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I vented my frustrations about this little beast on the forum:
Originally Posted by scarf-ace
It leaks through the air intake holes. Sometimes profusely. Thought I'd solved this problem by nudging the wicks around but it still happens when the tank is fuller than about 2mls. Obvious solution is keeping it 4/5 empty, but
a) what's the point of a tank if I have to refill it constantly;
b) I still have to shake it before inhaling to moisten the wick; again, not supposed to happen with a tank.
By the way, when this fakakta contraption actually does work, it is glorious. But not sure all the idisyncracies are worth it. Got my first DCT on its way to me. I presume those are less troublesome?
Well I cleaned the sucker today. Unscrewed the bottom carefully as suggested to me, rinsed it, gently patted the wicks dry with towels, and reassembled it. It occurred to me to place the metal circle (to which the wire is clipped) ON TOP of the air intake holes, in an effort to stop the leaks again. This seems to stop the leaks but drastically increases the gurgling. Can't win. Still good flavor, and it produces vision-obscuring clouds of vapor, but it is so freakin' fiddly it drives me nuts. Also, it can't be transported horizontally. So I will use this until the end of its natural life and then say sayonara.