seasoning your nail

Part 8.  A Good Reason To Season.

It may be a wanton generalisation to say this but fans of consuming herbal vapours also tend to appreciate fine cuisine and tasty culinary delicacies. The two tend to go hand-in-hand, and at least in my experience most folks don’t mind a flavoursome snack or two to compliment their session on the rig. So the techniques that go along with cooking artistry and kitchen skills are more than likely quite familiar to anybody who happens to read this particular blog. When you think about it, the rituals and activities that revolve around food preparation are not that far removed from those associated with preparing a fresh tasty dab. When flavour is concerned, dab enthusiasts, just as avid “foodies” must, have to take a certain amount of time and go to a particular amount of effort to prepare their feast to get the optimum results; both in flavour and nutrition. It stands to reason. If you have gone to all the effort of gathering up the finest ingredients it would be nothing less than a crying shame to waste them by using substandard equipment or less than perfect preparation. This means that a little bit of effort and care needs to be taken even before you get to trying that first dab…Not too much effort to be sure, but like a good chef a canny dabber will make all necessary preparation to ensure that the taste and purity of their oil or concentrate is at its peak and the experience of consumption is as pleasurable as absolutely possible. This means that as you assemble your pieces of dabbing paraphernalia a little bit of quick and easy prep-work will go a long way to contributing to a more pleasant and flavoursome dabbing experience than you would achieve otherwise.  

First Things First...

So having said all that just think for a moment and consider the procedure of buying a new frying pan, wok or saucepan…

What’s the first thing you do after you have removed the packaging and before you are about to use your new piece of cookware?

You give it a quick wash to remove any factory grit, grain or chemical residue still remaining on the product post manufacture. For starters, who wants any industrial crap stuck to something that they are going to prepare food in? I certainly don’t and I am guessing most of you will agree. There is nothing worse than the thought of industrial grime tainting the food you are about to eat. Not particularly wholesome or healthy is it. Secondly, nothing can wreck a meal that is intended to be flavoursome and hearty quicker than the tongue curdling tang of metal permeating the food you eating…

Yuck…Yuck…And double yuck!!!

Not very nice; and entirely avoidable by just following a quick and simple procedure known as “seasoning”. At this point you might be wondering just what in the hell frying pans and woks have to do with the act of sitting down to enjoy a long satisfying toke on a dank tasty dab. Well think back to the similarity between the rituals of the kitchen and the rituals of toking herbs… Not all, but a lot, is about the flavour. So it stands to reason that when using a titanium nail to vaporise your dab, just like when first using a piece of steel cookware, a little bit of pre-use preparation is recommended to ensure that your dab is as pure and untainted as can possibly be.  

Seasoning

Seasoning is a relatively easy process and highly encouraged when using quartz or titanium nails. If using glass or ceramic nails, this procedure is not really necessary, but just out of habit I tend to give both kind of nail a quick wipe over and clean when first purchased just to make sure that no unwanted nasties are stuck to their surface. However as far as titanium and quartz nails are concerned, their method of manufacture plus the material used does mean that a little bit of insurance goes a long way to avoiding any unpleasant aftertaste or even at worst any toxic substances that may be still lingering on the surface of the product. A quick rinse and wipe will remove any unwanted chemical garnish left on your nail but the act of seasoning goes a little further than just ridding the outer grit and grime. By applying a light layer of hemp oil, coconut oil or “reclaim” (second hand oil retrieved from inside a rig) to your nail you will be adding an extra layer of protection to your equipment. Water is no good as a seasoning agent, as it heats it will just evaporate. Once the substance of choice of choice is applied to your nail, then using your blowtorch heat for about 5 seconds…Be careful not to overheat or the coating will just frazzle away and the desired effect will be lost. The substance you coat your nail in needs to bubble and liquefy, not burn. Once the materials have liquefied then immediately leave to cool and harden. What is being achieved by doing this is creating a surface layer that is perfect for your dab. The seasoning substance will seep into any microscopic surface cracks or dings and then harden once cooled to provide a nail surface that is perfect to dab from. Not only does it erase porous surfaces, but also ensures that any undesirable flavours are kept at bay. There are many seasoning recipes; some people like to use their straight wax or oil to season with (although I would say that is a waste of a good dab or two!), while others swear by fruit conserve or just plain salt. The big thing to avoid is anything that will turn rancid and go off, like vegetable oil for example…That is a taste best avoided. It is also possible to achieve the same effect by using an oven set to 200 C and placing your coated nail inside for a minute…

Once again you got to be careful to melt the coating layer, not burn it. Either way, by using a blow torch or oven, the same effect will be achieved. The same procedure can be used on your banger, carb cap and dabbing tool. Personally, I will season the lot. I know it might sound a tad fastidious, but what the hey! It only takes but a moment of your precious time and that little pinch of effort goes a heck of a long way to guaranteeing a future of long wear and repeated smooth untainted flavour…

So really for me there is no argument to season or not to as far as titanium and quartz are concerned; it’s now become just another part of the wild and whacky ritual of dabbing.  

Next we will be exploring the advantages and disadvantages of going electric with an “e-nail”, but until that moment make sure you have a browse of the wide range of dabbers, nails, bangers and carb caps available here on DotComBong. We are here to help you with all your dabbing needs!