Please read and familiarize yourself with the correct handling, safety and operating procedures before attempting to use the Kief Thief. We want to make sure you get the most out of your investment by learning how to properly operate, protect, clean and care for the Kief Thief. Be sure to select a indoor, clean, dry well lit operating area that has a properly grounded 120 volt receptacle. Due to the nature of the thin stainless steel mesh there will always be some slight irregularities, wrinkles or small creases that will not affect the performance of the screen.
Open the box and remove the Kief Thief from its packaging. Remove the stainless steel housing cover from the Kief Thief.
Locate the black plastic block that is used to hold the bearing shaft in place for shipping. Carefully use a razor knife to cut the zip ties that hold the bearing block in place and remove the block.
Put on a pair of rubber gloves before attempting to lift the sifter drum from the chassis. The oils from your hands can clog and contaminate the screen.
You can now carefully lift up and slide the sifter drum free of the square drive adapter connected to the motor and remove the sifter drum from the chassis.
Place the sifter drum on a clean surface so that it is sitting upright with the access plate facing upwards. Never set the drum on its side or allow anything to touch the mesh as it can be easily damaged.
You can now use an alcohol solution in combination with a lint free towel or wipe to clean the chassis collection area and cover. This should be done to remove any dust, dirt or contaminates prior to using the Kief Thief.
Locate and remove the 4 wing nuts that hold the access cover plate in place. Once the cover plate is removed and now that the chassis and collection surfaces have been properly cleaned the sifter drum is ready to be filled. We recommend using a large BPA free turkey bag to store, fill and remove material in and out of the sifter drum.
Once you have added your desired amount of dry material into the drum, make sure the access plate surface is wiped clean so that the access plate cover can make a good seal. Re install the access plate cover with guide bearing facing outward and firmly tighten the 4 wing nuts.
Carefully re install the sifter drum into the chassis by using one hand to hold on to the bearing shaft while the other hand supports the bottom of the side plate. Make sure that the square drive shaft slides into the side plate and that the bearing rests firmly in its support block. Never lift the drum by touching the screen.
Once the sifter drum is installed you can now install the inspection cover over the sifter drum. After the cover is in place you can locate the motor rocker switch and place it in the OFF position.
Locate the power cord and plug it into a properly installed and grounded 120 volt outlet that has a functioning 10 AMP breaker.
Locate the power switch on the Kief Thief motor cover and place into the ON position. The sifter drum will now begin turning and sifting the material. The majority of the sifted material will start collecting directly under the side of the drum that is turning upward.
The amount of time that it will take to thoroughly sift and extract will vary depending on the total amount of product being sifted as well as the quality and condition of material. In general the drier and finer the material is ground prior to running through the Kief Thief, the higher the yield. We recommend running the machine for a minimum of 30 minutes and as long as 48 hours on very large runs for maximum yield. Experiment for yourself to see what works best for you.
Once you have sifted your material thoroughly it is now time to collect your Kief.
Turn the Kief Thief power switch into the OFF position.
Once the power is OFF and the sifter drum has stopped turning you can gently lift off the inspection cover. Since the inspection cover will have Kief stuck to it, place the cover upside down on a smooth surface for collection.
We recommend using only a fresh business card or piece of card stock to swipe down the sides of the cover, sifter drum and sifter chassis to collect the kief.
Once the cover and sifter drum have been swiped off you can now remove the sifter drum from the chassis. Once removed be sure to place the sifter drum so that it is standing on end upright on a clean surface. This will allow you access to thoroughly swipe down all of the side of the sifter chassis and collection area.
Once the chassis has been swiped down and the kief has been collected and put into storage you can now get ready to empty out the spent material from within the sifter drum.
Removing the spent and sifted material from the sifter drum… is this missing instructions???
With the sifter drum sitting on its end with the access cover facing upward, remove the 4 wing nuts that secure the access plate.
Once the access plate is removed gently slip a BPA free Turkey bag or trash bag over the top of the drum and pull it downward over the drum. You can then gently flip the drum over while supporting the sides of the side plates and empty out the contents into the bag. This method helps keep dust and particulate from getting into the work area.
You can now dispose of the spent material. Since the material may still contains some viable and re-usable material many people re-use it by either cooking, making a tincture or composting.
The sifter drum is now ready to be refilled, stored or cleaned.
You can use a soft bristled artist paint brush to brush the inside and outside of the sifter drum to help remove material. If using compressed air make sure that you observe proper safety methods and that the air source is connected to an oil and water separator. Make sure that the air nozzle does not contact the screen and that only 30 PSI or less is used.
If the sifter drum screen has become clogged or contaminated you should clean the screen using either of the above methods and prepare a grain alcohol solution of at least 50% -95% alcohol. Place the solution in an approved spray bottle. Make sure you are using proper skin and eye protection and then with the sifter drum sitting on its end begin to spray down the sifter drum screen from the outside. We recommend setting the drum in a plastic tote or some type of catchment basin to contain and collect the alcohol. Make sure to thoroughly spray down and soak the drum to help remove the plant material, resins and oils that are trapped between the mesh.
Once the sifter drum has been thoroughly cleaned it should be allowed to dry. The sifter chassis and cover can also be wiped down with the alcohol solution for decontamination. The drum can then be re installed for storage in the sifter chassis.
Do not spray alcohol, water or any other substance in to the motor. It is not designed to get wet and will damage the unit.