What is Silicon Carbide?

What is Silicon Carbide?

What is Silicon Carbide?

Silicon carbide (SiC) is a versatile high-performance ceramic that has a multitude of uses. With applications ranging from grinding tools and car brake disks to combat armor, heating elements and next gen semiconductor electronics. It can be formed into almost any shape, is very light, and extremely durable. In fact, we’re still finding uses for Silicon carbide, especially in the field of high temperature/high voltage electronics and computing devices, and even cladding for nuclear reactors. However, it’s SiC’s exceptional heating properties that make it such a good candidate for dabbing.

Silicon Carbide Dab Inserts

Silicon carbide’s high melting point of 5,130°F, unrivalled thermal conductivity, and its ability to undergo rapid extreme temperature changes without fracturing, all combine to make SiC dab nails an excellent surface for vaporization. Additionally, SiC dab nails wont “Chazz” like fused quartz does, and users report a notable improvement in flavor over titanium or quartz glass nails and bangers.  SiC is also an incredibly hard material. On Mohs scale of mineral hardness, SiC rates at 9 to 9.5. For reference, diamonds – the hardest substance known to man – is a 10, and glass is around 6. This makes Silicon carbide dab nails incredibly durable, and with proper care, they should last a lifetime.

Is Silicon Carbide Toxic?

No. All research points to its safety. SiC is so chemically inert, it barely interacts with any other substance at all. This means it will absolutely not create toxic fumes if you dab off of a Silicon carbide nail. There are however, a number of health hazards associated with Silicon carbide if you happen to work in a factory that manufactures it.  SiC is made using an Acheson Furnace, which produces tiny Silicon carbide crystals that take the form of a powder. This powder is then squashed into a mold using hydraulic pressure, and finally, this shaped piece is fired in a Kiln just like any other ceramic. While Sic isn’t toxic, the process of making it produces a lot of Silicon carbide “whiskers”. These tiny shards of SiC will hang around in the air, and if you come into contact with them, can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation. Breathing in SiC whiskers is what represents the biggest hazard, as these shards will cut the inside of your lungs, causing scar tissue to build up over time, ultimately reducing the ability of your lungs to take in oxygen. This is known as Fibrosis.  But for you as an end user, there’s absolutely no need to worry. That’s because the final Silicon carbide product that you buy has no whiskers, and nor will it produce any when used. Again, you shouldn’t have any need to worry about that except if you’re manufacturing SiC.

Should I Dab With Silicon Carbide?

A Silicon carbide dab nail is safe, performs exceptionally well with regards to heating, and best of all, improves the flavor of your dab. So yes, you should definitely consider one is you are picky and want the very best life has.  Although the difference in flavor is minimal to some others report significant upgrade in terpene recognition and taste widening the terpene profile availability.

 

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