How to Pack a Dry Herb Vaporizer

Posted by Vaporizer Chief on 8th Jun 2021

This is another very popular question we get from many customers. It usually comes after they buy any kind of vape whether it is a desktop unit, portable, pen vape or whatever. Most people know that how you pack your chamber can have a lot of influence on flavor and the entire experience. At the same time most people are unsure what is the best approach. Packing the vape properly can result in getting the best flavor, strongest vapor and best vaping experience.

If you are wondering “How to pack my herbs in a dry herb vape for the best results?” then we have some good information for you. Although this seems like a simple question, finding the right answer depends on several different factors. One of them is what kind of heating source your vaporizer you are using. Below we will discuss the most important factors in how you pack your chamber and why.

Perfect Techniques

Believe it or not, the perfect technique for packing the bowl on your herbal vape pen still references back to a lot of the old-school techniques. The coarseness of the grind are contributing factors to the effectiveness of the vaping experience. This the same principle of whether the bowl packed too tight or too loose. Any avid herbal vaper can attest to the fact that the pack is just as important as the product itself. A bowl that's packed to tight will restrict airflow. One that is packed too loose will burn away much too fast and waste your product.

Even in the days of combustion, it was understood that there was a precarious balance in the packing technique. This was required to achieve the perfect burn. We established that the coarseness of the grain is every bit as important as the way you pack of the bowl itself.

Grinding your Herbs

This is one of the most important factors on what kind of vape cloud will be produced. Each vape is different and you want to know what is the best approach for your specific vape and the select herbs you are using. After making sure your herbs are dried out well you should grind them up finely (just fine enough) before you pack them into your vaporizer. Finding “the right grind” is one of the primary factors in getting the best flavor as well as getting a good quality, large, thick vape cloud. Generally, the finer your herbs are ground the easier it will be for you to build up a thicker cloud of vapor. But you can go too far or too fine depending on the model of vape and what kind of herbs you have at the time. Also, you can expect the best (purest) flavor with finely ground herbs. However, don’t grind your too much. Yes, this is possible although most people don’t realize it. If your herbs are dried out well and you grind them too finely then they could burn up without delivering the quality session you want. Essentially, if your herbs are not ground fully then you are putting extra strain on the vape and making the hot air work harder to produce less results.

The grind of your dry herbs that you use can be too fine just as easily as it can be too coarse. Herb that is too finely ground becomes dusty and doesn’t hold up under the heated conditions with sustenance. The dust will burn way too fast because it is too fine to even get a good tension on the pack. On the other hand, the herb doesn’t need to be chunky or clumpy either because then it will not pack firmly, nor will it burn evenly throughout the chamber. These are the factors that have transitioned even with the switch from conduction to convection. These rules of bowl packing science still apply, even though the days of lighter striking, flame burning, smoke production are on the close verge of becoming obsolete.

We find the need for further enlightenment into what really defines the perfect bowl pack for our dry herb vaporizing chamber. Dry herbs are expensive enough. Who has the time to sit around and waste on ineffective failed vaping session these days? Modern day life is fast paced, time is scarce, and budgets are tight.

Choosing the grain of your grind

The coarseness of the ground grain that you pack your chamber with will affect the way that your product reacts. This has to do with the heating process and produces the vapor clouds that you will expel. If the herb is not ground into a fine mix, then it will not burn evenly throughout the expanse of your oven chamber. That factor will affect the production of the vapor that your unit produces. If the herbs ground too fine then it will be more prone to pack too tight. An oven that's packed too tight will once again dread air flow restriction. That will inhibit the effective consumption of your product.

Moisture levels

While all vapes are different and some factors change from unit to unit, this is one thing that will never change. You should always make sure that your herbs are dry because this will allow for a much smoother vaporization process. Generally, this provides the best flavor because all the moisture is already gone. The hot air will target only the exact parts of the herb you want to be targeting. With flavor being a very important factor for most people, this is our top recommendation. Using moist herbs will often impact flavor as well as slow the vaporization process down. This prevents you from getting a good quality vapor cloud. You can also create uneven heating patterns depending on what kind of vape you are using. It also makes any vape work harder. You can expect to need a recharge faster or larger power drain with any kind of dry herb vaporizer.

With vaporizing, there is a more restricted airflow event through the enclosed herb heating chamber. Excessive moisture in the product then it will affect the vapor production, cloud density, and potency as an accumulative effect. The resulting event that follows is that there will be a self-packing effect of the product within the oven compartment itself. This will compromise the airflow even further of an already airflow restricted device. That fact will run you the risk of requiring more heat which could lead to the decimation of your products flavor quality.

The more direct heat that's applied during your vaping session, the more the risk of burning the product. Rather than burning, you want to be producing the vapor. There is also the added risk of contributing even more restrictions upon the air flow pass. The accumulated moisture builds within your device gathering in the product, the filters, and clogging the available space of the air flow channels.

Filling up the Chamber Properly

The last actual step of the vape bowl packing formula is the actual act of tamping the herb down into your bowl. That is self-explanatory considering the term ‘packing’ your bowl. The trick to this step is once again targeted balance. There must be a certain amount of resistance in the airflow for the drawn in air to heat. This helps it accumulate enough of the vapor production to sustain the process of the air passage, the force of the draw, and the diminishing absorption of inhalation. That makes it necessary for you to pack the ground herb into your bowl rather firm but not tight. This will also aide the process of even burn ratio across the bowl. It will slow down the effects of burning up the product to quick.

Each vape is different and it is important to know how yours will perform best. If you pack your herbs too loose in the oven there is a good chance it won’t be thorough and heated even. This can often produce poor vapor production. Often you might start getting a harsh or even burnt flavor half way through the session. Nobody wants to burn their herbs. On the flip side when you pack your herbs too tight you can restrict air flow. It can also make your vaporizer work harder to produce less vapor. You can drain the battery and burn out the heating element of some vapes much faster this way as well. Most vapes require you to pack your herbs fairly tight. It does not mean you should mash it down like you would a regular bowl. Some vapes do actually require a very tight packing or even y looser packing. This helps get the best performance including premium flavor, vape cloud thickness and efficiency. Remember each different kind of herb you use will work different as well.

While most vapes need you to pack them almost full, some need a little bit of space at the top and only require you to pack up to 70% or 80% of the way. This is rare but you should always be aware of the best way to use each different kind of vape in order to always get the best results. Knowing what kind of vape you have and exactly how it works will always help you get the best performance from it so that you can enjoy your experience as much as possible.


Well that about sums up the actual process of packing your oven for gaining the benefit from attaining the optimal level of vaper. The last strong point to consider here is the maintenance of the device. It is always best to keep your unit clean per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Keeping the oven and the rest of the unit clean will aide in the prevention of transfer flavors from one brand of product to the next. This will also circumvent the accumulation of residue from building up. This could cause the unit to strenuously overheat as the reins themselves will collect the heat rather than reflect it. This also will cause the unit to pull too much power and reduce the power that your heating unit draws. This not only affects the quality of your dry herb vaping, it comes with the serious threat of igniting the battery or the device from the heat of accumulation as the oils and the battery heat up unnaturally.


The bottom line is that no matter what kind of vaporizer you are using it will always matter how you prepare the herbs you choose to enjoy. Even with a new vape, after a few sessions you should be able to figure out pretty simply what is the best approach here. But remember that if and when you change your herbs you may need to adjust your process a little bit in order to get the results you want.