This is definitely not a user removeable part, but good work getting it done. You can now clean the device a little more effectively.Well, now I did:
I initially tried by hand and got it to turn a bit. Then I used pliers with a bit of paper towel folded up so not to scratch the heck out of it. I managed to unscrew and the waif-y copper band (pictured right of heating chamber) came off. I’m not even sure where or if there’s more of it or only went partially around something.
Not only that but I’m apparently stronger - and possibly more stupid - than I think I am. I bent the heating chamber with the force of the pliers. I would NOT recommend using pliers or perhaps any tool for that matter to attempt this, just for the record. I got the chamber back in shape though it may be moot with the copper piece broken off.
Does anyone know what that is and if it’s critical to the function of the heater? Do I even dare power it up without that little piece? It appears more threading looking but I’m not sure. Does anyone have a pic of one in better condition?
I cleaned what I could and I’m letting it all dry. There’s a chance I may never start it up again (see above) and just use my OG until that goes. I could just get a new IO body too since I messed this up, if HL even has spares on hand. We shall see
A safe method (to protect the chamber) is to place tacky concentrate around the chamber top/MP threads, allow it to cool after heating/using and then the assembly binds and allows the copper threadlock to be easily defeated just by untwisting the MP.
That copper strip is in good enough condition to reuse, but it isn't necessary and if you ever intend on opening it up again it's better to leave it out.
It's just a bit of foil to bind the threads. it only partially covers them, that is the full piece in your photo. I can't believe after all their misguided effort making this thing HL would recommend using loctite in its place.
I had enough grime in the barrel of the body and on and around the PCB as it was. Seeing this really made me question why I liked the unit so much as it is a pretty stupid assembly.