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Storz & Bickel is one of the most impressive vaporizer companies in the herbal industry. The German vaporizer manufacturer is responsible for revolutionizing how we smoke herbs by innovating the vaporizer. Their central product, the Volcano Vaporizer, is a prime example of how smoking and vaping have progressed over time.
In this blog article, we will discuss the history of Storz & Bickel, the legendary vaporizer manufacturer that has produced incredible products for decades. At Shisha Glass, we are proud to carry Storz & Bickel products in Australia, adding to our extensive selection of vaporizers, bongs, smoking pipes, and smoking accessories.

The First Volcano Vaporizer is Born

In 1996, German graphic designer Markus Storz came across an article about a new way to consume herbs without using traditional smoking methods. Storz was so fascinated with the new approach to smoking he decided to build his vaporizer using a glass pipe and a hot air gun.

His new creation was successful but flawed. Storz’s volcano-shaped vaporizer emitted carbon particles making it unfit for commercial use.

The Volcano Vaporizer is Upgraded

Markus Storz developed plans for the second version of the volcano vaporizer in 1998, intending to produce the product for medicinal use. The prototype contained a self-heating element, air pump, and bimetallic regulator to control the temperature.

In 2000, Markus assembled the first 100 volcano vaporizer units in his basement. He brought the product to market under the brand name VAPOTEC Inhalatoren. While the first Volcano vaporizer was simplistic, it possessed the same fundamentals as today’s advanced models.

Inside Storz and Bickel lab that designs and manufactures Volcano vaporizers

Storz & Bickel is Founded

In need of help scaling the business, Storz reached out to a friend and engineer, Jürgen Bickeland. The duo grew the company under the new partnership Storz & Bickel GmbH & Co. KG from their headquarters in Tuttlingen, Germany.

The Company Expands its Reach Around the World

Vaporizers were gaining popularity for herbal users worldwide largely thanks to the innovative design of the Volcano Vaporizer. Storz & Bickel was limited to the European market, which had limited potential.

In an effort to expand into the more lucrative US market, Storz and Bickel decided to open up set up their North American headquarters in Oakland, California. They began manufacturing the US-made Volcano vaporizers in 2003.

The move to the states put Storz & Bickel on the map, giving them worldwide recognition as the premier desktop vaporizer. Vaporizers became a prominent vaping alternative to smoking and Storz & Bickel capitalized on the opportunity. They continued to evolve the product by creating more elegant and controlled solutions to vaporize dry herbs.

In 2007, Storz & Bickel introduced a purely electromechanical version of the Volcano Vaporizer to the public, pushing the vaporizing industry to new heights.

Storz and Bickel Becomes First Vaporizer Company to be Certified for Medical Use

In 2010, Markus Storz’s early vision for the company came to fruition. Storz & Bickel became the first company worldwide to certify a herbal vaporizer for medical use with their Volcano Medic.

The next major expansion of the brand came in 2014 when Storz and Bickel released two portable vaporizers. They have had to upgrade their facilities multiple times to keep up with demand in the medical and recreational markets.

Volcano vaporizer on a kitchen table

Storz and Bickel Still Dominates the Luxury Desktop Vaping Market

Today, Storz & Bickel is recognized as one of the most respected companies in the vaporizer industry. The German company has revolutionized the way we smoke by creating a much more efficient solution. While they did not invent the vaporizer, there is no doubt that the duo brought the idea to the masses with their incredible design and craftsmanship.

The Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer is their latest advancement to the original Volcano Vaporizer that Marcus developed in his basement. Storz & Bickel’s newest model includes a digital interface and connects to a mobile app. Vaporizer users can control the temperature of their vaporizing environment remotely. The Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer also allows users to consume their vapour via the traditional balloon method or a whip.

Storz & Bickel is currently expanding their factory in Germany, which is set to finish in mid-2021.

Continue the Legacy by Purchasing a Volcano Vaporizer from Shisha Glass

Storz & Bickel is a name synonymous with craftsmanship and innovation. We are proud to carry their vaporizers and all the accessories you need to maintain these incredible machines. We offer Volcano Vaporizers at the best prices in Australia along with fast shipping and exemplary customer service. Shop Shisha Glass today for your next addition to your herbal obsession.

At Shisha Glass Australia, we specialize in every aspect of smoking, including bongs, smoking pipes, rolling papers, vaporizers, shisha, hookahs, cleaning supplies, and accessories. We are your number one destination for smoking supplies because we have everything you will ever need and deliver directly to your door.

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