The Volcano Classic dry herb vaporizer by Storz and Bickel🌋 is a work of art and is the gold standard when it comes to dry herb vaporisation, plus it makes for a great discussion and even better smoking sessions 👀


I’ve been so excited to write about the Volcano Classic dry herb vaporizer by Storz and Bickel! Honestly this is one of my favourite products for dry herb consumption. The Volcano Classic is over 20 years old, launched in the year 2000 😲 but still struggles to be contested when it comes to high-quality dry herb vaporisation and the novelty of a large balloon filled with smoke.

Don’t like the idea of a balloon? There is a hose attachment too, that delivers constant vapor to you until you can take no more.

But what exactly is the Volcano Classic dry herb vaporizer?

I’m glad you asked. For the uninitiated, prepare to have your mind blown! 🤯 The Storz and Bickel Volcano Classic was the first vaporizer invented by Markus Store and he took his inspiration from a heat gun. The idea is simple, Markus created a heating system that uses convention heating (a fancy way of saying “hot air”) in conjunction with a pump that blows hot air through a filling chamber that stores your herbs, still with me?

You place your dry herb in the filling chamber, pre-heat your Volcano Classic with the temperature control dial, wait patiently 😮‍💨 and then you press the button that released the hot air which vaporises your favourite legal herb in to a massive balloon which you then inhale from. Easy as pie.

Volcano Classic dry herb vaporiser filling chamber
The filling chamber which is placed on top of the Volcano Classic
But what are the benefits of a Volcano Classic vaporizer or vaporisers in general?

The benefits of vapor are unparalleled. If you’re more of a “seasoned smoker” (you smoke a lot) like me, then this thing is a God-send at conserving plant material. Convention heating (bog standard hot air) is great because as the heated air travels up through the heating chamber, it gets between the gaps in the plant material, heating it up evenly and producing a bag of smooth, tasty, dry herb vapor.

But wait, there’s more

You might be thinking; “But what’s the point in this not-so-portable machine when I can just have a small, portable vape, oh Herbulous One?”. This comes down to what we call draw resistance…with small portable vaporisers like the PLENTY, the MIGHTY and the CRAFTY(+), you run in to efficiency issues with the heating and airflow. With a bigger device, such as the Volcano Classic, the chamber can be bigger and this increases airflow. With less airflow, you need a more powerful heating system and a more powerful cooling system, which is what the small portable vape market struggles with and it means you need to make wise choices over the herb you decide to use.

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What are the benefits of using a Vaporizer? 🌋

Vaporizers are a healthier alternative to combustion and smoking. Smoking burns plant material and produces toxic combustion byproducts which can be harmful when inhaled. Vaporizers, on the other hand, usually use electronically controlled heaters to ensure an extraction of active ingredients below combustion temperatures. Since there is no combustion, the original structure of the plant material is not destroyed but stays intact. This makes it possible to extract active ingredients from the plant over several sessions. There are studies (conducted with the VOLCANO) showing that vaporization is even more efficient than smoking.

Furthermore, a vaporizer with full temperature control gives you the possibility to “experiment” with different temperature settings and find the temperature you are most comfortable with. At lower temperatures, a Vaporizer will deliver smooth vapor and make inhalation more comfortable and less harsh on the throat.

How do I use the Volcano Classic?

The Volcano can be a little bit daunting at first, but don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Please watch this video on the Volcano Classic usage


Happy 20 year anniversary to Storz and Bickel!

Storz and Bickel celebrated 20 years of service to us smokers and released the Volcano Classic Gold Edition! The 24-Karat Gold Edition Volcano Classic looks the part and will definitely make you a point of discussion amongst your smoker friends!

Who are Storz and Bickel?

Bringing you elite German engineering, Storz and Bickel was founded in 1996 by Markus Storz. Markus obtained is patent for the Volcano Classic balloon finally in 1999 and production started. The Volcano Classic shortly became the “gold standard” of vaporisation, and quickly sparked scientific research in to the effectiveness of dry-herb vape, essentially kicking off a new era of smoke consumption.

A few years later in 2002, Jürgen Bickel joins as partner and STORZ & BICKEL GmbH & Co. KG is founded. Bickel and Storz made big movements and branched out in to the American Market, brining dry herb vaporisation to a brand new market. Storz and Bickel continued to develop their range of products, bringing us such delights as the Volcano Digit, the Volcano Medic, The Plenty, The Mighty and The Crafty+ and finally, the Mighty Medic.

I hope you enjoyed your brief history lesson!

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Gold 20 Year Special Edition, Classic

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