If 2020 has achieved anything positive, it’s made us all more hygiene conscious. That’s why if you are thinking of investing in a Storz and Bickel Volcano Vaporizer, or if you already own one, then you may be wondering how to clean it. Well, wonder no more.
The Volcano is one of the easiest units to clean out there. This is obviously good news, because if you keep it clean it will last and last. Cleaning doesn’t only spare you build up or contamination, it also ensures that your vapor is high quality and highly aromatic. By keeping your Volcano clean you will get to enjoy all the subtle flavour variations that much more.
The Volcano base doesn’t need much cleaning at all, requiring only a little surface cleaner from time to time to keep it looking good. A mild soap will do the job, since alcohol or abrasive cleaning products may end up scratching the unit.
While the Volcano is pretty long-wearing, if you do require a new balloon or adapter then it’s best to get that sorted so your Volcano is ready to use again.
Next up, you need to assemble your cleaning products and tools. Gather a soft cleaning brush, soft cloth, Isopropyl alcohol wipes, a gentle cleaning product, hot water, pliers and tweezers.
First up, you should check the air filter at the bottom of the unit. Replacement sponges come with your Volcano, so pop a new one in there as needed. Brush the air filter gently to remove any debris and clean it with mild soap and water before letting it air dry, then put it back in its socket.
Next, check out your valve set. At The Bong Shop, we sell the Easy Valve Set, so we are going to discuss the process of cleaning that, but if you have the Solid Valve Set click here.
The Easy Valve mouthpiece and balloons are disposable, so they don’t require any maintenance, just replace them every few weeks to remain hygienic and you’re good to go. The only thing you will have to clean is the filling chamber whenever you get a new bag.
So, cleaning the filling chamber. First, push the screen out from the top to access and disassemble the cap. Next, remove the cap cylinder from the socket by pushing it down and releasing it so it pops up. The cap ring should come with it.
Now push out the lower screen and remove the filling chamber (a small cylinder) from the socket, along with the filling chamber clips.
Clean all of these parts with a gentle or Isopropyl wipes, and use the soft cleaning brush to dust away any debris. If the cap cylinder, filling chamber clips, filling chamber cylinder or screens have stubborn residue then you can soak them in Isopropyl alcohol. For the filling chamber, cap housing or cap ring, these should be soaked in a gentle cleaning product to avoid damage. Rinse all the parts with lukewarm water and let them air dry before you reassemble your chamber. This part should be mostly common sense, but to get it right, please consult your Volcano manual and follow the steps written there to a T, since models do differ.
There you have it! A sparkling clean Volcano to see you through 2020.