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    Wick building method

    Good morning all,
    I thought that seeing as everyone builds their wick differently it would be good to know how everyone does it and see which steps are most common and hopefully make a setup made up of the most popular bits and see how that build goes.
    Hopefully it will be the perfect method
    Feel free to add steps that you do and find useful to a great wick.
    Maybe next can be coiling method.
    Just copy and paste and put your methods in (Thanks Davee couldn't remember what that was called).
    Cheers.

    Stainless Steel Mesh Wick setup

    Preferred mesh: #400
    Preheat before rolling: Yes
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Solid
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: Gas stove
    Wick Colour when heating: dull red
    Heat and Quench: 3 times each end
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: VG
    Dip and Burn: 6 times, 5 times burn and blow out and and dip again, 6th time burn till flame extinguishes
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: Snug
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat: 45
    Notes:
    I always fold a couple of mm of mesh over that is going to be the outside edge, just to help makes sure there are no stray wires from the mesh sticking out.
    Last edited by Bullos; 25-03-13 at 06:07 PM.
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    Great idea Bullos! THat is as long as the thread doesn't get too riddled with rubbish in between lol
    I'm a bit of a noob at Stainless wick's still, on about #11 or 12 I think so definitely no expert, and not tried anything but 350-400 mesh. Have some #200 now to try so I'll update as I go. I'm also lazy, so I've cut, pasted, and edited yours ^^^

    Stainless Steel Mesh Wick setup

    Wick hole size:3mm
    Mesh size: Height depends on Genny. Length 35mm
    Preferred mesh: #350
    Preheat before rolling: Yes
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Straw
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: Cheap blowtorch
    Wick Colour when heating: dull red
    Heat and Quench: Heat 3-4 times. No quenching
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: Whatever flavour/mix juice I can grab first
    Dip and Burn: 6 times burn, and let burn off, and cool.
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: Just tight enough so it needs the gentlest of pressure to push it down
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat: 45
    Notes:
    I always fold a couple of mm of mesh over that is going to be the outside edge, just to help makes sure there are no stray wires from the mesh sticking out.
    I found the thinnest rod from a car/radio antenna is a nice stiff straight bit of metal (quite often stainless) for starting your wrap on.
    How long is your mesh for a solid wick?
    Last edited by davee; 25-03-13 at 08:16 PM.
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    Preferred mesh: #400
    Preheat before rolling: Yes
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Straw
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: Blow torch
    Wick Colour when heating: dull red
    Heat and Quench: 1 time at the beginning
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: 50/50 leftover juice
    Dip and Burn: 4-5 times, till the fire extinguish
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: Snug
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat: angle to have pointy end helps in inserting the wick to the coil

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    Preferred mesh: #400
    Wick type: Solid
    Heat source: Bic lighter

    Before rolling: Bic lighter over edges only before rolling to check for loose strands
    Wick Colour when heating: Dull red
    Heat: Once
    Quench: No
    Burn liquid: Whatever
    Juice Burn: Drip liquid and burn off until noticeable capillary action (4-5 times)
    Wick hole fit: Snug
    Bottom trimmed: No

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    Mesh size: Length 35mm
    Preferred mesh: #400
    Preheat before rolling: No
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Straw
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: blowtorch
    Wick Colour when heating: red
    Heat and Quench: Heat 3 times wqith quenching.
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: Whatever flavour/mix juice I can grab first
    Dip and Burn: 3 times burn, and let burn off, and cool.
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: Just tight enough so it needs the gentlest of pressure to push it down
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat: no.
    Notes:
    I always fold a couple of mm of mesh over that is going to be the outside edge, just to help makes sure there are no stray wires from the mesh sticking out.

    Use insulator, not sure why. Other people don't.
    Last edited by bart; 25-03-13 at 06:38 PM.
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    Stainless Steel Mesh Wick setup

    Preferred mesh: #270
    Preheat before rolling: Yes
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Straw
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: bowtorch
    Wick Colour when heating: dull red
    Heat and Quench: No
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: Whatever's going in it
    Dip and Burn: 3 times
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: looseish
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat: flat
    Notes:

    I always make sure I give the edges a good fry with the torch to get rid of any strands and furry bits.

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    Stainless Mesh Wick Setup

    Preferred Mesh: #200 - #325
    Wick Type: Straw
    Heat Source: Blowtorch
    Wick Colour When Torching: Red
    Heat and Quench: No
    Dip and Burn: No
    Wick Hole Fit: Medium
    Bottom Trim: Yes Angled
    Notes:
    Preferred coil: 30Awg Kanthal
    Wrap: 3/4
    Coil Wick On or Off: Off Atty (prior to instal)

    Pulse coil until blackens wick followed by alignment and repulse with tipping to juice up gradually.
    Last edited by bugzme; 25-03-13 at 07:10 PM.
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    Preferred mesh: #270
    Preheat before rolling: no
    Wick type Solid/Straw: Straw
    Heat source blowtorch/gas stove/lighter: Blow torch
    Wick Colour when heating: dull red
    Heat and Quench: 3 times
    Dip and burn liquid PG/VG/Juice: shit juice
    Dip and Burn: 4-5 times, till the fire go's out
    Wick hole fit snug/loose: Snug
    Bottom trimmed angle/flat :45
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    my silver dog wick and coil
    cut of a bit of mesh
    roll up
    coil with ribbon kanthal 3/4 wraps
    stik in s/d full tank of juice
    connect pos and neg
    adjust spacing of coils
    pulse till no shorts
    vape happily.
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    Straw - enough to make 2 turns or so (smallest possible thermal mass I can get away with that holds enough juice for a hit)

    Length so it protrudes about 5mm into the tank

    I don’t fold the edge, but do cut with a roller guillotine and use a torch to burn any hairs on the edges

    If I’m wrapping the coil by hand (as opposed to drill method), make sure the lay of the wick is in the direction of coil (think teflon tape on plumbing).

    Boil mesh in water and detergent than water only to remove manufacturing crud

    No flaming - just pop the coil vertically in stand then drip juice, burn like a candle until drips soak and disperse quickly into the wick. If the wick can’t hold 4 drops, I need more mesh, if it holds more than that I have too much. I used to use arse juice, but now just pure pg or vg.

    Insulate with a turn or two of tally-ho for the deck hole

    Pulse if required.

    Mesh size: don’t really care but prefer the #200 end of things - my goal is to minimise thermal mass and ‘fluid friction’ whilst being able to hold enough fluid after tipping for a decent hit. Capillary wicks are too wet for me - I find the best hits are from a damp wick after tilting.
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