Why am I burning wicks so fast.

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  1. Coldblooded357

    Coldblooded357 Full Member

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    Ok so I have an a7 and a smok rda. I can build a coil just fine and they both are absolutely great for about 24 hours. At which point the wick under the coil is black and the taste goes from great to awful. I was super happy to finally have a cheap option for atty's but I dont care to rebuild every day. I'm using a provari and adjusting voltage depending on ohms. I drip juice on the wick before test fire. And run em pretty wet. I primarily drip fsusa wyatt earp and copper creek house. 50/50 and 60/40. At first I was using premade coil wick combos from myvaporstore. Then I started rolling 3mm silica and 32 kanthal since I thought the prerolled might be cheap fiberglass. Same issue either way. I dont get it. I drip these juices on be112's and can sometimes get over a month of use with no cleaning or anything. But the norm is probably 2-3 weeks. Anyway please help because I would love to be able to spend pennys for a rebuild rather then like $9 a pop for be112's.
     
  2. Satava

    Satava Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    My best guess is you're using cheap silica or even worse, cheap fiberglass as with your initial build. If you have high quality silica a dry burn is no concern and is actually a good way of cleaning it after a rinse.

    Make sure you use a safety pin or something similar alongside the silica when wrapping the coil, pull the safety pin when done wrapping to allow the silica a little extra space to not choke it. Also try doubling up the silica at the coil like so:

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    Just leave 2 danglers in the drip well and trim off 2 of the extra legs close to the coil. This will give you more surface area and will hold more juice closer to the heat.

    Also don't cram too much in there. Silica can choke easily, this was one of my big problems with an IGO-L. I've found less is more as long as I'm careful about not dumping drip well juice out the air hole.



    Try this stuff, its basically the best quality silica readily available in the united states: I've had it going in a dripper for almost a month now and I just rinse/dry burn once every few days as far as maintinence goes.

    Wick and Wire : Silica Wick
     
  3. Blix

    Blix Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Rinse and dry-burn once a day. That's pretty much a must IMO.
     
  4. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    you can instantly taste shorts

    if a wire glows red when vaping its shorted none of the wires should ever glow red
    with juice in, just a nice smooth boil , have not gunked a wick since
    learning the specifics.
     
  5. fooey

    fooey Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you want cheap rebuilds try cotton for wicking material. You can't dry burn with cotton but it's so cheap you won't need to reuse your wicks.

    Sent from my PG86100 using Tapatalk 2
     
  6. Coldblooded357

    Coldblooded357 Full Member

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    Ok so I think I may be choking the wick. My coils are tight around it, and I was wrapping just the wick, no pin. The stuff I got seems to be high quality its 96% silica and won't burn using a torch. I got it on ebay.

    Ok so as far as the dry burn goes, just rinse out the juice and then fire the provari? How long?
     
  7. Satava

    Satava Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Til the water stops crackling and smoking, then some more til the coils turn red for about 5-10 seconds. Blow it off then burn red another 5-10sec. The burn itself should only take about a minute after you blot most of the water out with a paper towel.
     
  8. Coldblooded357

    Coldblooded357 Full Member

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    Ok so just tried the rinse and dry burn. Worked like a charm! That's awesome! Every speck of black burnt off and the wick is nice and white again. Thanks so much! I've been getting great vapor from these attys and now I can get some decent life out of each build!
     
  9. Blix

    Blix Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    You're welcome. :) Works like a charm every time.
     
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