The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Vaporizer

Dry herb vaporizers are the most popular choice these days among vapers looking for a cleaner, healthier way to enjoy cannabis, without all the harmful smoke. These vapes let you really taste the authentic flavour of your herb, and to top it all off, it’s more budget-friendly. Because you’re able to control the temperature, and the weed is never burned, you can avoid some of the waste that happens when you smoke cannabis. Which means you end up being able to extract more of that sweet THC or CBD. If you want get even more mileage out of your herb, you can even re-use “already been vaped” cannabis, or ABV bud, which you can consume in a variety of fun ways.

But as your sessions add up, your vape will become dirty, and it will stop working efficiently. The vapour will taste worse and pack less punch, providing fewer beneficial and relaxing effects. You can slow down this process by grinding your herb appropriately (different vapes have different ideal grinds), and by avoiding overpacking your bowls. But no matter what you do, eventually you’ll have to learn how to clean your vaporizer properly.

Trust me, it’s worth it in the long run. If you feel like the airflow is getting restricted or your vape oven is looking gunky, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and just do it. You’ll be so much happier (and higher) on your next session if you do.

Newer portable vaporizers are designed to be easy to clean, because this is such a crucial part of vape maintenance. You’ll want this to be a relatively painless process, or you know that you won’t do it as often as you should. Furna has the easiest to clean dry herb vaporizer, all you need is a couple of minutes and some isopropyl alcohol, and the process is over before you know it. The Furna also has multiple, swappable ovens, so you don’t even have to miss a beat while you’re on cleaning duty.

Why Do I Need to Clean My Vape?

When you start using a dry herb vape that’s fresh out of the box, the draw will be easy and smooth. You can really taste the flavor of the herb, and its efficiency and potency will astonish you. But after a steady amount of use, particles and residue start to build up in various parts of the vape. And this build-up eventually affects performance in a big way.

For starters, the oven becomes coated in that build-up. This prevents you from being able to load a full bowl, and it affects the taste, adding unpleasant flavours that will cover up the more delicate nuances of your vaped herb. And worst of all, it means the oven won’t heat evenly, making it inefficient and bringing down the potency of your draws.

The mouthpiece and airflow pipe also need to be cleaned, as debris will eventually coat these areas too, and will restrict airflow and make drawing vapour through the unit difficult. If you keep using a dirty vape, you’ll lose all the economic benefits you were getting from vaping instead of smoking, because you’ll have to vape more cannabis to get as high from a vape that’s clogged.

Vape Anatomy

Before we delve into deep cleaning, it helps to understand a little about how dry herb vaporizers work and the components that need cleaning. Of course, there are all sorts of different vaporizers out there, from tabletop to portable, and the details vary between different brands and styles, but their mechanics are all similar. The standard components of a portable dry herb vape are:

Oven – can be at the top or bottom of the vape and is where your herb is heated. Some include a grill for preventing particles from getting through. This will need cleaning most often.

Vapor path – where the vapor flows from oven to mouthpiece. Particles that do get through start to coat the walls and start to restrict airflow considerably.

Mouthpiece – this too gets clogged up and needs regular cleaning to allow proper airflow. On some vapes, it’s right above the oven which means more cleaning is necessary.

While tabletop vaporizers will look different, and have larger-sized parts and a longer airflow path, it’s the same general setup and will require the same type of cleaning.

Cleaning Your Vaporizer - Quick Clean

You’ll need to give your vaporizer a quick clean after each use. This is fairly straightforward, where you would open the oven and clean out the debris with a small brush.

If you do this relatively soon after usage, it’ll make it even easier to remove any residue while it’s still soft. Of course, be sure to wait until it’s cooled down completely so that it’s safe to do so.

But this is just a quick clean that’s good for between each vape session. It’ll not only make your sessions more enjoyable but will also make a deep clean much easier when the time comes.

Cleaning Your Vaporizer - Deep Clean

How often should you clean your dry herb vaporizer? The amount of time before you’ll have to give your vape a deep clean will vary, but cleaning it every two weeks to a month is a good guideline, depending on the frequency of use. If you can’t remember how long it’s been, just check the condition of the mouthpiece, vapor quality, and build-up to see if it’s needed. If you feel blockage of the airflow, or see a lot of resin build-up on your oven, it’s time.

The deep clean involves dismantling your vaporizer into its components. Make sure to check the specific instructions for your model of vape, you don’t want to end up causing damage while taking it apart. Every vape has its specific cleaning needs, and comes with customized cleaning accessories, you’ll want to use the appropriate method for your model of vape. Most deep cleans involve using a bit of isopropyl alcohol and scrubbing the parts with a brush or swab. 

Make sure your vape has cooled down completely before taking it apart for a deep clean. Once you’ve taken apart your vape, scrape or brush out any bits of debris you can see in the oven, screen, mouthpiece, and anywhere else.

Next, get the provided cleaning brush and dip it into isopropyl alcohol. Run it all around the oven chamber and the other parts where you see residue and build-up. Repeat as necessary until you’ve removed all the build-up and it’s looking nice and clean again. Let the oven dry completely afterwards, and place it with the oven opening facing downward to help it dry properly.

When it comes to the mouthpiece and airflow pipe/screens, the process is basically the same. Use the brush or other cleaning tool that came with your vaporizer, dip the brush in the alcohol and scrub the parts, removing all the residue you can find, repeating the process if needed. With a new vaporizer like the Furna, the process will be simple and satisfying, and only take a couple of minutes.

Let all the parts dry completely before using it again, or you can cause damage to your vape. Once it’s completely dry, it can be worth heating the oven for a few minutes without any herb inside, just to burn off any lingering alcohol which might affect the flavour of your first session.

Other Benefits of Cleaning

Prolongs the life of your vape – with proper, regular cleaning, there’s less chance of causing damage to your vape through the build-up. This means less frequent deep cleans and less of a need to buy replacement parts.

Improved taste – when everything is clean, you can taste your herb more fully. Just like cooking in an unclean frying pan, you’ll taste the remnants of the last thing in it, and vape leftovers can leave a nasty flavor over time. 

A healthier toke – build-up doesn’t just mean residual plant matter. After prolonged use, your vape is ripe for collecting bacteria and even mold. Of course, you don’t want this at all as it can affect your lung health after inhaling. Cleaner is always better!

Keeping it Clean

As you can see, cleaning your vaporizer is pretty simple and straightforward, and the benefits are worth the minor hassle: you'll have tastier, cleaner, and more powerful hits. Dry herb vaporizers are good investments, in terms of getting more THC and/or CBD from your weed. It's worth an extra bit of effort to keep yours in the best condition and performance possible. Regular cleaning not only ensures you enjoy all the use you get out of it, but it’ll also prolong the life of your vape.

Buying an easy to clean dry herb vaporizer like the Furna will mean you won’t hesitate to clean it when the time comes. We break down the cleaning process in this short video, and as you’ll see, it’s satisfyingly quick and simple. And Furna’s swappable oven system makes it even easier to always have a clean oven on hand, letting you clean your vape on your own timetable, whenever it’s most convenient for you.