Ever wanted to make your own marijuana vaporizer, but didn’t know it could be easily created with just a few everyday household supplies? If you want to start vaping cannabis but are on a budget, or you just want the experience of creating your own, our simple guide will walk you through making your own awesome homemade vape.
While there are plenty of excellent vapes you could purchase on the market, some people find that making their own vaporizer is a much more interactive, fun, and exciting experience, and in some cases, it can also substantially cut down on the cost of getting started.
There are various methods you can use to produce your handmade vaporizing device, but the one we will share with you is probably the most simple in our opinion, especially for those of you who are giving this your first attempt. Before we look at what materials you’ll need and how you go about making your own homemade vaporizer, let’s first look at what vaping is, for the benefit of those who are new to the subject.
What Is Vaping?
Vaping is simply an alternative method of consuming cannabis. Unlike smoking weed, where you are burning your bud, vaping involves heating cannabis either in dried herb or in an oil form to temperatures below its combustion point. This heating method produces a vapor which you then inhale.
Some of the arguments in favor of vaping as opposed to smoking are that it is a more convenient and discreet way of consuming cannabis. Vape pens, for example, are small and convenient to carry around, they fit easily in a bag, and are a great way of consuming cannabis on the go. Vape pens are simple to use; you simply press a button to activate the atomizer and inhale.
Also, the fact that you are heating rather than burning your weed means you are producing vapor rather than smoke. One of the biggest advantages vaping has over smoking weed is that you get to experience stronger flavors as well as avoiding the harmful effects of inhaling marijuana smoke.
There are, however, some drawbacks with vaping. The initial cost of purchasing your vaping device can be quite high and also the learning curve to familiarize yourself with the equipment, and vaping generally, is quite steep. There are also some concerns about the safety of vaping, too, particularly around the use of toxic substances as thinning agents to transform raw cannabis oil into a more liquid form which is suitable for vaping.
Thankfully, as you will see from this simple step-by-step guide, making your own homemade vaporizer isn’t as daunting a task as you may think. You just need to source the materials, and the rest is pretty straightforward.
Designing a Heat Gun Vaporizer at Home
After determining the vital parts of a vaporizer, getting to understand how the vaporizer works, and getting the accessories you need to accomplish the task, it is time to prepare the vaporizer. Let’s start with a heat gun vaporizer.
Things you need:
- The heat gun for heating purposes, which can produce temperatures of over 2000C
- Paper towels and toilet paper tubes
- Aluminum foil
- An oven or turkey bag
- Tea ball
- Coffee percolator or funnel
- Twist ties
- Cannabis for the vape delivered.
- Line the paper towels with aluminum tubes on the inside. Ensure that it streamlines to the pipes and does not protrude or stick out, which can result in heating of the foil. Aluminum foil emits dangerous chemicals when it comes into contact with heat.
- Secure the funnel to the paper towel and create a permanent seal at the base such that no air escapes and none seep through. Duct tape might help accomplish the task.
- Place the oven bag around the funnel and secure it in place around the paper towel. Use the twist ties to secure it in place.
- Place the heat gun on a stable surface, place the cannabis in between the heat gun and the paper towel tubes. Assemble the vaporizer and fit it in and secure the different components in place.
- Press on the heating button on the short gun for heating, and you can now proceed to vape your cannabis.
Light Bulb Vaporizer
A light bulb vaporizer is another simple vaporizer that you can make at home with simple accessories. The vaporizer is quite efficient and more straightforward in its design in comparison to the heat gun vaporizer. Alternatively, one can also choose among various vaporizers offered by Big Daddy Smoke. Let’s commence on the task of assembling this convenient homemade device.
Things you need:
- A light bulb
- Plastic straw
- Plastic bottle preferably soda bottle with its cap still on it
- Scissors or a knife
- Glue or duct tape
- Torch lighter
Assembling the vaporizer
Drill two holes in the plastic bottle cap and place the plastic straw through one of the holes. The shaft through which the straw goes through should be airtight. You can use the glue or duct tape to accomplish this goal.
Using your scissors, cut the top part of the plastic bottle, approximately 10.2 centimeters from the bottle cap, and keep it aside for use later. The bottleneck you severed is an essential part of the vaporizer as it acts as the vaporizing chamber. If you’re not comfortable with using the plastic pipe for vaping hot vapor, then you can instead employ the stem of a metal torchlight.
Start working on your light bulb by carefully removing the bottom section holding the bulb filaments — a sharp knife aids in accomplishing this task. However, exercise caution to avoid cuts or bulb breakage due to excess pressure. Remove everything and set them aside, leaving the glass chamber empty.
Remove the bottle cap and fit in the bottleneck to the hole of the light bulb glass chamber. The bottleneck should fit perfectly. However, you may need to secure it in place and prevent air from seeping through the spaces left. You can use the duct tape to achieve this goal quite easily. Ensure the seal is airtight for a quality vaporizer.
Get your cannabis vape and place it into the glass chamber via the open bottle and tighten the bottle cap. Assess the complete vaporizer to make sure each part holds on tight. If you’re not satisfied, glue or add the duct tape to accomplish your goal.
Cover the hole on the cap with one finger. Using the torch lighter to heat the cannabis through the light bulb glass chamber, let the smoke rise and suck the vapor or smoke through the straw. Ensure that you continuously rotate the glass chamber to avoid scorching the cannabis, which can lead to unhealthy smoke vapor.
- The first thing you will notice when heating is the vapor forming a dark haze onto the light bulb inside the surface. Let go of the hole your finger is covering on the bottle cap. Before the steam escapes through the hole, inhale through the straw.
Point to Note: Safety measures in using these forms of vaporizers continuously arise due to the dangers involved in the resources used. To prevent putting yourself into harm’s way by using substandard resources, you have to ensure that what you use is thoroughly clean and of good quality. For the heat gun vaporizer, avoid heating the aluminum to prevent harmful gases. In the light bulb vaporizer, keep the glass clean and clear at all times.
There are several considerations to put in place before building your vaporizer. These include the heating mechanisms, i.e., the torch lighter and the heat gun in the vaporizers, among others. Once you get the basics, it is easier to pull it through and make a fantastic vaporizer at home. Ensure you are safe by adhering to any safety precautions before starting to vape using a homemade vaporizer.