Stoner MacGyver: Embur cordless/flameless lighter
Like a few other cannabis smoking products, like oil domes and skillets, the Embur does have a certain danger factor in the design. Unlike a lighter, dropping the Embur won't shut off the heat instantly. You'll have a red-hot ceramic piece burning holes in your couch, carpet or (even worse) your lap. You also have to be careful putting it upright on a table with a lot of people around, reaching over one another for bowls of herb or whatever. I'm sure there's at least one forearm scar somewhere in the country stemming from that scenario.
Here's the thing: I know you can get an industrial heating iron from brands like Hakko and make those work just as well. They work great and some models have an almost identical ceramic tip. Plus, they cost about $20-$40, depending on the model.
But the Embur tops those units simply by being cordless -- making it completely portable. A full charge on the battery lasts for a full day of toking and you don't have to be around an outlet for it to function. Like in long car rides or in the backyard on one of the recent nice, sunny days. It's also packaged into a much more sexy unit than the commercial-grade Hakko.
Of course, those perks come with a price: around $200-$250 for the unit with a charger and a safety cap to put over the ceramic tip depending on where you get it (check eBay and Amazon for deals). For that price, you could snag about 250 Bic lighters on eBay. But that's also one of the selling points: 250 lighters is about 42 fluid ounce of butane that you'd light and inhale through a bowl.
Yes, it's an extravagance -- but if you enjoy smoking cannabis more than your average toker, it's an extravagance you'll likely appreciate. Especially if you're already a glass geek who is anal about smoking out of only the cleanest pieces, so you can fully enjoy your herb, hash and oil.
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