Besides smoking charcoal?
I just dropped extract onto the bed of activated carbon pellets. They get gummy and clump up but boy howdy do they work well to hold big dabs. Lots of oil runs out and into the bottom of the bowl this was. I was always left with a lump hard carbon pellets bound by the glue like aspect of the extract. It really does wirk very well however it is a hit lossy compared to a dab rig. The carbon definately soaks up some but in the trand scheme of things it is a very smooth way to vaporize.
I also have loaded that pipe with fiberglass matt and loaded onto it for smoking. It works great too but is sort of messy. Inside a real wooden bowl it combines with natural flavors and gives a fairly sophisticated feel to the smoke. Briar wood is my choice this way but have not had one for some years. They sell briar wood blanks though and I bet once folks catch on to this kind of smoking that it will also be popular. The flavors are just too good.
These seem a lot like those vapor stones from Health Stone, but less porous. Any sintered material frit will give higher surface area for evaporation than a simple banger or bowl. DIY? Why bother making your own frits when these are relatively cheap? The question is whether or not these are too dense.
Totally, making your own fritz would be kinda silly… The part that i’m interested in diy’ing is the infusion and I’d love to use a medium that has the heat tolerance that DabTabs claims to have. I agree with @Beaker that the simplest method to create a product similar in function is to just melt extract onto a bed of fritz/pellets but if one required a less messy product with similar convenience these seem to be a good option. The problem being the exorbitant price tag attached… It would be nice to be able to do this ourselves if we are so inclined and keep some of our hard earned cash in our pockets…
I guess I didn’t know what the original point of this question was. I don’t see any reason you couldn’t infuse your own porous “high temperature sponge” material with resin. Like @Beaker , I would recommend carbon, but only if the pellets are packed together without the use of the glue-like resin often used to make pellets… please be wary of that, @Beaker ! You could even just mix molten resin and carbon (regular charcoal) or other safe high temperature solid powder together to make your own “dab tab” mixture.
Just be aware that doing this with activated carbon, or even loading some ceramics with resin, could result in some isomerization of the THC… possibly during loading, and probably when vaping.
A simple way to test this hypothesis is to load the material with melted CBD, then vape that. If it gives you a buzz, then isomerization of the CBD to Δ8-THC has occured.
I got mine from an exotic fish section. I have a theory thwt they wouod not add anything to such pellets owing to the delicste nature of tropical fish.
It is amazing how many odds and ends and little dishes and such that Petco offers. I am a little leary of leas in paint on the ceramics because they are from china. Chinese items have a bad track record for letting lead slip by.
Typically for something like the pellets I load them dry and pull a flame on them to get as hot as possible. Normally burning out the contaminates is just a matter of cooking off dust and such but if glue had been encouncered it should have been noticed. I also used to oack my Vapir One with the same pellets in a large chamber just over the extract disk. I was trying to attentuate terpenes early on by doing this. It did not hurt but after several uses I doubt it helped much Still though, after several months I took out the gunked up carbon pellets and used them in my pipe. Very sweet tasting smoke and VERY relaxing.
Thanks for the replies everyone, I should of been a bit more clear that the secret sauce that I was looking to suss out was pertaining to DabTabs claims that their product can be handled for an extended period of time and left in high heat areas without becoming sticky or leaking out it’s payload. I’m going to get a few different types of media, see what i can do, and post my findings.