How Long Does It Take Heat A Glass Nail?

Dabbing nails come in a lot of different forms, but the bucket-shaped banger nail has always been an old favorite.

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Dabbing nails come in a lot of different forms, but the bucket-shaped banger nail has always been an old favorite. If you are new to it, using a banger can seem complicated, but it just takes a little patience and practice to get it right.

Step one is figuring out what length of time your banger nail needs to be heated for. If you are a first-time dabber, then we also have a comprehensive Dabbing Guide that you will find information for this.

What Factors Do You Need To Consider

When it comes to banger nails, there are two distinct schools of thought; hot or cold. Some people prefer dabbing at high temperatures while some prefer a banger nail’s low temperature results. You will get two very different experiences, so it boils down to personal preference.

Even though people who are new to dabbing tend to choose bangers, they are still a popular choice for those with dabbing experience. This is the case for low and high temperature hits.

One of the most common questions people ask is how long does it take to heat a glass nail? This, of course, depends on a number of factors including material (quartz, glass, ceramic and titanium are popular choices); thickness (it could be a double walled thermal banger); and the amount of wear and tear it has experienced. You should also consider the cooling time of your banger, as this is just as important.

How long it takes to heat a glass nail isn’t rocket science, but it is science nevertheless. Some people use the appearance method; when the nail turns bright red, it has reached around 800F. Hitting at this temperature, though, can burn your concentrate and may even start a fire.

So, Don’t Heat Your Nail Too Much

Combustion is not the aim of the game, so go easy on the torch. Even high temperature dabbers have to wait for their nail to cool before they can take a hit – usually around 600F. A laser thermometer is a great piece of kit to help you get your hit temperature just right.

Like I mentioned earlier, some people will gauge the temperature through appearance and time. They may torch the nail for up to 90 seconds or until it turns red, then wait a determined number of seconds to hit. Or they might hit when the color fades.

The standard duration for heating your banger nail is around one minute. When heating it, you should ensure you get an overall uniform heat on all parts; 20 seconds on each side and 20 seconds on top is a good rule of thumb to follow.

In general, if you burn your concentrate you are hitting at too high a temperature and should drop it by waiting another 5 seconds. Continue dropping 5 seconds until you stop burning and you’ll find your right point.

High temperature dabbing will give you a more intense hit, but for flavor and experiences go low. To achieve a low temperature dab it is best to use a carb cap. This will keep the vapor from escaping the banger just like the lid on a boiling pan. Bangers are a good choice for this type of dab because you can heat them up quickly. Quartz bangers, in particular, are excellent in this regard as they are better at maintaining a steady heat in comparison to other nails.

Low and high temperature dabs start the same; heating the bucket until it glows red. This burns off any used concentrate from earlier hits.

How Long Should You Wait Before Taking A Hit?

This comes down to a little bit of science and a whole load of trial and error. You will need to try many different waiting periods to find your ideal one. Many low temperature dabbers will tell you that 35 seconds after the red hot point is the time to wait. This would get the temperature down to roughly 300-400F. But, of course, everyone’s preference and everyone’s situation is different. So, get yourself a stopwatch a notebook and a pen and start trialing.

During your trials, if you notice the pooling of the concentrate without it vaporizing, you may cooled the nail too much. Try shaving 5 seconds from your wait time and repeat this until you get vapor. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to place your palm just above the nail and feel the heat without getting burned. If so, you’re good to go.

The concentrate you are using will also affect your waiting time, so if you change strains you’ll need to test again. Of course, there is always the option of using an e-nail; this will give you a consistent temperature and remove the butane torch from the equation.

It will also negate your initial question of how long does it take to heat a glass nail.

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