Bad me, I neglected to get the author's name but the material is worth reading for us Lava Come Latelys.
"Revisiting the clouds"
LAST EDITED ON Jan-04-05 AT 05:50 PM (PST)
I'm revisiting this subject to show proof positive of success using various procedures of declouding.
Here are the procedures used.
1. Hot -n- heavy. This is running it normally but to it's complete cycle. This should be done for at least the first week or so. 8-10hours a day. once a day.
2. Intermittant molten interruptus. Run it hot enough to get the wax molting and "flowing" for a "short" period of time. (1hr or 2). Then letting it cool all the way down (till solid and cold) and restarting. This yeilds the ability to run it 2-4 a day. For 32oz globes, 2hr on/4 hr off.
3. Intermittant mounded interruptus. As above, but interrupt it when the lava starts to mound up or swell. If tentacles/sprouts appear, continue to heat until they remelt back to the source from whence it came. Then as the wax mounds up (as it wants to flow). Interrupt the cycle and let it cool. This only works on the larger globes. It's too hard to get the cycle right on 32ozers.
4. Intermittant heated interruptus. As many times a day as possible. Good to clear up the final haze. As outlined in endoftherainbow's lava care page. A timer here is very helpful. Heated long enough for the lava to slightly melt but not flow or shoot sproutes. Then letting it cool off. my cycles were 15-20 minutes on, then 5:40 or 5:40 off. This may be able to be shortend I have not tried it. I've only tested this on 32ozers.
5. Leave it aloneicus. Just leave it alone for a while. Could be a few weeks. This should be done at some point in time. before restarting. It allows the particiles to settle on their own. I've seen this help mis shipped globes.
I've found that procedure 1&2 helps with heavy clouding.
Procedure 2 helps with medium to light clouding.
Procedure 4 helps with light & hazy clouding.
Cloudiness is very common with new lamps,
especially the smaller sizes and the lamps with
clear liquids. Cloudiness is caused when small
particles of wax soften and break off and remain
suspended in the solution. This will clear up with
continued use. Here is what Lava World
Turn the lamp on only long enough for the wax to
mound up and glow. Don’t allow it to send up the
tentacles or allow blobs to form. Here are the
suggested heat up times:
Grandes and 52 oz lamps 1 hour
32 and 20 ounce lamps 30 minutes
8 ounce lamps 15 minutes
Keep in mind, these times are for a brand new,
never used lamp. If the lamp has been used and
the globe has been heated, the times will be
Once it has run for this short period, totally shut
it off. Allow it to totally cool. What you are
trying to achieve is to heat the liquid, not the
wax. Since cold wax is denser than the hot liquid,
the wax droplets that are suspended will
eventually drop out of the solution. Slowly.
It won’t happen overnight. If the warm up cycle
runs too long and you have lava movement, shut
it down, cool it completely and start over