Storz & Bickel's Volcano vaporizer doesn’t just produce amazing vapor, it’s also easy to fire up, and simple to clean. The base station barely needs any maintenance, and the filling chamber up top is easy to take apart and soak. Our cleaning guide will walk you through the cleaning and maintenance process, step by step, and leave you with a squeaky clean Volcano.
What do you need?
To clean the Volcano, you’ll need 91 percent or higher isopropyl alcohol, cotton swabs, soap, warm water, two glass jars, and a flathead screwdriver.
How often should you clean?
Cleaning should be performed based on your personal standards, but there are a few telltale signs it might be time for a cleaning. You might notice that even a fresh vape bag doesn’t taste as clean as you might like, or it doesn’t feel as efficient as it normally does. If there’s still an herbal smell to the filling chamber or Volcano when it’s empty and turned off, it’s probably about time to bust out the cleaning tools.
The base station
You should avoid using any sort of liquid cleaners on the Volcano’s base, and instead wipe it down with a soft cloth to remove any smudges. Check the air filter, found under a small grate on the bottom, after about a month of daily use, and replace it if it starts to look dirty, or you notice airflow issues. It’s also worth flipping the base station over every once in a while to shake out any bits of herb that have fallen down inside.
The filling chamber
The filling chamber is the only piece that should require any amount of deep cleaning. Start by twisting it apart, so you’re left with the filling chamber and cap housing. Push the end of the brush down into the cap housing to pop out the screen. Remove the silicone o-ring from the cap cylinder and set them aside. Push the screen up and out to take it out of the filling chamber’s bottom half. Push the metal collar up and out the same way. Now the clips should fall out, leaving you with the clips, a screen, and two parts that make up the filling chamber bottom.
Soaking or washing
Set aside the silicone rings and any plastic parts, and soak them in warm, soapy water. The remaining pieces of the filling chamber can go straight into the isopropyl alcohol for up to 30 minutes. Afterwards, make sure to rinse them well in warm water, and let them dry before use.
The regular Easy Valves were designed to be thrown away entirely, bag and all. Storz & Bickel recommends throwing them out after about two weeks of daily use, but you can judge based on color and odor. If it starts to not smell so fresh, throw it out.
The Easy Valve with Adapter, on the other hand, is designed to be cleaned and reused. Pop the black ring off over the bag, then throw out the bag itself. Clean the orange and black plastic pieces with hot, soapy water. Cut some of the official Volcano bags, or a plastic turkey bag, to your desired length, and seal off one end with a twist tie, or the strips of plastic in the Volcano bag box.
First, insert the filling chamber cylinder back into the housing, then flip it over and insert the metal clips into the empty space next to the plastic pillars, with the bent end into the plastic, and the flat lip sitting on the outside edge. Reset the screen by pressing firmly around the edges, then put the screen back inside, followed by the cap cylinder. Make sure the screens are fully seated to avoid any extra bits in your bags.