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Old 01-03-2019, 06:19 PM #1
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Greetings all. Thank you in advance...


I've been making small batch (8-12ml) vape fluid by hand for awhile, but would like to make larger amounts (say 40-50ml) in a less hands on way. Is anyone here using a magnetic hotplate stirrer? If so, what has your experience been? Is it an effective tool? Any advice on equipment or process would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-05-2019, 02:45 PM #2
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We love our CAT MCS-66, which works well for the purpose.

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Milk frother/coffee whisk?
Be easy to support with some helping hands. Or lab stands that hold flasks, but soon as you talk lab, it's money.

Used magnetic stirrers can be $50 items. It's not worth making your own. Though it's only a couple of bar magnets

edit: Oh, hotplate. Bain Marie.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Appreciate the time. I have been looking at reviews etc and am considering the Scilogex MS-H280 Pro.



Is everyone heating their concentrates to a liquid first, then adding dilute/terps? Is it too viscous to run the stir bar undiluted? Doing it by hand, I've been heating the dilute and adding the concentrate a little at a time, stirring as it melts into the liquid...
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At that kind price I would wonder if shaken might be preferred over stirred.
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lol nice one Gry

I recommend buying stuff like that from university surplus.
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Our old Thermolyne Cimarec 2 still does a good job as well and they can be found cheap used.

We got the job done with the Thermolyne, and simply like the CAT's newer design, with dead nuts digital temperature controls and a stronger stirring drive best.

If you have an accurate thermometer to keep track of the temperature, you can continue to tweak the Thermolyne temperature controls yourself, and the magnetic drive is strong enough for your purposes.

Check out E-Bay for used ones like this one:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Thermolyne-...s3~:rk:19:pf:0
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I bet so for over $1,000

Alas, it is still possible for us old war horses to get spoiled by new technology.

I gasped at the CAT price as well, but as a measure of fondness, all three of us Skunk Pharmers figured out how buy one after testing the one in my article.

Another handy CAT offering that aids in mixing, is their X-120 Homogenizer, for blending things that don't easily mix.

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Is everyone heating their concentrates to a liquid first, then adding dilute/terps? Is it too viscous to run the stir bar undiluted? Doing it by hand, I've been heating the dilute and adding the concentrate a little at a time, stirring as it melts into the liquid...
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