Clean Your Volcano! How Often?

How often you take apart and clean your Volcano depends on frequency of use, and personal preference.

One often overlooked fact is that the parts dirty at different rates. For example the bottom screen of the filling chamber takes a long time to clog up, because the air is blowing through, not the vaporized plant material. Knowing this you can spread out some of your cleaning tasks to make it less of a burden.

For me, the first part to always go is the top screen of the filling chamber. I clean it once a week by itself. If it’s left dirty it seriously impairs the effectiveness of the herbal extraction.

The second part is the solid valve itself. If allowed to get too gummy, it requires a lot of pressure to take a hit, and it may not properly seal the vapors in the bag. I clean this and replace the bag with a freshie every 2 weeks.

Then every third week I’ll clean the bottom of the filling chamber.

Whenever the vacuum is in the same room, I vacuum the screen at the top where the hot air comes out of the base.

Here’s a link to photo illustrated instructions to take apart and clean your Volcano.


  1. Chris in WI on February 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    seriously it’s way easier then any of you have realized. Take the bag and fold it up, to be easier to manage (openings at top/bottom and fold so they remain open ends up and down; dont fold so both open ends touch). Now I start at the top where there is the least oil and cut a strip about the depth of the volcano bowl. ~You use this material (I looked up the safety data sheets for this type of plastic) as a vaporizer bag BECAUSE it’s heat resistant.~ So just keep it folded up, cut your strip and drop it in the bowl. It should unwind some. Put the top screen (don’t crush the strip), and vape. The vape get’s CRAZY once you get to the last 2 strips and really hit the motherload.

    I pull the strips out after a run and turn them inside out to keep them from just sticking together. Then reroll it up and stuff it back for another run or two. You can (if you that hard up) cut the strip and run a razor blade along a tightly held strip without tearing it. You can get another .25-.5 gram ball of oil if you do that (by the end of a HIGHLY used bag). I’ve harvested multiple grams from one bag before, but I was vaping homegrown coated in BHO at a rate of an oz per week mixed with 4 grams of oil in my volcano… the good old days. So if you use the HELL outta your volcano like that you most likely have a shit ton of pure oil on those bags.

    Lately I started keeping a large measuring spoon (it’s metal) handy so I can put a tablespoon of iso in it and dip the stips to get the last bit off before throwing them out and also to get the oil off my fingers. Then I put the spoon on top of the volcano at 400degrees and boil off the alcohol. A few mins later I have a nice coating of oil to drop some bud on and wipe off.

  2. Terry on February 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Where are the instructions for cleaning the easy valve. Everything I can find is for the solid valve

    • Vapormaster on February 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I’m working on some, but I think the lack of them is due to the fact that it’s well ‘Easy’. If you have a question post it here and I’ll answer it.

  3. Dublex on July 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Dude, to keep the top screen from getting clogged so quickly, grab the plunger thing as soon as you have run your last bag (use tissue or something, it will be hot) and bang the nut on a hard surface 3 times. That will remove most of the debris, but while it’s still hot, get a mini flat-headed screwdriver and scrape the remaining dust off. Wipe the screwdriver head regularly or you will just be mashing the dust in between the holes. Do it while it’s hot, though (not the time you want to, I know) – it makes it so much easier.

  4. Sean on September 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Also a heat gun or blow dryer will make it alot easier to work with.

  5. C on June 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    to recapture the residue left on the volcano bag, or any ofther part of the filling chamber/valve assembly just soak it in isopropyl alcohol.
    1. fill a container with alcohol.
    2. place item to be cleaned inside container.
    3. put on lid.

    after a while just remove the item and wash it in hot water. eventually you will have a resin filled dip tank.

  6. andyroo on April 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Scrape it off with a knife? how??? the bag only tears when i tried to do it even with a butter knife.

    • Vapormaster on April 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

      Try using a credit card or one of those plastic scrapers used for cleaning baking sheets.

  7. Latrell flax on March 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    It’s true, the oily film left on the volcano bag is fine stuff. It’s a challenge for me to use one bag for a long period so I get as much oil as I can. When your bag is nice and greasy inside, it’s ready. I don’t use alcohol as I’m too impatient-I simply cut the bag into strips, heat gently over flame (gently), then use a dull blade to scrape that oil off. There’s no other apparatus I know of that yields such a fine and valuable product-insted of cruddy resin, you get pure pure oils. Try it!

  8. reasonablethinker on December 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Sounds like a very nice idea, WhereYouAt85. Considering what has been accomplished cooking with other forms of alcohol in the culinary arts, I’m not inclined to dismiss this arbitrarily. Like these other doubters.

  9. j on December 27, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Hey junkie jenni, that junkie residue harvesting shit is most likely pure active ingredients. Thanx for playing though.

  10. jenni on November 23, 2009 at 12:00 am

    @WhereYouAt85 WOAH! that sounds a little too junkie for me lol….

  11. lol on August 6, 2009 at 1:49 am

    LOL at the previous comment!

  12. WhereYouAt85? on February 25, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Take your used volcano bag…the longer the better for this project.

    Pour in a couple ounces of 99% isopropyl alcohol.

    Crimp or do what you need to do to seal the bag.

    Shake all the color off the sides and into the alcohol.

    Pour it into a glass pan.

    Evaporate the alcohol. (I set the pan ON TOP of a toaster oven set to 350 degrees near an open kitchen window…the top of the oven gets hot and eventually you can see little clouds of vapor drifting off the top of the alcohol…be careful!)

    You will be left with a red/amber oil. It is awesome. I got a gram from a well used bag.

    Scrape it off the pan with a razor blade.