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NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

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Posted:Maybe it's a dumb question but as a firespinning nonsmoker I'm a bit naive about lighters. I've been using disposable ones that I find/borrow but in wind they suck as you all know... It's embarrasing to have four or five people huddled around a poi trying to block the wind and get lamp oil to light.Can anyone recommend a lighter? Are Zippos really worth the price? What about those crazy ones that look like a fighter jet engine? (Can you see my inexperience!)Just wondering...

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Knagi


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Location: Brunswick, Ohio

Total posts: 397
Posted:Lighter = a small explodeable container of fuel strapped closely to your leg.. I normally have a zippo on me or give my disposiable lighter away to whoever's gonna be there the longest and always turn to him. Are zippo's as bad as the disposable lighters? Could they still blow off a leg or just cause a larger flame?Also I came up with a neat trick for lighting wicks on super windy days. We had 2 paint cans so one of them was turned into a giant candle. Just left alittle bit of kero in the bottem and acouple of wicks and it burned and lit everything for about 3 or 4 hours strait. Keep in mind this only works if it is really to windy to light off a lighter because the paint can doesn't feed the flame enough air and it get's smoothered quickly without a strong wind over the top of it.Also lighters seem to have a problem when kero gets dripped on them. I've found that you can prime the wick with alittle white gas to get it going again. Zippo's only of course.

We are all in the cosmic movie. That means the day you die you watch your whole life repeating for eternity. So you'd better have some good things happen in there and have a fitting climax. --Jim MorrisonIt's going to come from a direction you didn't predict at a moment of chaos which you didn't see coming. -- NYC

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Pele'sWhippingBoy


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Location: Rochester, NY, USA

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Posted:We use butanes (the jet-like ones) and they work really well. It's a pity that I lost our good one. [image]http://www.homeofpoi.com/ubb/images/icons/frown.gif">------------------[/image]Pyromorph - Let the fire change you

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adamrice


adamrice

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Location: Austin TX USA

Total posts: 1015
Posted:I was given a Colibri as a gift from a friend (I joke I am the non-smoker with the world's nicest lighter). These things are like miniature blowtorches, very nicely made. I have no idea the cost, but they can't be cheap. They are *completely* windproof.Better than a lighter, if you are up for a little extra schlepping, is a globe-shaped outdoor torch. Functionally similar to a tiki-torch, but about the same size and shape as a bowling ball (they're weighted, and have a flat on the bottom, so no, they don't roll). These are windproof, but more importantly, they're really convenient. Put a few ounces of fuel in it and it'll go for hours. You and all your fire-friends can light off it without anyone fumbling for a lighter.Especially handy for fire-eaters.Go to Walmart or Target and check out the garden section. About $12.

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rex

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Location: Holiday, FL, USA

Total posts: 263
Posted:Colibris go for $60-$175 around here... must be a pretty good friend adam
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Pele
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Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:Well, as Whipping Boy said, we use Butaine. Love it. It doesn't go out for anything and is easy to refill. Zippo's are good but blow out in the wind and aren't as easy as Butaines to refuel.Disposables are shit.FOr my stage show, which is outdoors and has lasted through wind and rain I have used an oil lamp. My friend made it for me. A glass jar, a ceramic stopper and some Kevlar wicking (no shit), fill with lamp oil so that the wick soaks it up, light and it will keep going until you blow it out. Empty lamp oil back into jug pack it up and carry it away. Just remember to trip it up a little so it doesn't burn low and you get rid of the frays.Love to ya!------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...http://www.pyromorph.com

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Bendy


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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 750
Posted:Just bought a lighter today, asked for a butane lighter and the lady wasn't sure what I meant - she said "This one has an invisible flame, is that what you are after?"It was.Pretty nice and only $12.50 (US$6.50)

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Scoot


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Location: Hampden, Maine US

Total posts: 28
Posted:I think it would look really cool if you used a metal match. If anyone here doesnt know what that is, its just a magnesium (spelling) strip with a flint, and since you have the fuel on it, you dont need to scrape off the magnesium, you will just have to use the flint. A teacher in one of my classes showed us how to use it, and it looked really cool, cause it made whole mess of bright sparks that could start your fire poi.

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:I prefer to use a zippo, but thats because I can do a few tricks with it to get it lit.I don't know any you can do with disposable or butane lighters, so I don't find them as much fun
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Cassandra


Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !

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Posted:you could start smoking so that you know more about lighters ?
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just my two francs ...Shine onCassandra


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:not sure you should be encouraging smoking but heck, never mind.Are the blow-torch-esque lighters readily available in the UK? A couple of friends have them but bought them abroard.And Zippo tricks rule!!------------------http://welcome.to/thehugbubble I have only one burning desire....let me stand next to your fire

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Cassandra


Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !

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Posted:eeer... Durbs... it was actually a joke... or at least an attempted one. sorry you took it seriously.Cassandra[This message has been edited by cassandra (edited 19 November 2001).]

"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
"NON !!! La Plume de mon oncle n est pas Bingibangibungi !!!"

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:I use a candle. Light the candle put it somewhere out of the wind. Use it to light stuff off.Seems simple to me.Oh and get a good thick candle. As they are less likely to fall over.------------------C@ntusDance beneath the stars, we sound system, we the collective, with a open heart, we the solution - should be respected!

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Cassandra


Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !

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Posted:NYC, I changed my mind, don't start smoking ... I am going to quit
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Shine onCassandra


"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
"NON !!! La Plume de mon oncle n est pas Bingibangibungi !!!"

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Oh yes? (Looks in disbelief)Right after I learn French right?
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Thanks for all of the info kids, looks like I'm gonna go looking for a nice butane lighter... Unless I see a Zippo just too cool to pass up...


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Cassandra


Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !

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Posted:LOLoui monsieur !
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Shine onCassandra


"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
"NON !!! La Plume de mon oncle n est pas Bingibangibungi !!!"

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Bendy


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Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 750
Posted:There are some rather powerful lighters here:Super ScorcherMicro LighterThough I am not sure if kevlar would be able to withstand 1300C temperatures!------------------Courage is the man who can stop after just one peanut

Courage is the man who can stop after only one peanut

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Ronopotamus
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

Ronopotamus

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Location: Ireland, but floating around a...

Total posts: 412
Posted:I first lit my poi the other day, and I used an outdoor candle. These extra large ones on a stick that you can put into the ground (like a stick of incense, but it's a candle).Put it outside and it didn't blow out...I don't remember it being especially windy on the day...but maybe give it a try...kolong------------------Don't bolt your door with a boiled carrot...

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:I see you caught Josh's echo....Hey I know!!! How about using a candle!!!! *wonders if anybody actually reads his posts or simply dismisses things he says as a piss take without even bothering to read them....*

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Charles
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Total posts: 3989
Posted::glossing over c@antus's post as it's probably just another joke about something:Hey Kolong! That's a great idea. Use a candle.I wonder why no-one else has brought it up during this thread???
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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:As long as you manage to get a healthy balanced diet wiht plenty of iron and calcium you should be fine.

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road, United Kingdom

Total posts: 15965
Posted:Who's this C@antus of whom you speak Charles? A pretender to throne?Someone after the Fraggle family fortune?Well bad luck fella. There ain't one!

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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