It may be a generalization but dabbing is a corner of the vast world of weed that tends to attract the thrill seekers. It’s common sense that the most extreme form of cannabis consumption would also draw some equally extreme personalities. But no matter how wild and crazy the dab enthusiast, a refined dabbing experience is still preferable, hence the popularity of the carb cap. The carb cap is prized amongst concentrate connoisseurs for its skills in maintaining heat and tightening up the airflow. But not all carb caps are created equal and the QFZ carb cap is often held on one of the highest (if not the highest) pedestals by dabbing fanatics.
The Ripple Started by Q Heffner
The QFZ carb cap was pioneered by glass artisan Q Heffner but has since reached a broader audience through similar models crafted by companies like Capstars, Diamond Caps, and Empire Glassworks. Genuine Q Heffner QFZ-style carb caps can set you back a pretty penny but they remain prized among collectors as well as those seeking a premium dabbing experience. QFZ stands for Quality Flavor Zone so you can imagine that tastier dabs is a major benefit of this innovative design though there’s actually much more to the QFZ carb cap.
How a QFZ Carb Cap Works
A QFZ-style carb cap is designed to fit tightly over a quartz banger. Efficiently restricted airflow is achieved through a cylinder positioned at the center of the carb cap. The design of the QFZ carb cap is such as to create the effects of a convection oven inside the quartz banger. Not only are these caps ideal for dab aficionados seeking the finest dabbing experiences but they’re also perfect for those who really enjoy the artistry of the full dabbing system. Heating the banger, letting it cool, loading the dab, watching it melt, throwing on the cap: all of this is even more poetically illustrated with a QFZ carb cap in the mix.
Feeling the Pull of Tastefully Restricted Airflow
The optimal restriction of airflow is arguably the primary allure of the often expensive QFZ carb cap. With the perfect amount of airflow coming through the quartz banger dish, dabs get spread evenly over the dish for efficient vaporization. Even in cases where the cap may not be a perfect fit, restriction creates a vacuum to help distribute the concentrates across the dish. However, for the amount of money you’ll be sinking into a QFZ-style carb cap, you should take the time to find one that’s going to fit snugly.
Savor the Flavor
With QFZ standing for Quality Flavor Zone, you better believe improved flavor is another perc of investing in a QFZ carb cap. When paired with a quartz banger, you can expect some truly tasty dab sensations with the full intensity of flavor profiles front and center.
A Hands Off Approach
By making sure you’re buying a cap with a tight fit, you reap the next benefit which is hands-free operation. This can come in handy because QFZ carb caps get quite hot and often stay hot for a considerable amount of time so burning accidents are possible.
As we mentioned above, QFZ carb caps are highly collectible. Some Q Heffner originals have fetched over $1000 due to how highly these pieces are coveted. A sought after QFZ carb cap can really make a glass collection shine. Some are even quite intricately decorated, extending beyond the simple status of a name.
The Problem with Puddling
But QFZ-style carb caps are far from perfect. There are some common setbacks associated to these high end pieces, chief among them a tendency to leave puddling from your concentrates. One trick to help get around this is to pre-heat larger dabs a bit but this can require some trial and error.
A QFZ carb cap is always going to be made from quartz so there’s also the issue of breakability. The cost of that outstanding flavor is that you’ll never be working with a material as reliably rugged as titanium.
If You Can’t Take the Heat…
In most cases, QFZ carb caps don’t have a built-in handle so you have to be very careful you don’t burn yourself on them. Sometimes, you can find intricate, heady glass caps that include a handle but this isn’t always going to suit everyone’s style. Heady glass is an acquired taste.
Hot Caps and Cool Bangers
These particular types of carb caps can cool the banger a little too quickly. This happens when the cap stays in contact with the quartz of the banger, taking away its heat. The cooling effect of the airflow further compounds it. The result is the aforementioned surprisingly hot QFZ carb cap and a rapidly cooling banger.
The Less Desirable Loose Fit
We mentioned before that some QFZ-style carb caps aren’t as tight a fit as they should be. This can result in insufficient sealing and an overall bad experience so it’s imperative to make sure you’re using your QFZ carb cap with a banger that will facilitate a tight fit.
Not to Be Confused with OFZ Carb Caps
The QFZ carb cap should not be confused with the OFZ carb cap which is designed to work with honey buckets as opposed to quartz bangers. OFZ stands for Optimal Flavor Zone and, like a QFZ model, will retain the intense flavor of your waxes and other concentrates.
If you’re prepared to spend a pretty penny (or 10 pretty $100 bills) a QFZ carb cap can be a sweet investment toward the pinnacle of dab sessions. But these pieces do have their setbacks and hang ups so your enjoyment of the QFZ style carb cap will be largely based on your specific dabbing style and preferences. In most cases, dab enthusiasts will agree that QFZ is LIT.