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Whoop! Lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu!!!!!!!!!!1

WOW, have things sped up around these here parts!  Enough so to bury the tattered old Graywolf, so please bear with me as I dig out.

Some really exciting stuff has been going on, in addition to the usual yuk a minute climate at the pharm!  Tickling my fuzzel anyway!  Hee, hee, hee, snicker, snark, snort..........

Not even sure where to start, I am so far behind:

Dr Fischedick's lecture was as sell out and a resounding success, as he both enlightened and charmed us.    He has also agreed to assist Skunk Pharm in our terpene research, so we couldn't be more pleased.  Our good fortune that he is conducting his post doctorial studies so handily close!!

Sadly our professional film crew fell apart at the last moment, so we punted with available equipment and volunteers to at least record the lecture.

Fortunately Sara came to the rescue for filming and is also putting together the edited DVD of Dr. Fischedick's lecture, plus she will be advising us on what equipment to buy/rent for the rest of our movies we have planned.

We are pleased to announce that we have reached agreement with Dr Robert Melamede for our next lecture on the Endocannabinoid System, and are firming up the exact date and getting lecture hall nailed down.

Process development:  Hee, hee, hee, look at the pictures of Joe's latest wax pictures, working with cryogenic extraction temperatures, with a vacuum oven finish:

Brown sugar-1-1Wax-1-1Wax-1-2Wax-1-5

I would show you the pictures of the purdy extractions that we did especially for High Times magazine, but my camera card lost its mind that day.   Fortunately their photographer got some later shots for an article that is scheduled to appear in March.

JY Ndustries loaned the Pharm a DIY SCFE CO2 extraction system, and we've been having our way with it.  So far we have been able to produce aromatic extractions, which is one of the things we wanted to establish.  Thank you JYN!

BHOgard and Skunkpharm have agreed to meet on the field of onions with seconds, to establish which design does what better.  We are still working out the details of which like sized machines to compare and the exact date, but some time early next year those haunting questions should be answered.

Eden Labs has graciously consented to sponsor said shoot off, where we will also be able to test the speed of the Caresaver against the CPS TR-21, Appion, and Haskel.   Hee, hee, hee, a triple whammy!

Holy Shit, look at this photo sent by the proud new owner of the first manual Mk V Terpenator prototype, of his second mixed trim run.  Return was just over 12%, for 277 grams:

image (2)As you can imagine, he is dancing  jigs between shoveling out the collection pots, and we are continuing to tweak the test sled to get the most out of it.  I've ordered silicone heat blankets for the columns, replete with digital self learning controls, which should make a huge impact, and will also add a feature I subsequently created for the Mk IVA, which allows the columns to be recovered separately from the collection pot.

Here is a picture of the Mk V headed out the door to its new home, which shows its 304SS stainless rolling frame, which provides shelves for the pumps and supply tank.

Mk V at delivery-1-1

The automated Mk V beta test sled is complete, except for minor tweaks and final wiring.  I managed to tear a rotor cuff, so haven't been doing any wrenching for a couple of weeks, but have a plan in motion to finish the unit shortly.

PSI, the automations electronics supplier, just had a chip programmed to replace the current PLC, which will drop the overall electronics cost almost $500.  We have both also found solid state relay suppliers at about 20% of local prices, which will also reduce costs.

Unwilling to lose the Mk IV number sequence, just because the first design was an abandoned chimera of miscellaneous parts, I created the Mk IVA.

I originally conceived the Mk IV in an attempt to increase the evaporation surface area using available 6" sanitary spools, before the larger sized sanitary spool pieces were readily available.

I scrapped the project when they became available, but have decided to open it again with the Mk IVA designation, which rises from the ashes of the chimera, so we've dubbed her the Phoenix.

And what a double gorgeous thang she is to behold, with welded manifolds, dual sight glasses, digital temperature control of the columns, and digital readout of the temperature in the collection pot puddle, as well as other refinements.

The Mk IVA Phoenix is based on a 10" X 12" sanitary spool and can run from 2" to 4" columns, up to 36" tall.  I dropped the parts off at the machine shop Sunday, with the delivery promised this week, after which it is off to mah favorite welder.

Both the Mk IVA and the Mk V can run up to three recovery pumps at once, and are the precursor to the Mk VI, running a bank of columns, with multiple collection pots.

The Mk IVA is about the largest Terpenator that you can still manhandle like a Mk IIIA, but I am also designing an optional stainless cart for the pumps and tank, etc.

Lu, lu lu lu, lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu, Skunk Pharm Research, and Cascade TEK, have agreed to a joint R&D program to develop the ultimate vacuum oven for processing cannabis.  We collectively made a wish list and Joe will start testing a R&D prototype after the first of the year.

Cascade TEK supplies vacuum ovens to NASA and has an impressive R&D lab in Hillsboro.  Alas, these ovens are out of the ma and pa home market, but should be the archetype for vacuum ovens used in commercial applications, and set the new standard for the industry.

Along similar lines, we've been blessed with a digital MCS67 stirring hot plate from Cat Scientific for testing, as well as a X120 Homogenizer. The stirring hot plate all but whistles your choice of music and gives you a backrub, while executing your instructions.

We are awaiting arrival of the homogenizer, and wish to test it making emulsions of oil and glycerin for e-cigs, amongst other things.

Skunk Pharm Research has started conducting private classes for hire, in addition to our public offerings, and have trained several dispensary groups thus far.

Lastly, Skunk Pharm Research is also adding SkunkWurx, a consulting service.  While we don't sell the equipment that I design, SkunkWurx offers the project management service to have any of it built.

We will arrange to have units like the Mk IVA and Mk V built by manufacturers that we've set up, on a cost plus management fee basis.

Our last 2013 class is in December, which is when we will announce next years class schedule.  As some of the classes were grossly over booked and some were under booked, we will try to present more of what is overbooked , rather than try to cover everything.

The classes have been a roaring success, with attendees from as far away as Alaska and the east coast, not to mention Canada.  One of the best parts, is the networking, as well as the new information brought to the classes by the students, some of which are highly advanced.

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  1. Daniel

    Can you use Mild steel to build a chamber? I have a heraeus 5042 Oven. Now its not designed to hold vacuum so i want to build a new chamber to put inside and remod the door to seal properly. Or should I go with SS304? And what thickness is good enough? Thanks

    1. skunkpharmresearch

      Mild steel is strong enough, but if you use stainless you don't have to worry about finishing the inside so it doesn't rust. I would use 10 gauge 304L for the shell,with a mild steel tubular frame on the outside for stiffening.

  2. Twotonepunk

    Hey there GW! partner and I just scored a mint conditionoven for $100! It's pristine aesthetically, and seems to be in full functioning order. (Holds vacuum, heats up, yadda yadda) Sweet deal! It's a NAPCO 58501 875 watt, that from the outside, to our very untrained eyes looks identical to yours except for the controls on the front. My search had turned up no manual or literature on this model. My question for you is: do you have any insight in this particular model and how it could be used/modified to work for our purpose? you Danny

  3. Jdiddy

    Hello, I'm interested in the homogenization process and what mix of VG and BHO is used in the emulsion, is this information available?

  4. kev

    sorry to revive a old post, i just got a napco 5850 and i want to rebuild it with digital controls as well. im making up a parts list so far ive got 2 controllers, 2 soild state relays, new ring thermocouple, am i missing anything? thanks for the help i think this will work great for my 5850 rebulid

  5. Mthoodpuffer

    Help! I'm stuck and can't figure what to do next on my MK v. Who can I contact? Is there a ph number for skunk wrkx to get help!!!!!

    1. Mthoodpuffer

      Big thanx to you! Really appreciate your guys response. Think i finally figured out how to piece it together 😊. I realize I could really use going to one of your training classes! Lol! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a happy new year. Blessings

  6. Capn

    Great work @ Skunkpharm. I can't wait to come down and learn all i can next year. I'm really excited to see what your results are with the homogenizer before i buy one..... I have been thinking about it for a while.....finally without separation!

  7. Austin

    I had the privilege of trying out some of Joe's work. You can pretty much guarantee it tastes as good as it looks. Keep up the good work guys!!

  8. cooper517

    woot woot its going down in the Pharm!!!!! :) hope you all had a safe aand happy holiday :) loving all the new stuff!!! thanks again for the help i got it worked out to a wayyy better degree now :)

  9. Mike-420

    Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this video :D Very interesting read and wow at that guys 12% Yeild picture damnnnnnnn i wish i was him right now! Look forward to my march issue of HT as well cant wait to see what you guys accomplished :D Keep doing you!

  10. ommp pay it forward

    Hey Skunk Pharm Research; Were really excited that Dr Robert Melamede will be working along beside you as you bring us more of your wonderful delights from The Mk IVA and Mk V. Were looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings. Say viewers of Skunk Pharm Research LLC be sure and drop by the Skunk Pharm Research LLC Facebook Page And add your likes, see updates before others and add your comments.

  11. Wayward Wolf

    The lecture was very interesting to say the least. Even if some of DR. Fischedick's research was a tad "over my head"@ times,...incomplete, or what ever your opinion was. It was certainly worth my time! It was also clear that the same hard core research being done in also being done NOW in Portland, Oregon. Hee he Always a pleasure to spend time with Carla,GW & Joe. Thanks again for your hospitality. Oh btw...Dr Fischedick was a bright & handsome young lad. As was his gorgeous partner. With her background being in "Alkaloids". Someone pleeeese tell me when that class will be. Otherwise I hope to see you folks for Dr Robert Melamede's class & already know I'll get to see GW @ the High Times Cup in Feb........arwwwwooooo!!!

  12. JohnnyBased

    Recently got a used VWR 1410 oven for fairly cheap, only problem is it has a noticeable amount of 'chemical dirt' inside and on the rack. Any tips on cleaning it and the smell up?

    1. skunkpharmresearch

      I infer that it has a stainless steel liner and a glass front. The fastest way to clean the stainless liner, regardless of what is on it, is plain old emery cloth. Wear a respirator if you don't know what the baked on chemicals are. Just polish it up, and the contaminants will come off. Use glass cleaner and soft scrubber on the glass. I picked up new stainless racks that fit ours from Goodwill. If you want to salvage yours, I would start by soaking the rack in hot soapy water and use a stainless sidewall brush to clean off what will come off. I would then soak it in a strong solvent like acetone or MEK and brush it, to see what will come off. Next you can soak it in an acid like Muriatic acid to remove what is left, followed by a strong base rinse, such as NAOH or KOH (Draino). You can also run it through a conventional oven during a 750F cleaning cycle, to reduce any organics to CO2 and water vapor. You will probably have to replace the silicone rubber door gasket, as you don't know what it might be soaked with.


          Well same problem with me so i took out the gasket and added a layer of 100% silicone froma caulking tube from Home Depot and allowed it to cure . Cleaned it up and reinstalled and I then attempted vacuum and it was much better but it still leaks slowly so i must keep pump on .\new one is on my list, lot of work in rebuilding one..

  13. tylerdurden71

    is there much advantage to using a vac oven versus a diy vac setup like your other thread? it seems like being able to use multiple racks within the oven would be fantastic, but most ovens only use bottom heat. on my diy setup, i use a presto grill with a large pan of water on it. i use glass marbley things that are flat on one side to elevate my vac pot and use a Ranco ETC-111000 to control the temp of the water bath. i can keep it within 1 degree of my set point.

    1. skunkpharmresearch

      Multiple racks sounds like a better idea than it actually works out to be, because of the need to watch what is going on. An oven has more even heat top and bottom than a chamber and ours will hold larger Pyrex trays. Both work slick!

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