Dab Torch

Last Updated: January 23, 2019

Definition - What does Dab Torch mean?

“Dab torch” is a slang term used to refer to the lighter used to consume a dab. These are butane torches very similar to the ones used in the culinary world to create the burnt surface of dishes like crème brulee and other options.

MaximumYield explains Dab Torch

Dabbing is growing in popularity as a way to consume marijuana. It bears many similarities to other forms of consumption, but most closely resembles using a bong. While the dab replaces the plant matter in the bong, a flame is still necessary to heat the nail to the point that it vaporizes and can be consumed. This flame is provided by what is called a dab torch.

Dab torches are very similar to other butane torches on the market, including those used in the culinary world, and by hobbyists. In fact, hobbyist torches can be used for dabbing if needed, but many companies today manufacture and distribute torches actually designed for the dabbing process. Examples of these include Vector, ERRLYBIRD, and Blazer, to name only a few.

When it comes to using a dab torch, temperature and flame placement are critical considerations. Too many new to the practice attempt to use the blue part of the flame directly on the nail. The problem with this is that it makes the dab taste like butane. The same thing would happen if the wrong part of the flame where used to cook a caramelized dessert, and is why so many cigar smokers avoid using butane lighters at all.

Instead, the smoker needs to heat the dab indirectly – it should not glow, at all. Ideal vaporization temperature is between 300 and 400 degrees F. Even a faint red glow indicates that the material has been heated to over 900 degrees F. Hold the dab torch away from the material, and allow it to heat up indirectly.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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