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    So I just got my mini protank and I'm done using silica wicks because they make my lungs and airways irritated so I want to use either hemp or cotton wicks now. Every re-wicking tutorial involves making ur own coil as well, is it possible just to slide the silica wick out of the existing new coil and then just slide my new wick back through the existing coil? Also is there any natural fiber that can hold up to heat like silica, I don't want any chance of burning, I use very thick juice.

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    Its probably not the silica that is causing the issues, but that's just my thoughts
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    What would be causing the issues? I have been vaporizing for 5+ years using a volcano w bags and my throat and lungs have never felt as weird as they do with these e cig silica wicks. And now all of this stuff about silica particles lodging themselves in lung tissue... Yuck. I just want something safe, that will get the job done, and don't make the protank flood.

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    To answer your question: yes, you can remove the silica wick and replace it with another. I use PandC cotton yarn. Some vapers use the cotton from cotton balls. I'm not sure if there is natural fiber that will not burn.

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    Silica is designed to withstand higher temperatures. You're not going to find a common natural fiber that you can use to wick and that will hold up against such high ranges of temperatures (up to 1,100-1,200 F).

    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.

    Unlike silica, cotton doesn't really require a break in period and you can pull the silica wick from the Protank head and twist cotton through as a replacement (that's how I started) without having to rebuild a coil, but you need to do is carefully and realize that it doesn't take too much cotton to work as a replacement.


    To replace the silica:

    1). Gently pull the silica from the coils. Gently. If the silica sticks, run hot water over the coil head to remove the gunk. You can also drop it into some boiling water and that should loosen things up enough to pull it free.

    2). Grab some cotton from a cotton ball and twist it into a piece that's about the same size as the silica you pulled out. No larger. The cotton doesn't need to be in there tight. You should be able to pull the cotton through the coil with little or no resistance. If you use too much you risk burning the cotton on the first fire.

    3). Trim the cotton down to the same size as the silica - no need for "flavor" wicks with cotton, so nothing goes on top of the coil.

    4). Prime the cotton by juicing it up before you put the head back in and put the tank back together.

    5). Once the tank is together, let it set for 1-2 minutes (my personal preference) and then vape.

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    Awesome, thank you. I will try this

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    Have you tried ekowool? It will withstand dry burns.

    I use boiled cotton for my pt coil rebuilds and like it a lot. Just have to prime it and works great.


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    I have not, what is ekowool? Natural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuzko View Post
    I have not, what is ekowool? Natural?
    Ekowool is synthetic and is essentially braided (instead of twisted) silica. It's normally hollow and sometimes comes with a cotton core. I've not really seen any major benefits of Ekowool over Silica, but that's my personal take on it. There's so many mediums available ranging from cotton to silica to ekowool to cable to mesh to yarn etc, it's sometimes hard to keep up :-).

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    Ekowool is just silica that is braided. I have never used it as I get a funny taste from silica and use cotton, but people say ekowool wicks faster.

    Tactical pretty much described my method of replacing cotton wicks. I roll one end into a real small tight point to make it easier to put through the coil, and cut that part off afterwords. Just keep in mind that cotton swells once it gets wet, so put in a less than you think you need.
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