HOW TO CLEAN A DRY HERB VAPORIZER
- HERB VAPE BLOG -
(February 23, 2020)
5 STEPS TO CLEANING A DRY HERB VAPORIZER
1. Clean the herb chamber
Use a small cleaning brush if you have one and give the inside and the bottom of the herb chamber a scrub to remove any herb debris that may be stuck to the walls of the vaporizing chamber.
Any residue stuck to the inside of the herb chamber will be easier to clean if it’s slightly warm. Turn on the vaporizer and let it heat up slightly, not to full operating temperature but just warm enough to make it easier to clean the sticky residue.
Wet the end of a q-tip with Isopropyl alcohol and wipe the inside of the chamber. Use another q-tip to dry it off, then repeat the process a couple of times.
Be careful to not let any Isopropyl Alcohol drip down into the inner workings of the vaporizer as this may damage the device.Turn on the vaporizer again and let it heat up to help evaporate off any Isopropyl Alcohol that may be remaining.
2. Clean the Mouthpiece
It is important to clean both the inside and outside of your dry herb vaporizer mouthpiece often.
Cleaning the inside of the mouthpiece will prevent it from clogging up and making it difficult to inhale through. Cleaning the outside of the mouthpiece will prevent the build up of germs and bacteria.
Most dry herb vaporizer mouthpieces are removable and can be soaked in Isopropyl alcohol or warm water and wiped down afterwards. If you use Isopropyl alcohol to clean any parts, give them a rinse with water before reassembling the vaporizer.
Only glass, steel or ceramic parts should be left to soak in Isoproply alcohol or water. You should avoid soaking any vaporizer parts that have silicone seals or are made from rubber or plastic. Any rubber or plastic parts will need to be cleaned by hand.
If the mouthpiece can’t easily be removed wipe it with Isopropyl alcohol to kill any germs and use a pipe cleaner to clean the residue from the inside.
3. Clean the filters and filter screens
Most dry herb vapes havefilters and screens that are easy to remove for cleaning.These filters can clog up fairly quickly if you don’t clean them and affect the performance of the device. Either soak the filters in Isopropyl alcohol then wipe them clean, or just use an alcohol cleaning wipe.
4. Clean the vapour path
The vapour path is any part of the vaporizer that comes in contact with the vapour.The vapour is what contains the particles that stick to the vaporizer and leaves the sticky residue behind.
The Air intake path prior to reaching the herbs doesn’t really need to be cleaned. The path the air travels after it has passed through the herbs and turned to vapour is the vapour path. All parts of the vapour path need to be cleaned.
The vapour path can be cleaned by using a q-tip or pipe cleaner that has been slightly wet with Isopropyl Alcohol, then dried using dry q-tip or pipe cleaner. You might need to repeat this process a couple of times until all the residue is removed.
5. After cleaning your Dry Herb Vape
When you have finished cleaning your vaporizer and reassembled any parts we recommend burning off any Isopropyl achohol that may be left behind during the cleaning process. This will ensure you don’t inhale any Isopropyl alcohol vapour and the taste of your next session won’t be affected.
To do this, set the vaporizer to a high temperature, turn it on and let it heat up without any herbs in the chamber. Leave it on for a couple of minutes then turn it ff and let it cool down.
Cleaning your vaporizer is worth the effort
Cleaning your dry herb vaporizer is easy and doesn't take very long but will make a huge difference to your vaping session. If you make it a part of your regular routine you will enjoy using your herb vape much more.
It’s important to keep your dry herb vaporizer well maintained. The process of using a dry herb vape leaves a small amount of sticky residue inside parts of the vaporizer that build up over time and will detract from a good experience.
The residue left behind after using a dry herb vaporizer is a lot easier to clean and less messy than the sticky, smelly, black resin left behind when smoking herbs through a pipe or bong.
You should always read the user manual for your specific model of vaporizer for full cleaning and maintenance guidelines.
Parts of a Vaporizer to clean
- Herb Chamber / oven
- Filters / filter screens
- Vapour path
Useful items for cleaning a dry herb vaporizer
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Small cleaning brush
- Alcohol cleaning wipes
- Cotton tips / Q-tips
- Packing / cleaning tool
- Pipe cleaners
What do you use to clean a Dry Herb Vaporizer..?
All you need to use to clean a dry herb vaporizer is Isopropyl Alcohol and some cotton tips / q-tips. Isopropyl Alcohol Is an alcohol based cleaner that evaporates very quickly and can be purchased in most hardware stores. If you don’t have any Isopropyl Alcohol you can use hot soapy water.
All dry herb vaporizers are slightly different and some have specific parts that are not the same in other vaporizers. For example, to clean the Pax 3 vaporizer you will need pipe cleaners where most others you won’t.
Most dry herb vapes will come with a basic cleaning kit included in the box that will include a selection of items that are useful in maintaining your vaporizer.
If you have Isopropyl Alcohol and some cotton tips, you have everything you will need to clean a Dry Herb Vape
Why you should keep your Dry Herb Vaporizer clean
If you don’t bother to clean your dry herb vape it won’t take too long until it affects its performance.
The residue will build up and can block the mesh, ceramic or stainless steel filter screens that stop the ground herbal matter from being inhaled through the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece itself can also become blocked if not cleaned regularly.
The quality of the vapour will also be affected and the vapour won’t taste as good as it should. You might find it starts to taste a bit like burning popcorn after a while if you don’t clean out the chamber properly after each use.
If there is a build up of residue inside the heating chamber it will make the vaporizer much less efficient as the residue will be blocking the heat from fully and evenly heating the herbs.
A good quality dry herb vaporizer that is well looked after and maintained should last many years without any problems
How often should you clean a Dry Herb Vaporizer..?
Ideally, you should clean your dry herb vaporizer after every session. The more regularly you clean your vaporizer the better. The longer you leave it between cleaning, the more difficult it will be to clean. The residue is sticky and if left it won’t take long until it builds up and becomes a problem.
At the very least you should use a small brush to clean out any used herb debris from the chamber and give the filter screens a quick scrub with the brush after every session when you empty out the used herbs. Most dry herb vaporizers come with a brush for this purpose.
As a guide you should thoroughly clean your dry herb vape after about every 5-10 sessions.
It will of course depend on how often you use your vaporizer as to how often it will need a more thorough clean, but it won’t take you long to figure out how often that is just by looking at it. If it looks a bit sticky and unclean, or if it becomes difficult to inhale through it’s time to pull it apart and give it a deeper clean.