Recently we have been reviewing a few manual herbal vaporizers and quite honestly, I am falling in love with them.
There is something special about generating your vapor manually without any electronics, that you can feel in the flavor as well as in the effect.
The latest addition to our manual collection is the newest device from Sticky Brick Labs, the Runt.
Sticky Brick Labs is another United States based manufacturer of manual vaporizers, that uses wood ‘bricks’ as a base of their vaporizers.
First Impression of the Sticky Brick Runt Vaporizer
It is a beautiful looking product and made a great first impression as a robust and quality device. The Runt is one of the smallest of the Sticky Brick vapes, however, it is still quite large, compared to a VapMan or a DynaVap.
It fits in the hand very well and comfortable to hold and I was quite impressed with the device out of the box.
Design of the Sticky Brick Runt Vaporizer
The design is very unique with the modular wood bricks and seems to be perfectly functional.
The device consists of 3 bricks, each fulfilling a function.
1. Base Brick – this is the brick that holds the mouthpiece and the steering tool.
2. Chamber Brick – this is the brick with the herb chamber. The Runt has a fair size herb chamber, especially compared to other manual vaporizers. It is also quite unique as it is a wood chamber with a stainless steel mesh screen on the bottom.
This brick has a carb hole that you can either hold while drawing and let go just as you finish your draw, or use a supplied carb cork to plug the carb hole in.
This brick clicks magnetically to the Base Brick.
3. Intake Brick – the air is entering the vaporizer and gets heated in this brick. It houses the heat intake glass piece that you heat with the torch.
If you are turned off by having to heat the vaporizer with a torch facing you, don’t be. The heat intake glass part can be turned sideways, so you are heating it away from you.
The Intake Brick includes a metal restrictor disc, that makes using the Runt quite a lot easier. It also helps to protect the wood from higher temperatures.
This restrictor disc can be removed to reduce heating time, however, please keep in mind that removing it seems to increase the chances of combustion, unless you already quite used to operating the Runt.
Using the Sticky Brick Runt Manual Vaporizer
As the first step, remember to have some butane gas handy as your torch that you get with the vaporizer will arrive empty.
We only recommend using extra purified butane gas to ensure your torch is working as intended.
Next, remove the Intake Brick to expose the chamber and load it with ground herbs. You can load as little to cover the bottom screen as a minimum, up to the inner rim of the chamber as the maximum.
Once you have loaded your herb chamber, simply place the Intake Brick back on the top and you are ready to vaporize.
Once again, if you prefer the torch not facing you, feel free to turn the heat intake sideways, it works the same that way too.
Fire up your torch and set the flame to be about an inch or so and point it to the heat intake glass piece.
Aim the flame into the glass piece and try to position the light blue outer flame just inside the glass heat intake.
Make sure you cover the carb hole on the chamber brick (or use the supplied carb cork) and slowly start drawing.
You should be able to see vapor pulling through the glass mouthpiece and can stop applying the flame when you are happy with the vapor production.
You can take your finger off the carb hole as you are finishing off your draw.
I found it quite easy to get nice big clouds out of the Runt and had not combusted my herbs at all yet.
It works pretty well if I keep heating the intake while I am drawing slowly.
I have used quite a few manual vapes before, however even if the Runt is your first time with a manual vaporizer, you should be able to develop your technique pretty quickly.
Always remember that vapor production depends on multiple factors, such as the size of the torch flame, the distance and positioning of the torch, the speed and length of your draw and so on.
Take your time to experiment and you’ll find your own technique that works for you.
There is a stirring tool in the Base Brick, you can use that to stir your herbs in between draws every once in a while.
After you finished with your session, just put the device aside and let it cool down.
Always remember that the glass heat intake part will remain hot for quite some time, so try to avoid touching that part at any time during or right after the operation as it will burn you.
That’s it, this is how easy it is to use the Sticky Brick Labs Runt, not much more to it. Being a manual vape there is no battery or electronics to worry about or maintain.
I found the Runt to be a very good and effective manual vaporizer. It is not the most portable one, so in my view, it is definitely more suitable for home use.
I like the size of the chamber being bigger than most manual vapes, although you don’t have to fill it all the way up to use the device.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Runt for anyone who is looking for a high-quality manual vaporizer for home use that is most likely going to last for a lifetime.