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Volcano Vaporizer Cleaning Video Tutorial

At last here’s a complete video tutorial of taking apart, cleaning and re-assembling the complete Volcano Vaporizer. The video runs 9:45 and is available in full screen. You can also consult the Volcano Vaporizer cleaning photo guide for more detail. Continue reading to start watching the video.

You’ll need replacement screens and o-rings – available from Storz & Bickel. At $28.90 the SOLID VALVE Wear & tear set is a great deal, it includes all wear & tear parts; 1 pc. o-ring set, 1 pc. normal screen set, 1 pc. balloon tube set (3 pcs. x 3m), 1 brush.

UPDATE: I recommend using a glass jar to avoid any possibility of plastic leaching into your wash.

You can also watch at YouTube – Volcano Vaporizer Cleaning Video

41 Comments

  1. markconway1967@gmail.com on February 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I have been leaving the filling chamber on my digital volcano without realising it was taboo *hangs head in shame* I can see no visible damage buut would appreciate any feedbackand deserved ridicule



    • Vapormaster on February 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

      I don’t think you’ll damage the chamber, maybe wear the rubber o-ring out faster. The real reason you don’t leave the chamber on is that as it sits there your herb continues to cook, and may even be slowly vaping away. Even without the fan on, there’s quite a bit of heat there. The metal of the chamber absorbs the heat, and continues to heat your herb. No ridicule deserved! Onward and upward!



  2. Jacklin on March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Help! I bought a used classic volcano with the easy valve connection and the first time we used it we noticed that there was material inside the bag. Why is this happening and how do we stop it from continuing? ?



    • Vapormaster on March 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Sounds like it’s dirty. Take that thing apart and clean it good!



  3. philly on September 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I have a digital volcano and when trying to clean it, the part that attaches to the balloon doesn’t disassemble. In the video, it comes out rather easily, but the metal cylindrical part doesn’t seem to come out like the video. Is this normal or is there something i’m missing?



    • Vapormaster on March 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

      If you mean the herb chamber, the Easy Valve pushes out rather than unscrewing.



  4. Chickiepooh on June 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Remember, when you re-consume the concentrated oil, you are also getting concentrated pesticides and adulterants that were on or in the herb. Unless YOU grow and flush your own target substance, you cannot be sure what it contains — people have an odd idea of what ‘organic’ means, sometimes, so proceed with serious caution or be subject to carcinogens and ‘special payloads’….. Wishing us all good respiratory health!! 🙂



  5. Martia Lant on March 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Clean the parts in boiling milk. big mug of milk, pyrex jug, microwave, bring to boil, drop parts in, swish around. When cooled a bit pour through a sieve into bowl/jug. Zap that, repeat a few times. Most falls off, little rub takes rest off. Rinse with tap water. Make milk into a hot chocolate.



  6. undetheshade on December 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for the great video! Only question is: if you have an Easy Valve Volcano, how much of this applies? Do you have any resources/videos on how to clean the Easy Valve version?

    It seems like most of this was cleaning the mouthpiece of the solid valve. With the Easy Valve, wouldn’t all you have to clean would be the herb chamber and the air filter on the bottom? Is there anything inside the volcano (looking down at it from the top) that you need to clean?

    Thanks so much for sharing!



  7. ales on November 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Hi, I have got a problem. I am probably too much worried about my volcano, but today it fell down from my table, and I am not sure whether it was like this before, but now if I shake it seems like something is slightly moving inside. Is it normal? I have got a digit version, so if there is anyone who have one please try to shake it and tell me.



    • Vapormaster on November 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

      If it still works, I would not worry too much. If it bothers you, I would check with Storz and Bickel. I have a Classic which fell hard enough to get dented. That was 4 years ago and it’s still going strong!



  8. Only-Vape on August 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    What purpose does the yellow gasket serve on the herb chamber?



    • Vapormaster on August 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

      I think it provides a little bit of grip, and a nice decorative touch?



      • Thom on August 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

        Likely due to the heat of the chamber, so the yellow rubber ring allows us to hold it without getting burned



  9. chelsea on June 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    My fan just stopped working but the heating element is fine. Is there any way to get it up and running again?



    • Vapormaster on June 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I would recommend contacting the fine folks at Storz and Bickel in Oakland, California – oakland [at] storz-bickel.com

      Let us know how it goes and good luck!



  10. BcBud on March 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Been using for years, save all oil, its pure THC. Scrape what you can, smoke it in a pipe or bong, use alcohol (99%) to soak and clean other parts, then evaporate. I remove and burn screens with small torch, dip in glass of water while red hot and they come out like new. Do not use compressed air, use vacuum for the big screen on the top of the volcano itself. I never want to go 24 hours without my volcano, no simple green for me.



  11. Miked on January 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Nice video. How often do you clean it?



    • Vapormaster on January 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I don’t have a set timeframe for cleaning. I clean it when it needs to be cleaned… if that makes sense! Depends on what I’ve been putting in it, how often I’ve been using it, etc…



      • Miked on January 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

        Thank you for your reply. Can you be a bit more specific please? Lets say that I use it twice per day. Do I clean it every week?



        • Vapormaster on January 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

          I’ve never had to clean it every week, maybe every 2 or 3. You’ll know it’s time to clean because the parts will get gummed up and not work as well as normal. The top screen of the filling chamber is a good indicator.



  12. Keawe on December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Does anyone have suggestions on cleaning the top screens of the volcano. Where the heat escapes into the chamber. The “fan/air port” i guess you would call it. Thanks



    • Vapormaster on December 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      I use my vacuum. You could also use canned or compressed air to blow it out.



      • Keawe on December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        thanks for the swift reply… is it smart to us the compressed ait to blow it down into the vape…or shall i remove the silver cover and expel everything upward?



        • Vapormaster on December 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

          If I were using compressed air, I’d try and blow accross rather than into the screen. I think the vacuum is the way to go.

          I forgot to mention, I often just turn the thing over and give it a firm whack on the bottom. You’d be amazed how much dust can come out.



          • Keawe on December 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

            haha prefect…i will try the upside down tap…i was a little skepticle at first… i dont want to bang anything loose in there. Thanks for the help…this website is great for Volcano Users.



  13. salami on October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I use simple green on everything from a year old dirty pipes, sissors, all volcano parts, bong bowls and bongs. Anything soaked in simple green rinses clean in 24 hrs



  14. chris on August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    2 things. I forgoe the salt, and just use alcohol. so I can evap the alcohol and harvest oil. Also I tried the aclohol bath on my storz grinder and it started leaching mad plastic. Turned real hazy and cloudy. That plactic makes its way into your oil if you save the alcohol. Plastic is no good for the lungs. Even expensive plastic.



  15. Mike Kick on July 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Thank You SO much! These things are (quite) expensive and the retailers are in the dark as to how to use them, clean them etc….You really helped!



  16. Reuseit on June 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Seems to me that you’re discarding valuable essence when you just dump the rubbing alcohol. Me, I save it in a shot-glass and put it aside. After the alcohol evaporates, you’re left with a very pure oil that you can either vape or add to butter. Discarding it entirely seems foolish to this user! I also use zip-ties for the end of the bag- the plastic ties are a pain.



  17. Laura on January 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    OH MY GOD you didn’t scrape anything with a straw before washing! The resin inside the Volcano is PURE HONEY OIL! Just use a straw! Smear it on a paper or smoke it with a glass hotknife & torch.
    Also, I always just use Citrusolve (a citrus based solvent) to clean our Volcano, can wash everything together. Also, an old toothbrush for the hard to reach parts.



    • Vapormaster on January 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      I scrape the inside of my chamber regularly (wooden toothpick) and mix it in with the fresh as I load the Volcano. I’m not one for combustion so that’s the best way to use it I’ve found. I’ve always wondered though – how good can the oil really be if it’s been exposed to so much high temp?



      • Laura on May 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

        Really good! Gets me right whenever we run out lol.



      • Abe on July 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

        The Oil requires a higher temperature than what u would normally use with the volcano system, so it should be pretty good.



  18. Mike on December 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

    yes everything including the screens the grinder and even the brush comes out in factory new condition, the grinder even has that slicked out chocolate feel to it like it just popped out of injection mold at the factory



    • Vapormaster on December 31, 2010 at 9:27 am

      Mike – if you like, email pics to vapormaster[**at**]volcanotips.com and I’ll post them here for all to see. Thanks for sharing.



  19. Mike on December 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    if you ever try this 2.5 liter ultrasonic cleaner: http://amzn.to/2z9zURe

    you will worship me every time you use it. it only requires hot water (it has built in heater) and hand dishwashing detergent. I will not waste words because there are none that describe the feeling of a miracle that you will experience the first time you use it. It is sold through many outlets and even on ebay under different brands, but I would recommend getting this specific model just because of how much it impressed me with the results.



    • Vapormaster on December 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

      That is pretty slick…



  20. Sierra on June 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    AWESOME video – thank you it helped me a ton and clarified the whole process…great for the visual learners!
    Thank You!



  21. Iconic on July 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Mini Tip:

    If you dry run (empty the chamber) the valve through the vaporizer you will warm the pieces and resins in the chamber. This will make it easier to remove the tamper and metal insert! Don’t run it too long (over 60 seconds); you still need it to be cool enough to handle.