Error message here!

Hide Error message here!

Forgot your password?

Error message here!

Error message here!

Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive a link to create a new password.

Error message here!

Back to log-in

Close
Sign in to set favorite

Game changer Emulsifying Vegetable Glycerin and BHO for E-Juice

Whoop, whoop, lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu lu!!!!!!!!!1  Hee, hee, hee, snicker, snark, snort, don't you just love it when a plan comes together?

Those of ya'll who've tried to blend BHO and Vegetable Glycerin to make e-juice, know it doesn't readily happen and you are limited in the potency levels that you can reach extracting with glycerin as the menstruum.

Check out  /game-changer-emulsifying-vegetable-glycerin-and-bho-for-e-juice/ to see how to easily do that!

About The Author

Profile photo of skunkpharmresearch

This is the head cheese's account

Related posts

0 Comments

    1. Skunk Pharm Research,LLC

      Our ovens have vacuum control valves, but another way to do it, is to let the pump run wide open, and bleed in N2 gas to keep the vacuum levels down. The nitrogen atoms blasting through on the way to the pump, will knock loose and carry along HC molecules. GW

      Reply
  1. fred

    GW thanks for all you do. As a small batcher always looking for inexpensive low heat methods 90- 115 what do you think of quality digital dehydrators there's some as low as 80 degrees can change increments 10 degrees ?? or better off scientific hot plate

    Reply
    1. skunkpharmresearch

      I haven't tried any dehydrators, but have tried a few hot plates and was dismayed to find that most of them, including the scientific lab stirring hot plates, didn't have fine control at 85F/150F. A notable exception is the Cat Scientific hot plate that we've been testing, which is rock solid at those temperatures. Neither of our stirring hotplates are cheap however. Cheaper is a silicone heat mat with controls.

      Reply
  2. RightCoastDabber

    Have you considered changing out the heating elements for low wattage versions? 500w is WAY too much too achieve your desired temp range. While they make take longer to initially warm up they dont have temp spikes. 50w or less might work just fine even for the size oven you have... a smaller element on each wall of the chamber will do a much better job of keeping temp then two larger ones no matter where you put them. Keep in mind within a vacuum environment heat is not transfered through the air but through the metal itself. A solid vs perforated rack will make a differance too. heat tape surrounding the entire oven might even be your best bet. iv seen someone else you referanced use reptile heat tape. The tape itself at full power will not reach over 175 and that takes some time with a single layer and more importantly IMO it heats slow and therefore temp changes are slow. if I remember correctly the 12" wide tape was 23 watts per foot. Add to it your PID controller and it should work good. Try covering the thermocoupler with some aluminum tape or something of sorts as so to get the surface temp and not surrounding temp. And purchase a surface temp guage to check internal shelf temp under vacuum vs the PID controllers setpoint and reading. Oh... if you happen to try the low wattage silicone heat mats they also heat up way too fast and overshoot! :/

    Reply
    1. skunkpharmresearch

      Thanks for the input bro! Yes I did consider replacing the oven elements with smaller ones on all four walls, but decided to see what I could do with the existing ones first. Once the oven was good enough, my motivation to improve it lessened and its priority on the list dropped. True story, the heat in the oven can is clearly transferred by conduction, and in the absence of air, heat inside the oven by radiation. A solid shelf does change the dynamics, and we've had good luck using a 3/4" granite shelf to even things out in another oven. Interesting idea putting aluminum foil on the thermocouple, I'll give it a try. I infer it is to add surface area, as the metal thermocouple also sees the same radiant energy. Already got a shelf temp gauge, just don't trust its accuracy. Do you have a good one that you like?

      Reply
  3. frank l jones

    sometime during class,you did show us this kick butt oven , so wondering? what style of thermocouple to use as I want to install a toaster oven with a headphone jack that's wired into the oven t.c also into a hot plate or would it make more sense to hook this pid to a receptable ? I do under stand a relay would be included ,this idea is stuck in me head so if ya got time Id like to hear your thoughts

    Reply
    1. skunkpharmresearch

      I used a Type K ring thermocouple to monitor the outer can temperature and a Type K 1/4" tube style thermocouples. I welded a 1/4" stud on the can for the ring thermocouple. The latter sticks into the center of the oven through a 1/4" compression fitting. I used Crydom solid state relays to control the elements.

      Reply
      1. Catherine

        We have found that when the internal TC makes contact with the shelf the tempature of the product is much more stable. Give it a shot and see what you think.

        Reply
        1. skunkpharmresearch

          Looks like you have some experience given your addy, so may I ask you to share more? For instance, what size are your heat strips and where are they located, that are controlled by the TC in contact with the shelf. I first started by removing the old controls and using a contact thermocouple at the center shelf, but with the strip heaters mounted to the outside can, we had tremendous hysteresis and were unable to control the temperature within 50F, even with a self teaching controller. Using the bottom ring mounted TC immediately adjacent to the strip heater for control, it essentially is the bottom shelf in the oven, though I added a wire tray to keep our process dish from making actual contact with the bottom, because of local hot spots. Any insight that you might share on how you control the hysteresis when the heater is so far from the TC and in a vacuum, would be greatly appreciated, because we do prefer to precisely control the temperature at the actual work surface.

          Reply
  4. Catherine

    This gets tricky! Temperature control inside a vacuum chamber requires a controller with PID profile settings made to accomodate the very slow conductance of heat. As there is no atmosphere (air) to conduct the heat in the vacuum, the heat has to travel from the heaters, through the walls, across the shelves, through the tray into the product. With a simple closed loop thermostat and temp probe you will have an issue with temperature overshoot. Consider the temperature control loop: the probe senses the temperature (which is quite low because all ambient air has been evacuated), the probe screams for heat because it is chilly and the controller yells at the heaters to burn, the heaters crank on and begin heating the walls of the chamber, the probe continues to scream for heat, the heaters continue to heat the walls and slowly the heat moves across the shelves. On a well-engineered system, the temperture probe will be in contact with a shelf so that it gets some heat. If it is pointing out into the empty void of the vacuum chamber it will still be icy cold even though the heaters have generated a massive heat load at this point. Once the probe sees heat you have a bulky stainless steel vessel that is wicked hot and sloughing heat that has to go somewhere. Now you have the real potential of temperature overshoot. The slowness of the heat conductance to the probe makes auto-tuning or self-teaching modes almost obsolete. there is a reason Nature abhors a vacuum!

    Reply
    1. skunkpharmresearch

      Thanks for sharing Cathrine! We're controlling the temperature of the lower shelf in the can dead on at set point, plus nothing, minus nothing, using the ring thermocouple bolted to it. The thermocouple in the center of the oven measures radiant heat, and trails the can temperature 5 to 11 degrees, depending of the set point temperature. That temperature is as important to us as the shelf temperature, as it is what the top of the oil pool is seeing, so we control with the lower thermocouple and read both it and the top one for process control.

      Reply
  5. UrbanEtiquette

    We use the same oven and haven't had a problem with the temp controls yet. We were able to reset the thermostat to the lowest setting by taking the original knob off and and using the set screw on the thermostat. Our full temp range is about 80F- 350F. 3 on the dial usually works out to 100F depending on the outside temp. But we confirm with digital(inferred) thermometer and the dial thermometer with internal mounted node. But I was wondering if there were upgrades that could be done without all the additional modifications. I don't think we have quite the experience to do these changes while they dont seem to difficult.

    Reply
    1. skunkpharmresearch

      The oven seems to operate exactly at set point using just the lower element, so one possible upgrade, would be to just disconnect one of the lower elements and weld on a stud for a Type K ring thermocouple. You could then wire in a digital controller like the Panasonic. Both elements together appear to have too much enertia at 500 watts each, for precise control. You could also replace the two 500W strip heaters with units about half that size, to address the same issue.

      Reply
      1. Fred Kapp

        yes I found a digital heating pad made by cara. easily found online have min. temp 86 - 171 max. I personally think it doesn't get over 150 I use it around 120 - 130 it has a 60 min timer some might like or no.t.It's my poor mans vac oven, with patience and time get a excellent result. Not as convenient as a real vac oven but for $29. If you have metal chamber can sit right on pad.

        Reply
Join the conversation!
  or