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    Default Wick materials. Safe vs dangerous.

    This thread is not about SS mesh. I don't like it, it has it's own problems, so don't post anything about it, please.

    Let's talk about wick materials for attys.

    Not long ago I found that silica thread gives a needle-like fragments when vaping. Some people made their own independant studyes and found the same problem. The size of needles vary from rather big to small enough to penetrate lungs alveolus and stay there. Big fragments can make an irritating and injuring effect to throat, adam's apple,
    vocal ligaments, stomach when swallowed. Small can stay in lungs forever or for too long time irritating alveolus, even to clogging it up. Simpthoms are scratching or pain at throat and/or adam's apple, regular voice dissapearing at the morning.
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    I found that silica wick may be successfully replaced by a 100% cotton or bamboo yarn. Results are amazing.
    Just one thing - you must boil yarn for some time (about 10-30 min) before use to wash away any yarn impregnation.

    Yarn wick has a better liquid transfer rate, gives more fine-disperced vapour which transfers more nic to lungs , better taste transfer, less coil clogging.

    Yes, if you dried out your wick it will burn, so the only thing it to keep it wet enough.

    We made a croud test of organical wicks at various types of attys. Lifetime of a cotton wick varies from 2 days to more than 14, depends on use conditions. But in common is not less than silica wick testers reported.
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    Had wondered about cotton since it is used for wick in candles and space heaters but figured burning would be a problem.
    Anyone tried a Kevlar/spectra fiber? Obviously very heat resistant given its use in safety equipment. Never heard of its use though.
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    Kevlar is a sinthetic tread, theres some info in wiki, i don't want even try to vape on it after reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonG View Post
    Had wondered about cotton
    Why don't try?
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    Just curious, why don't you like stainless steel mesh?
    I'm getting into mod making and had planned on using stainless steel mesh, but would like to hear your thoughts on it.

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    SS mesh gives a smack of metal, lowers efficiency factor of device - transfers heat outside useful area. too many operations to make it work. May be you just new in subj? I'm in subj since 2010 and tryed a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilGrym View Post
    SS mesh gives a smack of metal, lowers efficiency factor of device - transfers heat outside useful area. too many operations to make it work. May be you just new in subj? I'm in subj since 2010 and tryed a lot.
    Thanks, so even when it works well you taste metal?

    Not sure what you mean by the "subj" line

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilGrym View Post
    SS mesh gives a smack of metal, lowers efficiency factor of device - transfers heat outside useful area. too many operations to make it work. May be you just new in subj? I'm in subj since 2010 and tryed a lot.
    I am in subject since 2008 and IMO there is nothing out there better than SS in all the main parameters, TH, vaper production, flavor, and health. Never had any of the problems you state. The kanthal is metal and until it gets a little buildup gives off some metal taste no mater what wick you use.
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    Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean when you say you are "in subject?"
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    Cotton is relatively safe, no harmful fumes or harmful micro fragments, it is used as the diaper in most carts. It does burn easily if not wet and burning or charring gives off bad flavor.
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