Wooden vaporizers are one of the biggest dividers we have in the vaporizer business. The appeal of the look and build is so strong that we cannot ignore how cool these types of designs are. However, the actual vapor production ends up having such wildly mixed results. This brings us to Sticky Brick Labs and their signature model, the OG Brick. This model is available in handsome cherry or walnut, is hand-made in Dillsboro, North Carolina and promise 100% on-demand true convection. Let’s see how this Brick sticks!
Review: Sticky Brick OG
How it Works
The Sticky Brick works with a butane torch. You open the Brick by separating the two magnetically sealed compartments and sliding the small pieces from the stainless steel holders. Once the Brick is reassembled, use the (thankfully included) butane torch to activate the heating element.
Continuous airflow is needed to assist the vapor production, so make sure to leave the recessed area in the upper portion of the mouthpiece open.
Temperature control is only as good as the operator’s control with the torch. Thankfully, the Sticky Brick package comes with a decent torch to get you started. The torch included is fairly low flame, so combustion shouldn’t be too much of a risk right off the bat.
You can get a good start to the session through this method, as vapor production will begin quite quickly. I would recommend not even mucking about with trying to further increase the heat from this point, as combustion will increasingly become risky throughout the session.
Vapor quality of the Sticky Brick definitely depends on how well you can maneuver the butane torch through the heating element. It’s best to load the fairly roomy chamber only about half full; air will have to pass through the bits of herb in order to distribute heat effectively, so you’ll have to leave a bit of room for airflow.
The vapor is pretty big and flavorful but, like most wooden vaporizers, can very easily slide into the harsh territory. Practicing with the torch and draw styles will help curb this irritation, but without precise temperature control each hit can be a bit of a crap shoot.
The Sticky Brick is made from locally reclaimed hardwoods (either cherry or walnut at the moment), Simax Borosilicate glass, and 316L (medical grade) stainless steel. High-temperature resistant o-rings are used to create an effective seal between the wood parts and the glass parts. As evidenced by the 7-foot drop test demonstrated on, the Simax Borosilicate glass piece is definitely one of the stronger glass stems available.
The rigid block-ish design is solid but not necessarily the best feeling to handle. It’s quite large and cumbersome, with the block shape difficult to manage in one hand. There’s clearly a high standard of manufacturing with the Brick, but it doesn’t necessarily always translate to the easiest experience of operation.
Not needing batteries definitely helps with the portability of the Sticky Brick, but otherwise this is not a great device for taking on the go. It is too big and heavy to fit in a pocket, so you’ll have to carry it in a bag if you want to take it anywhere.
The use of the torch in place of batteries makes the Brick fairly portable, but not much else about the design or setup lends itself to travel convenience. At 13 ounces, it’s a fair bit heavier than the average portable vaporizer, and the glass pieces will definitely not hold up well in transit. This level of pseudo-portability has been referred to as “home-portable”, which is an apt descriptor for these types of devices where you can take them around the house, but any further venturing becomes more complicated.
Similar to relatively primitive wooden vaporizers like the Lotus or the Vapman, the Sticky Brick requires a fair amount of practice and finesse to start getting desired results. Make sure to use an even-to-fine grind to ensure best results from your herbs with the Sticky Brick. Once you disassemble and load the herb chamber, you’ll have to practice heating and drawing styles with the Brick to determine the best vapor production levels. Note the air carb on the rear end of the Brick, and the accompanying cork in the package for plugging if this is not your proclivity.
Cleaning the Sticky Brick is simple enough, but make sure to avoid using isopropyl alcohol when cleaning the Brick or this will affect the wood finish. Only use warm water and a cotton swap to get at the innards.
Needless to say, the Stick Brick is anything but discreet. It’s large, bulky and oddly shaped, sure to draw the eye of any onlookers who may be around you when using it.
When the Sticky Brick is dissembled it is a bit more discreet, people most likely won’t discern that “those wood blocks” are a vaporizer, but if it’s not clean, they will know really quick.
The Sticky Brick has a lot of appeal for wood vaporizer collectors, but strong materials and unique design do not alone make an essential vaporizer.
We love the wooden design and build, and the lack of any electrical components is a big appeal, but unfortunately, none of these elements really make the Brick any more appealing to use or flavorful to taste.
If you are really interested in an on-demand vaporizer we truly think that the Firefly 2 is more worth your while than most butane powered units. Vapor production with the Firefly 2 is quick and boasts some of the best vapor on the market.
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