STORZ & BICKEL builds the first factory in the world for the manufacture of medical herbal Hot Air Generators in Tuttlingen; a German town with almost 500 medical device manufacturers, reputed to be the center of medical technology, where the first factory for the production of surgical instruments was built more than 150 years ago.

The VOLCANO CLASSIC is the first product from our company and the reason STORZ & BICKEL is so strong today.

Over the years, the VOLCANO has developed a cult following among connisseurs and a status symbol for users. Today, the VOLCANO CLASSIC is our flagship product and the best-known Hot Air Generator on the market. And what many don’t know is that when the VOLCANO CLASSIC was launched in 2000, it served a niche market as one of the first well-functioning Hot Air Generators worldwide.

In 1996, Markus Storz came across an article suggesting that herbs do not necessarily have to be burned, but can also be inhaled in a more gentle way, by means of vaporization. He was immediately captivated by the idea and built himself a Hot Air Generator using a glass pipe and a hot air gun. The mode of operation convinced him immediately, but the handling of the heat gun construction was very laborious in the long run. So… Markus decided to build a device that would simplify the usage.

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