Vaporizers can replace the various ways you can inhale the smoke from your smoke, so you don't have to burn it and breathe in a smoke laden with carcinogens. Supposedly healthier, vaporizers are more expensive and often inaccessible to most smokers. Fortunately, you can learn how to make your own vaporizer from materials that can be found around your home.
Method 1 of 3: Using a Torch
Step 1. Separate your materials
Even if you have to buy a blowtorch, it's even more economical than buying a vaporizer, which goes from R$400 to R$800. A blowtorch costs around R$30 and everything else you probably have at home, or you can buy it at the supermarket for less than R$10. You will need:
- A torch that reaches at least 200°C
- Paper towel and toilet paper tubes with the same diameter
- Aluminum paper
- Cellophane bag for roasting
- a tea infuser
- Plasticized wire to close packages (those that close the bread package)
- A funnel or coffee strainer, small enough to accommodate the paper towel tube
Step 2. Cover the inside of the two tubes with aluminum foil
You can roll the aluminum foil around a pen or ruler, insert it into the tube, and then unroll the paper into the tube. Leave an edge of paper (about 2 or 3 centimeters) to fold to the outside of the tube.
Opinions vary among smokers about whether aluminum foil is really safe or whether it releases harmful gases when heated. Some studies suggest that aluminum poisoning contributes to Alzheimer's disease, although this method does not burn or melt aluminum. Think about it if you choose to vaporize for health reasons
Step 3. Using aluminum foil, secure the funnel to one end of the paper towel tube
The funnel should be pointing outwards. To make sure it stays firm, you can use duct tape or glue, before affixing it to the foil.
Step 4. Tie the cellophane bag to the funnel spout using the wires
Place bag opening around spout and secure with wires. Then, fold the end of the bag over the wires and secure them again with another wire. This way you are creating a double edge to ensure the bag is securely attached to the funnel.
The bag will collect the steam generated by heating. You can pass this bag from hand to hand, so it's good to have something to plug this opening. Or you can use your thumb
Step 5. Assemble your vaporizer
Even though it looks strange, these materials will fit together easily. Point the torch upwards and fit the paper towel tube to the nozzle from which the flame will come out. Put what you want to smoke inside the tea infuser and this over the tube.
Then attach the other tube of paper towel, with the funnel or strainer pointing up. You can keep them together using more aluminum foil. Place the bag on top of the funnel and you're done
Step 6. Vaporize
Light the torch and note that the bag will slowly inflate with the steam. It might even be a little hard to see, but your product will definitely be there. When the bag is fully inflated, turn off the torch and inhale any steam remaining in the long tube (there may be a considerable amount, so don't waste it). Take turns inhaling the vapor from the cellophane bag.
Method 2 of 3: Make a Boxed Vaporizer
Step 1. Separate your materials
This is the easiest and most primitive method, and requires the least amount of tools. You will need:
- a small box
- A lamp candle that fits in this box
- A small metal tray, to be on top of the box (could be the lid of a can of groceries)
- A cup to cover the tray
- A small rubber tube or a collapsible straw
Step 2. Light the candle and place it inside the box
Place the candle in the middle of the box to prevent it from burning.
Basically, you're going to heat what you plan to smoke in this tray with the candle and use the cup to store the steam. You will inhale this vapor through the tube or straw. It's simple
Step 3. Place the tray above the flame, supported on the box
It is best to keep a distance between the flame and the pan so as not to burn the metal. Put what you want to smoke in the lid.
Step 4. Place the cup on the tray, wrapping the tobacco
Your cup must be the size of the lid or smaller. Wait for the cup to fill with steam.
Step 5. Insert the tube or straw into the cup and inhale
When you notice that the cup has started to build up steam, you can start inhaling, using the rubber tube or straw. When finished, you can dismantle your vaporizer quickly, without attracting attention.
Method 3 of 3: Using a Lamp
Step 1. Separate your materials
For this method you will need:
- a lamp
- a plastic straw
- One soda bottle, 600 ml or smaller
- a knife or scissors
- A pen
- duct tape or glue
Step 2. Punch two holes in the bottle cap and pass the straw through one of them
Consider that the “holes” are the openings through which the straw must pass, without letting out air. If air is escaping, tape the straw around the straw. Leave the other hole open.
Step 3. Separate the top of the bottle using scissors
Leave between 7 and 10 centimeters from the lid. You will use this part to connect to the lamp, which will be your vaporization chamber.
If BPA (Bisphenol A) released by the plastic worries you, you can replace the bottle with a tube of any other material that fits the bulb. The metal rod of a flashlight can work well
Step 4. Remove the bottom of the lamp
You will need a sharp knife to cut carefully around the lamp socket. The groove used to screw the lamp in is a good place to cut. Be very careful.
Once you have removed the bottom of the lamp, you will need to pull out the other metal parts using tweezers or pliers. The metal is thin and should come off easily. When you have removed the metal part, remove the filament and internal components from the lamp. Now you have an empty glass chamber
Step 5. Glue the bottle to the lamp opening
A soda bottle and an ordinary light bulb should be about the same rod size, so they should fit together almost perfectly. Use duct tape or masking tape to secure the two parts and seal off any air vents.
Step 6. Close the bottle
After placing what you intend to smoke inside the lamp, close the bottle. Make sure the two parts are properly fitted and secured. If necessary, use masking tape or glue for fixing.
Step 7. Smoke
To smoke, cover the open hole in the cap with a finger and suck the smoke through the straw, while you heat the bulb with a lighter, turning it to prevent it from burning.
- When the heat starts to release the vapors, you will see it as a mist forming inside the lamp. Remove your finger from the hole in the cap and inhale through the straw.
- Opinions on the safety of heating a lamp in this way vary. Some light bulbs have a plastic coating, whose vapor would be harmful if inhaled, more dangerous than smoke-related carcinogens from the plant itself. If you're actually going to use a light bulb, make sure it's really just glass, that it's clean, and replace it often.
- Vaporizers are considered “healthy” because they heat to a temperature at which the active ingredients evaporate without burning the organic material. This means there is no “smoke” or smoke-related carcinogens. It is very difficult to control this process with a candle or lighter, and this can affect the benefits of these techniques.
- If you want to vaporize for health reasons specifically, it is safer to buy a vaporizer. Glass pipes that work on the same principle are available for around R$30.