I have used the volcano a lot as well which is over 500 bucks, this one is less than 200, and I still prefer this one. With the volcano you HAVE to use the bag delivery method. But with this you can use the bag, or a whip like a hookah. Plus it works great as a room aromatherapy machine as well. You see the bowl with the flowers in it? If i drop a few drops of any essential oil, or just nice smelling flowers like in the pictures in there i can turn it on and use it to make the house smell great in just a few minutes.
Its vaping for sure, not combusting at all. Now if it turn it up close to 450-500°F then it will combust, actually turning red and glowing. But thats not ideal of course. I normally keep it at around 400° but depending on the material and method i choose for delivery i range temps from 365-420°F.
I have spent a couple hundred dollars in the past having custom glass pipes made, that always end up breaking, but when i got this i expected to be dissapointed because of the price point. Man this was the best purchase for this type stuff i ever made. I save so much material this way compared to pipes or papers, and the end results are much better as well... Which i cant believe im saying because i always preferred combustion in the past.
But right now its packed away in its case. Hasnt gotten used in a week or 2. Im on a hiatus from enjoying herb at the moment. but not by choice LMAO