I've found this true with myself, its the pipe I use most. (I recently gave my Pipeorizer(out of production) a few runs and boy oh boy for what it is, its very cool and effective. With good herbs the Pipeorizer is a Star in its own right) With my Vaporstar and my Pipeorizer I really feel like I have portability covered.Benny said:I FUCKING LOVE MY VAPORSTAR!!
Excellent first post.Atty said:Hi everyone,
The Vaporstar gets my vote. It's can be a bit of a fickle bitch at times, and you need pretty big lungs and good breath control, but once the technique is practised you can get surprisingly big hits from it.
Annoyingly, I lost the wooden bowl for my vaporstar some time ago, so it's currently out of action.
I can understand the spectre of the butane bogeyman putting people off purchasing one, but I'm pretty sceptical about some of the health scares that get thrown around. I can see how some cheaper lighters could potentially leak butane far enough away from the naked flame for it to avoid combustion, but it still seems like the potential risks have been blown completely out of proportion.
What'd ya think man? the difference on your mouth/throat is obvious (try one hit with the water, and then a dry hit straight after) .. but what about any noticeable increases in potency and/or effects? I find it comes on a bit harder and kinda reaches all areas a bit quicker. Nothing amazing, but definitely worth doing again...SuperTorch said:I'll try the hot water again and see if I feel the humidity helps or smooths hits out or any noticeable affect on potency.
While I've never had any problems using a conventional lighter with my Vaporstar, I've found that torch lighters, although not recommended by Vaporstar's manufacturer because of the higher flame temperature, can actually be used with just a fairly simple modification of your pipe-hitting procedure. Instead of letting the flame dip down into the hole as you would with a normal lighter, I hold the torch-lighter flame slightly back and above, and watch inside the pipe for clues when to take the flame away. It took me a few goes to get it spot-on, but as you mentioned in your post; practising your technique can make a big difference...Atty said:I can see how some cheaper lighters could potentially leak butane far enough away from the naked flame for it to avoid combustion.
A torch is a little trickier, but definitely a cleaner heat source if you can get the hang of it. Good info.Benny said:While I've never had any problems using a conventional lighter with my Vaporstar, I've found that torch lighters, although not recommended by Vaporstar's manufacturer because of the higher flame temperature, can actually be used with just a fairly simple modification of your pipe-hitting procedure.
My advice is DONT buy or use those lighters man... the green color is caused by the flame heating a small copper filament just inside the collar. Burning copper gives off green light energy... great if your watching fireworks from a mile away... But it also gives off some TOXIC fumes, which you would be inhaling nearly 100% of through a vapostarAtty said:Does anyone know about those green flame torch lighters I once heard of?
Hi Jagernacht,The Jagernacht said:If it's clean you want, this is what I'm thinking about getting http://www.beelinehawaii.com/ it's like, basically a slow burning rope made of hemp and bees wax from what I can understand.
It's cheap and easy enough to varnish a bowl yourself though. In fact, since it's on the exterior of the bowl, a couple thin coats of any kind of varnish won't hurt you as long as you don't accidentally hit the varnish with the flame. I actually would have preferred an unvarnished bowl that way I could give it a french polish or something similarly luxurious and comparable to the finish on traditional briar pipe bowls.SuperTorch said:The Varnished units are no longer being made, because over zealous health freaks posted to many time about the organic varnish being toxic(What a joke) and he got to many returns so there done. I like them much better than the non varnish as the are easier to keep clean and look better, its not a big deal but to bad their gone. Dave did say he was working on a highly polished unit and that sounds very nice indeed and I'll be keeping an eye out for them.
Yeah, cool. If you do give 'em a try, be sure to post what you think!The Jagernacht said:It's something I'm willing to give a go to, yknow?
I would say the problem with matches was predominately their short burning time though.
Even if I light this one up with a lighter, I'd still be breathing no kind of emissions from it really.