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onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

I made a set of fire ropes a few weeks back and they've become my favourite fire toy.

Initially I was a bit wary of them but now I feel very comfortable, although there's some stuff I won't do with them, such as reverse btb weave cos I can't do it 100% unlit.

My main concern was the danger of accidental wraps as the fire is full length, however they seem rigid enough that it may not be a problem.

I was wondering if anyone who's done a fair bit of spinning with fire ropes had identified any potential safety problems with them, or are they no more dangerous than normal fire poi?

Also, any solutions to the dipping problem?

Jo showed me his heavy long glass vase, but as a non vehicle owner it's too heavy to carry one around.

I know someone else posted about sealing a length of plastic tubing to make a long dipping container- seems like a great idea but what do you use to seal the tube?

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MikeIconGOLD Member
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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Just a thought... Maybe you could use a trough like container where its a long rectangular bucket. Maybe a long flower box or one of the things ya dip wallpaper in.

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Find a length of large diameter ( like 1.5 or 2 inches ) PVC pipe. it's available at most any hardware store/ irrigation supply store. also buy a cap that will fit. then just glue the cap onto the end using PVC cement (ask at the store) and you are ready to go.

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ZoltarBRONZE Member
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Location: Beyond Time, South of Melbourne, Australia

My ropes are made from the 1 inch kevlar rope sold in the shop here at HOP.

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I fuel them in my normal dipping tin (a 4 litre paint can). I sort of twist them into the can - very easy to do, they are quite flexible. I usually wear a rubber glove and as I take the rope out of the fuel I squeeze it with my hand to wring out the excess fuel.

[edit] I just reread your post - safety concerns. I have to agree the first few times I used my ropes I was a little aprehensive with all that fire, but I got used to them. I find them a little limiting in some ways. I like to use some short chain in a routine which is impossible with ropes. The other thing is that I am not yet game enough to do wraps with them. I am sure it would be possible with mine as the rope is quite rigid and I doubt it would tangle.... but not game enough to try yet. The positive side to this is it has made me work on stalls for transitions where I would have otherwise used wraps. Other than that I love my ropes - so pretty. [/edit]

The other thing I have found with ropes is that it's best to light them (from the bottom) and then lay them on the ground so that the whole length can catch alight properly and heat the wicks - turn them over so both sides get going. You get a much stronger flame the whole length of the rope.

[ 25. August 2003, 22:45: Message edited by: Zoltar ]

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