Because the heat is trapped, it’s constantly circulating, and which helps keep the temperature consistent. This isn’t a lengthy process though as it lasts for only a short period of time. You’ll still need to work on your temperature control skills.

The Choice is Yours

The decision on what kind of nail you use and whether or not you decide to opt in or out for a cap really begins and ends with you. You’ve got to consider what you want to get out of dabbing and what style of dabber you are. Carefully review the information we’ve laid out for you and do your research. Ask your friends who are into dabbing what they think and go from there.

Every person enjoys their hobby in a personal, intimate way. Don’t be afraid if your ideal of a perfect dab rig is different from your friend who has been dabbing for years. You’re different people with different needs. Hopefully the information we’ve provided you with today can make your decision-making process and your dabbing experience a better one.