A Chemist’s Advice: “Don’t Dry-Burn Your Coil.”


I came across this article on Facebook about a chemist’s advice to vapers to not dry-burn your coils.

Dry burning serves 2 purposes: test out a newly built coil and to clean it.

Some vapers advise to dry burn usually under 30 watts but Dr. Mirosław Dworniczak, a smoker turned vaper, advises otherwise.

Dry burning causes the oxidized coating on coils to peel off, which become microscopic particles. These particles are small enough to travel through the vapor making their way to your lungs.

These particles can cause allergies and in a worse case scenario become toxic.

Even though dry-burning causes more harm, the harm is still a very small threat compared to cigarette smoking.

 What To Do Instead of Dry-Burning

The advice given in the story is to use non-contact coils, or spaced coils. It avoids heat spots and is easier to clean.

You can also use the newer ceramic heads that are gaining popularity, these are much safer to dry-burn compared to coils.

Source: http://www.pgvg.net/2016/03/08/a-chemists-advice-dont-dry-burn-your-coil/

Ceramic Heads Vs. Coil Heads: Which Is Better?

I have been vaping for a while now, witnessing how vaping technology has progressed in such a short time. I still laugh when I think back to 3 years ago when I used to vape on my tiny 350 mAh e-Go mod, trying to blow big clouds on that little thing! Those were the days!

I’ve seen vaping progress from mechanical tube mods to touchscreen box mods. My first variable wattage mod went from 7 – 15 watts. Now they have mods that go all the way up to 200!

So here’s another vaping innovation that I’ve noticed is picking up some steam. Ceramic sub-ohm tanks are starting to gain more demand from the vaping community, and I would like to point you guys to that direction in this post.

What are Ceramic heads?

Instead of your traditional wire, ceramic is used as the heating mechanism with these type of tanks. I’ve watched some videos on Ceramic heads by vape reviewers, and a lot of them are saying some pretty good things about Ceramic.

Ceramic heads vs. Coil heads


Lasts longer – The ceramic  heads last about 6 months, probably even longer if you are careful enough.

All you have to do to clean the ceramic head is dry burn it under 30 watts. Also, be careful in cleaning it since knocking the ceramic head out of place will cause it to short.

No more coil building – This appeals to me the most, the thought of not having to wrap coils for at least 6 months on this tank is heaven.

Sorry if I offend any of the coil-building vape purists out there, but that’s just me keeping it a buck.

Cleaner taste – A lot of vapers have noticed a “cleaner” taste when compared to the traditional coil heads.

Harm reduction – The same reviewers also claim that vaping on ceramic has less toxins than what you would find on the traditional coils, however the amount of toxins on coils is minuscule.


Now for the cons, of course you didn’t think Ceramic heads didn’t have any flaws now, did you?

Longer ramp up time – Expect a little more time for it to heat up when you press the fire button.

Eats up juice faster – So the clean tasting juice comes with a price, it goes through e-liquid rather quickly compared to using coils.

For me personally, the cons don’t really discourage me from getting a ceramic tank of my own.

I will be doing a follow up post on Ceramic heads, particularly Ceramic sub-ohm tanks once I can get my hands on one. Stay tuned!

How Often Should I Change My Coils?

Just to recap what I discussed in my two previous posts; we now know that e-juice, wattage and how often we vape determines how long our coils will last us. We also know what to look for when figuring out when to change coils. If you haven’t read those posts, I suggest you do before reading on.

So for the question of how often should you change your coils, a rule of thumb when determining when you should change your coils is 2-4 weeks.

Let’s break it down a little more so you guys get a better idea. A casual vaper, someone who only vapes a few times a day, should expect their coil to last about a month.

The more regular vapers are a little tricky. Their coils usually last 2-3 weeks. If you are a moderate vapor, make sure to start getting your new coils ready within this time frame.

As for the chain vapers, they require to have their coils changed out at least once a week. Not sure if you are a chain vaper? Try using a puff counter to keep track of how often you vape.

After knowing all of this, your chances of ever getting a dry burn should be pretty slim.