The legendary Storz & Bickel Volcano vaporizer has delighted vapor enthusiasts since 2000. It sets the bar high for flavor, efficiency, and ease of use, and requires very little in terms of instructions. Its simplicity is certainly part of the appeal. That said, we do have a few tips that can help Volcano owners get the most from their desktop vape, maximizing vapor production and excellent flavor without wasting anything.
Use the included grinder
While the Volcano will work well, even with chunkier ground materials, it's worth blending them a bit finer than you're used to. You may be tempted to reach for a nicer metal grinder, but the included two-piece plastic grinder actually produces perfectly ground materials for your Volcano. It keeps the herbs between the teeth longer, producing an almost-powdery material that ensures full extraction for convection vaporizers such as the Storz & Bickel vaporizers.
Your first bag
The Volcano’s reliance on convection heat means it can take a little time for the materials to fully preheat, depending on your temperature. Just because you can’t see the vapor, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Your materials will release their natural moisture and oils before they produce the thick clouds most people expect, so your first bag won’t look like much, but it will taste the best. That's not the only option, however.
For thicker clouds, you can start filling a bag and keep an eye on the vapor density. Once the vapor starts getting visible, pull the bag off and inhale the lighter, tastier vapor. You don't need to fill a full bag, just pull it off when you like the look of the vapor. After you're done, the second bag you fill will be full and dense from start to finish. As always, you can experiment and dial in the vapor density that you like best.
Save your herbs
Thanks to convection heating, it’s unlikely your materials will continue to vape sitting on top of the Volcano vaporizer, but we recommend removing the filling chamber if you’re not going to use it for a bit. As you near the end of the session and the bags start to thin out, you can leave the filling chamber on top for a few minutes before turning on the fan. The filling chamber will absorb some heat and you’ll get full extraction from your herbs at the very end.
Max out every chamber
While the solid valve’s French press-like sliding chamber accepts loads of almost any size, the easy valve’s fixed size is less forgiving. It works best when full, or half-filled with the included liquid pad taking up the extra space. If your bags aren’t as dense as you like, a little more herb can usually solve the problem.
Solo users who are often only enjoying a bag or two should check out the Volcano dosing capsules and adapter. The capsules hold one tenth of a gram, instead of the half gram capacity of an empty filling chamber, and direct the air straight into the capsule for satisfying hits. The extra metal can absorb heat at first and weaken the vapor, so we recommend letting the filling chamber warm up on top of the Volcano while preparing the dosing capsules. Where a full chamber will produce three or four hearty bags, the dosing capsules will typically produce just one -- perfect for a quick solo session.
Don’t be afraid to turn up the heat
The Volcano vape’s clean convection and wide vapor path into the bag mean cool vapor, even with higher temperatures than you might be used to. If you’re looking for a little more oomph in each bag, turning up the heat to 400° F or higher is totally acceptable, and won’t produce harsh off-flavors or burnt material. That said, vapor of any temperature will grow stale as it sits in the bag. You should plan on finishing your bags within five minutes or so for the best experience.