How To Use Your Volcano Vaporization System

The Volcano Vaporizer System is easy to get started with. Designed with the consumer in mind, the system is easy to use and master.

Each unit comes with all of the components you need to get started.

Starting out, you’ll need just three main components to begin using your vaporizer.

The three components to remove from the bag are:

These three components will help you progress through the simple setup option outlined below.

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The Layman's Quick Start Guide

#1 -You'll start by finding the base of the Volcano and placing it onto a flat surface.

#2 -Locate the filling chamber and note that there’s a screen on the bottom of the chamber that is meant to hold herbs in place.

Fill the chamber to your desired amount and then set the screen on top to form a proper seal.

#3 -The closed filling chamber will then be placed on the Volcano.

You'll note that there’s really no wrong way to place the grooved top in place. After placing the screen, the valve that holds the plastic bag will need to be put in place. The bag’s job is to fill up with vapors and hold them for the user.

#4 -The valve snaps easily into place on top of the filling chamber.

#5 -All that’s left to do is hit the green button and allow the Volcano to fill the bag with vapors.

Expert testing has revealed that the vapor in the bag can be inhaled for 1- 2 hours after filling.

#6 -Setting the temperature properly will take some time to master, but experiment to find a setting that produces the desired vapor thickness.

The digital Volcano vaporizer offers more refinement in temperature control, but the manual controls will also work just fine.

#7-If this is your first time vaping with the Volcano, you’ll also need to use the clips on the side of the bag when disconnecting it from the filling chamber.

The clips are what will then attach the bag to the mouthpiece, which will keep the vapor inside of the bag and form a seal.

#8 -Press your lips on the valve and it will release vapor.

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Advanced Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Vaporizer

The Volcano was first introduced to consumers in 2001, and enthusiasts have had time to learn how to best use this vaporizer. Tips from community members and long-term users on how to make the most out of the vaporizer include:

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#1 - Use the Grinder That’s Included

You may be tempted to use chunkier material in the Volcano, but this is not the best way to vape your product. A grinder is included to offer you a finer concentration of product that you may not be familiar with.

The two-piece grinder will grind the material down to a size that’s perfect for the Volcano.

Engineered from the ground up to offer the best flavor, the Volcano works best when all herb is ground with the two-piece grinder. The grinder is designed to keep the herb between the teeth for longer, offering full extraction thanks to the material that’s produced.

#2 - Save Herb with This Tip

Herb is expensive, and it can be wasted by keeping the material on top of the Volcano when vaping. The filling chamber should be removed when not being used, even for a short time, because the heat from the vaporizer will continue to degrade the herb left in the chamber.

When the bag starts to thin, leave the chamber on top of the Volcano for a few minutes before turning on the fan.

The filling chamber will be able to use the heat and offer full extraction of the herb.

Use this method when vaping and in between filling the chamber to be able to enjoy great-tasting herb for longer.

#3 - Try Higher Temperatures

Temperature settings are designed to offer clean convection without the fear of harsh flavors or burnt material even at high temperature settings. Turn up the heat to 400F or higher, testing out different temperature ranges to find one that is best suited to your tastes.

Start lowering the temperature over time, making note of the changes, to find the best temperature for your taste.

Note: Vapor does tend to go stale, and it will go stale if the vapor sits in the bag for too long. While you can leave the vapor in the bag for 1 – 2 hours, it tastes best when the vapor is finished within 5 minutes.

A lot of long-term users found that the ideal temperature range, when using the Classic, is between 4.5 and 5. The temperature will remain at under 180c with the goal of not overheating the contents in the chamber.

Preheat the flower for best results, or crank it up to 10 and try it while adjusting the temperature lower, with each bag filling to find the ideal temperature.

#4 - The First Bag Filling Technique

Vapor thickens as it heats up, and the first bag will often be less flavorful and the right consistency than subsequent bags. One technique is to watch the bag closely and adjust the temperature when filling the bag for the first time.

When the density is a level that you prefer, remove the bag and keep the temperature as-is.

You can inhale the vapor, and then fill it back up to have a bag filled with the dense vapor that you prefer. The bags are designed to be removed at any time, allowing the bag to be filled and removed multiple times as needed.

The first bag is almost never as good as the second because the oven is heating up to its desired temperature.

#5 - Proper Chamber Filling Techniques for Better Vapor Taste and Density

Volcano is designed with a chamber that accepts almost any size load of herb. The press-like chamber’s benefits are offset by the easy valve, which has a fixed size that’s less forgiving.

One method of overcoming the restrictions of the easy valve is to:

  • Fill the chamber completely
  • Fill the chamber to half capacity

A liquid pad can be placed in the chamber to take up the excess space. Volcano also sells dosing capsules, which will be able to hold different levels of herb with better precision. The dosing capsules are ideal for solo use options, but it’s recommended that the Volcano’s chamber be allowed to properly heat up so that the density is ideal when the capsule is used.

#6 -Ramped Temperature Profiles

Ramped temperature profiles are ideal for some users and not others. When trying to find the perfect taste and density, a lot of users will start in the 5.5 - 6 range. The idea is to fill the bag more and more, increasing the temperature during the session.

The session may start with a 5.5 temperature and end at a 9.

The New Hybrid Volcano can follow the same ramp-up profile by slowly increasing the temperature as the bag fills. See our update temperature chart here.

#7 -Rattling Can Be Fixed with a Torx T8 Safety Screwdriver

Over time, the Volcano may start to rattle or make a low sound when in use. The rattling is caused by screws coming loose over time, and the screws used are not conventional. Torx T8 safety screwdrivers are the right option to tighten the screws and keep the unit from rattling.

Loctite can be used with great success to keep the screws from working their way out of the Volcano.

Replacement screws are available direct, and the replacement screws will use the conventional screw that can be used with a Philips screwdriver. If screws are lost over time, they are able to be replaced direct from the manufacturer.

Q-tips and rubbing alcohol will be used extensively during the cleaning process, allowing users to thoroughly clean out all components of the Volcano.

How often do I need to change the bag? It depends on usage.

A person using the Volcano daily will need to change bags more often than a weekly or casual user.

The general rule of thumb is that the bag needs to be replaced when it starts to stick to itself. This happens after extended use, and users will need to help the bag fill more.

Others will begin replacing their bags when the vapor begins to leak from the seal of the gaskets.

There is also a school of thought that the bags should be changed once their color starts to turn. Heavy users will change their bags once a month or as often as every two weeks if the resin starts to build-up in the unit.

Moderate users may be able to go 2 – 4 months before a bag change is required.

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How To Clean Your Volcano

Cleaning Techniques and Bag Changes for Optimal Function and Taste

A lot of users forget to clean their Volcano, and like any vaporizer, there will be gunk build-up and cleaning required.

Cleaning is going to keep your unit running more efficiently for longer. If you use the unit a few times a week, a monthly cleaning schedule will suffice. Monthly cleanings are ideal, keeping the unit clean and running efficiently.

The cleaning should follow this checklist:
  • Filling chamber. The top screen is an area that you should be cleaning weekly if buildup occurs, but a good cleaning every month should also be performed. A dirty top screen will impact flavor and the Volcano’s ability to extract herb.
  • Solid valve. The solid valve will become gummy, and this valve ought to be cleaned, too. Heavy users may need to clean this valve as often as every two weeks to ensure that the vapor remains properly sealed in the bag.
  • Easy valve. The easy valves can be cleaned, but the valves have been designed to be discarded and replaced every two weeks or so. Discard the valves when they start to smell odd.
  • Exterior. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the exterior, avoiding any harsh chemicals or cleaners. Flip the base unit upside down to remove any of the loose herb that may have fallen inside of the unit.
Cleaning the unit thoroughly is recommended, and replacing any parts that have become too worn is recommended.

Valves are disposable, and there are a few parts of the filling chamber that should be cleaned and soaked.

The plastic parts of the filling chamber and any silicone rings should be soaked in warm soapy water.

Soaking will remove the residue and allow for a better vapor taste.

Rinse the soaked parts well in warm water after soaking to remove any remaining soap residue.

Read our step-by-step cleaning guide here >>.

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