I received my first Russian (yes, is is a genuine 91%, not a clone) on Monday. My first build was a chimney coil and I tried using silica, and it didn't allow me to set up my wick like I wanted, it just refused to stay still. So I built a vertical and got frustrated with the silica and grabbed some cotton. It was amazing. After a day I decided to build a chimney coil.
My first coil was 30Ga wrapped on a 3/23 bit, 11/10. It came out to ~1.5-1.6 ohms, and I liked to run it at 7.1 watts. The flavor was amazing, but I had to let it warm up for a second. Admittedly I soaked my cotton accidentally with strawberry lemonade, when I intended to use cinnamon, and filled my tank with cinnamon. The flavor was ridiculous. I mean amazing. It was so powerful that it was like I had raw liquid on the back of my tongue, and in my throat. The vapor production was exceptional. So I tried to blend some cinnamon and s/l, and my flavor was not as good. I emptied my tank and looked at the cotton, and the cotton looked nasty. It was burned.
So I decided to rip it apart and build a 28Ga coil, with a goal of 1.5 ohms. 8 wraps on a 5/32 bit got me 2 ohms, so I yanked it out and went to 6/5 and it heated up instantly, which was my goal. But now, even at 5 watts, I am getting slightly burned hits unless I leave it to sit 30 seconds between hits.
My wick is sterile cotton. I wrap the coil loosely, and run a leg over my top leg of the coil as I think I saw in Rip's Kayfun vid. I loosely pack the wick in the chamber until it reaches the top of the coil.
What do I need to do to make the coil fire like it does with my current coil build, but wick like it did in my first build with the huge flavor? Am I packing the wick too tight? Is it too loose? Is there too much or too little cotton in the chamber?
I am almost ready to go back to horizontal coils, but I really want my chimneys to work.