What Are Dry Herb Vaporizers?


Dry herb vaporizers are devices that heat up dry herb, to below its combustion point. That means instead of burning, the herb releases a vapor that travels through the mouthpiece of the device and is then inhaled by the user. All vaporizers consists of the same basic components and work in much the same way. However, there are big differences among all dry herb vaporizers that can affect a potential buyer’s decision on which one to choose. Here are some of the things you should know about dry herb vaporizers before making your final decision.

How Do They Work

The herb gets placed into the herb chamber where it gets heated up to the point where it starts producing vapor. That vapor travels through the device and into the mouthpiece where the user inhales it. There are other factors to consider, such as the temperature at which the vaporizer is set, the heating method used, and how finely the herb has been ground. Despite those factors, the way every dry herb vaporizer works is basically the same whether it is a portable vaporizer or a desktop.

Benefits of Using a Dry Herb Vaporizer

Dry herb vaporizers don’t burn the plant, which means that no smoke is produced, which means that none of the harmful effects of smoking are produced. That means the toxins and carcinogens associated with smoking are not produced during vaporization. Vapor is also easier on the lungs than smoking so vapers have a lower chance of getting respiratory and pulmonary problems. Vaping is also more convenient since you never have to worry about finding a lighter or a match. It is also much more discreet because vapor dissipates quickly and doesn’t stick to clothing fibres or hair the way that smoke does. Overall, vaping is a better and more efficient way of using dry herbs.


Types of Dry Herb Vapes

Portable VS Desktop

Portable - The main advantage of portable vaporizers is, of course, convenience. It is hard to deny the appeal of having a vaporizer that you can take with you anywhere you want. The ease of use is another point in favor of portables. All you need to do is place your herb in the oven and choose a temperature, once heating is complete, you are good to go. The entire process is quick and easy. The same goes for maintenance. Even the most difficult to clean portable vaporizer requires less maintenance than a desktop.

Desktop - The power of desktop vaporizers give users a superior vaping experience when compared to portables. Desktop vaporizers heat up faster and provide more potent, flavorful vapor than portables. Part of that has to do with the way that the vapor is inhaled with a desktop vaporizer. Instead of using a mouthpiece, the vapor is inhaled either from a tube or from a bag. That means the vapor is far more pure than it could ever be with a portable. Desktops may not offer the convenience of portables, but for many vapers, the great vapor is worth all the trouble.

Conduction vs Convection vs Hybrid Heating Methods

Conduction - With this heating method, the herb comes into direct contact with the heating element. It is the most common heating method so it is used in many different vaporizers.

Convection - With this method, hot air is passed over the herb, so it does not come into contact with the heating element. This method is mainly used in on demand vaporizers that can heat up and cool down very quickly.

Hybrid - This is a mix of convection and conduction heating methods. You will see it in high end vaporizers like the Crafty+. It tends to produce rich, flavorful vapor.

Things to keep in mind when buying a Vaporizer


Vaporizers come in many price points, so you have to figure out how high you are willing to go. Keep in mind that you don’t need an expensive vaporizer to get a great vaping experience.

Chamber Size

You need to think about how much you are willing to vape in a single session when considering which vaporizer to purchase. Some users may prefer to vape a lot of herb at a time while others may prefer less. That is why chamber size is so important. The herb chamber of a vaporizer needs to be filled in order to completely vaporize the herb. That means if someone wants to use less herb, then half-filling the chamber is not a good option. However, you should keep in mind that some vaporizers, like the Pax 3 and DaVinci IQ 2, feature accessories that allow you to reduce the size of the chamber without affecting the vaping performance.  


 This might seem like an odd consideration since this type of vaporizer is all about portability. However, some dry herb vapes are portable in name only. You need to think about whether you want your vaporizer to fit in your pocket or if you are okay if it can only fit into a backpack.

Vapor Quality

 This will be the most important category for most and can take precedence over all the others. It’s also the only subjective one, so you will want to check out various expert reviews to learn the vapor quality of any vaporizers in which you are interested.

Temperature Control

There are two methods of temperature control, precision temperature control and preset settings. 

Precision - This is when the user can select from any temperature from within a temperature range. This can be done on the device itself or, in some cases, using a smartphone app. Ultimately, precision temperature control gives users more customization options and it is typically a feature of more high end premium vaporizers.

Preset Temperatures - Dry herb vaporizers with this feature allow users to choose from a set of temperatures that have been preselected by the manufacturer. You will usually see this in lower priced vaporizers rather than the premium ones. While this may limit the customization options, preset temperatures do make vaporizers much easier to use, especially for those who are new to vaping.


For some people, a basic vaporizer that just does the job will be okay. Others might want smartphone compatibility, special heating modes, advanced customization, and other bells and whistles. Think about which category you fall into before making your choice.

Concentrate Compatibility

 Some people who enjoy concentrates and dry herb might think that a dry herb vaporizer with concentrate compatibility is a good idea. It isn’t. Dry herb vaporizers are not good at vaping concentrates, so you should get a vape pen instead if you want to use concentrates.

Cleaning and Maintenance

If you want to spend more time vaping than you do cleaning, then you need a vaporizer that requires little cleaning or maintenance. While most vaporizers are easy to clean, some of them need a little more attention than others.

Typically the ones that need more cleaning and maintenance have a lot of features that necessitate all the upkeep. So, if you are interested in a feature-rich vaporizer, then you should consider whether the higher maintenance is worth it to you.


Do vaporizers smell?

Do vaporizers smell?

Only temporarily. The vapor does smell but it dissipates quickly and doesn’t stick to clothes or hair.

Is vaping cost effective?

Yes. In order to use herb in a vaporizer, it has to be ground down. When that happens, it increases the surface area of the plant, which means that a little herb can go a long way. And since no combustion takes place, none of the herb gets wasted by burning.

Should you use dry herb vaporizers with concentrates?

It is possible with most vapes, but it is not recommended. That is because concentrates require a higher vaping temperature than most herb vaporizers are capable of reaching. Furthermore, concentrates create a mess that’s harder to clean than the residue created by dry herb.


Dry herb - This is plant material that is still in its raw & dry form. 

Oven - Also called the herb chamber, this where the herb is placed and where it gets vaporized.

Conduction - This is one of the heating methods of vaporizers. With this method, the herb comes into direct contact with the heating element.

Convection - Hot air is passed through the herb, which means that the herb does not touch the heating element.

Grinder - This is used to grind down the herb to a consistency that is suited for vaporizers. They can be either manual or electric in nature.

On-demand - This is a type of dry herb vaporizer that heats up and cools down very quickly. They enable users to vape whenever they want without worrying that the herb will continue to burn after the vaporizer is turned off. They are rather rare and tend to be more expensive than regular vaporizers.