Can I Use Propane to Heat Up a Dab Rig?

No, it is not recommended to use propane to heat up a dab rig. The primary reason for this is that propane has not been refined to remove impurities, whereas butane has. Propane contains Ethyl Mercaptan, a colorless gas with a distinctive putrid smell, which is added to make it easier to detect a gas leak. This gas can make your oil, shatter, or wax taste funky and is generally considered less desirable for dabbing.

Technical Specifications


  • Max Burning Point: 3,623°F (2,000°C)
  • Contains Ethyl Mercaptan: Yes, a colorless gas with a distinctive putrid smell added to detect gas leaks
  • Refinement: Not refined to remove impurities


  • Max Burning Point: 2,600°F (1,427°C)
  • Contains Ethyl Mercaptan: No
  • Refinement: Refined up to 10 times to remove impurities

The higher burning point of propane (3,623°F) compared to butane (2,600°F) can cause a few issues when used to heat up a dab rig:

  1. Faster Carbon and Titanium Oxide Buildup: The higher temperature can cause a layer of carbon and titanium oxide to build up on your titanium nail faster than usual, which can affect its efficiency and potentially be harmful.
  2. Diminished Quartz or Titanium: Propane’s higher temperature can also cause your quartz or titanium to diminish over time, reducing the lifespan of your dab rig components.
  3. Poorer Flavor: Low-temperature dabs are generally considered to taste better, and the higher temperature of propane can negatively impact the flavor of your concentrates.

DIY: Using a Butane Torch for Heating a Dab Rig

can i use propane to heat up a dab rig

To use a butane torch for heating up a dab rig, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a Butane Torch: Purchase a butane torch from a reputable retailer. Ensure that the torch is filled with high-quality, refined butane.
  2. Check the Torch’s Condition: Ensure that the butane torch is in good working condition and that the flame is adjustable.
  3. Heat the Nail or Banger: Use the butane torch to heat up the nail or banger, being careful not to overheat it. The ideal temperature range for dabbing is typically between 315°F (157°C) and 450°F (232°C).
  4. Apply the Concentrate: Once the nail or banger is heated to the desired temperature, use a dab tool to apply the concentrate to the heated surface.
  5. Inhale the Vapor: Inhale the vapor through the dab rig, taking care to control the temperature and airflow for the best flavor and experience.

By following these steps and using a butane torch instead of propane, you can ensure that your dabs are heated at the optimal temperature, preserving the quality and flavor of your concentrates.


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