Humboldt got a special up-close look at a large closed loop BHO extractor prototype in operation on Friday during a demo from Mr. Extractor.
The Mr. Extractor team designed two versions of their hydrocarbon botanical extractor — a small one ideal for patients making extracts for personal use and a larger version that is more suited to a larger producer living off the grid. The crew from Mr. Extractor happened to be in the area with their large prototype, which is how Trim Scene Solutions was able to arrange for a demo at Wonderland Nursery so Humboldt growers could get a taste of this new design.
Product Development Coordinator Jody Forlenza and Inventor/Founder Drew Jones lead the demo. They loaded the top chamber of the extractor with dry ice and that along with warm water is what is used to recover the butane (BHO) — “You could warm up creek water and run in through just fine,” Jody said. For the demo, the central chamber was left empty but it can hold up to 6 pounds of packed botanical material or 12 pounds of finely ground material. The smaller extractor can hold up to 8 ounces.
The system requires no electricity for safety reasons, since the machine does rely on a flammable component. “Anything unsafe was removed during the designing process,” Jody said. While the Mr. Extractor team designed the machine, they also found a manufacturer that is accustomed to making food and medical grade equipment. With that level of expertise in manufacturing, the extractor can receive all its proper certifications so patients have more than just their word that it’s safe.
The large Mr. Extractor closed loop BHO extractors aren’t available yet for purchase but production is estimated to start within the next three months. A few of the smaller machines are available at Trim Scene Solutions right now, and Mr. Extractor will have more available for sale in about a month. You can learn more about their extractor via the video below: