Saturday, August 1, 2015

Vaporizing 101-Alternate Title⋆Nothing's As Easy, As It Looks.

Information for anyone interested in vaporizing herbs or tobacco, 
but who, haven't got a clue about what vaporizers are.

Some great links I found along the way.

HUD Homeownership
US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Buying a Home

HUD Helps Public Housing Residents Buy Homes

Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program

Borrowers Section 184 Loan Resources for Native American and Alaskan Native Tribal Members
Vaporizer Smoking-(Inhalation Device)
I'll start with the (short version) then, anyone who has the interest or the time to read it can scroll down to my synopsis, enjoy my entire story and the many new, great links I found.

My HUD; $95 a month rent, duplex apartment/housing went smoke free.

They never sent out notices and no one told me, until a new manager was hired.

Then; just like that, I was immediately ordered/supposed to stop smoking in the apartment.

She said, if she smells smoke again, she's was going to evict me. Even though smoking was allowed, five years ago when I moved in.

They changed the rules. Apparently they're allowed to do this, or not?

I didn't get evicted. I purchased a vaporizer to vaporize my tobacco.

I complied with their demand to not smoke on the property.

I met one of the Building Owner's in court. He was their Lawyer!

Owner; coincidentally, also happens to be a Lawyer. (So convenient). I recognized him from around the buildings, town and the manager called him "Counselor".

Now; my Landlord, knows me personally, not just by reputation, thus joining the crowd, of those who love me. Of course, some others don't.

I went to Court and I gave the Building Owner a copy of the paid receipt for my vaporizer. We shook hands and the building manager, even gave me a ride home.

It took a lot of effort, finding a vaporizer that works with loose tobacco and then figuring out, how to use it correctly.

All in the middle of a hot as heck summer and an eviction threat drama, but I did it. I finally succeeded!

When I get angry, I can do anything.

I am a very tolerant person, until something gets me mad.
Then I go into, Ninja ★ Street Lawyer Mode!


I researched; composed and gave the Building Owner, an 8 page statement about why they had no case legally. But the owners had me at, smoking is a big fire hazard.

I live around; mostly, very elderly senior citizens, who would be impossibly hard to evacuate.

I do not want to set any kind of legal precedent. Either one; that people can smoke, or not smoke, either. Yeah; I wasn't touching this one, for sure.

But I did want, to help set one precedent. One, that recognizes vaporizing as being allowed in all non-smoking residences. Even in Federally assisted, HUD Housing, (where I live).

That's what is says the Court ruled on the legal paper, the building owner and I signed. That vaporizing is allowed. So that's good.

Even; in legal Medical Marijuana States, if patients rent an apt, house, etc, they have to get the building owners permission to use cannabis.

They can't be refused permission, as it's a medicine. But they can be prohibited from smoking it.

I was easy to convince.

I'm a Fireman's Daughter.

I've been smoking since 1967. I hate cigarettes by now.

I hate how much they cost.

I hate the ashes that fly all over the place.

I was starting to feel like Cinderella here.

I hated worrying all the time if I was setting the place on fire.

What I Learned

First of all; anyone wanting to vaporize should discuss it with their Doctor. Have a physical etc.

Especially with the liquid (e-juice) vaporizers.

For nicotine, the e-juice pens are the easiest to use but have caused allergic reactions to some people.

Because the e-juice liquid has glycerine and alcohol in it.

I can't use e-cigs or e-juice vaporizer pens because I'm seriously allergic to glycerine (I get boils). Good thing I didn't try them.

I don't even drink. I had my gallbladder removed in 2003 and am very allergic to any kind of alcohol and have many food allergies too.

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After over five months of researching; housing law, vaporizers, vaporizer pens, talking to, getting to know vaporizer retailers, having watched at least 20 video reviews, tutorials, read websites, warranties, guarantees, purchased and returned three pens, read numerous reviews and much more.

I found out that not all vaporizers are suitable for heavy tobacco use.

ie, The pens, are really made to use with cannabis and other light density herbs.

From my experience, the dry herb pens work, ok, for a light smoker. A person who smokes 5 to 10 cigarettes a day. (Like someone who wants to step out in a work situation and grab a quick 15-20 puffs, and doesn't want to smell like cigarettes afterward, who doesn't have the time, or want to smoke an entire cigarette). Besides cannabis, this is another use for the vaporizer pens.

Dry herb vaporizer pens will not work well for someone who constantly needs tobacco/nicotine vapor on demand, people who smoke a pack and a half a day.

Vaporizer pens usually run on batteries. The batteries stay charged, aprox one hour. More expensive pens have a battery charge of 3 hours.

Battery charge is  not long enough for a heavy, pack a day plus smoker. They all take 4 to 5 hours to re-charge and one has to press a button every time they want a couple of puffs.

They say the charge lasts for 1,000 puffs. That's with cannabis or the e-juice.

Not my experience with tobacco.

I finally purchased, the Arizer V-Tower Vaporizer.

Clean glass parts when cool. Warm Water.

I clean my parts with tablets, or powdered denture cleaner; like, "Stain Away". It's about, $5 a bottle and a bottle lasts over a month.

Pour cleaner directly into the elbow adapter. Remove elbow screen and fill that with cleaner too.  Coil the hose and cover with warm water in a large food type container to clean, soak, etc.

*You have to keep those little screens that fit in the elbow adapter (glass part on top) clean or you won't get any puffs.

I was just having that problem. I had to really clean them last night. I wasn't getting good vapor.

I looked and saw that  the screen was totally clogged with the fine sooty stuff. Apparently, just soaking in cleaners, was not removing baked on gunk. I use 2 q-tips, or the corner of a  piece of paper towel. I twisting it in until all the gunk comes off.

If the elbow screens aren't kept clean, no puffs can get through. If you can see light through the screen, it's ok. Not seeing anything, it needs cleaning.

Ignore the other screens in the herb bowl. Just cleaning solution works on them. I wouldn't even try to take them out.

I have 3 of the hoses with elbow adapters. They have to be cleaned all the time, I always have one soaking and drying.

I use two a day. Switch to a clean one when I stop getting good puffs and it looks gunked up. About, after about 5-10 hours use. I change the elbow screen more often. Whenever it looks gunked up. All the oils and sooty parts stick to this screen.

I put all cleanable parts (hose, screens, bowl) in the cleaner and soak overnight or until clean.

Other cleaners (even some that say natural), have isopropyl alcohol in them. I'm allergic. Wouldn't use that anyway.

After cleaning I always soak the glass parts; in a couple of cap fulls of lemon juice and water, for about an hour and rinse. Works good, makes it taste nice.

Make sure you pour all the water out of the hose before drying.

Vaporizing 411

These are the techniques and temperatures from my research, that I've been using. I have included links with instructions.

Important! Tobacco has to be very, very, very, dry. I'm still experimenting with density. Sometimes I cut it up fine and sometimes I don't. I'm finding as long as it's crunchy dry, it works.

Otherwise the moisture, lowers the core temperature of the tobacco. Which impairs the vaporization process that works through heating.

Sometimes I put a very small amount (way less than a pinch) of un-ground tobacco, on top of the finely ground tobacco to hold it down in the bowl. Fill bowl about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Wait about 1 minute and puff.

Should get up to 30 puffs. Again, I'm still learning how to do this part. Sometimes I take bowl off and add an extra pinch. Get more puffs. Take bowl off to fill. I got tobacco drips filling it on the base.

Empty bowl, scrape elbow screen with stirrer and refill.

Temperatures may vary. I'm still trying to figure this part out.

Heat tobacco in bowl about 1 minute at 445f lower to about, from, 440f to 430f, or lower depending on how dry and finely cut the tobacco is. From my learning experience here, the temperature kind of depends on how dry and fine the tobacco is. On damp days I have to vaporize higher it seems.

I just experiment up and down the the temperatures till I get puffs, or not.

It's convection/conduction heat.

Vaporizer Buyer Guide

How To Use The Extreme Q and the Arizer V-Tower Vaporizers

ArizerExtreme Q And V-Tower Temperature Guide

Arizer V-Tower Review The Daily Smoker-Amsterdam 2014(c)

Always, check your sellers warranties and return policies.

Read Instruction Manuel.

With the Arizer V Tower, There's an air vent at the bottom of the V Tower. Do Not Block The Airflow.

For instance. Don't put the vaporizer on a tablecloth. I had that problem.

Puffing ever so slightly pulled the tablecloth over the air vent. I got rid of tablecloth and now I get good puffs.

Don't put essential oils in your aroma therapy bowl. Only dried herbs or flowered potpourri. It say's you could. But that's the old model.

Also needed are a square sized, pot holder.

Depending on your table surface a hot pad or a couple of cotton place mats to sit the bowl on when filling is also needed. The $1/99cent store has them in the housewares aisle.

The glass bowl and adapter, get hot. Too hot to touch. But not flammable. Still it will melt plastic. Only cotton is best.

2 or 3 large plastic food containers to soak and clean whip hoses, etc. Again, $1/99cent store.

A bottle of lemon juice.

The only tobacco I found that works is the "American Spirit Original Blend", powder blue package. It's a medium-light tobacco. Heavier tobaccos were too hard to vaporize.

At the cost of over $300 a month buying factory manufactured cigarettes (pack, carton, etc); it had gotten to the point that it was becoming, a choice between food and cigarettes.

Food was winning. Then my building going smoke free, pushed cigarettes way to the back of the line.

I'm sick of the smoke, the smell, the carcinogens, the whole thing.

Now I'm smoke free and I am; once again, the winner!

 Landlord-Tenant Laws in Your State

So now; 15 months later, I've been re-programmed as a non-smoker. (I still get my nicotine. I just vaporize it).

I could have Stockholm syndrome too. I get that a lot.

It works for me. I've been trying to quit smoking cigarettes for at least the past 20 years.

I buy a canister of American Spirit loose tobacco, for $32.95. The canister should last at least a month or longer. It's over 5 1/4 ounces.

Compared to a carton of cigarettes that costs $58. Total of about $85 a week.

I'll save about $3,000 a year vaporizing loose tobacco vs smoking factory manufactured cigarettes. Good reason to vaporize.

Vaporizing with tobacco, it's kind of just like using an enclosed pipe. You get visible puffs of vapor. But it's different. One has to actually puff it, where with cigarettes it's automatic. One learns patience vaporizing tobacco.

In a vaporizer with heat control. You set the chamber for the amount of vapor you want by adjusting the temperature.

I don't know if I'm doing it correctly or not, I get good vapor at 445f  with tobacco, (usually).

To dry tobacco, I just leave my canister open and pour 2 days amount onto a paper plate. Like this guy says paper has chemicals.



Synopsis

My HUD housing complex went smoke free. I moved in with smoking allowed. Now I've been told I am no longer allowed to smoke in the apt and on the property.

So, for three months I've had a building manager inspecting every week. Every time; she says "I smell smoke, if I smell smoke the next time I'm here, I'm going to evict you."

I was like, "what"???

Well they did it, the Sheriff was at my door! Showed up on a fri night, at 5:30pm.

The property manager had given me a notice to quit 30 days previously.

My advice to anyone; If a landlord gives you a "Notice To Quit", that's the 30 day notice of eviction. Lawyer up immediately!

In 30 days the Sheriff will be at your door with an eviction notice, then you'll have aprox 3 or 4 days to bring or overnight mail the court a completed form, called a "ticket to appear" which says you'll be at the hearing.

Also the landlord could file any place in the state he owns property. ie 60 miles away. So; besides returning the ticket to appear to the Court you could also have to send, what's called a "change of venue" request to be able to go to the Court in your immediate area. (mail overnight guaranteed mail $20 US Post Office, return receipt required).

If you don't return these forms to the court by the date on the summons, they will come and padlock your apartment, throw you out immediately and you'll have to fight to get your possessions.

You also; have to send your landlord copies of these forms, certified mail, return receipt requested too.

Oh yeah the forms are not included with the summons.

Always; in any legal situation, just get a Lawyer immediately.

Tricky part they pulled on me was, they filed in a town 40 miles away.

I had a Seniors Lawyer, recommended by my local Seniors Center. They are a 501 funding is low and they are very busy. So she could only advise me and mediate a little. This was an easy case since I was complying. Not just as fast as property management wanted me to.

This Lawyer sent me the forms and talked the Senior Center Lady through showing me how to fill them out and send them.

It's not whether one knows they have a winning case or not, it's the technicalities of the law are what trips one up.

You got to have a Lawyer! Unless you can't get a Lawyer, never pro say (do it yourself) a case.

Old saying; "He who acts as his own Lawyer, has a fool for a client."

It all started here;

Updated Is There A Lawyer In The House??? With a side addendum here You Can't Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover

I also Googled quite a few "how to stop smoking" websites.

I heard that people who start vaporizing often are able to stop smoking tobacco completely.

I feel much better already.

Smoking is dirty and passe'.

Not having to worry if I'm burning the apartment down when I go out or to sleep at night, is "Priceless"!


Conclusion

Buying a vaporizer is a little investment up front, but saves a lot in the long run. I just bought a second one (from VaporNation) they had a sale 25% off. I got the more expensive Extreme Q Tower. I'm in the middle of the mountains. There's no stores around here. Takes a week to get a replacement shipped. Had to have a spare.

The V Tower works good, with the tobacco. 

Jonathan; at Vapor Nation Customer service, said sometimes it takes people a couple of days to learn how to use it. It took me, 6 months! But I'm getting good puffs now. 

The most important things are, that tobacco is very dry (*experiment with grinding/cutting it whatever works for you), and elbow adapter and it's screen are kept clean.

For cannabis the V Tower works perfectly. 

If you still have trouble with vaporizing tobacco after following all my instructions (you shouldn't), Vapor Nation offers a guaranteed tutorial to help new users with learning how to use any of the vaporizers they sell. If interested. It's called Vape Squad Membership. But it costs $59.99. 

I don't know if vaporizing would satisfy every tobacco user. I only smoked ultra-light cigarettes and they were too strong for me. I couldn't breath half the time

It took me a month or two in order to stop craving the other many chemicals in factory manufactured cigarettes. I found that "Good and Plenty" candy really helped the craving for the manufactured cigarettes. Which are addictive in themselves besides the nicotine.

I wanted to share this with everyone. 

I kept googling and finally found two great retailers for vaporizers.

I also learned that not all Vaporizer Companies/Sellers/Stores are the same either.

I also wanted to share these two honest vaporizer companies. All the salespeople are so nice and helpful. We've become friends. I message them any questions I had and they always have the answer. The internet is big out there and a person can get robbed. 

So; I wrote this for myself and to pass it along to anyone who might have a need, or want to vaporize. 

Most vaporizer retailers I saw in my research to buy one, have variable warranties.

Things like; they don't guarantee all the parts, etc and they want the buyer to pay re-stocking fees on returns. 

They will only take back un-opened, un-used products. 

What, you bought it just to look at it and send back?

Some don't care and sell junk. It took me 90 days to get a refund on one vaper pen that didn't work and the seller wasn't authorized to sell it. So the distributor wouldn't honor the warranty. Luckily I purchased it with a debit card, not a check (I don't have any credit cards). What a hassle.

These two stores are the best that I found on the internet in four months of research looking for a vaporizer to buy. 

I have no interests in any of these companies and it's a personal choice if one wants to spend over $200 (with spare parts, cleaners etc). 

I am just a satisfied customer. And I support small business.

1 ★★★★★Vape Vets Store.com, has my vote for best return policy and warranty that I saw in my search. 

Daniel; (the owner), also has the best 1 year warranty guaranteeing all parts of the vaporizer

Most sellers won't guarantee heating chambers or batteries. Daniel guarantees all parts!

30-Day Hassle-Free Refund Policy If you are unsatisfied or unhappy with your item, you may return it within 14 days after you receive it, for a full refund and 30 days for an exchange.

With Daniel; at Vape Vets Store's help, I kept looking and finally, purchased the V Tower Vaporizer. 

He took back two vape pens that I bought that were not for tobacco. 

I knew nothing about vaporizers. Except that I read about them, years ago. (That people were using them in the bars and restaurants in New York City). 

When I asked Daniel; "if I bought it from him", could I get a refund on this vaporizer too? He said; he'd even, still give me store credit if I bought the V Tower vaporizer from him and wanted to return it. He didn't say so, but (This would be the my third return and refund). He told me, this model was very expensive and he didn't make much on it.


Daniel, at Vape Vet Store and (Vapor Nation) just partnered up and he can get you anything you see on the Vapor Nation site. Kismet, for sure! 

Daniel's, a really nice guy. 

They're all really nice people.

These are two great companies, each offers something different. The best I saw.  

2 ★★★★★Vapor Nation, Great Sales, good warranty. 

A really cool company out in California. I got 20% off V Tower so it only cost $119.99 and had free shipping. I got 5 free gifts too. Vapor Nation Also Has a 10% Back-Merchandise Purchase Rewards Program.

Vapor Nation doesn't have Vape Vets Store's 14 day return cash back, return policy on open and used products, but they will give store credit for unsatisfactory items. Great warranties too. 

I knew I was spending $120 and I would own this vaporizer

But by then, I was pretty confident in knowing what doesn't work with tobacco.
I trepidatiously kept my fingers crossed. I told myself "If this doesn't work with tobacco. I'm going into an in-patient re-hab, I need a rest. I've had it with cigarettes." I have Medicare and Medicaid. 

Arizer is a good product. With Vapor Nations 20% off Sale, V Tower kept me from getting evicted.

I recommend buying an extra Arizer Whip Kit $22.99. To keep one clean and use one. Get a couple of spare Arizer whips

I prefer to have a spare and a couple of spare whip/hoses/w the elbow adapters.

With the glass parts you always need to have a clean one and eventually they can break. It's so important, to have an extra cyclone bowl  and elbow adapter. I use my vaporizer exclusively so I need spare parts to feel secure. 

Only remove the little cup shaped round metal screen for cleaning. I broke an elbow adapter, trying to remove it from the whip/hose. I use something like a rubber jar opener to give me leverage. Turn the screen; like a screw, until it loosens up. 

Also if your screen gets loose and falls out of the elbow adapter. Squeeze it a litle from bottom to top. Also, it could mean that your vaping on to high a temperature and the glass is getting too hot and expanding. If that happens.  

It seems like a good idea, to switch whips and bowl, when they get too hot too.   

Now that I've learned more about temperatures, that doesn't seem to be happening.

If the V Tower is used with tobacco, the whip/hose is going to get stained. Nothing will get rid of it. So no point in removing the elbow adapter to clean.

The elbow adapter is the only truly fragile glass part. Unless you drop the others on a floor or something. 

Anyone interested should call these companies and ask questions. They will be happy to answer them.

What a task, finding a vaporizer that works with tobacco and then having to figure out how to get it to work!

Now I see what I've been inhaling all these years!

If people knew what was in cigarettes/tobacco, (or how addictive it is), they would never smoke.


Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
Acrolein: extremely toxic.
Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
Benzene: carcinogen.
Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogen 1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
Formaldehyde: carcinogen
Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
Isoprene: irritates skin, eyes and mucous membranes.
Lead: causes brain damage
Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
Nitric Oxide: Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and asthma  
NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens        
Polonium - radioactive
Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
Styrene: carcinogen
Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.


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