Hello FC, first off I would like to say that I love this forum, and I appreciate it in adance to those who read this long post. I have been lurking for about 7 months and this is my first thread, although I have posted. I have learned a great deal in this 7 months about not only vaporizing, but cannabis in general. And THANK YOU for that! Now to start my story, I have only been using mj in total about four years, but I am still young, only 19. I started smoking when I was 15 occasionaly with two of my old friends with joints or a little cheap pipe that nowadays I would call a peice of garbage. but I didnt combust every day until I was 16. Then I was starting to hit bongs (not expensive ones), blunts, and better pipes and could (and probably still can) roll quite well. But then when we started hanging our with more and more people things started to turn. I'm sure many of you know what the bucket or waterfall bong is. Of course we did that, but some of the people we hung out with wanted a portable one. this on the internet is called a "lung" but for some reason we called it a parachute. and they made it big. they used 2L bottles all the time, at one point the one big stoner made one out of 2 2Ls connected. biggest smoke hits you cold ever take, no joke. the same guy made a party parachute with a water cooler jug, he brewed it and passed it around. Unless it was the party chute, you were expected to take the whole thing. When I was 17 I started making homemade bongs due to lack of money, and being 17 it would be a hassle for someone to get me one. I made so much stuff, it makes me laugh. I was starting to smoke by myself more, I was very used to the herb at this point, and I stopped hanging out with whom I used to. In this I was also avoiding the fad that had hit teenage stoners, poppers. This is when the person modifys a bong (many times they just use a bottle) so that there is no choke or slide, just a tube so that the cherry can be pulled through. They rip off a peice of cigarette and to my dismay pack their tasty kush over it. They light it and once the weed is gone they suck as hard as they can so that they pull the tobacco through. It gives them a head rush from the tobbaco and a big hit of mj smoke at once, and many people actually get addicted to them, even if they don't smoke tobacco. Even my buddies nowadays take poppers, makes me sick. IMO it is the dirtiest way of consuming mj, worse than joints with tobacco. I took a few that I remember and I can say they are harsh as fuck,taste disgusting, but hit you hard, but I said screw that, I'm stickin with straight weed. that same year I hung out with an old friend that I've known for years and being 3 years older than me he taught me alot about cannabis too. He had a few good bongs, gave me my first keif and oil hits, and... gave me my first vaping experience! We have both been busy so I am not sure if he still vapes, but he had a crappy vaporbros knockoff that worked. In fact thinking back I'm surprised how well it worked. but as I said, we both got busy, so it would be another 2 years till I vape again. Before I turned 18, I got a decent job for my age and, with more money, stated buying bongs and stuff, no more homemades. I even got a gasmask at one point. Of course I also started smoking amounts of weed that I would nowadays shake my head to. It was bong bowl after bong bowl for me. Around that time i got a big roll of hempwick. Also having a 4 pc grinder, started getting keif. ever since then I have alway loved saving my keif, some dont see the point but I do. At this time I started getting really into researching on the internet about random things I am interested in, cannabis being one of them. I lurked many forums and watched videos. My friend at one point, showed me tokin daily on youtube, I watched that every day for a while, still do sometimes too. As I watched him with his SSV I thought, It'd be cool if I had a vape, remembering when I tried it. I also started to lurk FC when I was 18 seeing how it has better overall unbiased bud knowledge than any other forum. but I still didnt know when I would get one myself. But then one day, I went to a headshop I dont nomally go to to see if they had any nice bongs. They did, but then I turned around and saw an EQ staring me in the eye. Needless to say I got nothing that day, but only cause I didn't have enough money for it. Next paycheck I went straight to that headshop and grabbed that thing. It cost me my whole paycheck and I had no money left for buds. And that was a horrible 2 weeks, but the last time I've been dry thanks to this thing by my bedside. It has cut my consumption in half. I have now had it for 5 months and in that timespan I have also upgraded my cheap 4 peice to a decent coffee grinder(it has more pure keif if you know how to collect it IME but my 4 pc was cheap.), gotten a MFLB, and gotten a 420 scope so I can examine my buds and keif. It works quite well. Lately I have been learning so much about this plant and I'm always gonna be trying to learn more, thats why I call myself a Developing Connoisseur. In conclusion, although I am no where near ready to say fuck combustion, I can say screw combustion because I barely do it anymore, especially since I got my LB. I love being the vaporist when everyone else I know mindlessly combusts poppers and whatnot. Even if I do combust I wont do it unless its a glass peice and I have hempwick... and no tobacco. So, Thanks again for reading my story of how I rose above the rest in my city, cheers to you FC!