I know this is totally debatable, but I don't like to decarb bud unless I am using it for something that specifically calls for the use of plant material. If I am taking it to oil, I prefer to leave the decarb for the end. The thinking is that when you decarb it prior, your converting other things that you'll get in the filtering phase that you won't after they have been converted. The biggest one being Chlorophyll.Have you ever decarb the bud in an oven bag, eliminates smell, prior to starting the process? This would mean you could leave it on a hotplate at low to evaporate the remaining alcohol and water.