Friday, May 11, 2018

7 Tips To Make Using Your Dab Rig Even More Amazing

Dab rigs, a type of water pipe, are designed specifically to smoke oils or concentrates. Once you get down the basics of using your dab rig, there are certain methods you can incorporate and steps you can take to make your dabbing experience even more amazing.

1. Always Use Gloves

Concentrate oils are slimy. And touching these oils with bare hands can transfer bacteria from your skin to the oil, causing dilution or contamination.

When you’re ready to smoke, wear gloves to keep your oils contaminant-free.

2. Use A Dedicated Dab Rig

While you can use an attachment for your water pipe to smoke concentrate oils, the residue from the dry herbs smoked in your water pipe can taint the clean flavor of your hit.

The best option is to have a dedicated dab rig so you can enjoy the full flavor without having to deal with any potential aftertastes.

3. Turn Down The Heat

If you or someone you know has had a bad dabbing experience, there’s probably a reason. Experienced unpleasant tastes or chest discomfort? We almost guarantee you’re dabbing at too high of a temperature.

Allowing your dab nail to cool following the heating process is a critical step. When the nail is too hot, the concentrates can combust, leading to a very unpleasant inhalation process. High temperatures can even eliminate the compounds that create the smell and flavoring you paid for.

To avoid these issues, always allow your nail or banger to cool after heating it.

4. Use A Carb Cap

A carb cap is a carburetor for your dab rig. It restricts the amount of airflow to your nail, thus allowing you to collect the last of your oil to punctuate the end of your hit. By capping your nail, you’re basically restricting the airflow into the rig. This reduced airflow places your rig under low pressure, lowering the boiling temperature of your oil and giving you a bloom of thicker, better-tasting smoke.

5. Utilize A Quartz Nail Or Banger

In order to get the best taste from your dab rig, try using a quartz banger or nail. These provide an intensely clean and pure taste when used with your favorite concentrates.

Quartz nails and bangers are also much more durable than glass nails. A banger extends from your dab rig, protecting the rig from the heat of the torch and preventing potential cracks.

6. Clean Your Dab Rig Frequently

To get the most potent hits, your dab rig needs to be clean. And the more frequently you clean it, the easier it will be to clean.

When your dab rig is squeaky clean, you’ll be able to taste your oil concentrates even better, without the lingering taste of old concentrates.

7. Upgrade Your Dab Rig

An easy way to make your experience even more amazing is to upgrade to a  dab rig with a percolator. This sub chamber allows the smoke being created to interact with water and lower the temperature. This ensures a cooler, smoother smoke.

Check out this article to learn more about how a percolator can up your dab rig game.

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Thick Ass Glassary: Your Ultimate Water Pipe Glossary

Banger, dab nail, drag, joints — you’ve probably noticed that the water pipe industry has a lot of jargon. For the beginner who’s still just trying to figure out what size water pipe they want to buy, it can be pretty overwhelming. That’s where Thick Ass Glass has your back. We’ve created an all-inclusive glossary to help you figure out what all our different water pipes, dab rigs, and accessories are and what they do. If you’re ready to become an expert in glass, read on!

Ash catcher: a piece within the water pipe that catches ash and helps maintain the cleanliness of the pipe. They are especially helpful if percolators are being used.

Banger: a type of dab nail with a dish further separated from your dab rig, which ensures that your rig’s joint is less likely to be damaged due to excess heat.

Beaker Base: the wide, beaker-shaped base of a water pipe. More stable than a straight pipe and great for beginners!

Water Pipe Bowl

Bowl: the external part of a water pipe or dab rig used to place and combust your product of choice.

Bubbler: a small, hand-held water pipe.

Carb cap: a cap most commonly attached to the end of a domeless nail. It manipulates air flow to create a lower temperature smoke or vapor.

Chamber: refers to the different internal spaces of a water pipe, such as the water chamber or recycling chambers.

Chillum: a straight pipe with an end-to-end channel and no choke.

Choke (Carb): a small hole that regulates airflow. To close the hole and allow smoke to fill the chamber, simply press your finger to it.  Then remove your finger and continue inhaling to clear all the smoke from the chamber.

Dabber: used to scoop and press your desired oil against the heated surface of your dab rig. They are generally made of stainless steel, glass, or titanium.

Dab e-nail: an electronic nail. They use heating coils and connect to e-nail capable domeless nails, which can be made of quartz, titanium, or even silicon carbide.

Dab nail: like a bowl, the nail is what you heat to put your concentrates on and feeds the resulting smoke/vapor into your dab rig or water pipe.

Dab rig: a type of water pipe made especially for smoking oils.

Dome: a small piece that goes on top of a nail. It helps capture and hold vapor until you are ready to inhale. They are generally made of glass, titanium, or quartz.

Diffuser (Percolator): a filter used to force the hot smoke or vapor through the cool water inside your pipe and, in turn, cool down the smoke or vapor to give you a smoother hit. Some diffusers are simple, with only one hole located at the bottom of a removable downstem or fixed stem. Others are more complex, such as honeycomb discs, which can have hundreds of holes and create high levels of diffusion (lots of bubbles) for extremely smooth smoke.  

Drag: how easy or difficult it is to inhale smoke from a pipe. Some percolators with massive diffusion can cause a large amount of drag.

Dropdown: an accessory that creates space between the glass joint and the nail (or other accessory) you are using for your water pipe or dab rig.  

Water Pipe With Diffused Downstem

Downstem: a long glass tube near the base of a water pipe that extends from the pipe’s joint into its main chamber. Some are diffused, meaning they have small holes at their base used to diffuse the smoke without the use of a separate percolator.

Hammer: refers to the hammer-like shape of a pipe or percolator within a water pipe.

Healthstone: a porous, ceramic material that can be used in place of a standard glass, titanium, or quartz nail or dome. Works well with concentrates.

Hemp wick: a healthier, natural alternative to gas or butane lighters. Many users say that, because of the lack of fumes, using a hemp wick to light concentrates leads to a cleaner, tastier hit.

Herb iron: a ceramic heating element used as an alternative to gas or butane lighters. It’s a safe option that heats up and cools down quickly.

Herb grinder: used to grind herbs into a finer texture, which makes your product last longer and gives you more satisfying hits.

Water Pipe With Honeycomb Disc

Honeycomb disc: a kind of percolator common in stemless water pipes that aerates the water and allows for a smoother hit.  

Ice Pinch: a pinched section near the base of many stemmed water pipes where ice is held. The purpose of adding ice is to cool the smoke and allow for a smoother hit; this trick is highly recommended for beginners.  

Incycler: a type of recycler that has the water funnel chamber suspended inside of the first chamber, rather than two separate chambers. Some incyclers use small holes within the drain funnel to recycle the water rather than an external tube.  

Joint: the part of the water pipe where a bowl or other accessory connects. Some of the most common joint sizes are 10mm, 14mm, and 19mm. Joints can be either “male” or “female,” with male being better for concentrates and female being preferable for herbs. Be sure to buy the right size for your particular pipe or rig!

Mouthpiece: a removable cap you can attach to the top of a water pipe or oil rig; it helps prevent the spread of germs when sharing with friends.

Oil: legal, commonly essential oils. You would most likely smoke these using a dab rig.  

Percolator (Diffuser): a filtration device inside a water pipe. They force hot smoke or vapor through the cool water inside your pipe using bubbles and, in turn, cool down the smoke or vapor to give you a smoother hit.  

Piece: slang for a water pipe or dab rig.

Reclaim: leftover oils or concentrates captured in a reclaim bucket and ready for reuse.  

Reclaim bucket: an attachment for your water pipe or dab rig that captures and saves your oils or concentrates that otherwise would have been lost.  

Recycler: a type of water pipe that typically uses two chambers to transfer vapor and cool water from the first chamber to the second. This provides a continuous filtration cycle, and preserves the flavor of oils and concentrates.

Slide: typically made of glass, it is the piece used to push your herbs into the bowl as they are lit or vaporized. It also functions as a carb, releasing smoke into the chamber as you remove it.

Splash Guard: a disc-shaped piece found in some water pipes to keep water from bubbling up and splashing your mouth when you take a hit.

Spoon pipes: a handheld glass pipe generally comprised of a mouthpiece, bowl, neck, and carb.

Stemless: a water pipe with an attached glass stem leading to the water chamber rather than a removable downstem.

Torch: usually propane or butane, they are used to vaporize or burn your oils, concentrates, or herbs.

Tube: slang for water pipe.

Thick Ass Glass is the place for all kinds of reliable and durable water pipes and dab rigs. We’ve also got plenty of bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails, and much more. Now that you know what all those things mean, browse our products and find the right water pipes and accessories for you!


How To Use A Dab Rig

The concept of using a dab rig or oil rig has been gaining more and more traction as the hobby heats up. But if you’ve never used one before, it can be confusing and even dangerous to use a dab rig without knowing and understanding the right way.

Today, we’ll take you through the basics and break down the process into nine easy-to-follow steps. Let’s get started.

First, A Definition

A dab rig (also known as an oil rig) is very similar in appearance and design to a glass water pipe. However, dab rigs are designed specifically for the consumption of oils.

What You’ll Need

  • Dab rig
  • Dabber (wand)
  • Rag or alcohol swab
  • Dab nail
  • Hand torch
  • Bowl of water
  • Tongs
  • Oil concentrate

Step 1: Water The Chamber

Begin by adding water to the chamber of your dab rig. Try blowing into the downstem to ensure that you’re able to make the water bubble, if water splashes up into your mouth, pour some out.

Step 2: Season Your Nail

You’ll always want to season a quartz or titanium dab nail. Brand-new nails are made of fresh materials that contain trace elements of a multitude of natural minerals (metals). When heated, the dab nail’s pores will leach out these metals. So a nail left unseasoned can emit an unpleasant metal taste into the vapors you’re about to inhale. Seasoning a nail helps to fill the pores with carbon from burnt oils, therefore stopping the leaching.

To season, place the nail in the rig and heat it with your hand torch until you start to see the nail turn red. Then, use your dabber to apply essential oil concentrate over the nail’s head. Once the it fully coats the nail, use tongs to remove the nail and place it into a bowl of water. Repeat this process at least three times before using your new nail for the first time.

Step 3: Prep Your Dab

Take your dabber (also known as a wand) and pick up a small amount of herbal concentrate.. Remember, a little goes a long way with this method of consumption. Set this aside for a minute.

Step 4: Heat The Nail

Take your hand torch and heat up the nail, making sure that the flame is pointed away from the dab rig at all times. Otherwise the heat may crack the glass. Heat until the nail is red hot. Once the nail stops glowing, wait for about 45 seconds.

Step 5: Wait

We wait until the nail is entirely red hot in order to ensure a reliable starting point for our timing. Once the nail is no longer red hot, it signifies that a certain temperature has been reached in which we can consistently count down in order to get the same optimal temperature every time. The exact amount of time you’ll need to wait will vary depending on your preference, oil rig and nail. Feel free to experiment the first time and you’ll hone the wait time the more you practice. You should always wait at least 10 seconds. Some users find that they’ll get better dabs if they wait 20-30 seconds before moving on to the next step.

Step 6: Place Oil On Nail

After your nail has cooled slightly, pick up your wand and place the oil around the nail. You’ll want to slowly rub the end of the wand containing the oil around the interior edges of the nail. While doing this, pull air through the chamber, making the water bubble as the vapors are produced.

Step 7: Inhale Through The Mouthpiece

You will see the vapors filling the glass as the concentrate melts. Inhale the flavorful herb as it comes out of the downstem. Continuously inhale until you no longer see vapor in the chamber of the dab rig.

Step 8: Exhale And Repeat

Once the vapor is clear, lower the rig and exhale. Continue to heat the nail and insert oil as many times as desired.

Step 9: Clean The Wand And Nail

Take the hand torch and heat the end of the wand that touched the wax. It should only take a second of heat in order to melt away the residue. Wipe clean with a rag or alcohol swab while the residue is warm and easy to remove.

There are two popular ways to clean your nail so that it won’t harbor any sticky residue film.

Option 1: Heat your nail with the torch until all residue is eliminated.

Option 2 (Quartz Only): This method is to be used only for low-temperature dabs. Immediately after inhaling, take a Q-Tip and dip it into Isopropyl alcohol. Use it to clean the inside of your banger. Then use the other side of the Q-Tip to wipe the banger dry. This is a very popular method that will ensure the longevity of your quartz nail, maximizing flavor as well.

With time and practice, you’ll get better and truly hone your skills until these steps become almost second nature.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Right Way To Clean A Water Pipe

Keeping your water pipe clean is an integral part of prolonging the lifespan of your pipe.

Plus, cleaning your water pipe often will ensure nothing messes with the flavor of your vapor.

If you use your water or glass pipe on a regular basis, it's recommended that you change out the water after every use. Some signs that you might need to give your water pipe a more intensive clean include:

  • A film-like residue on the inside
  • Discolored or smelly water
  • Resin build up
  • Specks starting to appear on the walls of the pipe

Learn how to clean a water pipe and what tools you'll need to keep your water pipe like new.

Tools for Cleaning a Water Pipe

To clean your water pipe, there are several basic tools you'll need. Most of these you might already have around the house. These items include:

  • Pipe cleaner
  • Q-Tips
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Salt
  • Water
  • The water pipe you wish to clean

How to Clean a Water Pipe - Step by Step

Now that you have the tools needed you are ready to start cleaning your water pipe. Follow these steps to keep your water pipes clean.

Step 1

Begin the cleaning process by pouring salt onto the stem and the bowl of your water pipe. Make sure to not pour so much salt that rubbing alcohol will be blocked from passing through.

Step 2

Now that the water pipe has the salt added, pour in the rubbing alcohol. Plug the mouthpiece and joint of the water pipe  then lightly shake to combine the two.

Step 3

Rinse out the salt and rubbing alcohol mixture with warm water. Use the pipe cleaners or Q-tips on the harder to reach areas of the water pipe if residue or build up is still present.

If there is still significant build up after this step, consider soaking your water pipe in a rubbing alcohol bath overnight. Soaking your water pipe overnight will help clean the harder to reach areas like the bowl and slides.

Step 4

Rinse with water again, and then you are done with the cleaning process. And most importantly, you are ready to use your water pipe!

Keeping Your Water Pipe Clean In Between

Your water pipe is now shiny and like new! If you use your water pipe regularly, it's recommended to use this cleaning method once a week. Also rinse your pipe with hot water after each use to make sure it stays relatively clean in between cleanings with the rubbing alcohol and salt method.

By taking good care of your water pipes and using this cleaning method, you can keep your pipe in top shape, no matter how much you use it.


The Ultimate Guide To Dab Nails

Dabbing has gained incredible popularity recently, and with this newfound popularity comes a lot of options for dabbing.

There are many different kinds of dab nails available for new or experienced dabbers to use with their dab rigs.

Learn the major differences in dab nails, the pros and cons of these differences, and which one is best for you.

Domed vs.Domeless Dab Nails

One of the most noticeable differences, even if you are new to dabbing, is whether a dab nail is domeless or domed.

Domed Dab Nails

Some of the benefits of using a domed nail along with your oil rig include:

  • Great for individual use because no vapor is wasted.
  • Cheaper than their domeless counterparts.
  • The domed sides trap vapors, so vapor is more potent.
  • The attached dome creates a safer way to dab.

One of the major cons of the domed nails is the amount of time it takes for the dab nail to heat up. The longer the dab nail takes to heat up, the longer the dabbing process could be delayed.

Domeless Dab Nails

Meanwhile, domeless dab nails have no sides to them. With this design comes a specific set of benefits:

  • Allows for bigger dabs.
  • Faster heating compared to domed dab nails.
  • Reduces the risk of burning the oil.

There are cons for this dabbing system too. The main one being that this dab nail design is more intended for experienced dabbers, due to the quick heating abilities. Plus, you lose more vapor unless you use a separate carb cap.

If you are new to dabbing, you may want to consider starting with a domed nail for your dab rig and then working your way up to a domeless design.

E-nails vs. Standard Dab Nails

The major difference between e-nails and standard dab nails is that e-nails don't rely on a butane torch to heat up the nail.

Short for “electronic nails,” e-nails typically feature a controller box that delivers heat to the nail through a coil. The controller box lets you easily — you guessed it — control the temperature. So it eliminates guesswork.

E-nails require heating coils to connect to e-nail capable domeless nails, which can be made from quartz, titanium, and even silicon carbide.

E-nails are an excellent way for ensuring the concentrate reaches a consistent temperature. While these dabbing accessories are considerably more expensive than standard dab nails, if you plan on dabbing regularly, then this might be a good investment for you.

Because e-nails can remain at the ideal temperature for hours, they’re an excellent choice for enjoying multiple dabs in a row, and prevent you from burning oil on the nail.

When using an e-nail, you'll need to make sure you monitor it closely because of the high-temperature used to operate.

If you are an experienced dabber who is looking for a way to do multiple dabs and know how to work an oil rig, an e-nail would be a significant step up for you and your dabbing routine.

Titanium vs. Glass vs. Quartz vs. Ceramic Dab Nails

Besides the differences in the design of the dab nail and how to heat the nail, these dabbing accessories are made from a lot of different materials.

Titanium Dab Nails

This option for dab nails has been around since the beginning of the dabbing craze. It's easy to see why this material is a popular option for a dab rig because of its unmatched durability.

Besides being durable, titanium will also heat up quickly and consistently, which are two crucial components to dabbing.

The most significant negatives to using a titanium nail are that if you choose a lower-grade titanium, you run the risk of titanium oxide building up on the dab nail, which might be harmful for both you and your dab nail.

Plus, the titanium may interfere with the flavor.

If you are a person who doesn't want anything interfering with the flavor, a titanium nail may not be for you.

Glass Dab Nails

Glass dab nails are another popular option among the dabbing community. These dab nails are great for not interfering with the flavor. Plus, they are one of the easiest types of dab nails to clean.

However, glass dab nails are not best for withstanding high levels of heat and may break easily. Unless you are extremely careful with your dab nail, you might have a short lifespan for your glass dab nail.

Quartz Dab Nails

If you liked the sound of the benefits of the glass dab nail but didn't want to risk the easy breakage, a quartz nail might be the perfect one for you.

The quartz mineral offers the same benefits of the glass nails, but the mineral is heavy-duty and offers more durability.

Some of these quartz nails hang off the side of the nail, which is often referred to as a dab banger.

One significant negative of quartz nails is that they will cool off fast. If you are using this material for your dab nail, you'll have to be quick so the dab nail won't cool off too much.

Ceramic Dab Nails

Last but not least is the ceramic dab nail, this material is similar to the glass dab nail. Just like the glass one, ceramic dab nails are easy to clean. This option is also considerably fragile.

High-quality ceramic dab nails are not likely to break from high-heat, but be careful not to drop them.

The Best Dab Nail

There are many different types of dab nails available on the market today, each with their own set of pros and cons.

To recap, here are the factors you'll want to consider:

  • Whether a domed or domeless design better suits your dabbing preferences.
  • If an e-nail is worth the initial investment.
  • What dab nail material is best suited for your dabbing routine. Choose between standard materials like glass, quartz, ceramic, and titanium.

Shop our full selection of dab nails and find the right one for you!


Monday, April 16, 2018

How To Use A Water Pipe - Knowing The Parts

How To Use A Water Pipe: All The Important Pieces

The great thing about water pipes is they come in all different sizes and types. From tall, monstrous water pipes that stand at over three feet to small, portable and easy-to-manage water pipes, they all elicit a different experience.

For example, let’s say that you’ve recently just purchased a small, simple beaker water pipe. The instructions for this one are pretty easy: add water, add your substance of choice, grab a lighter and smoke away. Other water pipe combinations may have accessories like ash catchers, drop downs, dab nails and more that may be a little daunting to take in all at once.

Don’t sweat it. We’ll walk you through it. First, we’ll explain two different types of water pipes and their various parts.

Different Water Pipes: Stemless Water Pipes vs. Stemmed Water Pipes

While the water pipes shown here look drastically different from each other, you’ll find the steps it takes to use them are basically the same. Still, you might need to understand the different parts to get what we’re talking about.

Stemless Water Pipe Example

Let’s start by first dissecting this 16-inch water pipe. This awesome device is made up of many components, like the spinning disc splash guard. The neck, sitting slightly above the splash guard, is made of an impressive 50x7MM of Thick Ass Glass.  

As you move down the water pipe, you’ll find two honeycomb discs, which are a kind of percolator. The small holes aerate the water as you inhale. The purpose of this part is to allow for a smoother and more enjoyable hit.

Another important part of this stemless water pipe is the 16MM thick base. This base will keep your water pipe standing sturdy on your desk, table or nightstand.

Stemmed Water Pipe Example

Beaker water pipes like this stemmed example are more suited for first-time glass pipe owners. The reason is their wide base. With a beaker base, you get a large circumference base that will be sturdy for any table or desk and therefore easier to use.

The beaker water pipe shown here also has a diffused downstem. A diffused downstem is a downstem that has little holes in the bottom to diffuse the smoke without a separate percolator. Diffusion is literally the smashing or dividing of bubbles, increasing the surface area. The more surface area of the bubbles, the cooler your smoke will be.

Lastly, this water pipe features an ice pinch. If you’re a newbie, we’ll let you in on an age-old trick for smoother hits: adding ice. Adding ice cools down the smoke so that it doesn’t burn. The ice pinch holds the ice above the water line, where it can best cool the smoke. It’s an awesome addition for beginners!

Now that you understand these common water pipe parts, it’s time to start using them.

How To Set Up Your First Water Pipe

  • Inspect the glass pipe
  • Locate the removable pieces, such as the bowl
  • Insert the bowl into the opening (stemless or downstem)
  • Add water — enough to cover the percolators but not too much
  • Test out water levels by taking practice pulls. If the water reaches your lips, you have too much!

How To Use Your Water Pipe

  1. Insert your bowl into the downstem and add your herb of choice
  2. Light your herb with a lighter or hemp wick
  3. Place your lips over the mouthpiece at the top of the water pipe, and slowly inhale
  4. Remove your bowl, and take another hit to clear out all the smoke remaining in your water pipe
  5. Take as many more hits as you like!

Find More Of The Best Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for all kinds of reliable and durable water pipes and dab rigs. We’ve also got plenty of bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products now and find the right water pipes and accessories for you.


Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe: What's The Difference?

If you’re considering smoking or dabbing, you might wonder how a dab rig differs from a water pipe. The short answer is that a dab rig is a type of water pipe — but it’s designed specifically for smoking oils or concentrates.

While water pipes in general have a long- established history among the smoking community, dab rigs specifically are more of a recent trend and a peek into the future of smoking.

Both are great options to invest in, but depending on your smoking preferences, you'll have a clear choice among these two popular smoking accessories.

Learn the major differences between dab rigs and water pipes and which one is right for your smoking preferences.

It’s All About What You'll Be Smoking

First, you need to consider what you'll be smoking with this pipe. Smokers who use water pipes primarily use them to smoke tobacco, dried herbs or flowers.

Meanwhile, if you are using a dab, also known as an oil rig, you'll be using a legal concentrate along with wax, oil, or honey. To use the dab rig, you'll heat up whatever you choose as your concentrate on the dab nail to vaporize it.

Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe Parts and Accessories

Just like how you'll be smoking different things with these items, dab rigs and water pipes have different parts to help you do so.

Water pipes will use the traditional bowl piece along with a lighter to help you smoke the dried flowers, herbs or tobacco.

Meanwhile, dab rigs use a dab nail instead of a bowl piece. You’ll need to heat the dab nail with a torch to help you vaporize what you'll be smoking.

Size Comparison

Another noticeable difference between these two systems is the overall size of water pipes compared to dab rigs. There's a reason for this difference in size, and not just appearances. Water pipes tend to be larger with more room for holding multiple percolators within the device. This is because, when smoking dry herbs and flowers, you don't have to worry about them losing potency. You could have a water pipe the size of a room and not worry about the dried flowers or herbs losing their flavor as they travel.

Dab rigs are the exact opposite. Because dab rigs are used for smoking concentrates, you want the vapor to reach your lips as soon as possible for the best smoking experience.

Overall Cost

Obviously, dab rigs and water pipes will vary in their prices based on how elaborate you want to get with your smoking accessories. While water pipes and dab rigs have relatively similar costs, you'll want to remember that more accessories might be needed for your dabbing system.

The Best Water Pipe or Dab Rig for You

Ultimately, the choice of whether you use a water pipe or dab rig is up to you. Again, before you purchase a new pipe or rig, you'll want to consider:

  • What you'll be smoking.
  • The parts involved with each system.
  • Overall size, especially if you have limited storage space.
  • The cost of the water pipe or dab rig itself and whether accessories will need to be added later.

Find the best option for you when you shop our full selection of water pipes or dab rigs. Or stock up and get one of each system!  


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Most Popular Dab Rigs and Dab Accessories

Most Popular Dab Rigs at Thick Ass Glass

The most popular dab rigs at Thick Ass Glass consist of a variety of glass water pipes. From funky shapes and designs to classic pieces, our dab rigs are highly sought-after. One of these reasons is the quality. Our glass quality is some of the best in the business. When you purchase a dab rig from us, you know that it will last. Check out these popular dab rigs and try one yourself!


Leading off for us is the TAG - 12” Bent Neck Fixed 8 Arm Tree with a Honeycomb Perc. Try and say that one three times fast. This monster of a water pipe stands at exactly one foot high. You need all that extra space with this honeycomb percolator. This honeycomb perc water pipe is made with strong borosilicate glass to provide enhanced reliability. The bent neck allows for ease of use. This piece is not just one of our most popular dab rigs; it’s one of the most popular dab rigs online, period.


This small but mighty 3.5” pendant rig is built with an inline diffuser, which helps make the smoke smoother. This dab rig also comes with its own dab nail, so you have everything you need to get started in one package.


With a wide base, this dab rig is poised to take its position on your living room coffee table. The Hammerhead Perc dab rig stands at 8.25” tall with an extra-wide circumference. Basically, it’s a beast.  The hammer head percolators help to keep hits super smooth and easy to manage. They also come in a variety of colors, including white, sandblasted or graffiti engraved. Plus, you can choose between a male and female joint.


A dab rig with an incycler!? Yes. You’ve read that right. If you’re wondering what the heck an incycler is, it’s a piece of the oil rig that delivers smooth hits by keeping the water continually flowing. Another favorite feature is the 45x5MM can, because the smaller interior volume increases the flavor. Bonus: You can choose from several slick colors.

The Best Dab Rig Accessories

  • 3” Titanium Carb Cap With Dabber With Ball Point
  • 8.25" Double Honeycomb Ash Catcher w/ Recycling E.C. - 18MM Male
  • 5.5" Quartz Banger Carb Cap Dabber - 20MM Diameter
  • 4.25" Square Body Grade 2 Titanium Dabber
  • Quartz Banger UFO Disc Carb Cap
  • Side Arm Titanium Domeless Nail
  • Quartz Round Bowl Domeless Nail
  • Quartz Honey Bucket with OFZ Carb Cap - 16x2MM-4MM Bucket
  • Titanium Flux Nail

Find More Dab Rigs and Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable dab rig. If you’re not quite in love with any of our most popular dab rigs, we’ve got plenty of unique options, too.We also have a variety of other bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the right water pipes and accessories for you today.


Top 4 Weirdest and Coolest Water Pipes

Top 4 Weirdest and Coolest Water Pipes

Looking for a unique water pipe for yourself, or maybe a kick-ass gift for someone else? We present to you our top four weirdest,coolest water pipes. But these babies are so much more than water pipes. They’re conversation pieces. Works of art. And anything but ordinary. Scroll through crazy colors, dizzying spirals and more.


Kicking off our coolest water pipe list is the Multiplying Inline Sextuple Recycler. At first glance, this piece is completely insane! With crisses and crosses of tubes, this may not even look like a water pipe to the untrained eye. With a plethora of recyclers, the hit gets smoother and smoother.  


The design of this water pipe varies. However, it’s efficiency is the same across the board. The Faberge Egg Klein water pipe is one of the coolest water pipes to come across your screen. Do you know what the original “Faberge” is? It’s described as a jeweled egg that was created for royalty in Russia in the 1800s. And as you can see,this water pipe is a jewel. Standing at just above 9 inches, it showcases dazzling percolators, and it’s available in a variety of radiant colors.


It’s a little more subtle than the colorful Faberge water pipes, but this piece is just as artistic. Check out the way the glass is formed in the middle and try to wrap your head around how it all connects. On top of its wonderfully weird shape, this Faberge water pipe also has a super slit donut perc, which creates a unique draw that sets this piece apart from the rest. With a bent neck, bellow base (bell-shaped base) and quality glass — you can’t go wrong.


This four-inch micro beaker is a small but mighty water pipe, designed for fun. Laced with a sick tye-die-like design, this micro beaker comes in three different color combinations. Choose from blue and white, red and white, or dark green and yellow. For this micro beaker, we suggest getting quartz or titanium for a longer-lasting nail.

You’ll Always Find The Coolest Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass water pipe. Plus, these water pipes spice it up and bring the funk! We have a variety of other awesome glass water pipes, bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the right water pipe for you today.


Most Popular Water Pipe and Dab Accessories

Most Popular Water Pipe and Dab Rig Accessories

Water pipe and dab rig accessories from Thick Ass Glass can help make your already-awesome water pipes and dab rigs even better. Add-ons like percolators, quartz bangers and more can help you enjoy your piece more. Whatever part of the experience you’re looking to improve, we’ve got an accessory for every water pipe or dab rig out there. And when you purchase a water pipe or dab rig accessory from Thick Ass Glass, you know it’ll last. Check out these popular accessories and try one yourself.


If you’re looking for a replacement water pipe slide, this one will do the trick. This water pipe accessory comes with a pinched screen, which stops excess debris from falling through and clouding the water pipe. At an affordable price, this slide even comes with a handle! You can also choose your color and size.


An extension of your dab rig, this accessory works perfectly with most all the dab rigs we offer. Choose between three different sizes, including a 10MM female and either a 10MM or 18MM male joint size. Made of our signature quality glass, this quartz banger has a wall thickness of 2MM. On top of its special ability to retain heat, it also offers great high air flow.


Don’t let a broken downstem keep you out of commission! This water pipe accessory is an ideal replacement downstem. We currently have a long list of sizes for you to choose from. No matter the size of your water pipe, we have the downstem to fit. Choose from sizes as low as three inches all the way up to six and a half inches. Made of our quality glass, this downstem is meant to last.  


Turn heads with this 45-degree quartz banger. Depending on the angling of your dab rig, this quartz banger could be the most useful dab rig accessory. Benefits of this quartz banger include more comfortable usage, heat retention and of course quality.


Kill two birds with one accessory. This titanium carb cap also acts as a dabber. Combining two uses into one product makes smoking more convenient. You can use the dabber to pull concentrate and then use the carb cap to cover your quartz banger. And you know it’s safe because the titanium is even purer than medical grade.

Find More Water Pipe and Dab Rig Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for all kinds of reliable and durable water pipes, dab rigs, and accessories. Didn’t find the accessory you were looking for? We’ve got plenty of other bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products now and find the right water pipes and accessories for you.


Most Popular Water Pipes for Smoking Dry Herbs

Most Popular Water Pipes for Smoking Dry Herbs

The most popular water pipes at Thick Ass Glass span a wide range of sizes and come with all different features. So there’s a little something here for everyone. Plus, our quality is unmatched. When you buy a water pipe from Thick Ass Glass, you know it'll last. So check out these popular water pipes and try one yourself!


This water pipe is a spectacle. Whether you prefer blue, red, white or black — pick the one to suit you. This water pipe has a glass thickness of 7MM and stands at 16 inches. As you probably guessed based on the name, this water pipe has a double honeycomb disc. And there are more than 90 holes in each for extra smooth hits. It also features a cyclone spinning splash guard so that no water splashes into your mouth! Check this dry herb water pipe out now.


Sometimes, the classic water pipe does the job. There are no bells and whistles on this one, just great quality glass for smoking dry herb. At 18 inches tall,  it towers above other beaker type water pipes across the industry. These beakers feature a 50x9MM thick neck along with a SUPER THICK beaker bottom, ranging from 10-12MM thick. This all-around thickness is what sets our beakers apart from others. Some brands may have thick necks on their beakers while leaving the beaker bottoms thin at around 4-5MM, which is very fragile. This product, on the other hand, is so thick it could double as a home protection device!


Weighing in at just a little over three pounds, this piece is monstrous. And it may be just the dry herb water pipe you’ve been looking for. Things get taken up a notch with a triple honeycomb percolator and a spinning splashguard. With a glass thickness of 7MM, you can bet you’ll be holding on to this water pipe for a while.


The bent neck on this 15-inch water pipe makes it so much easier to hit. Since it stands at 15 inches, you can easily set this on the coffee table and use it without touching the water pipe. Oh, and want to see a cool honeycomb percolator? Then check this one out! The double interior honeycomb percolator provides some of the smoothest hits known to man. With high-quality glass and affordable pricing, this is one of our most popular water pipes for a reason!


This water pipe is straight out of space! The 16” Streamline Double Super Slit UFO Beaker is another sturdy and reliable piece from TAG. And with three levels of refining, before the smoke even hits your lips, it’s also one of the smoothest. It has a thickness of 7MM, and it’s ready to stand the test of time.

Find More Dab Rigs and Accessories At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go for a reliable and durable water pipe. If you’d rather not follow the crowd by choosing one of our go-to options, we’ve got plenty of unique options, too. We also have a variety of options for concentrates. Plus, you can find accessories like bangers, carb caps, and domeless quartz nails. Browse our products and find the right water pipes and accessories for you today.


Most Popular Quartz Bangers

Most Popular Quartz Bangers at Thick Ass Glass

When it comes to dab nails, quartz bangers are all the rage these days! With the explosion of concentrates onto the scene, we have seen more and more sales of this product. Now, our name is Thick Ass Glass, and we specialize in glass. But even we love quartz bangers. There are many reasons you might prefer a quartz banger over another type of dab nail, including durability, heat resistance, and easy cleaning. Check out our top quartz bangers below.


Take this high air flow quartz banger. You get the high quality of the TAG brand, the benefits of quartz and the added air flow for a better hit. This quartz banger is available in a variety of sizes. From 10MM to 18MM and in both male or female presets.


As an evolution of the high air flow, the trough quartz banger leaves more room for concentrates. The opening of the banger is cupped to extend the amount of concentrate that you’ll be able to use. That makes it extra efficient, and it still comes at an affordable price. The quartz on this banger is FDA approved quartz crystal. It comes in sizes ranging from 10MM all the way up to 18MM. You also have the option of choosing either a male or a female piece.


This quartz banger has a special knack for holding heat longer. Since you’re looking at purchasing a banger, you know that you have to use a torch to heat up any dab nail, then apply the concentrate. Most of the time, you may be rushing with the torch and other pieces to get the perfect hit. With this quartz banger, you can stop rushing! It stays hot longer, so you can relax and enjoy the process. The conical pyramid quartz banger has a quartz thickness of 2MM. If you’re looking for a banger that’s extremely reliable, durable, affordable and easy to use, check this one out.

More Quartz Bangers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable quartz banger. We have a fantastic selection of other high-quality quartz products, including more quartz bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the quartz banger for you today.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Water Pipes Buying Guide - Everything You Need To Know About Water Pipes | Thick Ass Glass

Water Pipe Buying Guide - Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this maybe you’ve never bought a water pipe before. Maybe you’re looking for all of the valuable information you need to make a smart purchase of your very first water pipe. Good news, this is where all that valuable information lies. Within these words are lessons that you can hold dear for a lifetime. From first steps to potential after-thoughts, we cover all of the basics and more.

Price of the Water Pipe

Just like anything else, the price is the main factor whenever you're purchasing something. Look at your bank and determine what kind of shopping you’ll be doing. While it’s fun to window shop, it’s best to go in with a budget. You can find fairly quality pieces for a lower budget, if you’re looking to spend that hard earned cash as a reward to your self, pay close attention to our bells and whistles section. Determine your budget and move forward.

Will This Be For Dry or Concentrate Usage?  

Now that we have our budgets laid out, let’s talk about the different types of glass pipes you could potentially come across. Water pipes can be divided into two categories, water pipes for dry usage and water pipes for concentrate usage. If you are using the latter, then you’ll also want to look for a few other things like quartz bangers and nails. If it’s the former, the simplicity of the water pipe will still be intact. Take a moment and think about which category you fall in. (Quick hint, you can fall into both categories - you’ll just need a water pipe that’s adaptable.) After you’ve got that figured out, let’s move into the more granular details.

What Size Water Pipe Is Best For You?

Water pipes come in all different shapes and sizes. Which one will work best for you? This is an internal question to ask yourself. Are you looking for a tall skyscraper water pipe? Or an averagely sized water pipe? While height is a factor in size, the size of female or male piece is important as well. If you are looking to use your water pipe with concentrates, make sure to purchase the correct size female or male banger and/or nail.

Additional Bells and Whistles For Your Water Pipe

Thankfully, we don’t live in the stone ages. Today, water pipes come with a wide variety of bells and whistles that make it easier for you to smoke. Take percolators, for example, they help to filter the smoke to make it nice and smooth. Other bells and whistles that you should look for if you are within budget are splash guards, recyclers, and honeycomb percolators. Splash guards keep the water from splashing into your face while recyclers are another addition to filter smoke. Keep your eyes open, most percolator designs look crazy! Once you move through the additional features, make the final decision. Is this the water pipe you want? With Thick Ass Glass, you’ll be able to keep it for years to come.

Durable Water Pipes At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass water pipe. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options from different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


Breaking Down Different Shapes and Sizes of Glass Dab Rigs and Oil Rigs | Thick Ass Glass

Oil Rigs and Dab Rigs — Their Different Shapes and Sizes and Why They Matter

When you’re choosing an oil rig or dab rig, the first thing to consider is quality. But if you’re buying from Thick Ass Glass, you’re already covered there. So the next thing to figure out is the size and shape. There’s no right or wrong choice, but the oil rig or dab rig you choose will affect how you can use it — specifically, what accessories will work and how much you can smoke at once. Read on to find out what questions to think about.

Is The Joint For Your Dab Rig Male or Female

No, we aren’t talking about the joint paper you use. We’re talking about the joint shape of a dab or oil rig. The joints can be either male or female, and they also come in various sizes. Now, this is not a sex education class, but the concept is basically the same. The male joint piece can go inside of a female joint piece, and a female joint piece can slide over a male joint piece. It’s not too hard to see if the joint piece you’ve selected is a male or female. You’ll just have to look at the “parts.” If you are using a female joint piece, then all your accessories must be male pieces, and vice versa.

What’s The Proper Joint Size For Your Dab Rig?

After you find out the sex of the joint piece you need for your dab rig, take a moment and look at the actual circumference of the hole. All joint sizes are not created equal, but every joint size is created for a purpose. Take a look at the advantages of the different sizes below, and find the right size for your dab rig.

10MM Joint Size

You may never encounter the 10MM joint size for dab rigs, but just so you know,  it exists. This joint size is rare, but it has a special purpose for specialized water pipes. In some cases, this one is known as the nano joint or the mini joint.

14MM Joint Size

The 14MM joint size is a more commonly seen joint size among dab and oil rigs. These joint sizes are perfect because they aren’t too big and they aren’t small either. If you’re not sure what size joint you currently have, there is a trick you can use. Place a dime on the opening of the hole; if it doesn’t fit, it’s a 14MM joint size.

18MM Joint Size

The 18MM can fit a dime, and it’s normally meant for larger dab rigs. This is also a very common joint size that can hold a lot at one time.

Knowing the size of your joint will also help you find the correct size downstem. We can teach you all about downstems another time. For now, just remember: If it’s made by Thick Ass Glass, it’s built to last.

Choosing The Right Dab Rig

The world of water pipes is at your fingertips. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options, including different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


The Biggest Benefits of Using a Glass Recycler | Thick Ass Glass

What Is A Glass Recycler?

What is a glass recycler? No, it’s not some cool recycling project from your local elementary school. Instead, it’s a revolutionary, easier way to inhale smoke. Glass recyclers “recycle” the smoke in additional chambers. While older and more traditional water pipes have been known to leave you coughing, these new aged futuristic glass recyclers will leave you feeling smooth.

Benefits of Glass Recyclers

Smooth Hits

The way the glass recycler water pipes “recycle” smoke makes it easier to clear. Without a recycler, you may experience the harsh and hot smoke of a more traditional water pipe. So how does it “recycle”? Once you start to inhale, the smoke begins a filtration process. Often, there are percolators that help the smoke to become more refined. It is pulled through the percolator and then put into another chamber that rids it of bubbles. As a result, a glass recycler water pipe provides a smoother hit.

Cooler Hits

Yes, you may look cooler if you use a glass recycler. Especially one with the TAG log on the side. But here, we’re talking about the temperature of the smoke. With traditional glass water pipes, the smoke only comes into contact with the water once, so it’s still hot when it hits your lungs. Say goodbye to that burning sensation with glass recyclers. In contrast to older water pipes, glass recyclers run the smoke past water again and again for a much cooler hit.

Glass Recyclers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass recycler. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options, including different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


The 5 Best-Selling Downstems in 2018 - Durable and Reliable Glass Downstems | Thick Ass Glass

The 5 Best Selling Downstems in 2018

Downstems are an important part of a water pipe. It carries the smoke from the chamber or the bowl. Because they are such an important piece of your water pipe, we thought it would be best if we gave you the rundown on the best-selling downstems in 2018. Drumroll, please!!

TAG - 18/18MM Downstem

First up, we have the mighty TAG 18/18MM downstem. Now listen folks, this downstem is equipped with just the right amount of umph to get the job done. This downstem has plenty of sizes to choose from! Whether you’re looking for a small sized downstem or one much bigger, you can purchase it here. This downstem fits both beaker water pipes and straight tubes.

TAG - 18/14MM Downstem

Next, we have the versatile TAG 18/14MM downstem. The adjective versatile is a great way to describe this glass downstem. This downstem fits beakers and straight tubes with an 18MM Female Fitting. It can also converts the beaker from 18MM Female to 14MM Female. Pretty impressive, right? If you have more than one water pipe, check this downstem out!


Get fancy with this 5 arm downstem. The TAG 18/18MM 5 arm downstem is a gift from the design gods. Want to wow your friends? Pull this glass downstem out! With its 5 arms, it does a magnificent job to filter the smoke and reduce the harshness. This downstem also comes in many different sizes.

TAG - 18/18MM Showerhead Downstem

If you’re looking to be smoother than butter - we recommend the TAG 18/18MM Showerhead downstem. At the bottom of the downstem, there is a “showerhead”. This allows the water to filter through, providing a smooth hit. This particular downstem can be purchased as small as three inches to six inches, the choice is yours!

TAG - 28/18MM Matrix Downstem

One of the largest downstems that we have available is the TAG 28/18MM Matrix downstem. This downstem is set to fit joints the size of 28MM. We’re talking a huge water pipe here people! While most of us don’t own anything this massive, the matrix downstem acts as a percolator at the end of the glass downstem. This continues our tradition of making hits smoother and easier to manage. With a water pipe this size, you’re definitely going to need it.

Best Selling Downstems At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable glass downstems for your water pipe. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a wide variety of options from different sizes, percolators, and downstems. If you still have questions about our reliable and sturdy glass, please feel free to contact one of our friendly customer service representatives.


4 Reasons To Own A Quartz Banger | Thick Ass Glass

4 Reasons To Own A Quartz Banger

What is a quartz banger, you’re wondering? A quartz banger is a type of dab nail made of quartz. If you didn’t pay attention when the teacher was talking about rocks and minerals, then here’s a quick refresher. Quartz may look like glass, but it isn’t. Quartz is another type of mineral or crystal. It’s actually one of the most abundant minerals on the earth’s surface. And quartz bangers have a range of benefits compared to glass and titanium nails.

The Durability of A Quartz Banger

One of the best things about quartz bangers is that they will last you a long time. In fact, quartz is said to be one the most durable minerals. It’s used for its hardness properties in many industries. This makes quartz bangers more durable than either a glass or a ceramic type nail banger. The durability factor alone could be a great reason to look into getting a quartz banger.

Tasteless! Quartz Bangers Are Tasteless!

Another huge reason quartz bangers have gone viral in the last few years is that of their tastelessness. When you get pure quartz, which we have, then you get quartz made from pure silica sands, so there are no other chemicals released from the quartz when you heat it. This allows you taste only what you put in it.

Quartz Bangers Are Heat Resilient

On top of being so durable overall, quartz bangers are also very resistant to heat. Even if you use them daily,  don’t have to worry about the quartz breaking from the heat of the torch. You can get your quartz banger red hot without worry.

Quartz Banger Are Easy to Clean

Another benefit of the quartz is that, while it can take high heat, for the most part, quartz bangers can be used effectively with relatively low heat. After using your banger with low heat, it’s very easy to wipe away the remains. Unlike other devices, clean-up is so easy you should always have a piece that looks like new. Most folks will clean the banger with a Q-Tip when finished.

Quartz Bangers At Thick Ass Glass

Thick Ass Glass is the place to go when you’re looking for a reliable and durable quartz banger. We have a fantastic selection of quality quartz products including quartz bangers, carb caps, domeless quartz nails and much more. Browse our products and find the quartz banger for you today.