I could tell you that have not entirely unfounded health concerns about vaping on silica wick, or that I have even more concern about the materials being sold as silica wick. Or that I’m pretty sure micro particles of chromium steel coming off of stainless steel mesh wicks are not healthy to inhale, nor are carbon particles from the oxidized wicks, or the iron oxide that will inevitably form from the steel sitting in the juice.
I smoked a pack a day plus for twenty years while knowing that I was basically playing Russian roulette with my health, so clearly I’m not scared of a little bit of potential health risk.
But that ain’t the truth.
The truth is, I’m lazy. And cheap.
Cotton as a wick material has many advantages. It’s cheap, readily available, produces a thick flavorful vapor, and hasn’t been shown to be harmful when inhaled in any manner. The extremely high likelihood that it is also safer than the alternatives is not a bad bonus either.
It does burn rather easily, but that is a trade off I’m willing to make.
I see lots of different products recommended as sources of cotton, but many are unquestionably dirty, and some are of questionable composition.
Enter sterile rolled cotton. For like six bucks I buy 4 ounces of sterile rolled cotton (cheap, check) that is sterile (so it’s clean and thoroughly tested for medical applications), so I can use it right out of the package without having to boil and dry it (lazy, check).
It also produces the best vape I’ve ever had. For some unknown reason, I can actually taste silica wick in my vape. With cotton I taste nothing but delicious vapor.
The best part is that if I run out, I can find it in any pharmacy for just a few dollars.
If you haven’t tried cotton wick, I highly recommend it.
Now, if I could just find a cheap local source for resistance wire…