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How to Clean a Quartz Banger: The Two Easiest Methods

No one likes to rock up at their friend’s place for a big dabbing session to find a filthy banger waiting for them. It’s not so pleasant and it’s bad for the equipment itself!

Fortunately, cleaning a quartz banger is pretty easy. If you’ve never done it, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through a couple different methods for getting your quartz looking and (smoking) as close to new as possible.

In this article all about how to clean your quartz banger, we’ll cover:

  • Why it’s important to clean your quartz.
  • How to keep on top of maintaining your dab nail.
  • Cleaning a completely chazzed quartz banger.
  • How to make sure cleaning your quartz bangers is as easy to clean as possible in the future.

With a lot to cover today, pack a bowl, spark a blunt, or load up a dab, and join WeedRepublic as we show you exactly how to clean your quartz banger.

Image Credit: Cloud 9 Smoke Co.

Why Should I Keep my Banger Clean?

Keeping a bong clean is mostly about aesthetics and fragrance. No one likes to have a crusted up piece caked in old resin stinking out their bedroom. Eventually, the dirt in your bong will cause issues with smoking – percolator bongs (like Mav’s Single UFO Perc bong) are usually those that will get blocked up or suffer from suction issues quickest.

What we like about this bong is that, even though it’s a showstopper on any shelf, it remains subtle. It’s not some crazy recycler with tubes and glass everywhere.

Mav’s Pyramid to UFO Beaker Bong offers a smooth toke with no fuss. You’ll want to come up with a regular cleaning routine though to make sure those percs keep working as well as they can!

With a banger of any material, the resins left before when you dab your wax will quickly change how heat dissipates through the device. This will make it more difficult to take perfect dabs.

You want your dab nail to always heat up evenly and without cool or hot spots. If left unclean, resins can cake on in a black layer that’s very difficult to remove and makes quartz bangers much less efficient.

This black layer will have a big impact on how your banger heats. If you have a high end banger, like the Diamond Knot below, you should want it to heat up right every time. Otherwise, what was the point in spending extra in the first place!

For one of the smoothest dabs hits you can imagine, get this Diamond Knot Quartz Banger.

Made out of thick glass, there’s an ingeniously placed loop for unvaped oil to recycle through, meaning you’ll never waste any precious concentrates.

Don’t worry. Our second method below will show you how to clean a really filthy banger. However, it’s much better staying on top of cleaning your quartz nail so that you never need to bother with this more time consuming option.

If your dab rig performing optimally wasn’t incentive enough, you should also keep a clean nail because it makes for a more pleasant experience. You only want to taste the wax you just dabbed, not the stuff that got you ripped three weeks ago!

Finally, your friends will thank you for cleaning your quartz banger. They’ll be more inclined to want to use your equipment and will likely bring their own shatter to share. Bonus!

Image Credit: Badass Glass

Method One: Clean Quartz Bangers as You Go!

The first method we recommend for cleaning quartz bangers is really easy. It’s no good for a really crusted up banger though. This one is intended for use between literally every dab. It sounds like hard work if you’re not in the habit of cleaning your dab nails. But, trust us, it’ll make your dabs so much nicer and save you a lot of effort in the long run.

Equipment
  • Qtips.
  • Isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%).

Basically, incorporate the above into your dabbing gear. Since WeedRepublic recommends a little touch up clean after every dab, it’s best to always have a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a few Qtips on hand.

If you’re in need of a new quartz banger, this 100% Quartz Splash Guard Banger crafted by Miami Glass is a great option.

It’s well priced and well crafted with a beveled edge so you ensure you get to enjoy every bit of your concentrates.

Method

Following a hit, when you’ve cleared the rig of smoke, take a Qtip and run it over the inside of the cup of the nail. Since it’ll still be hot, the resins will be in a more liquid form. The cotton will absorb a lot of it.

Next, dip the other end of the Qtip in your isopropyl alcohol. Repeat the same cleaning action as above, this time with the wet end. It’s best to leave the rig to cool a little before doing this step. If it makes a sizzle noise when you touch the Qtip on the warm surface, it’s still too hot. Leave it another 15 seconds and go again.

Take a second Qtip and again, wet one end in rubbing alcohol. Clean the inside of the nail a second time with fresh alcohol. Next, dry the surface of any remaining alcohol with the non-dipped end of the Qtip. Voila! A clean dab nail!

Image Credit: Vape Lord Vaporizer Reviews

Method Two: Cleaning Chazzed Quartz Bangers

As you can see, it’s not at all difficult to keep on top of cleaning a quartz banger. However, all too often, WeedRepublic comes across absolutely filthy dab nails that have a layer of black crud inside them and a clouding and discolouration to the glass.

Although it might look like pretty permanent damage, you can clean your quartz banger to a nearly new-like condition, even if it’s fully chazzed.

Equipment
  • Isopropyl alcohol.
  • Salt.
  • Hand torch.
  • Warm water.
  • Qtips.
  • Something metal and thin enough to scrape inside the banger with.
Method
  1. First, leave your quartz banger to soak in a mixture of as strong an ISO alcohol you can get and salt. Anything over 99% will work. Leave it overnight, fully submerged, and the crud will loosen up.
  2. Rinse the dab nail with warm water to remove any alcohol from it.
  3. Scrape inside the banger with your scraping tool. Really work at the caked on black stuff. A lot of it should come loose.
  4. Rinse with warm water again.
  5. Get it really hot. Once you’ve got rid of a lot of the muck from your quartz, you’re going to want to heat it up a lot. Heat it up to around 600-800° Fahrenheit. This will turn the remaining black marks into ash. The ash should flake right off.
  6. Wait for the banger to cool.
  7. Take a Qtip and dip one end in alcohol.
  8. Use the alcohol-soaked end to clean inside the cup of the banger.
  9. Finally, dry the surface with the non-soaked end of the Qtip.

Hopefully, the above advice will get your dab rig back to as close to new as possible. Your quartz might still be a bit cloudy and may have some discoloration but it will definitely hit a lot better without all that much on it.

It’s much better to not let your quartz banger get in the kind of state where your only option is to blowtorch the crud off it with a high-powered dab torch-like the Blazer Big Shot GT8000 Torch. Using our first cleaning method, and the following advice, you should be able to prevent any discoloration whatsoever.

With plenty of safety features to go with the intense heat this torch supplies, the Blazer Big Shot GT8000 Butane Torch is a must-have for all dabbers.

Getting more use out of it by using it to help clean your banger is simply one additional bonus to having one on hand!

Don’t over-complicate things when you don’t need to. For a reliable banger that heats evenly and is durable enough to take session after session, the 4mm Thick Quartz Banger from Dank Geek is an easy answer to an important question – what’s the best banger for dabs?

Dabbing Advice

We’ve said it a few times during this article but it really is important to keep your quartz banger clean. The longer you leave resins on, the harder they will be to remove, and the more impact they’ll have on the functioning of the device.

As well as making sure to clean your quartz banger regularly, you should also practice good dabbing technique. A lot of the discoloration and eventual chazzing of a quartz banger will occur when you use your waxes or shatters at too high temperatures.

The ideal temperature range will depend on the type of concentrate you’re using, as well as your own equipment. Some bangers heat up quicker and retain more heat than others.

You want to do your dabbing at no more than 400 °F. The perfect temperature will be the exact point that you’re able to vape the entire dab without leaving any wax behind. Ideally, you never want to do your dabs any hotter than this.

Some people like to use an electronic torch to really dial in the temperature. However, they’re not strictly necessary. You can always just experiment with different cooling times after heating the rig up until it glows hot. A good starting point is around 90 seconds. You can then reduce the cooling time or increase it in accordance with how much of the wax you managed to dab at that heat.

It’s very important to never dab too hot. This is the fastest way to Chazz your quartz. Even with our methods, it’s not certain that you’ll restore a discolored quartz nail to its former glory. It’s likely that the glass will remain cloudy. It’s heartbreaking to chazz a brand new high-end banger, so clean it regularly and keep those temps low!

No one likes to rock up at their friend’s place for a big dabbing session to find a filthy banger waiting for them. It’s not so pleasant and it’s bad for the equipment itself! Fortunately, cleaning a quartz banger is pretty easy. If you’ve never done it, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through a couple different methods

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How to Prevent Chazzed Quartz and Keep Your Banger Clean

Posted by Jack Daniels (Edited by Jay Dreadhead) on 3rd May 2019

The evolution from titanium to quartz was not just an aesthetically pleasing transition, it also gave us a better way to savor the flavors of our concentrates and extracts and take in all of the terpenes and cannabinoids in a cleaner, more pure, and more efficient way than ever before.

There are few things in life more inviting than a perfect crystal clear quartz banger heated to the ideal temperature and ready for a dab of some top shelf terps. But, on the other hand, even the best budder, shatter, live resin, dank rosin, diamonds, or sauce will be considerably less appealing if they are presented alongside a cloudy, dirty, or “chazzed” domeless nail.

I’m not sure where the term “chazzed” came from but it refers to the black, sooty, or soiled look that many poorly cared for quartz nails take on over time. I went to high school with a guy named Chaz and he was not cool, and neither is busting out a heady glass dab rig at a sesh just to plop in a blackened banger.

You already know that The Dab Lab is your one stop shop for all dabbing tools and accessories, including an unrivaled selection of quartz bangers, buckets, nails, and attachments priced to please everyone from entry level to cannabis connoisseurs.

So we figured we’d give you.

5 Tips on How to Avoid Chazzing Your Quartz Banger & Keep It Clean

TEMPERATURE SWEET SPOT

The act of dabbing concentrates has really not been around that long in the grand scheme of weed, but the evolution of the process over the past five years has been incredible to witness.

Gone are the days of heating a titanium nail until it looks like a space shuttle reentering the Earth’s atmosphere and then judging the ideal time to take your dab by the color of the glow of the metal.

One of the best features of dabbing off of quartz instead of titanium is that quartz allows you to efficiently vaporize your concentrates or extracts at a much lower temperature, and the material itself is much more effective at retaining heat longer.

We now know that the perfect temperature for dabbing most forms of concentrates is somewhere between 300-400°F.

Unless you are using an electronic nail or some sort of heat gun, the best way to hit that range of ideal temps is by using a timer of some sort.

For example, you might heat up your quartz nail for 30 seconds and then let it cool for 50 seconds before applying your dab, hoping that the temperature dropped from ‘too hot’ into the ‘sweet spot’. Times will vary due to a lot of factors, including but not limited to: the style of your banger, the quality of the quartz, the thickness of the base of the dish or bucket, the ambient temperature around you, the strength of your torch, etc.

If you wait too long after the heat up, your oil or extract may not vaporize completely – even with the use of a carb cap. This is not the end of the world as you will lose some vapor but will gain a lot of flavor and cleanup is typically a breeze.

If you do not wait long enough, however, and the quartz banger or bucket is still too hot when you apply your dab, this is when discoloration and “chazzing” most commonly occurs. It is most often the result of too high of a temperature while dabbing.

To avoid this, and to keep your banger sparkling, absolutely employ a timer on your phone or watch, and start with a seemingly long wait after the initial heat up. Keep track of the timing and slowly reduce the wait until you hit that equilibrium of complete vaporization without the black charring inside your quartz nail. Make note of that heat up and wait time and stick to it for all future dabs.

ALWAYS BE SWABBIN’

If you told me half a decade ago that an essential tool to have at any dab sesh is a fistful of cotton swabs, I would have told you to stick it in your ear.

Since most dabs are taken while the surface temp of the nail is dropping, there is often a varying amount of residual and decarboxylated oil remaining in the base of the banger well after the rest of the dab has been enjoyed.

This is where a product like Crud Buds comes into play. Before the residual oil in the banger begins to stiffen back up, a thorough mop up with one of these high quality cotton swabs will effectively remove about 99% of any leftover oil.

Not only will this give you a much cleaner palate to taste your terps from on the next dab, but it will reduce charring and chazzing and the risk of a small fire erupting in your banger the next time you try to heat it up.

Some dabbers like to keep their swabs submerged in isopropyl alcohol for the ultimate cleaning power.

GOING DEEP ON SOLVENTS & GLASS CLEANERS

So it’s too late you say. You didn’t see this article in time you say. For quartz bangers or buckets with baked on stains and dark discolorations hope for clarity may not totally be lost.

Quartz bangers can be soaked for extended periods in isopropyl alcohol. This long term saturation can break down the impurities causing the chazzing, and can sometimes restore the nail to a new or like-new condition.

Above we mentioned the cotton swab alcohol dip method, and like with that we know that iso alcohol evaporates so quickly and easily that no residual solvents should remain behind from dab to dab.

If you have your quartz nail hooked up to a competent enail, chazzing should be very minimal due to the precise temperature controls you’ll have. Additionally, you can buy a non-flammable and non-toxic product like Dark Crystal Glass Cleaner and literally just carefully pour some into your quartz banger or bucket, filling it about halfway. Then just fire up your enail and gradually bring the heat up until the Dark Crystal begins to bubble and watch as it magically strips away all the dark nastiness from the base and walls of your quartz.

FLIP THE SCRIPT WITH REVERSE DABS

If you are not already familiar with the concept of “reverse dabs”, well the name is pretty self-explanatory but you can learn about the entire process in an article we recently wrote about it.

Due to the fact that the quartz is never overheated using this technique, the odds of staining or chazzing your banger or bucket is almost non-existent.

This technique can be a bit tricky to get used to but once you have it dialed in you’ll enjoy more flavor, more efficient vaporization, and a cleaner quartz attachment on your dab rig.

BUDGET BANGERS vs QUALITY QUARTZ

We briefly mentioned it above, but two things that you really need to consider when either deciding on which quartz nail to buy or how to keep it clean once you have made the investment are the style of the nail and the quality of the nail.

Quartz bangers now have so many options – each with their own pros and cons – but some far easier to keep clean than others.

We carry quartz products at all price points here at The Dab Lab but it goes without saying that the more an item costs, the higher its quality will be. You will notice that higher end quartz products are easier to maintain and keep clean, but you can still put a lot of miles and a lot of dabs on our entry level options and keep them looking great if you stick to the tips we’ve laid out here.

Pass this article along to that friend of yours who always busts out the blackened banger.

The evolution from titanium to quartz was not just an aesthetically pleasing transition, it also gave us a better way to savor the flavors of our concentrates and extracts and take in all of the terpenes and cannabinoids in a cleaner, more pure, and more efficient way than ever before.There are few things in life more inviting than a perfect crystal clear quartz banger heated to the ideal temperature and ready for a dab of some top shelf terps. But, on the other hand, even the best budder, shatter, live resin, dank rosin, diamonds, or sauce will be considerably less appealing if they are presented alongside a cloudy, dirty, or “chazzed” domeless nail. I’m not sure where the term “chazzed” came from but it refers to the black, sooty, or soiled look that many poorly cared for quartz nails take on over time. I went to high school with a guy named Chaz and he was not cool, and neither is busting out a heady glass dab rig at a sesh just to plop in a blackened banger. You already know that The Dab Lab is your one stop shop for all dabbing tools and accessories, including an unrivaled selection of quartz bangers, buckets, nails, and attachments priced to please everyone from entry level to cannabis connoisseurs. So we figured we’d give you…  5 Tips on How to Avoid Chazzing Your Quartz Banger & Keep It CleanTEMPERATURE SWEET SPOTThe act of dabbing concentrates has really not been around that long in the grand scheme of weed, but the evolution of the process over the past five years has been incredible to witness. Gone are the days of heating a titanium nail until it looks like a space shuttle reentering the Earth’s atmosphere and then judging the ideal time to take your dab by the color of the glow of the metal.One of the best features of dabbing off of quartz instead of titanium is that quartz allows you to efficiently vaporize your concentrates or extracts at a much lower temperature, and the material itself is much more effective at retaining heat longer. We now know that the perfect temperature for dabbing most forms of concentrates is somewhere between 300-400°F. Unless you are using an electronic nail or some sort of heat gun, the best way to hit that range of ideal temps is by using a timer of some sort. For example, you might heat up your quartz nail for 30 seconds and then let it cool for 50 seconds before applying your dab, hoping that the temperature dropped from ‘too hot’ into the ‘sweet spot’. Times will vary due to a lot of factors, including but not limited to: the style of your banger, the quality of the quartz, the thickness of the base of the dish or bucket, the ambient temperature around you, the strength of your torch, etc. If you wait too long after the heat up, your oil or extract may not vaporize completely – even with the use of a carb cap. This is not the end of the world as you will lose some vapor but will gain a lot of flavor and cleanup is typically a breeze. If you do not wait long enough, however, and the quartz banger or bucket is still too hot when you apply your dab, this is when discoloration and “chazzing” most commonly occurs. It is most often the result of too high of a temperature while dabbing. To avoid this, and to keep your banger sparkling, absolutely employ a timer on your phone or watch, and start with a seemingly long wait after the initial heat up. Keep track of the timing and slowly reduce the wait until you hit that equilibrium of complete vaporization without the black charring inside your quartz nail. Make note of that heat up and wait time and stick to it for all future dabs.ALWAYS BE SWABBIN’If you told me half a decade ago that an essential tool to have at any dab sesh is a fistful of cotton swabs, I would have told you to stick it in your ear. Since most dabs are taken while the surface temp of the nail is dropping, there is often a varying amount of residual and decarboxylated oil remaining in the base of the banger well after the rest of the dab has been enjoyed. This is where a product like Crud Buds comes into play. Before the residual oil in the banger begins to stiffen back up, a thorough mop up with one of these high quality cotton swabs will effectively remove about 99% of any leftover oil.Not only will this give you a much cleaner palate to taste your terps from on the next dab, but it will reduce charring and chazzing and the risk of a small fire erupting in your banger the next time you try to heat it up. Some dabbers like to keep their swabs submerged in isopropyl alcohol for the ultimate cleaning power.GOING DEEP ON SOLVENTS & GLASS CLEANERSSo it’s too late you say. You didn’t see this article in time you say. For quartz bangers or buckets with baked on stains and dark discolorations hope for clarity may not totally be lost. Quartz bangers can be soaked for extended periods in isopropyl alcohol. This long term saturation can break down the impurities causing the chazzing, and can sometimes restore the nail to a new or like-new condition. Above we mentioned the cotton swab alcohol dip method, and like with that we know that iso alcohol evaporates so quickly and easily that no residual solvents should remain behind from dab to dab. If you have your quartz nail hooked up to a competent enail, chazzing should be very minimal due to the precise temperature controls you’ll have. Additionally, you can buy a non-flammable and non-toxic product like Dark Crystal Glass Cleaner and literally just carefully pour some into your quartz banger or bucket, filling it about halfway. Then just fire up your enail and gradually bring the heat up until the Dark Crystal begins to bubble and watch as it magically strips away all the dark nastiness from the base and walls of your quartz.FLIP THE SCRIPT WITH REVERSE DABSIf you are not already familiar with the concept of “reverse dabs”, well the name is pretty self-explanatory but you can learn about the entire process in an article we recently wrote about it. Due to the fact that the quartz is never overheated using this technique, the odds of staining or chazzing your banger or bucket is almost non-existent. This technique can be a bit tricky to get used to but once you have it dialed in you’ll enjoy more flavor, more efficient vaporization, and a cleaner quartz attachment on your dab rig. BUDGET BANGERS vs QUALITY QUARTZWe briefly mentioned it above, but two things that you really need to consider when either deciding on which quartz nail to buy or how to keep it clean once you have made the investment are the style of the nail and the quality of the nail. Quartz bangers now have so many options – each with their own pros and cons – but some far easier to keep clean than others. We carry quartz products at all price points here at The Dab Lab but it goes without saying that the more an item costs, the higher its quality will be. You will notice that higher end quartz products are easier to maintain and keep clean, but you can still put a lot of miles and a lot of dabs on our entry level options and keep them looking great if you stick to the tips we’ve laid out here. Pass this article along to that friend of yours who always busts out the blackened banger.  ]]>