What is a torch used for?
To understand the necessity for a torch, we need to get a little background on dabbing. Dabbing, which looks pretty weird if you don’t know what it is or have never seen it, is the act of imbibing your favorite oils and waxes by heating them. Often, you can can use a heated nail and water pipe to inhale the vapor of your favorite oil, but there’s a whole world of concentrate vapes designed for quick and portable dabbing. People dab using a dab rig, which are a type of water pipe much like a bong, but they’re often smaller as they don’t need as much water or filtration to enjoy the vapor.
The most important step, arguably, of dabbing is not necessarily the rig or type of nail you use, but the heat source. Unlike a bong, which requires an open blame to burn the herbs in the attached bowl, the dab rig has a nail which requires much more heat. A typical lighter will not cut it with a dab rig: if you see someone dab, you’ll actually notice that the nail becomes so hot it will even change colors, turning red hot--this is not something a simple box of matches can do. Instead, you’ll need a butane torch to properly heat the nail so it’s hot enough to melt the dab of oil placed on the nail’s head.
When most people think of butane torches, they either think of high school chemistry class or maybe something found at a home improvement store. We’re here to tell you that although you could technically use these more rudimentary options to heat your nail, it’s neither the safest nor easiest method for dabbing.