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Cotton yarn issue

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  1. Taylor7617

    Taylor7617 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'd agree, original thread pictured looks really thin. Any of the last two mentioned would work. I as well remove a single strand and use 3 inside the coil. All four will work but it is pretty snug and once juice gets there I'd think the absorbtion would choke out and not fully get to the coil. I've got bottles ranging from 50-70 PG, so I pull apart the 4-strand yarn into four singles and use two of them as "flavor wicks". I do this only as a precaution to avoid flooding and to date have not had a burnt or dry hit.

    Note, my wife picked up the S&C (white or ecru version, can't recall, you don't want the colored version..stay natural) b/c Walmart was out of the P&C. Later she picked it up also. In head to head, we just felt the S&C provided a better & strong flavor over the P&C. Note, given these balls of yarn are handled by customers, employees and go through who knows what before reaching the store...I do boil a foot or two at a time for about 20 minutes and let air dry overnight. I just set this cleaned cotton in a tupperware dish (no cover) and snip off some when time to rewick. I'd suggest storage in an open or breathable container. I kept my first batch in a zip locked baggie, must not of been 100% dry b/c after a bit it started to discolor inside the baggie. Tossed the lot and boiled some more...
  2. phorumph

    phorumph Full Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Unfortunately I don't have these brands locally, also very hard to find them in EU. But I got the idea, I'll go to the local crafts shop and try to find 4 ply cotton.

    Thanks for the info!
  3. phorumph

    phorumph Full Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    I gotta thank you for this observation right here. It bugged me all day while at work. When I finished my current tank, I rewicked the current coil with 2 pieces of my yarn (so that would be like 20 strands) + a small 5 strand on top as flavor wick. Bingo! That's the exact same experience I had when I did it first time. I had 2 generous flavor wicks back then which, I assume, got very pressed on the coil. They were also sticking out pretty far.

    Then I did a small experiment: I took two strands, I put juice on one and none on the other and let them on a mirror. After letting them for 10 minutes I noticed no visible expansion in the wet one. Very different from the cotton from cotton balls. I wonder what kind of cotton is this...

    So this indeed solved my issue, everything is great, thank you all for the good advice and tips that you provided in this thread, had a lot to learn from it :)
  4. Atdam

    Atdam Full Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    you might have to oxidize your coils longer, cause I was building for my friend and I oxidized the coils for only 5 - 7 secs, twice. After that , I inserted the cotton yarn and took a few puffs and the yarn started to turn orange-ish. Then I rebuilt it, oxidized 8-9 secs and started to take hits and it didnt burn! Hope that helped!
  5. Thegimic89

    Thegimic89 Full Member

    Oct 31, 2013
    Fresno ca
    With cotton wick u can suffocate the coils so use less are you using an rda?
  6. Acespeeed

    Acespeeed Full Member

    Thanks, will try a few tonight !
  7. jocat54

    jocat54 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 15, 2013
    Lindale, Texas
    I use cotton balls on my 1/16th micro coil and no flavor wick.
    I have found after some experimenting that when I pull the cotton thru the coil that it has to move freely in the coil without much if any resistance. ( Should not just fall out though) I also don't roll the cotton except for the end to get it started in the coil, just kind of mush it into a strand. Get get vapor and flavor with no flooding.
  8. Acespeeed

    Acespeeed Full Member

    Just thought I would let you know, I tried a few as suggested and was able to get the three strands in just as you suggested and they are working great, and no flavor wick needed with my 50/50.
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