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Do I Need a Silicone Sleeve for the Ardent Nova Lift Decarboxylator? 

By Cheri Sicard
January 8, 2020

Dear Cheri,

I ordered an infusion sleeve for my Ardent Nova Lift Decarboxylator and am waiting for it to arrive.  However, while watching the video made by Ardent, it shows Shanel putting a glass bottle of oil with the herb right into the Ardent decarboxylator without a sleeve. So my question is, why wouldn't I do this? Why do I need the sleeve?  I am thinking it would need to be a heat proof glass like a mini canning jar right?

Silicone sleeve for infusing Marijuana Butter and Cannabis Oil

You can infuse in the Ardent Nova Lift Decarboxylator either way, with a glass jar or in the optional silicone sleeve.  I demonstrate both methods in the video on this page.

The advantage of the sleeve is that it will hold more volume (about ¾ cup), so more often than not, I will use the sleeve.

The sleeve is also made of a great material to use when decarbing concentrates like waxes, FECO or hash oils.

That said, when you only want to infuse a very small amount, the glass jars are handy. For instance, this works well when making small batches of infusions for wrinkle serums, like I do in my DIY Marijuana Topicals and Skincare course.

Yes the glass needs to be heatproof.  In the video demo on this page I am using a small jar from gourmet yogurt sold at my health food store. Small baby food jars work well too. And if you happen to buy any of Ardent’s infusion kits, be sure to save the small bottles or jars that come with them to reuse for future infusions.

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    • No, you can infuse directly in the FX. I think the reason it is necessary in the Nova is that you can’t submerge the Nova for cleaning like you can the FX. Now Shanel said they were going to come out with one anyway for those that want it, but it is not necessary, I have made many infusions in the FX directly in the canister without a jar. That said, if I only want a little amount, I usually use the jar.

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