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Location: Manchester

heres the thing,I have never used any other fuel except normal lamp parrafin in the 2 years i've been doing fire poi.So far while on this site i have heard mention of people using kerosene and all manner of other dangerous sounding fuel (threads on major burns accident, carcinogens etc etc etc)So (to the point), The other day i was spinning in the back garden at a friends house party. The routine was going better then ever and i even threw in some body, arm and leg wraps for the first time on fire. Then when doing the weave, i messed up (i really dont know how), and one of my poi hit me in the face, while still fully ablaze.Yet as if by a miracle, i wasn't even remotely burned. And all i had to show for the accident was a small smear of carbon under my cheek
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so, after conducting several tests, i realised that it is almost impossible to burn your self with parrafin. It burns at a really low temperature(it does however heat up metal components), Its not carcinogenic (a doctor friend of mine assures me that people used to be proscribed it to cure stomach ulsers etc), and it doesn't seem to have a drastic effect on wild life like other petrol esk heres my point. Use parrafin.
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PeleBRONZE Member
the henna lady
6,193 posts
Location: WNY, USA

I am not sure what you are using but our lamp oil here **is** carcenogenic. It is refined Kerosene.Hold the flame there long enough CAU and you will get burned, but not off of wraps. Kerosene is the same way, you can bop yourself with it til cows come home and it doesn't burn (though the metal bits might).On the flip side... even if the fuel is not toxic the smoke most likely is. And C-A-U, not to be arguementative or anything but things that were once thought to be safe have been found to be dangerous....cocaine in the soda Coca-Cola was also made into a syrup for stomach aches, The plant "Deadly" Nightshade for headaches, smoking and alcohol were both perscribed for nerve disorders, the list goes on and on........It's a nice discovery isn't it though, the lesser burn factor? And congrats on the routine, it is always great to have that flow.
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And what took you so long to do wraps????
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------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...

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joseph_taylorSILVER Member
3 posts
Location: USA

Thank you for that post you just answeared a question I had :)

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