whYte Mecule
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Location: S.A. (South Australia)
Member Since: 28th Oct 2002
Total posts: 9
Posted:ok i dont know how much help this is but i've heard that if you saok a corner of a towel in water and then dribbles some alcahol on then light it up it will be in perfect condition when you put it out.
I know your not sopposed to use alcahol for a fuel but maybe it could be mixed with something.... or maybe if you soaked it in water, then used a bit of alcahol then your regular fuel...
it could prolong the life of your wickes, or not.
anyway it might be worht experimenting with it.

[ 30 October 2002, 21:05: Message edited by: whYte Mecule ]


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Locofly
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Location: New York (its not as cool as y...
Member Since: 21st Jun 2002
Total posts: 62
Posted:is this kinda like the everlasting gobstopper?

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NickC
Monkey Wrangler
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 183
Posted:I'd imagine it's just the fuel burning off while the water keeps the towel from burning. The burn time wouldn't be very long on something like that.

*edit* Let me rephrase that. I know only the fuel burns on kevlar wicks (to a certain degree) if you put them out early and you will still get a decent burn time but the water would mess up the burning as well I would think.

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Cheryl
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Location: Portland, OR USA
Member Since: 25th Nov 2001
Total posts: 29
Posted:I was told by my fire dancing teacher that if you re-soak your wicks in fuel after using them and before putting them away, that you will prolong the life of the wicks. I have had my first set of wicks for almost a year and a half now and they look almost new (I am totally anal about re-soaking them after use)! Other people's wicks who I know are newer than mine are much more trashed, and they don't re-soak.

Anyway, just a tip that I thought I would pass along.

-Cheryl


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Thistle
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Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:I am religious about soaking my wicks after each burn and they are three years + old now and still going strong

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tjoni
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Location: Freemantle, Western Australia
Member Since: 27th Dec 2001
Total posts: 116
Posted:The kevlar itself starts burning when your flame has gone out and it's left to smoulder. redipping immediately definatley stops this, but if you don't want the smell of fuel getting into everything you own, after your last spin, use a moist cloth to stop the smouldering.
Also, when practising without flame, put socks over your wicks, as dropping your staff will wear away at the wicks too ( especially if practising on conctrete and other hard surfaces)


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Paddy
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Location: 4341'N 7938'W
Member Since: 23rd Feb 2002
Total posts: 884
Posted:quote: but if you don't want the smell of fuel getting into everything you own, after your last spin, use a moist cloth to stop the smouldering. another option: if you can, use or make some detachable heads. that way you can resoak them after your last spin as per the usual...then just take off the chains and store the heads in your fuel tin. no smell, no smoulder, and everything all in one tidy package.

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Locofly
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Location: New York (its not as cool as y...
Member Since: 21st Jun 2002
Total posts: 62
Posted:quote:then just take off the chains and store the heads in your fuel tin. no smell, no smoulder, and everything all in one tidy package. i use a small cooler. you know like a flip top type deal. i keep a 2 litre soda bottle(top cut off) on one side, fire towel wrapped up next to it, and poi on top draped into the bottle. keeps the smell in pretty well. and i use citronella. it reeks. i wish i could store fuel in there but the coolers too small.

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