Hybrid SiC Ti Nail:
…the hybrid SiC Ti nail represents the best of affordability, reliability, and functional quality so far of any nail combination I have discovered in the e-nail market. I am confident you will agree if you are on a budget this is the way to go for a very affordable upgrade!
Some facts about silicon carbide that make it a great material for a SiC e-nail dish:
–Superior chemical inertness compared to other nail materials such as quartz and Ti– this means a much clearer taste!
–About 3x harder than quartz and 1/3 as hard as a diamond!
–High thermal condictivity
–Low thermal expansion
–Excellent thermal shock resistance
–Heat transfer capabilities are much quicker- so the transfer is more even and takes just a bit less time to heat up
–Flavor is undeniably better than Ti or quartz! You will definitely notice a difference.
–It is easier to keep clean using just heat and/or water.
–Keeps it’s integrity much longer than quartz or Ti
–Easy and affordable upgrade to throw on top of a low-end Ti base / nail
How to Clean a SiC (silicon carbide) dish without isopropyl (video here):
First, #lowtemp that baby down to 250F-280F. After it reaches temperature (wait a second after the e-nail reads set temps to allow heat to pass through the dish) drop a few drops of good clean water (distilled, filtered, etc.,) into the SiC dish. 2-4 drops is plenty and you don’t want so many that it bubbles or slips over the edge onto your heat coil (it won’t explode probably but just not good for longevity). Another note– RO water is corrosive to take caution.
Let the water start to sizzle, forming lots of tiny bubbles on the bottom of the dab surface of the SiC dish. Soon you should be able to see the little black flecks starting to flake off of the dab surface. Once this starts you can plunge a q-tip in and loosen it up once. If your dish is really gunked up (like mine often is when I get around to cleaning it) you will want to drop in more water then dump it in the trash after resting instead of q-tipping– unless you want to spend like 5-10 q-tips on a clean. It’s just better (and easier) to let the water wash it away then to waste a q-tip IMO. Don’t dump it down the drain or you might clog up the works! Toilets are usually OK, though if you can’t use the trash.
If you have really stubborn build-up you may need to do a heat-clean (at around 1000F-1100F). Or the stuff will probably never come off (with a q-tip). Thankfully after just a few minutes at these temps the SiC dish comes clean almost like brand new! It’s still pretty amazing to me after my failed attempts at trying to keep quartz pristine. This combined with scraping (with a “softer” metal than Ti such as a steel dabber tool) is sure to get you and your SiC dish back to Terp Town!