How To Make A Dab Rig at Home?


How To Make A Dab Rig at Home

One of the biggest trends in cannabis right now is dabbing.

Dabbing is an effective way to vaporize and consume a variety of cannabis concentrates, and it requires a specialized piece of equipment called a dab rig.

Crafting a homemade dab rig can be a fun project or a way to consume concentrates without breaking the bank.

Below, we'll cover some basics about dabbing and explain how to make your homemade dab rig, along with how to convert a mason jar into a dab rig.

What is a dab rig?

A dab rig, also known as an oil rig or concentrate pipe, is used to vaporize concentrated cannabis.

A dab rig requires a banger, not a bowl for marijuana flowers.

The nails are first heated with a spray gun, and then the marijuana concentrate is placed in the banger.

Dab rigs vs. bongs

dab rig VS bong

Although the dab rig was introduced later than the bong, it has become a beloved staple in cannabis culture.

Dab rigs are more compact than bongs, and the small chamber design helps the vapor enter the lungs quickly, enhancing taste and reducing inhalation resistance.

Another distinguishing feature is that the dab rig typically uses a 10-14mm female mouthpiece, while most bongs use a 14-18mm male mouthpiece.

The downstem on a Dab rig tends to be straight at a 90-degree angle, while the downstem on a bong tends to be at a 45-degree angle, further differentiating the two.

The Benefits of Homemade Dab Rigs

Some people like to dab out of a small glass piece, while others prefer a larger, more elaborate rig.

Some prefer the simplicity of using a basic banger and downstem combination, while others prefer to use other accessories like slides and ash catchers.

Regardless of what type of dab rig you’re searching for, there are many benefits to creating your own:

  • You can customize the design and size of your dab rig to fit any need you may have.
  • You can use whatever type of glass or silicone bong or dab rig will work best for you without having to buy one new (or as often).
  • You can create a dab rig that is unique in its size, shape, color scheme or all three!

How do you make a dab rig with a mason jar?

This homemade dab rig works wonders and is by far the best way to dab if you broke your regular rig.

Since it's made of glass, it holds up to heat super well and it's much safer to dab from for extended periods than the other methods on this list.

You can start by finding a glass jar with a lid, or pick one up from the store.

They're a lot cheaper than replacing an entire rig anyway.

mason jar

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass jar with lid (medium-sized)
  • Drill with a bit to make holes in the lid
  • Pen with ink and tip removed
  • Straw (metal is best but plastic bendy straws work too
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dab nail

With those items at hand, follow these steps:

Step 1: Grab your materials.

You will need a Mason jar with a lid, a drill, a bendy straw, a plastic pen (emptied), a titanium dab nail, aluminum foil, and a butane torch.

Step 2: Drill two holes in the lid of the Mason jar.

Make sure they are lined up and roughly the same size, which should allow a foil-covered pen to fit snugly.

Step 3: Wrap the pen in aluminum foil.

Then, place the pen into one of the holes you drilled. This will be the downstem for the dab rig.

Step 4: Place the nail into the pen.

Secure the nail to the lid with more aluminum foil to ensure a good seal.

Step 5: Place the bendy straw in the other hole.

Secure the straw tightly with more aluminum foil to ensure no air escapes.

This will be where you will inhale, so a tight seal is key to a good hit.

If you have a glue gun, you could also use that to seal any holes.

Step 6: Fill the jar with water.

Not too much or you'll inhale water and not too little or else you'll have very harsh and dry hits.

Enough water to cover the bottom of the downstem is plenty.

Step 7: Fix the lid onto the jar.

While most homemade smoking devices are fairly flimsy and typically single-use if fitted with proper glass — rather than plastic and titanium components — a mason jar rig could be reused with proper cleaning and maintenance.

With that said, nothing will ever beat glass rigs specifically made for dabbing.

How to make a dab rig with a plastic bottle and a hot knife?

The hot knife method frankly sucks since it's hot and painful to hit and can also be dangerous if you're accident-prone.

However, if push comes to shove and it's all you got, go for it.

Just get out and replace your rig ASAP, since dabbing from plastic can be super dangerous for your health.

The hot knife method is a go-to DIY dab rig, especially if you have no glass or you're out in the world without a torch.

homemade dab rig hot knife

What you need:

  • Metal butter knife, ideally one that has a thick handle and doesn't lay flush on a countertop.
  • Paper clip or dab tool
  • Plastic water bottle, cut in half.
  • Scissors
  • Electric stove or torch
  • Silicon dab mat (optional)

To make it:

  1. Cut your water bottle in half, saving the top part with the cap end. Discard the cap.
  2. Cut a small notch into the bottom of the bottle. This is where you’ll slide your hot knife in for dabbing.
  3. Heat a butter knife on the electric coils of your stove or use a torch.
  4. Lay the hot knife on a flat surface or heat-resistant dab mat to protect your surfaces.
  5. Using the paperclip (or other dab tool), apply your concentrate to the hot knife and slide the notched plastic bottle over the top, taking care not to let the hot knife come into contact with the plastic.
  6. Inhale the vapor from the mouthpiece on the bottle


Safety is paramount when using homemade marijuana smoking equipment, especially during the heating process.

Whether you're new to marijuana smoking or an experienced user, it's important to understand the intricacies when choosing or making a dab.

For those who want to make homemade a dab, this manual provides a comprehensive guide to help you save money and make it safely using existing items.