DIY vaporizer

Here’s a DIY vaporizer build. It uses a 30 watt Radio Shack soldering iron as a heat source that is regulated with a common dimmer switch. This is done by removing the soldering tip and replacing it with threaded rod attached to a brass pipe fitting assembly. This is housed inside of a Mason jar with a copper pipe for air intake and another for output. Not surprisingly the creator tipped us off anonymously, saying that this a “smoking accessory”. A bit of searching and we came across this Wikipedia article about a Volcano Vaporizer which sheds light on what one is used for.

We don’t condone using illicit substances. But even more so, we’re skeptical about breathing through this thing because of the warning that [Anon] included about noxious vapors put off by the epoxy putty when it heats up. Still, it’s an interesting build so we though we’d share.

Comments

  1. Copycat says:

    +1 for the macgyver pot heads

  2. me says:

    *thought

  3. NoBrainNeeded says:

    Is this what Hackaday is coming to?

  4. Ben says:

    I don’t think the epoxy gets hot or anything, the warning is against any fumes that might still be lingering after it sets.

    Now, this would be perfect with that soldering iron temperature control project from a few days back.

  5. Flixssoft says:

    Nice Build, i did same basic idea about a year ago , cause the Vap i wanted was $300 can
    they work as well as store bought and personaly I didnt use any epoxy.

  6. JayCollett says:

    Now if only he had used the purple “my little pony” as the base…

  7. Adrian says:

    Awesome, this is just in time for me to make this for my girlfriend for christmas. Thanks hackaday!

  8. dave says:

    You’re not fooling anyone. You guys at HAD are such potheads.

  9. t&p says:

    what are the copper pipes for?
    where do you put the weed at?

  10. Taylor Alexander says:

    “Not surprisingly the creator tipped us off anonymously.”

    Hah, not surprising? I dunno, here in California, no one cares if you smoke pot. If it were my project, I’d want some credit! I still haven’t gotten anything on HaD (for lack of submitting, if nothing else).

    But I have always been surprised at how much a vaporizer costs. It really seems like you could make one for much cheaper than what they tend to sell for!
    -Taylor

  11. ehrichweiss says:

    I have a similar build where I bought a bunch of soldering iron elements and used them along with a temp controller/thermocouple and a few pieces of brass. I’ll definitely check out this build though..

  12. Anon says:

    Just so nobody gets hurt, all the MMJ forums pretty much say to stay away from these homemade devices, and those guys are huge potheads

  13. Hirudinea says:

    Finally, somthing I can use!

  14. dext0rb says:

    i came across this forum once, had a couple DIY vapes on there. i havent read much of the forum itself though, so i cant vouch for it.

    http://fuckcombustion.com/

  15. FellowHacker says:

    Down with hope, up with dope!

  16. absolutezero says:

    I was working on a prototype a year or so ago. Not quite a fan of the bulb-style, desired something that could be used for whips (vapor bros) and bags (volcano). Ran into a few issues that kept it from ever getting off of the ground.

    Ni-chrome wire and Pyrex tubing are pretty cheap, but I couldn’t figure out how to connect the glass together in an airtight fashion that was also safe under high heat (outside of big spending on a torch when I’ve never blown glass).

    Other than that, coiling a heating element, working with a thermocouple, running a blower, and tying it all together with a microcontroller and some buttons and a display is rather easy.

    • Shrinivas Sugandhalaya says:

      No need for a microcontroller. It’s just a basic control system, as long as (1) you know your target temperature, (2) you are able to use quality parts, and (3) you can calibrate/test it, you should be good to go.

  17. Decius says:

    Lol, funny because I was thinking of this before and how you could attempt this at such a low cost. There is much use in this project as the Consumer doesn’t have to pay 100-300$ (Assuming this thing works equal to a real vap)

    How does one empty the device after it has brewed a toke?

    aha

  18. RadBrad says:

    Dude…….

  19. vonskippy says:

    Guess I’ve been a parent too long – when I hear “vaporizer” I think vicks vapor rub and coughing kids.

  20. Erik Johnson says:

    *pffft* … wait … what?

    oh, awesome

  21. Spork says:

    Ok, for the potheads who “don’t get it” or the non potheads who are wondering how this thing works:

    The two lengths of tubing coming out of the base are a carburetor and a mouth piece. In the center there is the heater attached to a copper fitting… this is where the pot goes. As it heats, you plug the tubing lengths and the chamber fills with smoke. You breathe in on one side and uncap the other to evacuate the chamber.

    The advantage here is that you’re not inhaling burnt plant matter read:Carbon. You’re only breathing what you burn off the plant, which happens to be (at least partly) what gets you high.

  22. waffles1200 says:

    ha! i made this exact one in high school, those were the daze! my dad took back his soldering iron and my mom took back her mason jar. one tip on this design is that you can find a screw that fits the threads of the soldering iron and buy a small metal bowl with a hole in it, and put together. then there’s the ‘ol paper towel roll with dryer sheets or panty hose filled with activated carbon in it to blow vapsmoke through to kill odor. ha! i love macguyver stoners, the other day i was waiting in my car for a freind and i decided to make a hack as fast as i could with what i had in my car. i had a 9 vol battery in my pocket, a guitar string from a squire strat that i keep in my car, and a pen. hmm electro magnet. then my friend showed up and i said f*ck it, let’s go bowling

  23. element_leader says:

    Hot air popcorn popper?

  24. M4CGYV3R says:

    @copycat
    Dude, what about me?

    But srsly, I prefer a bong.

  25. biozz says:

    @M4CGYV3R
    same here but when you vape you her 99% of the THC vs a bong where its like 75% … unless you drink the water but that shit stinks i could never immagion drinking it

    vaping is also much healthier

    to everyone else there is nothing wrong with smoking weed a fair chunk of the population does it and many of thoes people you would never expect

  26. biozz says:

    and regarding the epoxy deal THC vapes at around 230*f when epoxy i believe can withstand up in to the 500s

  27. NatureTM says:

    I’m surprised you wouldn’t make one copper pipe shorter. That way you could be sure the chamber was completely flushed, and you wouldn’t have to worry about some of the “good stuff” getting stuck at the bottom of the jar. That’s what, uh, my friend did when he made his own.

  28. Frek says:

    Wow HAD is now Pot projects’r’us !

  29. HeadHunter says:

    Cough it works ….. COUGH

  30. Andrew says:

    Link to the original blog – http://tehvaporizer.blogspot.com/

  31. Metalwolf says:

    I get that people want others to know how they did something but is posting about smoking isn’t that great of an idea. If i was a cop and not up to my quota i would just go on facebook (and now hackaday) and look up “weed”. There are so many confessions online that i could probably break a record.

    Learn how the internet works and learn that you are not anonymous.

  32. chronictronic says:

    Made a similar rig in 1993 using a car cigarette lighter as the element. Air flowed in through the element, and then a vertical output pipe drew from the top of the jar down, through an L-fitting, and out the front through a tube.

    Would be great to see this extended to include a microcontroller for temperature and air flow control, maybe with a Volcano-like vapor trapping system.

    Even better: check out the gun-like vaporizor that Stacey Keach (Sgt. Stedanko) tokes on in Nice Dreams– compact with a little blower.

  33. emilio says:

    totally built one in high school very similar to this… it worked reasonably well, but i didn’t have a proper way to calibrate it. a good addition is a little water box to cool and moisten the air.

    illicit, though? my state-legal doctor’s recommendation would have something to say about that, if it weren’t an inanimate piece of paper.

  34. biozz says:

    @Metalwolf

    you can walk up to a cop and say “i smoke weed all the time” and there is NOTHING that cop can do … you can show that cop pictures of you smoking weed and there is NOTHING that cop can do

  35. Tech B. says:

    Never smoke from copper. Or any thing that uses heated copper.

  36. Scott says:

    I’ve seen these made before with much simpler materials. Soldering iron w/ a dimmer switch spliced into the power cable for temp control. Glass fishbowl with silicone caulk around the rim, turned upside down on the conical reflector for a flood light. Thimble with a hole punched in it on top of the iron with the original tip. Whole thing supported inside a decorative birdbath filled with gravel. Four outlet tubes made of fish tank tubing which happened to fit perfectly in the holes in the reflector. Worked like a charm.

  37. Maave says:

    Interesting, although I wish he had put a cross-section diagram or something similar. I might make one for the heck of it, and I don’t even smoke.

  38. Tripnode says:

    ya i was thinking about some flaws in this vap on yes the copper and the epoxy.Smoke in my opinion should never touch anything but glass and or water befor hitting your lungs(wips are alright but still add a funny tast)……I know that store bought vaps are expensive but worth it because most of them use food grade materials, were im from ive had cops hold my bubbler look at it smell my jar of bud and give it all back you guys are paranoid!! ive used both home made and bought. if made right there great but be creative and use safe materials you guys should cheack out http://www.myiolite.com

  39. biozz says:

    @Maave
    would make a good give for a friend or even throw some incense herbs in it and remove the dome and have an incence auto-burner

  40. anon says:

    I’ve always posted here as anon.

    as for the noxious fumes that was just when the epoxy was setting around the handles and such. The only thing that gets hot is the end of the soldering iron with the receptacle, otherwise the entire thing stays cool.

    Word of caution I didn’t include in the original blog. DON’T USE COPPER. BRASS ONLY!

    Copper precipitate is very bad for you to breath.

    I honestly didn’t think they were going to post this.

  41. therian says:

    The whole point of vaporizer is helth benefits. Homemade one are likely ro have toxic components especially when they heated so I will recommend not to DIY. (To those who will scream about hacking rather than buying I ask if they making medicine at home too or biying it)

  42. Scott says:

    I hope they don’t play alcohol vapor games with that….*BOOM!!!*

  43. Drew says:

    i built one within 3 hours of reading this, then i tweaked the hell out of the prototype, now its more of a hookarizer it sucks through water so its cool but still gets you high.

  44. effigy says:

    @metalwolf you’re dumb, and a pussy, learn how enforcement ACTUALLY works sometime….

  45. anon says:

    A whole lot less ass-pain than I expected here.

  46. M4CGYV3R says:

    @biozz I had a volcano, but it was too tough trying to deal with the bags and valves and heater pieces and all. Just too much work. Plus not a great deal at $500+.

  47. pwnr says:

    Man, I thought this was going to be a hack dealing with creating a vaporizer gun for vaporizing people ;-(

  48. Ch0MmyT0ng says:

    I like to break off a couple fist-sized chunks, toss ‘em in the blender, dump it in a sock, and slide that sock over the end of the hair dryer, with the heat on. i call it vap-o-room. even better, though. blender+herb+everclear. better than that? coffeegrinder+herb+everclear. better than that? coffeegrinder+herb+mynostril. better than that? elbowb0ngz

  49. anthonyd says:

    I made one of those about 7 years ago with a solder iron, a thimble, and a pickle jar. There’s plans for those all over the internet I’m surprised its posted on here.

  50. Chuck says:

    I realize this is a hacking site but come on guys let’s have some standards. What gets posted next? Some hack to make rufies or a great way to steal your neighbor’s bank account number?

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