How To Take Apart and Clean the Volcano Vaporizer – Photo Illustrated

UPDATE – Please see updated photos here – Taking Apart and Cleaning the Volcano Vaporizer

One of the most daunting tasks for the new Volcano Vaporizer owner is taking it apart and cleaning for the first time. Here’s a step by step photo illustration of how to disassemble all the parts of the Volcano Vaporizer and clean using rubbing alcohol and sea salt. If it’s your first time taking apart the inner workings of your Volcano, this will help make sense of it. You’ll need some simple supplies; rubbing alcohol, sea salt, a large freezer bag glass jar, a pair of pliers, some q-tips and paper towels. Remember kids – a clean Volcano is a happy Volcano! You can substitute Formula 420 for the alcohol and sea salt.


  1. Jomoco on January 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I recently bought a volcano and the attachment that holds the bag immediately started leaking vapour. It’s not a substantial amount but it’s still awfull and stinks up the room. What could be doing this?

    • Vapormaster on January 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Solid or easy valve? Make sure all your rubber seals and o-rings are in place.

  2. Osama on March 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    RUBBING alcohol? Sea SALT? Yuck. Doesn’t that leave a nasty taste? I use 99% pure isopropyl WITHOUT that shit they put in it to keep bums from drinking it. No salt needed (from the sea or otherwise). Get your iso from costco its much cheaper than at the drug store. The added advantage is all the resin from your equipment is preserved, just collect it up in a jar and allow the alcohol to evaporate off…this can take a few days. At the end you will have back all that resin you thought was wasted. Please do not recommend this rubbing alcohol and salt method it is downright the wrong way to go about this.

    • Vapormaster on March 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Rubbing Alcohol == Isopropyl Alcohol… at least where I come from. Salt adds a gentle non-toxic abrasive. If you were going to save the solution for evaporation then I suppose the salt could be a detriment.

  3. pdm on February 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

    just a week into the ‘classic’ experience. very happy. i’m an old guy, so lots of this escapes me, but since i got the easy valve, am i correct tht i only need to clean the chamber where the lavender and chamomile goes? beyond that, i am also confused as to where the honey oil is supposed to collect. thanks a million for your site.

    • Vapormaster on February 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      You’re correct the herb chamber is what you will need to keep clean on the Easy Valve. The oil collects above the top screen in the area that tapers to the tube which the valve fits over.

      • not bleep on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

        You don’t need alcohol or anything to clean the top chamber of the volcano. Just remove the top screen and run the volcano at a high temperature for a minute or two. Then take a cotton swab and wipe it clean before it cools. I can usually get mine as shiny as new that way without any chemicals.

  4. DH on January 4, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I didn’t see it in the post, however I apologize if it was there and I missed it. I’m trying to figure out how much sea salt to add to the rubbing alcohol… help?

    • Vapormaster on January 4, 2012 at 5:19 am

      About a tablespoon works for me.

  5. Protonus on July 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Re: brushes to clean the chamber/screen/grinder, dry, after each use, paintbrushes seem a little too nice for the task and the brushes are soft.

    I recommenced “acid brushes” – they’re pretty much perfect. They’re very cheap horsehair brushes often with cheap rolled tin handles, the bristles are fairly stiff, they’re disposable, and often purchased in a pack of many for very little $. Used by a variety of industries, I use them with alcohol for soldering cleanup. Or my volcano. They’re all over the net for dirt cheap, here is a variety pack of 12 for $1.78!

  6. lola on June 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    how can i clean the part where the air exits? i’m moving and i want to mail my volcano to my new home out of state…any suggestions for making this thing “mail safe”?

    • Vapormaster on July 1, 2010 at 3:46 am

      I recommend a vacuum, but you’re never going to be able to get it perfectly ‘mail safe’ without taking it apart me thinks. There’s probably some crumbs or dust that have settled into the base.

  7. Vapormaster on February 12, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Yobo – have you tried water filtration?

  8. Yobo on February 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I have had mine for a couple years now, I have the early model without the air filter. Even after I clean the parts and replace the bag, the vapor is pretty harsh on the throat and lungs. Even at a setting of 5.5 it has me coughing like crazy. I’m tempted to take the whole thing apart and take a look around, but I don’t know. Got any ideas?

    • biggbonger on April 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

      How much product are you using…maybe try less. Or keep trying lower temps. Can’t think of much else, sorry.

      • biggbonger on April 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

        oh ya….maybe the product hasn’t been flushed properly during growing. That can make it harsh as well.

    • graeme on April 26, 2017 at 11:45 am

      the problem is that your herb is possibly ground too finely. try replacing the screen with the fine screen set on your filling chamber. actually I tend to use 2 or 3fine screens stacked together and this seems to solve the problem.

  9. Rob on November 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    1). How often should you change the bag you are using? Five came with the package, but I am not sure if that is because people blow them up overfilling them or if they should be changed routinely.
    2). Do you have to clean the easyvalve Volcano?

    • Vapormaster on December 10, 2009 at 9:39 am

      The bag will start to get sticky and eventually may crack and leak. I change the bag every time I clean.

      The easy valve parts are disposable – no cleaning involved.

  10. Zak on September 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    “Here’s a step by step photo illustration of how to disassemble all the parts of the Volcano Vaporizer and clean using rubbing alcohol and sea salt.”

    Where is Here? I don’t see anything besides a description.

  11. D. Reid Dillinger on July 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    THE PHOTO STEP BY STEP WAS PERFECT, IN ANY LANGUAGE. I almost broke the plastic ring with the gator teeth. Your picture explained exactly. Now, what are those white foam-ish filters, and the metal disc filter(?)? Any tricks to getting the balloon to equally wrap around the ring? I’m still looking over the blog but are we suppose to take the ‘volcano’ apart? The ‘heater’?

    • Vapormaster on July 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

      The white foamish filter is the air intake filter. It goes on the bottom of the heat generator. It rarely needs to be replaced. Flip the Volcano over in your lap and you’ll see a twist out plastic piece perforated with holes. Remove it and you can inspect the air filter to see if it needs replacing.

      There’s no need to take apart the heater, keep it clean and occasionally vacuum the top where the hot air exits.

      The metal woven filter pad thingy is for heating essential oils instead of plant materials.

      Thanks for stopping by….

      • Jaydee Bee on February 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Dear Vapormaster:

        Thank you for writing with clarity and precision. Your explanations are almost always helpful, to the point, and user-friendly. You (individually, or collectively if there’s more than one of you) have set a gold standard of tech help writing. Keep up the great work!

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  14. stryde on November 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    great job, this really helped.

  15. Eugene on October 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I am looking for some idea and stumble upon your posting 🙂 decide to wish you Thanks. Eugene

  16. MartyMar247 on April 6, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    This was a cool tutrial…I even learned something…I didn’t know the metal chamber in the bowl piece came out. But I think you’re overlooking one of the coolest aspestcs of owning a volcano. The brown gunk that forms on the metal pyramid piece and inside the metal cylinder that screws into the pyramid piece is active ingredients oil. Scrape that gunk off with a knife and press it into some keif and bam, you got yourself high quality jelly active ingredients! Try it and let me know what you think… PeAcE!

  17. Greg on April 1, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Awesome demonstration. Exactly the same process I use with a couple of differences in the details. Epsom salt I have found works slightly more effectively than sea salt. I clean the the filling chamber less frequently than the other parts. Sometimes after cleaning I reuse a bag for a time or two more if it is not ripped and if the open end can be stretched gently across a surface without sticking too much.

    After single uses I recommend cleaning the filling chamber (and insert) with an appropriately sized paintbrush. Paintbrushes are also good for removing dust or residue off the Volcano near the exhaust vent.