The act of dry burning coils is a tactic often used by vapers to extend the life of their coil build. As you may know, your coil will accumulate a fine residue from your e-liquids as you vape.

When the residue cools down it turns to a dark gunk that can change the flavor of your vape over time. In some cases, dry burning is a way to revitalize your coils without having to spring for a new build right away. Here’s what you need to know.

What Exactly is Dry Burning?

Dry burning, aka dry hit, is what happens when you fire your atomizer with no e-liquid or wick in place. The dry coil is fired until it burns off any residue that has built up. This process requires great care and should only be done with rebuildable atomizers. You should not attempt to dry burn with a pre-built atomizer.

Why Dry Burn Your Vape Coils?

Dry hitting can often be used to extend the life of your coils so you won’t have to build new ones as frequently. It may save you a little bit of money in the long run if you are able to continue using the same coils. It is important to note that pre-built atomizers are disposable for a reason, and dry burning them is not recommended – ever.


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If you have started to notice the flavor of your vape changing slightly, it may be because of gunk built up on your coil from heavy usage. A dry burn will clean your coils and restore the natural flavor of your vape.

Should I Dry Burn?

Whether or not you decide to dry burn is really up to you, but there are some factors to consider. First of all, do you really need to clean your coils or can you just build new ones? Even a good dry burn will not fully restore your coils to new condition. There is no substitute for replacing your coils with brand new wire.


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Secondly, can you perform a dry burn safely? Dry burning can be dangerous if not done properly. Trying to do a dry burn without the proper precautions is never recommended.

How to Clean a Coil

If you’ve decided that a dry hit is the right choice for you, here is a quick guide to get you started.

First, get to a well-ventilated space and make sure you are clear of any combustible materials. Dry hitting can cause flying cinders and even small fires on the coil that could spread.

Remove your e-liquid and wick. Make sure there is no remaining wick material in or around the coil that could burn to the coil itself. If the residue on your coil is particularly thick you may want to soak the coil in isopropyl alcohol for a few hours or even overnight before you attempt to dry fire. This will break up the residue and make it burn off easier.

Next, fire your device until all of the remaining liquid on the coil evaporates. Continue firing until the coil glows red. Be aware that this is when you will start to see e-liquid spitting off of your coil, which could burn your hands or face. You may also see a small flame on your coil.

Stop firing if there is any sign of combustion and do not breathe in the vapor caused by the dry hit as it is full of the same chemicals that make smoke harmful.

Let the coil cool for a few minutes and inspect it once more for any remaining residue. You may want to gently rinse your coil to wash away any dried residue from your first burn. Then re-fire your device to finish ridding the coil of residue.

After you’ve done this several times your coils should be almost as good as new. Again, there is no substitute for replacing your coils, but dry burning can get you close. The best way to keep your coils clean for as long as possible is to do a dry burn at the end of every day. This keeps your coils from accumulating a thick layer of residue over several days that can be hard to burn off. Once your coils are clean you can reassemble your vaporizer and use it like normal.

Dry hitting your vaporizer is an easy way to restore the performance of your vape and keep your coils in good condition. However, you should always be careful when performing a dry burn to protect yourself and your surroundings from potential burns.

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