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    Alright, I just cotton wicked my protank mini and added a full tank of thick juice, hopefully I made it small enough to wick, I looked down the mouthpiece using a flashlight after ten minutes and I could see the cotton is still white and dry so I'm just going to leave it overnight before I look again.

    The protank head had one silica wick in the coil and two more on top so I just replicated that setup with cotton, and tried to make the cotton as thin as the silica or thinner. I put two more on top even tho tactical said I didn't need to bc I've always thought that those also prevented flooding by soaking up any extra juice that makes it into the chamber. If I'm way off then please tell me and I'll try to get em out or just start over

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    I too have noticed an increase in lung irritation with my Protank 2. Maybe I'll try to replace the silica wick on my spare atty and see if that helps. I never had this issue with analogs (unless I was belligerent and churned thru 2 packs in one night). I'm coughing more when I vape... Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactical View Post
    Cotton works extremely well, but you can't under any circumstances dry burn it - this applies to other fibers as well (butchers twine, hemp etc). Cotton will do the job, will produce vapor and will give you all that silica does (based on my exp. - cotton is all I use), but you have to keep it wet, otherwise you're going to get an equally nasty dry burning hit.
    So is it OK to dry burn with silica? I want to switch to cotton but this is my only hang up - I prefer NET juice and it is a coil gunker....I find I have to dry burn my heads at least every other day....if not, I would go broke on the Protank replacement heads. I read somewhere that dry burning was the solution and it has worked for me so far - I just hope I'm not inhaling nasty stuff by doing it.

    If you cannot dry-burn cotton or dry burn the coils alone...is the only solution to rebuild/ replace the coil every other day when using cotton wicking? That would be a pain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by adw802 View Post
    So is it OK to dry burn with silica?
    Yes, it cannot be burned.
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    Kick a dry patch of ground
    See the cloud rise
    Kick a patch of soaking wet earth
    Notice no dust cloud

    Your information on silica is correctly Wrong.
    i.e. truths wrapped up in conjecture.

    Processing plants making Silica products have airborne particulate risk. Continuous exposure to dry airborne particles released in the manufacturing process.
    After a few 1/2 read reports and personal misunderstanding a whole new theory arises out of misinformed conjecture.

    Likely what most experience as sore throat/lung irritation is from flavoring and HOT DRY air. As many have already proven, cotton wicks much faster than other materials. Thus more Liquid vaporized and less heated DRY air entering the airway/lungs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madqatter View Post
    Yes, it cannot be burned.
    And in my experience, it cleans up very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crxess View Post
    Kick a dry patch of ground
    See the cloud rise
    Kick a patch of soaking wet earth
    Notice no dust cloud

    Your information on silica is correctly Wrong.
    i.e. truths wrapped up in conjecture.

    Processing plants making Silica products have airborne particulate risk. Continuous exposure to dry airborne particles released in the manufacturing process.
    After a few 1/2 read reports and personal misunderstanding a whole new theory arises out of misinformed conjecture.

    Likely what most experience as sore throat/lung irritation is from flavoring and HOT DRY air. As many have already proven, cotton wicks much faster than other materials. Thus more Liquid vaporized and less heated DRY air entering the airway/lungs.
    I don't know, I have been breathing hot vapor through volcano bags and box vaporizer whips for a while now and have never felt what happens when I use silica wicks. Granted, I have yet to try any other kind of wick but i do not think it is the hot air causing the irritation, and I know it's not the flavors bc I use a non-flavored juice��.

    Every time I've vaporized using an ecig so far has caused my throat to swell a bit making it a little bit harder to breathe. I've also had at least two mouth ulcers in the few months since I've started. ( I have good oral hygiene btw) and one sore throat which I thought was a cold but now I'm pretty sure it was caused by the vapor bc I had no other symptoms.

    I may just be sensitive to silica and it works for many others but I just can't do it anymore. Hopefully cotton proves better, I'll let you guys know if it's any different when I finally get it going.

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    Harshness and the kind of symptoms you're describing (e.g. sore throat) can have more than one cause. Relatively dry hits from inadequate wicking, nicotine levels that are too high, sensitivity to another juice component such as PG.

    If I'm vaping a Protank on my mod, for example, I have to remove the extra "flavor" wicks so the juice will wick fast enough-- if I don't, the vapor stings. If I'm vaping at a nicotine level that's higher than it should be, my tongue and throat start to feel as if they have chemical burns. Some people are allergic or sensitive to ingredients such as PG, and need to change their PG/VG ratio until they feel comfortable with the results. Lots of factors in play.
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    I rewick with cotton without re coiling. Easy to do. I put a few drops of juice on the cotton before I thread it through. This helps roll it smaller and therefore easier to thread. Also helps get it primed. You were right to put the flavor wicks back in, it would have flooded.

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    So I tested out my cotton wick extensively last night and so far it works like a charm. Pretty much the same taste as the silica, maybe slightly better. No flooding yet. And most importantly my throat did not close up and my throat and lungs don't feel weird after a nights sleep, woke up today feeling good. I will be working with cotton wicks from now on, my only question now is how often do I need to change wicks, how will I know when it's time?

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