How to Heat a Dab Rig Without a Torch

Why Consider Alternatives to a Torch?

The classic dab torch is synonymous with dabbing, lauded for its power to quickly heat the dab nail to the requisite high temperatures. However, several factors make exploring alternative heating methods beneficial:

Availability Issues

Oh no!!! Your torch isn't working or you're out of butane. This has happened to me more than once and it is horrible. You've set everything up, your expectations are high, you're ready to go and.... nothing. Or if you're new to dabbing you may not have a torch just yet but you so badly want to try out that new tasty concentrate. Either way don't worry there are ways around this and we'll walk through how to solve the problem below.

Safety Concerns with Open Flames

Using a torch involves an open flame, which inherently carries risks of burns or accidental fires, especially if used improperly or in an unsafe environment. This is a significant concern in households with children, pets, or a lot of foot traffic. Alternative methods can provide a safer environment by eliminating the need for open flames, thus reducing the potential for accidents.

Discretion and Portability

Torches are not the most discreet or portable options. Their size and the noise of the flame can make them less ideal for users looking to dab quietly or those who need a more portable solution. Electric heaters, induction heaters, and other methods are generally quieter, more compact, and easier to transport without the hassle of carrying butane canisters.

Sad no torch

Methods to Heat a Dab Rig Without a Torch

Don't worry be happy because we got you. There are a few ways you can still enjoy those oh so tasty concentrates and we'll walk you through step by step how to heat a dab rig without a torch.

Heating Your Quartz Banger on a Stove Top

For dab enthusiasts who find themselves without a torch, using a stove top can be an effective alternative to heat your quartz banger. This method utilizes the high heat from an electric or gas stove to prepare the banger for a perfect dabbing session. Here's how you can do it safely and efficiently:

Equipment Needed:

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare Your Stove: Set your stove top to high heat. If using an electric stove, allow the coil to become fully red; if using gas, ensure the flame is stable and centered.

  2. Position the Quartz Banger: Place your quartz banger upright on the stove, ensuring that the flat bottom of the banger is in direct contact with the stove top. This maximizes the surface area exposed to heat, leading to more even heating.

  3. Heating Time: Let the banger sit on the stove for 3 to 5 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on your stove’s heat output and the thickness of the banger. It’s important to avoid overheating as this could damage the banger or affect the quality of the dab.

  4. Handling the Heated Banger: Once the desired heating time has elapsed, turn off the stove. Carefully remove the banger using the joint that was not in contact with the stove top. Alternatively, use an oven mitt or heat-resistant gloves to safely handle the banger. This is crucial to prevent burns, as the banger will be extremely hot.

  5. Attaching to the Dab Rig: Attach the heated banger to your dab rig. Be cautious during this step to ensure the banger is securely fitted to avoid any accidents.

  6. Enjoy Your Dab: Once the banger is attached and secured, you’re ready to place your wax in the banger and enjoy the vapor. Ensure you handle all hot components with care throughout the process.

Safety Tips:

  • Use Caution: Always handle hot glass with extreme care. The banger can retain heat for a long time, making it a burn hazard.
  • Monitor the Banger: Keep a close eye on the banger while it's heating to avoid overheating and potential damage to the banger or your stove.
  • Ventilation: Ensure the area is well-ventilated, as heating certain materials can release fumes.

This stove top method is a practical solution when you're in a pinch without a torch. However, always prioritize safety and consider investing in dedicated tools like an e-nail or electric dab rig for a more controlled and reliable dabbing experience.

Electric Dab Rig

Electric dab rigs are integrated systems that use electricity to heat a nail. These devices often feature a digital display for temperature control, making it easy to set and maintain the precise heat required for vaporizing concentrates effectively.

Pros of Electric Dab Rigs:

  • Consistency: Delivers a consistent temperature, which is crucial for extracting full flavor and potency.
  • Safety: No open flame reduces the risk of burns or fire.
  • Convenience: Simple to use, especially for beginners; just press a button.

Cons of Electric Dab Rigs:

  • Cost: Generally more expensive than traditional rigs and torches.
  • Portability: Often bulkier and less portable than simpler setups.


An e-nail (electric nail) is a device that connects to your dab rig in place of a traditional nail. It uses electrical power to heat up, allowing you to set the exact temperature you desire via a connected control box.

Benefits of E-Nails:

  • Temperature Precision: Provides precise control over the temperature, which can enhance the flavor and efficiency of your dabbing experience.
  • Reduced Waste: Maintains the temperature, so you can dab without hurry, reducing the likelihood of waste.
  • Safety and Convenience: Eliminates the need for a torch and the risks associated with it.

Hot Knives Method

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Heat two knives on a stove or burner until they are glowing red.
  2. Place a small amount of concentrate on the end of one knife.
  3. Press the hot knives together with the concentrate between them.
  4. Inhale the vapor produced through a tube or a funnel.

Safety Tips:

  • Use oven mitts or heat-resistant gloves to handle hot knives.
  • Ensure the area is well-ventilated to avoid inhaling any harmful fumes.

Tips for Achieving the Perfect Temperature

  • Understand Your Concentrates: Different concentrates vaporize effectively at different temperatures. Experiment to find the perfect settings.
  • Use Tools: If available, use a laser thermometer to check surface temperature accurately.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Experience will be your best guide to understanding subtle temperature shifts and their effects on your dabbing experience.
Banger and wax

Maintenance and Safety

  • Regular Cleaning: Keep your dab rig and heating element clean to ensure optimal performance and longevity.
  • Read Manuals: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for your electric dab rigs or e-nails.
  • Ventilation: Ensure your dabbing area is well-ventilated to avoid inhaling excess vapor or any byproducts.


Exploring alternative methods to heat your dab rig can significantly enhance your dabbing experience, making it safer, more efficient, and potentially more enjoyable. We invite you to explore the variety of high-quality dab rigs and accessories at Fat Buddha Glass, designed to cater to all your dabbing needs.

Visit Fat Buddha Glass today for expert advice and all the tools you'll need for a superior dabbing experience! 

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The Author: Mike Colavita

Mike Colavita is the Chief Glass Enthusiast and co-founder of Fat Buddha Glass, a trailblazer in the cannabis accessories industry with over 30 years of experience in the cannabis field. Known for his profound expertise and passion for glass art, Mike is dedicated to reshaping perceptions about cannabis and to the community.

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Can you heat a dab rig with a BIC lighter?

Technically, you can heat a dab rig with a BIC lighter, but it is not recommended. BIC lighters are not designed to produce the consistent, high temperatures required to properly vaporize cannabis concentrates in a dab rig. Here are a few reasons why using a BIC lighter might not be the best choice:

  • Insufficient Heat: BIC lighters do not reach the high temperatures needed to effectively vaporize concentrates, which can result in a subpar experience where the concentrate is not fully activated.
  • Inefficiency: It can take a very long time to heat the nail with a BIC lighter, during which the flame must be held continuously, making it impractical and potentially uncomfortable.
  • Safety Concerns: Holding a lighter for the prolonged periods needed to heat a dab nail can lead to the lighter getting excessively hot, posing a burn risk.
  • Flavor Contamination: The butane flame from a BIC lighter can impart an unpleasant taste to the vapor, which can affect the overall dabbing experience.

For optimal results, it is advisable to use proper heating methods such as a butane torch, electric dab rig, or e-nail, which are designed to provide the appropriate and consistent heat necessary for dabbing. These methods also offer a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Can you heat a dab rig with a lighter?

No, you won't be able to get the the concentrate to the temperature it needs to be in order to successfully take a dab without wasting your wax.


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