Introduction: Making Hempwick
Hempwick is an amazingly handy thing to have on hand. Is an easily renewable fire source that imparts no flavors as it lights cigars (or other smokables of choice), or char/light the edge of something. It also saves the butane in your lighters, can be stretched out to keep your hand a safe distance say with lighting a camp stove or grill, and waterproof ta-boot! Basically anything a match can light, this can and not worry about burning your fingers in the process.
Step 1: Things You Will Need:
Thankfully you don’t need a lot of things for this, and the stuff is cheap, too!
- A clean glass vessel like a jar that you can dedicate to dipping things in wax (you’ll be surprised how many things benefit from a dip in wax with a little research)
- a thin utensil to bring things out of the wax when done
- Beeswax (You can pick this up at your craft store of choice usually for $10-$12 for a pound, which will last you a VERY long time.)
- Hemp cord (Again something you can pick up cheap at your craft store of choice. Best buy is 400 ft balls of it for $5. )
- a sheet of paper or drop-cloth (not shown)
- Something to wrap it on or in (Usually this will be the lighter you’ll be using the wick with)
Step 2: Cut Your Cord!
First measure out how long a piece of hempwick you want to make. You usually want to start doing this with 5-9 feet, depending on what you want to wrap it on. The length you see in the picture was roughly 9 feet. You will likely want to start with shorter lengths while you get used to using it.
Step 3: Prep and Melt Your Wax
Here is where you make your dipping jar. You will take your jar or glass vessel and break up enough of the beeswax so that the jar is half to three quarters full and place it in the microwave. Run it on high first for 2 minutes, and then use 1 minute increments until the wax is entirely melted like you see in the picture. Remember to use a towel or thermal pad, as the glass will be VERY hot!
Step 4: Dip Your Wick
Here is where we really get going! take your hemp cord and drop it into the wax, us your utensil to make sure the cord is entirely submerged and let it soak in the wax for at least 30 seconds. Once that is done, use your utensil to fish out your now wax infused cord and spread it out on your piece of paper or drop cloth to allow it to cool and the wax to solidify.
Step 5: Start Your Wrap
Once the wick is cool, now you take one end of it and make a slip knot. This is what firmly attaches the wick to what your wrapping. Tighten the slip knot to lock it around the wrapping object and begin slowly turning to spool the wick around the object, try to keep the wraps as tight as possible.
Keep working your way up until you reach the top of the object or until you run out of wick.
Step 6: And It’s Ready!
Once you have it wrapped, you’re all set to go! To use it, just unwrap a length of the hempwick and light the end with the lighter. Once lit, it will continue to burn until you extinguish it with a shake or a quick puffed blow of air. just like the wick of any candle.
Now you have a slow burning small lighting flame ready when you need it, daily, or to throw in your emergency supply kit. You have one of those, right? 🙂
Making Hempwick: Hempwick is an amazingly handy thing to have on hand. Is an easily renewable fire source that imparts no flavors as it lights cigars (or other smokables of choice), or char/light the edge of something. It also saves the butane in your lighters, ca…
Need a Light? 4 Alternatives to Using a Lighter
Lighters are universally regarded as one of the easiest and convenient ways to combust your cannabis when smoking a bowl or firing up a joint. They’re compact, inexpensive, and reliable tools that every cannabis enthusiast should have on hand.
However, there are actually some pretty neat alternatives to lighters that you may not know exist. While some are a bit off the wall and work well for a good gag, others can prove to be surprisingly and uniquely beneficial. Here are four lighter alternatives, from practical to downright wacky, for lighting your pipe.
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If inhaling butane just isn’t your jam, using a hemp wick may be a terrific alternative. Hemp wick, or hemp twine that has been dipped in beeswax, is fairly popular among the butane-free smoking community as it has proven to be both effective and convenient in combusting cannabis. Some would argue that hemp wick may even produce better flavor from your smoke due to the lower combustion temperatures and control aspect of the flame.
Furthermore, wick is easy to handle due to its malleability. Most choose to carry their wick in the company of a combustion source such as a lighter. One popular method for transporting the wick is to wrap it around a lighter’s base, using the spark of the lighter to ignite the wick. Carrying mechanisms for hemp wicks also exist, with new innovations popping up quite frequently.
Don’t let the name fuel you! These lighters aren’t the same as our trusty butane-filled friends. Fairly new to the scene, flame-free lighters have become all the rage as of late. There are several designs floating around, each one unique in that they don’t require a flame—or fuel, for that matter.
Often referred to as “windproof,” most of these lighter designs use plasma coils (sometimes referred to as arcs), which heat to an incredibly high temperature that’s capable of combusting a joint tip or a pipe filled with cannabis. Other designs, such as a Tesla Coil lighter, utilize a tiny spark emitted from two charge points that are capable of combustion.
Some designs work much better than others, but one big benefit of flame-free lighters is they’re handy in a windy situation. Other than that, they’re basically a novelty purchase (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
Without a doubt, glass wands (also referred to as greevo sticks) are among the most unique and beneficial ways to consume your cannabis. Found in almost any glass shop that sells smoking paraphernalia, these small borosilicate wands work wonders.
Their function is incredibly simple: You just heat the wand up until it’s red hot, let it cool for a few seconds, and then press it into your pipe for a clean and instant vaporization/combustion. Greevo sticks work by heating the cannabis up to its combustion point and then directing the vapor or smoke into your device. These wands are capable of heating a sample to the point of vaporization as well as combustion; it all depends on how hot the tip is when applied to the flower.
It’s arguable that consuming vaporized cannabis with a glass wand is, in fact, healthier than using a butane light (or even hemp wick) on account of there being no combustion taking place. Unfortunately, there is a downside to these wonderful tools: they’re incredibly fragile and often break very easily. Nevertheless, having a greevo on hand for special occasions makes for both a neat gimmick and a clean hit every time.
Now we enter into the realm of the obscure. Using a magnifying glass to light your pipe? I know this one sounds crazy but with a little finesse, pulling this one off is easier than you may think. If you can bring this trick to a party, you’ll be sure to make a few new friends. All you need is a magnifying glass of basically any kind (or a shallow camera lens), and plenty of direct sunlight.
Hold the glass directly into the path of a sunbeam, approximately 8-12” away from your bowl, and wait. The sunlight will beam through the magnifying glass and create a mini solar flare directly in the path of your flower. The flare most likely will not cause combustion, but the heat generated will certainly be enough to vaporize a solid hit. Pretty cool, right?
Arguably, using a magnifying glass is not practical in any way. However, this is a rad gag to keep around for social events, one that will be sure to turn heads.
Not all of these lighter alternatives are practical. Some may even be downright silly to keep on hand as a permanent solution. Either way, keep these four in mind the next time you find yourself without a light, or in need of a cool trick to impress your friends.
From technological innovations to cool party tricks, here are four alternatives to the classic lighter when it comes time to combust your bowl or cannabis joint.