How to Choose the Correct Heat Coil and Nail Combo for Your E-Nail Setup-
The first thing you will want to consider when looking for e-nail heat coils is what nail do you plan on using? Are you going to be dropping a lot of monstrous globs and snakes in, medium sized dabs, or “grain sized” smaller dabs? From what I have seen the quartz banger is significantly more popular than other nails at this time, although I prefer SiC to quartz personally (for maintenance and flavor reasons). There are also many other styles of nails to choose from, and I encourage you to look around the site or do your research on your options. The main differences in nails to consider are durability, heat transfer (shape and material), flavor, and how they hold on to old residues over time (how easy they are to clean).
After you decide on a nail, it’s time to find the heating coil that will match it. The barrel style coil will fit the banger style, since it’s designed with side walls to fit around the banger coil. Most people nowadays go for the barrel style with bottom wraps (sometimes called axial style even though that just means round) which helps out with heating the bottom of the surface, and not just the side walls. A standard barrel coil will work just fine as well; but you will be turning the temps up just a little bit more to get everything vaporized (unless you have the “waste it to taste it” philosophy).
You might think that using a “barrel” style coil that heats the side walls would be coil to get for this dab dish; but it most likely wouldn’t fit correctly and probably slide off of the side of the nail. This type of nail requires a flat style heat coil, which is sandwiched in-between the Ti nail and the SiC dish on top of the nail. Flat e-nail coils seem to be preferred over barrel style heat coils by many e-nail owners. This is because a flat coil heats the bottom surface much more directly than a barrel style e-nail coil. Since heat rises, this is the most direct and efficient method of delivery for heat through the dab surface.
Do you plan on upgrading dab surfaces in the not-too-distant future? For budget users that want to get the most flavor (and clean-ability) for their money, the SiC hybrid Ti nails work amazingly. I do mean amazingly! I’ve been using mine for almost a year and it still comes almost totally clean after a super quick water-treatment (see instructions here). The quartz Ti hybrids are also great since you can easily upgrade to the SiC dish and/or swap out different dishes in the future. A flat coil is the only type that properly fits the nails mentioned above.