An extremely elegant looking vaporizer, the FireWood 4 is a classy addition to any vape collection, especially because of it’s beautiful and unique flavor. While the Firewood vapes are known to provide high quality vapor, they fail to usually attract me because of the difficulty of use. In fact, the Firewood 3 was one of the most difficult vaporizer I’ve encountered. The 4th version is a immense upgrade from the 3 which is one of the reasons it made it to my best vaporizers list. The Firewood 4 is for generally advanced smokers who like to experiment with efficiency and different loads of herbs to enhance the smoking experience. Since it is not discrete and harder to learn, I don’t recommend it for beginners.
It’s hard to describe the FireWood 4’s taste because it’s so different compared to other vaporizers. The first few breaths are usually rich and heavy from flavor which gradually fades to almost a healing sensation when you’re towards the end of the session. There is never any harshness and the taste is usually far more mellow than most vaporizers. Be careful though: you have to make sure you inhale slowly because there’s no draw resistance and the opening is wide. If you inhale too quickly you can get a puff of hot air which is never fun.
The capsule system that is used to load the herbs hold .1g of leaves. That means across 4 capsules (obtained from an extra kit), you’re looking at 0.4g. The actual vapor quality provided for each of these capsules is quite frankly insane because you’re able to get decently high off of just one. It also means that you’re better able to ration out how much weed you want to use during a session. A variety of temperatures insures that you can gradually increase the heat for each capsule, further increasing efficiency. The only sour part about the process is the loading and cleaning of the capsules. You have to clean them with a small pick which means that you’re usually spending a lot of time just unpacking your herb.
Ease of Use
While the Firewood 4 does feature upgrades from the 3 that make it easier to use, it is still a difficult vape that takes some time getting used to. The interface is very simple and you can perform everything with the power button. You press it for 5 seconds to turn the unit on, after which you can press it repeatedly according to what temperature setting you want.
It’s the capsule system that is rather frustrating because it requires time to carefully put your herb inside each capsule. After you’ve spent the herb and want to clean the ABV, you need to carefully use a pick. Cleaning the vaporizer itself is also tedious and time consuming. The battery is replaceable, which means that you’ll want to learn how to take that out and put it back in as well. Overall, the FireWood 4 is much easier to use in terms of interface but the actual loading and usage of the herb can be made easier.
You’re able to get a max of about 6 sessions at about 7 minutes at length each for a total of about 42 minutes. At higher temperatures you’re looking at about 35 minutes of usage. This is a little bit on the lower side as most other portable vaporizers are usually able to provide around 50 or so minutes at normal temperatures. The fact that the battery is replaceable is pretty convenient because if you had another one lying around, you could use it as well. However because the FireWood 4 actually gets very hot to hold, I would not recommend this.
The design is actually somewhat discrete. The vaporizer itself has a wooden finish and almost looks like some sort of small compartment from the outside. Most people don’t usually know what it is, which is pretty nice. You can throw it in most luggage or backpacks and get away with it easily since it blends well. However, since it is a little on the larger side it is hard to hold and conceal completely while smoking in public. The smell is on the lower side and tends to disappear very quickly so it’s an ok vaporizer to use outside.
While discreteness is manageable, portability is hurt by the extra capsules and other addons I recommend you travel with. You could just bring the vape itself, but that means you only have 1 capsule for the dry herb which is quite frankly a pain in the ass. The best thing you can do is put the extra capsules, charger, etc along with the FireWood 4 inside a travel bag that you can easily carry around. If you want to simple take only the vape, you could stick it in your pockets if they’re big. The broader dimensions make this slightly difficult but it’s still very possible. If you’re looking for something highly portable and discrete, there are better options out there, such as the PAX 2.
The wooden finish makes this vape look like a piece of art but make no mistake because it can definitely take a beating. It feels very solid and is manufactured with perfection. You could probably drop it and have no big issues. The capsules are also made very well. If there are any critiques I would have to point at the lid on top of the vape. After opening and closing it a lot of times, it starts to feel a little ragged and slightly unstable. Apart from that however, there are no clear issues and this is a solid vape that can last you many years if maintained properly.