Screen Maintenance


The screen in the tip of the roasting tube should be checked prior to each use. The screen should be free from herbal material and allow good air flow. The tip of the roasting tube is threaded and may be removed to provide complete access to the screen.
The frequency of screen maintenance will depend upon the frequency of use. Generally, a weekly cleaning will be adequate. There are several methods for clearing the screen. Roasting, burning, and soaking are the most common. The herbal material that builds up around the edge of the screen can be roasted off by turning the screen on edge so that it is directly in hot air stream. This is the most efficient method as it vaporizes the material and it can then be brushed out of the screen. The screen can be burned and then brushed to remove the herbal material. The screen should be removed from the roasting tube prior to burning. Alcohol can be used to soak and clean the screen.


Cleaning

Should it become necessary to clean the internals of the Toasty Top or Heat Island, the heating element unscrews to provide access. The heating element should only be removed when it is cool. Care should be taken not to damage the heating element. A soft brush should be used to remove herbal material from the base of the heating element. A cotton swab and alcohol can be used to clean the core center tube. The core screen may need to be re-installed after cleaning.
The food grade polypropylene plastic and hardwood roasting tube mouthpieces can be cleaned with alcohol or the herbal oil residue can be harvested with an appropriate tool. The glass mouthpiece roasting tube is provided with a protective poly plastic tube that can be used for cleaning with alcohol. Ethyl alcohol is recommended if the residue is to be consumed.


Wood Maintenance

Wood has a relationship with water that affect its physical dimensions. It will attain equilibrium with the atmospheric humidity at room temperature and expand or shrink the wood. During the creation of the Toasty Top and Heat Island, the wood was as dry as possible since the wood will be in this dry state whenever the Toasty Top or Heat Island has been operating for a several hours / days. The core is pressed tightly into the dry wood. This will ensure that the core remains firmly in place when the wood is dry from operation. It is designed to be energized 24/7 and always be ready for use. If the Toasty Top or Heat Island are left at room temperature in a humid environment, the wood can expand and allow the core to become loose. To shrink the wood so that it is tight again, ensure the core is fully inserted and heat the wood to operating temperature for a few hours.
Pure beeswax was applied to the wood during the creation of the Toasty Top / Heat Island and should be periodically applied to the wood to protect it from drying out due to the constant exposure to heat. Melt a small amount of beeswax on the hot wood and rub it in with your fingers. This will give you a chance to bond with your Toasty Top and Heat Island. Beeswax can also be applied to the exterior of the hardwood roasting tube mouthpiece.