Which material is the best for wick?

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  1. Kencalise

    Kencalise Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Which material is the best for wick?
    I found that the cotton wick in most atomizers are very bad, after one draw u have to wait few mins for the wick to resoak.
    Does the SS mesh like the cotton wick from atomizer? I hate to put down my pv and wait.:(
    Thanks for sharing ideas!:vapor:
     
  2. dnrtn2342

    dnrtn2342 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use cotton yarn in my phoenix atty and 2 novas and it works amazing, no waiting, I chainvape like no other flavor outperforms silica 10 to 1. I went to walmart in knitting section. Found a big ball of peaches and cream brand white 100% cotton yarn, boiled in for 30 mins to remove anything extra and its awesome. Ss mesh is on my to do list just haven't got around to using it yet.
     
  3. Sad Society

    Sad Society Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Cotton yarn huh? I'm gonna have to try that. Have you experienced any burn marks on the yarn from the coil heating up like silica wicks do?
     
  4. keenanmcfar

    keenanmcfar Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use cotton bamboo blend yarn and although it does get some black marks on it it wicks like a beast and the black stuff doesnt affect flavor much. Still way better than what i get with silica
     
  5. Kencalise

    Kencalise Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    which one is better, cotton bamboo blend yarn or cotton yarn?
     
  6. Yves

    Yves Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use cotton also so I vote cotton :)
     
  7. Flyer

    Flyer Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Coke or Pepsi?
     
  8. keenanmcfar

    keenanmcfar Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Honestly, i havent noticed much of a difference between the blended yarn and straight cotton.
     
  9. r77r7r

    r77r7r Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    Lol, there's a newcomer on the newbie forum having a blast using a tea bag string.
     
  10. flintlock62

    flintlock62 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I work with leather and use linen thread, I also have some hemp thread. I need to test the absobancy quality for the hemp, but if it works, it's about the strongest natural fiber there is next to jute, and hemp is the only material that doesn't rot nor mildew. I personally would trust natural fibers over man made, for the most part.
     
  11. Lex0r

    Lex0r Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I use cotton and love it, it wicks so fast. I'm not talking cotton string though. I bought a box of rolled cotton (sterile, etc) at CVS and all you need is a litttlleee pinch to roll into wick shape. You can see how fast it absorbs if you just put a few drops of juice on it. So yeah, a pinch of sterile rolled cotton formed into wick shape gets my vote! Oh and I should add, I have used 3mm silica, 1/0 cotton thread, but never ss mesh).
     
  12. Uma

    Uma Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Has anyone tried Cooking Twine?
     
  13. j4mmin42

    j4mmin42 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

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    I vote Bacon.


    Seriously, though, SS is probably the best material I've tried to date. Flavor loss? maybe a tiny bit, but you can make up for that by vaping it at higher temps with no burnt taste...
     
  14. Uma

    Uma Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Oh I love the SS mesh in my DID's, and would never change those out. But I am getting some A7's for my Reo Grand and those are the Silica type attys, for Bottom Feeders. I would prefer the cotton over Silica I think. I might do Rolygate's suggestion and put a cotton paper filter inside the drip tip for the Silica... heck, maybe for any of the wicking materials with the A7, and see how they do. Cheesecloth and Cooking Twine sound the easiest for me so far though. I hope the Cooking Twine will work.
     
  15. j4mmin42

    j4mmin42 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

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    There's no reason you couldn't do an SS build on that atty ;)

    I have an A7 coming in the mail, and although it might be a bit of a challenge figuring out where to place the wick- so that it goes into the drip-well completely, but gets enough airflow- I'm sure it will work just fine with a bit of experimentation, possibly something like an "r" or "n" shape with the coil laying horizontally over the airhole?

    I was easily able to convert the phoenix to SS, and the Vivi Nova would've worked fine if it wasn't made of garbage- I can't wait to keep converting all the new RBA's that come out... :D
     
  16. Uma

    Uma Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Will give the SS a try then. Tutorial pics would be nice if you think about it while you're rolling a good one for me to copy from. :)
     
  17. rotohammer

    rotohammer Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    I concur with the bacon and stainless! I feel the cotton has a more muted flavor compared to stainless. Not to mention I was always adjusting my voltage up and down with a cotton wick to match its saturation at the moment. Stainless is much more consistent, I set it and forget it now.
     
  18. flintlock62

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    OK, the bacon is a joke, right?
    I thought silver wire would be the best
    How about piano wire?
     
  19. rotohammer

    rotohammer Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    In terms of atomizers, yes the bacon reference is a joke, stemming from ofther internet venues, usually computer related.

    The value of stainless is that it doesn't deteriorate or transfer heat very well. Silver is an excellent conductor of heat and if it were available as a mesh, I think it would underperform stainless by absorbing the heat we want directed at the liquid.

    Piano wire, well, I'm not sure anyone has made a mesh out of it suitable for building a wick. Remember, we are talking mesh here, not wire.
     
  20. media

    media Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    I have some natural bamboo white very small diameter knitting thread. I double it over for 2 wicks on each side because it's so small.

    What I have found is to not pull the coil too far down. Leave it to where you can move the wick back and forth through it loosely. Also I set my wick on top of a tooth pick and do a 5 wrap, but when I'm done I unwind the first wrap to make four. Usually the first wrap is sloppy, Just to make it uniform, I notice the first wrap is slanted so I undo it.

    I noticed I wasnt getting good results and some dry hits here and there. It was because I pulled the wick too far down.
     
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