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Everything You need to know about Butane Torches for dabbing

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

So much has been passed from generation to generation, with odd slices of the information pie falling through the cracks. Information like, use a butane torch not a propane torch. The most widely read articles on are often the simplest topics. Topics that didn't appear to need any further conversation. To keep the "Everything You Need to Know About..." series rolling, it's time to tackle to the torch. Here’s everything you need to know about Butane Torches for Dabbing Hash and Rosin and my top picks.

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While a lot of generic torches have rolled out over the years, there's a few mainstays that are considered the standard in dabbing. There has also been quite a few knockoffs in recent years that I cannot necessarily speak for entirely, but many of these generic knockoffs will fail. Having tested numerous other butane torches over the last decade plus, we have identified the real deal winners that will hold up and continue to motivate big fresh dabs of the dank.


In about 2012-2013, living in the steamy swamp of St. Petersburg Florida and just finishing parole, I found the Blazer Big Shot on Amazon and it proved to be the best torch going. I've purchased two or three of these over the years, as reflected below. I'm happy to report that the torch purchased below still functions flawlessly to this day (while my first Blazer resides in the evidence department of the Pinella's County Court House).

a blazer big shot butane torch with a white background and product info from amazon
My last Big Shot Purchase in 2015!

Blazer Big Shot GT8000 Dab Torch

This is the textbook Legend as far as we're concerned, heating quartz for over a decade without change or compromise. As far as we know, the exact model of the Blazer Big Shot remains the same today as it was fifteen years ago, proving a near-flawless design. With the majority of torches coming in the mid size range with fairly thin bodies that are all pretty much alike, only the Blazer Big Shot stands out for its ability to hold nearly double the butane compared to other models.

With the design remaining the same, Blazer has come out with branded Big Shot torches like the Higher Standards one below. Special editions and a long list of different colors are now available, along with plenty of customizable options from Blazer and other brands.

A nice little accessory, but not a necessity, is the throttle guards made by Blazer (and others). These cover the hot tip area of the torch and help to prevent accidental burns. They also make TorchKoozee's to customize the look and feel of your torch like the green one below. A few other companies have made parts and pieces for the Blazer Big Shot to customize its look and feel.

Big Buddy by Blazer

Blazer also makes a few other models, none of which have really caught on. There's several models I would avoid, unless they're specifically for travel purposes. For your daily driver, only the Blazer Big Buddy can compare. A decent torch, but one that holds quite a bit less butane than the Big Shot. It's a solid and trusted piece of dabbing equipment you can count on with a slightly smaller flame than the Big Shot.

Venturing away from the Blazer platform, there aren't too many options that exist. Most models are cheap generics. There is one other company that makes some of my all-time favorite torches however. They used to be widely available in smoke shops, but they're not around as much anymore. In fact, I should probably keep this insider secret to myself... but that just wouldn't be the Hashwriter way.