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    Question Different Cottons for different wicks

    This is the cotton wick thread, that's right ladies and gentlemen. So pull up a chair and share your experience with the different types of cotton out there. Since after trying all the different wicks and having my preference land on cotton cheese cloth as my favorite.

    What kinds have you used? (Cotton twine, butchers twine, yarn, cheese cloth, gauze, cotton balls)

    What were your findings with the properties of different types of cotton?

    And Finally which is your favorite and why?


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    Now Today i was at the dollar store and found this (the pic), says 100% cotton twine. Wrapped a coil and tasted funny, so I did a burn test and the burn test was more consistent with a cotton/synthetic blend which was scary. When you burn test cotton, it's supposed to burn easy then smell like burnt paper and the char left over should be soft. Well after the burn test the charred part felt crispy. Anyone else ever have a problem like this?
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    Great thread idea xMackX.

    Cotton is numero uno for taste IMHO. I have used #1/0 Wick, cheesecloth and cotton batton//balls. I think you will agree all forms provide a different experience. I prefer cheesecloth. It has a more balanced consistency. I find it it fairly easy to work with, has repeatable consistency and maintains form when wet. ie swelling is predictable. Batton explodes when wet, but is great. Cotton wick can be tight and limiting but is consistent in wicking if you set it up right.

    I think most important is to make sure the quality of you cotton is good. 100% pure, sterile (or food grade) and no additives.

    What is also cool about cotton, is that the vape changes as you use it. The more seasoned it gets the different the vape. It starts out, cottony, then the cotton taste goes away, then it peaks in taste/vape quality, then start to to give out/gunked up. But all in a good way... sorta wanting you to do it again and again.
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    Took apart a Q-tip and shaped it into a long wick for my did clone since it's the same type of cotton as batton and cotton balls. I have to say I'm rather impressed it's so absorbent, it can handle having the coil wraps spaced farther apart than cheese cloth. The vapor also feels really fluffy.

    I definitely will experiment with all the different cotton types. How they are woven makes them all very different in how they vape.
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    I've also used a Q-tip to make a wick for a redux. It performed well and I liked it, but I've since moved on to cheese cloth. I picked up the cheese cloth from Walmarts and I now have it in four reduxes. I'm using .32 gauge kanthal with a 4/5 wrap that measures around 2.4 ohms. I usually run around 3.7 volts for decent vapor and great taste. I'm a pretty happy camper with this set up.
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    Yeah it's kind of neat using cotton, how it's weaved, braided, bleached or natural makes all the different kinds preform differently. Right now I'm happy with cheese cloth for my nova's and batton for the did. Cheese cloth works so well I had been using it exclusively, but now I'm having fun experimenting.
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    I've used cheesecloth, bamboo yarn and cotton balls. My favorite is the cotton ball wick. It's cheaper than dirt. I can probably get a dozen wicks out of one cotton ball! I figure it might cost me $1 per year in wicks lol. It's easy to wrap and wicks great. No more "tilt and swirl". You can't dry burn it but I never was a dry burner anyway. It does better if I don't make it so thick.

    I just ordered a Vulcan (did clone) and am anxious about oxidizing, rolling and wrapping SS mesh. you mean I don't "have" to use SS mesh in a genesis style RBA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnah View Post
    I've used cheesecloth, bamboo yarn and cotton balls. My favorite is the cotton ball wick. It's cheaper than dirt. I can probably get a dozen wicks out of one cotton ball! I figure it might cost me $1 per year in wicks lol. It's easy to wrap and wicks great. No more "tilt and swirl". You can't dry burn it but I never was a dry burner anyway. It does better if I don't make it so thick.

    I just ordered a Vulcan (did clone) and am anxious about oxidizing, rolling and wrapping SS mesh. you mean I don't "have" to use SS mesh in a genesis style RBA?
    You can use any type of wick you want. There are purist that will say using anything else other than ss mesh isn't a genesis, but it really comes down to personal preference. You should check out my other thread, and you're welcome to contribute. Did Clone Tutorial (genesis style)

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    I used cheesecloth and HATED it. Awful taste.

    100% cotton yarn was better but flavor just wasn't there.

    Sterile gauze is a winner for me. Easy to use, great flavor, and cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toothboy View Post
    I used cheesecloth and HATED it. Awful taste.

    100% cotton yarn was better but flavor just wasn't there.

    Sterile gauze is a winner for me. Easy to use, great flavor, and cheap.
    Yeah cheese cloth has to have the coil wrapped right with the wraps close together and has to soak in juice for at least 1-2 hours before using so it has time to absorb/expand to wick properly otherwise it will burn. Gauze/batting is more forgiving to how you use it and is much quicker being absorbent/expansion.
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    I wound my 1st coil around 100% cotton yarn last friday, (4 days ago) and really like it. I am using a ViVi Nova tank. I get some 'popping' so perhaps my coil could be tighter or spaced closer. Not sure which.
    But I am new to this and expect to learn as I go.

    My set-up: ProVari V2 and Vivi Nova v2.5 back-up Vision Spinner

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