Hi again Larry3215,
No, but lets start from a different perspective anyway.
We're both ex-smokers, right? Toxic combustion ain't an option for any of us anymore, correct? So, that leaves inhalation (via vaporization), edibles/tinctures and even more marginal consumption methods...
Personally i find inhalation fits the ex-smoker context better because of its alternative features as aroma/taste and ritual.
Lets see. Initially i came to observe that my balloons required ~300 mg bowls just to provide some enjoyable aroma/taste appreciation. Today, i've reduced quantity three-fold using a "1-Hitter" operating in pulsed mode: e.g. a ~125 mg bowl can now offer 2 ~ 3 tasty tokes, YMMV.
This implies aroma/taste depends on volume which in turn defines mass and hence the amount of energy required for the task, because vaporization of a fixed amount of matter calls for an equally finite amount of heat. Consequently, no design should be started around off-the-shelf heaters as it may be more suitable to consider bowl size 1st while seeking a shorter path-length between a heat source and its cannabic load.
The shorter the better as there's less heat wasted in vain through various surrounding parts; other important variables are humidity and curing, because moisture (water) can deplete a heat charge quick before it even performed it duty... That's how a given quanta of energy which felt appropriate dealing with crispy-dry/well-cured material may still fail if/when the goodies are too fresh - or else, a different configuration would be required to match the workload.
In addition i favour paths of lesser transformation; after all, nature already offers tiny goodies-filled spheres suspended over a vegetal substrate!
It's not my intention to deny the fun of experimenting with QWISOs, for example, but in the end if i were to play with such potent extracts then i'd most probably seek maximum contact-surface, eventually emulating nature's trichomes anyway... So maybe transformation is great but i feel Dry Flowers still have challenges awaiting further experimentation - and i doubt baking is the answer.
Years ago i'd have posted about "Flash Vaporization", now i'm not so sure so i use "Micro-Bursting" these days. Once the non-static "1-Hitter" model is chosen bowl size accounting for aroma/taste also comes right next, then energy quanta for temporarily storage. A series of prototypes were actually built: VG's Classic wood, Classic Aluminium and Bronze Sherlock gave perspective on considerations as mentioned above, resulting in the implementation of VaporGenie's forgotten fig.11/12 feature (from US patent 7434584 B2) - which is "Bi-Energy" compatible (IH).
What i'm saying is that competition from Hot Dry Air alone hardly compares and slow Ovenization only makes it worse. To me it's about finding a best-match synergy of 3 energy vectors (convective, radiative and conductive heat). Too much radiative + conductive energy components lead to excess baking and this must be how i finally came to evaluate pulse-mode alternatives. On top of that i'd also comment that a "Release/Transport Agent" feels more irritating when made of Hot Dry Air alone, the cigarette format is toxic but there's a compound of hot gases to "potentialize" it nonetheless.
To conclude i found easier to solve the challenge after it was broken down into many easier-to-attain goals. Trimming down bowl size to some ~125 mg was a beneficial step, then the radical switching to a "1-Hitter" ritual definitely paved the way for more fun.
VG's physical layouts are relatively stable, replication would be a no-brainer project worthy of the spending.
Good day, have fun!!