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Vaping concentrates through stainless steel wool vs cotton

Discussion in 'Vaporization Discussion' started by vapordab, Oct 9, 2014.

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whats your favorite method to vaporize concentrates in a flower vaporizer

  1. Stainless steel wool

    10 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. flower sandwitch

    18 vote(s)
    41.9%
  3. 100% organic cotton

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
  4. other?

    7 vote(s)
    16.3%
  1. Ferrusbuelker

    Ferrusbuelker Member

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    Is there any reason no one uses fritted discs? Fear of inhaling bits of glass? Because I have been using really porous quartz frits (160-250 microns) 10mm 2.5mm thickness with my nano and it works great but I never hear much about fritted discs except used as a perc. Just wondering if there is a reason why.
     
  2. stickstones

    stickstones Vapor concierge Retailer

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    Probably availability and size matching. All the listed options can form to any bowl size and shape, so a fritted disc is more likely to be made for the specific vape. What vape and configuration are you using, @Ferrusbuelker ?
     
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  3. Accept

    Accept Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Recently took apart a Vape710 tank. Assumed the wick was very porous ceramic. Probably was, but same idea. Could be right about glass powder. Recommend reading @2clicker's post of research by Uwell - an e-cig company explaining why it doesn't use ceramic wicks.
     
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  4. Ferrusbuelker

    Ferrusbuelker Member

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    Thanks for the replies and link. I’ve read the post and I remember how much controversy that caused in some circles when the new ceramic atomizers were coming around. And I think they are right that ceramic degrades over time at least that has been my experience. Right now I’m using quartz fritted discs in my nano stem which is 2.5mm thick, porosity of 160-250 microns and 10mm diameter. I usually have to sand it a little bit but it definitely fits. The porosity interest me particularly as there is another thread about the size of matter depending on vape, heat and pressure. And my experience has been I get different effect when using the frits, cleaner if that makes any sense. You can get these discs from scientific companies although usually $50 minimum. I’m not a scientist but I don’t believe quartz degrades the same way as ceramic but I could be wrong. The only problem is the cursed detrification when molecular structure is rearranged but I don’t believe that causes little bits of quartz to come off the structure. The biggest issue is installing the quartz in the stem which can create quartz dust. All this sort of experimenting coming with risk so I’m not in anyway endorsing everyone going out and trying this but just was curious if anyone has experience with using these and any warning. My personal experience is I’ve gotten great results although I make sure there is plenty of water when I first install the frit and once it’s in place don’t touch it at all. I’ve also tried doing this with my Mi, firefly and ghost. Mixed results. Nano is by far my favorite.
     
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  5. stickstones

    stickstones Vapor concierge Retailer

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    That's cool. Got a link to any of your favorites? I'll play along...
     
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  6. 2clicker

    2clicker we out there Accessory Maker

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    i believe that the concern was over porous ceramics only... if im not mistaken. and that non-porous ceramics should not break down. could be wrong, but i dont use any wicking materials anymore so i gave up on ceramic. i have been thinking about trying to incorporate a quarts plate or cup with my new build.
     
  7. EverythingsHazy

    EverythingsHazy Well-Known Member

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    A balled up piece of metal concentrate pad from a vape like the Volcano. It doesn't impart any flavor onto the vaporized material. Do be careful to avoid the little metal slivers that can stick around after you cut through the pad. You don't want to inhale any of those. I'd think pulling a little chunk off would be better than cutting it.


    To answer the poll, I picked flower bed. A little ball of wax on a bed of flower makes it feel like the flower is putting out infinite clouds. For a concentrate-only session, steel wool is best, imo.

    Cotton adds a flavor almost like drier sheets. It's unpleasant, and I don't like not knowing what chemicals are being released in order to cause that.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2017
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  8. 2clicker

    2clicker we out there Accessory Maker

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    i dont vape concentrates in flower vapes much at all anymore, but when i did it was always a flower sambo!
     
  9. stickstones

    stickstones Vapor concierge Retailer

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    for me it's herb sammich > ss mesh > hemp fiber > cotton (which I won't use)
     
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  10. Ferrusbuelker

    Ferrusbuelker Member

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    Yes I usually use G.M. Associates

    http://gmassoc.thomasnet.com/viewitems/quartz-porous-discs-and-wool/quartz-fritted-porous-discs

    http://www.gmassoc.com/pdf/POROUS DISC.pdf

    They quartz wool which I’m curious about but definitely haven’t tried.

    There are a lot of options out there

    http://www.technicalglass.com/product_pages/fused_quartz_wool/fritted_discs.html

    If you are thinking about going forward with be very careful. The frits are delicate so handle with extreme care when installing. After installed I run a lot of water through the frit to get any possible quartz dust. Just make sure the frit doesn’t go down the drain. I know I’ve already stressed this but use caution when doing this and once it’s installed you do not want to make contact with it if possible.
     
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  11. The Beagle

    The Beagle Butanist Bubblemaker

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    Same here, I love the herb sandwich especially through water. Huge clouds.
     

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