Watching with dismay the horrors unfolding in the Ukraine. Folks over here get roiled up about the craziest things and I hope we all realize that our worst day right now is likely 10X better than their best. Thank our lucky stars.
I hope that you will agree that the General Release Anvil pricing offers a good value. While we are definitely at the top of the range for pricing in this type of vaporizer genre we are also confident that Anvil is at the very top of the performance pyramid.
The release prices are:
Anvil with full Herb Chamber - $229
Extra Herb Chambers - $35
Heat Shields - $25
We opened the store today to our first release of names on the waitlist. This included folks that registered up to and including January 10th, 2022. The response has been as we expected so far. Thanks to Scott and Pete for providing us with realistic expectations of how many folks convert from a waitlist. That said I think our conversion rates are going to increase because 15 people added to the waitlist today alone. It’s great to see a lot of folks that I have been in contact over the past couple of months finally getting their ticket to Anville. Welcome.
I’d like to suggest that we all refrain from getting into the drama on the forums. Goodness. Some weird negative energy out there. They should take two Anvils and call me in the morning.
Technical Deep Dive
Last week I said I was going to start sharing information about what I’ve done in the Anvil design and why key design strategies were followed. For those of you who have an Anvil already I hope this prompts discussion on how to optimize performance. For those of you who haven’t got an Anvil yet just treat this as bold faced Advertorial and apply whatever filter factor you use to keep it real. At every point in my design I tried to leverage the great ideas from the current competitive landscape and where possible improve, or even totally invert the historical thinking.
Tonight I’m specifically talking about five key aspects of the Anvil. Most folks focus on the CopperCore and CopperBlock thermal reservoir as if the trim-metal laminate is the only performance advantage Anvil possesses. While critical and deserving of its own post in the future tonight we look at some other members of the support cast.
Anvil lays claim to being a convection forward vape. Key to a strong heat transfer into the convection air path is total air path length. Compared to legacy vapes Anvil’s airway is twice as long. Cold air entering through the inlet slots travels 1.2 inches before contacting the herb. The annular airway is 0.012” wide, about three sheets of paper, so thousands of heat transferring collisions occur with the hot inner oven wall in its short time in the heating region raising the air temperature to convection levels.
Where the heat is stored in the vape during torching is a significant factor in the conduction versus convection bias. Legacy vapes store 80% of their mass in the herb containing tip with just 20% in the outer cap. Anvil completely reverses that ratio storing 75% of its mass in the outer oven with only 25% in the internal herb chamber. When it comes time to draw in cold room air the smaller legacy vapes convection heating capacity is diminished rapidly while the Anvil keeps on trucking.
The inner herb chamber has no metal contact and can only be heated by relatively inefficient convection and radiation means. This thermal isolation means the herb chamber temperature lags the outer oven during heating. The active thermal lag inherent in this isolation preserves the terpenes until the snap indicates it is time to draw convection air through the material. Conduction biased heaters can definitely achieve solid hits but the intensive heat cycle required to achieve full extraction boils off a substantial amount of the flavour in the process.
Again, we orient our thermal snap discs completely opposite to legacy vapes. Instead of locating the snap discs inside the outer cap we laser weld them into the interior of the inner herb chamber. This guarantees that when they snap the herb is at an ideal temperature to literally explode into the incoming air stream. Snap discs are also located exterior to the air pathway not coming into contact with the vapour path. Indicating when to draw off the temperature of the herb rather than the temperature of the cap gives some amazingly consistent results and lets us achieve a full flavourful extraction.
Our new herb chambers thermally float the herb more effectively by replacing the eight holes with three wide slots. Not only is airflow potential increased significantly but any stray conduction from the outer oven through the thread contacts is 90 percent reduced. Less conduction into the herb during heat up means more terpene preservation - better flavour.
Anyways thats enough for this evening. These Sunday Posts are supposed to be fun and informative but remember there will be a Pop quiz tomorrow.