Bong Hits With A Volcano Vaporizer

I stumbled upon this idea while reading this article – Dr. Kush. And couldn’t believe I’d never tried it. It’s great.

“Blue has a photo I.D. card from the City of Los Angeles confirming that he is a bona-fide medical-marijuana patient. His malady is anxiety. On a side table by his bed, he keeps a Volcano, a German-made vaporizer that resembles a stainless-steel coffeemaker. The Volcano, which costs five hundred dollars, warms dried marijuana, releasing vapor into a plastic bag and leaving behind a toasted brown chaff that smells oddly like popcorn. When Blue uses the Volcano, he inhales the contents of the plastic bag through a bong, which purifies the vapor.”

The idea is simple. Use the water filtration of the bong as one last purification step before your lungs. If you remove the slide piece/bowl from most bongs or waterpipes you can press the mouth piece of the solid valve against it and just pull right through. Maybe it’s my imagination but I feel like it eliminates some of the dried out sinus effect of frequent vaporizer use.

It’s also a great way to re-acquaint yourself with your poor old bong, which has been neglected since your vaporizer arrived.

Next time I order parts for my volcano vaporizer, I’m going to get an extra mouthpiece and dedicate it to bong use. I’ll attach some rubber gasket to it for a perfect seal on the bong.


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  1. b on December 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    i can highly recommend getting bags, whips & an inline vapor cooler for the volcano from vaporfections accessory line up.

    Since buying these, my vapes are tastier, smoother and i dont choke on dried vapes ever.

    But the vivape is a piece of sh*t.

    1 luv!

  2. […] with one pass thru the liquid. So maybe the answer is to fill a  waterpipe with your liquid and do vaporizer bong hits Regardless, if you don’t capture the ‘exhaust’ you’re going to waste a lot […]

  3. chris on April 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

    couldnt find the right spot to ask my query. used/oily bags. there is a way to get said oil off the old bags? How do I do it, or is it even worth my effort? Also, thanks vapormaster, for your help with my butter question. Glad I stumbled upon this site!

    • Vapormaster on April 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Some people think the oil in the bag is good stuff. See some of the comments here.

  4. jeremy on March 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    that said
    ill take inefficiency over damage to my lungs.

  5. jeremy on March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    when something is “water soluble”that means it can be dissolved by water.
    so while oil and water wont mix they can stick to one another.
    one just wont cause the other to dissolve.
    simply put….
    all that oily crap in your bong water didnt make it to your lungs.

  6. VolcanoFan on October 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

    vapemaster, do you work for volcano or something

    • Vapormaster on October 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      I wish! I am just an enthusiastic customer spreading the gospel of vaporization.

  7. DownByLaw on October 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I can only recommend water filtration for the volcano. The volcano will release a substantial amount of ammonia into the bag (five to seven times as much as you would get from a joint, google it) and you will also inhale fine particles through the bag.
    Also the CE mark doesn’t mean crap. Anybody can put it on their product (at their own responsibility) and it basically only means that it will probably not burst into flames or electrocute you.
    Storz and Bickel make it clear that this is NOT a medical device and has not been approved by anybody for use with anything (especially not illegal drugs – this is a german company and Marijuana is still 100% illegal there even for medical use)

  8. Kushman 78 on April 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Late last year I caught a bad chest cold and had to stop smoking….I frequently started to vaporize using a voodoo vape. I thought this was supposed to be less harmful. But after a month of vaporizing my lungs started to bleed and I was coughing up blood in my phlegm!!!! This has never happened to me before. As it turns out the vaporizer was drying out my lungs from the heat!!! I think it is crucial for there to be a cooling down process before inhalation,as the vapor is just as hot as the inside of an oven when it comes out. I am still trying to figure out which is the best glass vaporizer/water tool combo. Do try to avoid the plastic ones at all cost as the plastic emits toxic fumes as it heats up also.

    • Vapormaster on April 27, 2009 at 8:11 am

      Thanks for sharing Kushman78

      That’s one great thing about the Volcano Vaporizer – because you capture the vapors before inhalation in the bag, there is ample time and surface area to cool the vapors before you use. Depending on your personal preference you can wait as long as needed before using the vapors – allowing them to cool to your desired temperature.

      I also believe the initial moisture content of the plant material will effect how dry the vapor is. If it’s fresh and has a decent moisture level it will make for less harsh vapors.

      The plastics used in the Volcano are designed for heat and approved for medical use. The filling chamber and parts which are exposed directly to the hot air are high quality medical grade steel. The bags are made from a nylon oven hose which is designed to take heat without releasing any chemicals or vapors. I can’t speak to the quality of the components in a Voodo Vape, but wouldn’t take any chances with my health.

      The Volcano also has a CE marking, which certifies that the product has met EU consumer safety, health or environmental requirements. Info here – . I also take great confidence in the manufacturing quality and attention to detail in everything Storz and Bickel does. Their location and founding in Tuttlingen, Germany – the “World’s Center of Medical Technology” certainly doesn’t hurt either.

  9. WhereYouAt85 on February 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    last I read, active ingredients aren’t water soluble…and in my experience, the addition of the baung doesn’t mean you need more herb…at all.

    • Vapormaster on February 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm

      I used to think the same thing… then I read the studies here that showed that waterpipes did cause some loss of active ingredients. Check it out here : I suspect it has something to do with the cooling…

  10. Brian Shooshan on January 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    When I was over at the H.T.C Cup in Amsterdam in 2006 I saw this method for the first time. I was down in the lower section of The Dolphin coffee shop and they had bongs set up with vaporizers shooting vapor into the bong where the bowl sits in by simply push the air switch. They even had colored lights under the bongs that made the water look a little blue or pink and let you see a lil of the vapor. I found the high was more heady than traditional vapor but the taste was amazingly sweet. Took more toking than usual but it was a different way to use the medicine and I thought it was fun. Unless you have plenty of herb or are planning on setting the Volcano to say 4.5, then it isn’t really worth the time and effort. If you grow your own this is a cool thing to try but like I said it takes more bud because of all the cooling that happens to the vapor plus the water grabs onto to a good bit of the active ingredients through cooling it. One love

    • Vapormaster on January 31, 2009 at 7:13 am

      Hi Brian: Excellent point about the loss of active ingredients to the water cooling. I guess it’s more of a party trick to show off to your friends 😛