Why You Need to Keep Your Dry Herb Vaporizer Clean
When it comes to cleaning your dry herb vaporizer, you mainly have to worry about two parts, the oven, aka the herb chamber, and the mouthpiece. Keeping the chamber clean is important because you don’t want any residue gunking up the chamber. For one thing, too much residue build-up can prevent you from completely filling up the chamber the next time you vape. For another, the vapor quality of a fresh bowl might be affected by the residue, especially if the strain you are using is different from the strain of the residue.
Also, any built up residue can affect the heating and vaporization of any fresh herb placed in the chamber. Whether your vape uses conduction or convection heating methods, built up residue can impede the heat transfer and prevent the herb from getting heated evenly. Uniform heating is necessary to produce high-quality vapor, so anything that negatively affects the heating of the herb will have a negative impact on the flavor of your herb.
Keeping the mouthpiece clean is important because it can get clogged if it isn’t cleaned regularly. The ramifications of that are obvious, namely that it will become harder, and eventually impossible, to completely inhale the vapor produced by the herb. If the outside of the vaporizer gets dirty, that won’t affect the performance of the vape, but cleaning it is still necessary for appearance’s sake and just for general cleanliness. After all, you don’t want to be that one slobby vaper everyone hates to be around.
Cleaning The Herb Chamber
Like I mentioned earlier, cleaning the herb chamber isn’t too difficult, just follow these steps and your herb chamber will be as clean as the day you removed it from its package. Note that any cleaning is best done a little after you have completed a session while the chamber is still warm. The reason is that any residue will be soft and malleable, so it will be easier to clean. Wait too long and the gunk will harden, which will make cleaning more difficult.
- Open up the herb chamber and hold it upside down over a trash can or ashtray to empty out the cashed herb. Lightly tap the chamber on a hard surface to make sure that any stray detritus gets cleared out.
- Get a cleaning brush with soft, but firm, bristles and run it around the surface of the oven. Don’t brush too hard or use a brush with tough bristles because that could end up scratching and damaging the delicate surface of the oven.
- Use that same brush to gently clean the mouthpiece screen as well.
- Use a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to wipe down and disinfect the chamber.
- Once the oven is completely dry and free of any residue, you can close it up again.
Cleaning The Mouthpiece
Mouthpieces can come in different shapes and can be made from different materials each of which needs to be cleaned a little differently. There are tapered mouthpieces like the one on the Pax 3. There are also cylindrical straw-like mouthpieces such as the one on the Crafty. Those types of mouthpieces are usually made from rubber or silicone, but there are also mouthpieces that are made of glass, like the one on the Arizer Solo 2, and they require their own distinct cleaning protocol.
Cleaning Rubber and Plastic Mouthpieces
- Remove the mouthpiece from the rest of the vaporizer.
- Extend the mouthpiece if applicable, and run a cleaning brush around the inside of it. If the airpath of the mouthpiece is too narrow, then you can use a toothpick or a pick tool instead.
- Blow through the airpath to clear it of any loose detritus.
Cleaning Glass Mouthpieces
- First, remove the mouthpiece from the rest of the vaporizer.
- Use a cleaning brush to remove any stuck on residue from the inner surface of the mouthpiece.
- For more stubborn residue, use a cleaning swab that has been dipped in iso alcohol to clean out the mouthpiece. If it is possible, you can also soak the entire mouthpiece in a container filled with enough iso alcohol to submerge the mouthpiece.
- Once the iso alcohol cleaning is complete, rinse out the mouthpiece with warm water to finish up. Make sure that the mouthpiece is dry before using it again.