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Durbs
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Posted:Ok, well I was making myself a set of doubles but thought I had more wick than I did (I thought I had 6 foot of wick - I forgot I used that on my single....anyway)

Working with what I've got I've basically got to choices.

1) I cut the wick lengthways- I can still have a deep wick, wrapped around about 4 times but it'll be quite a thin (4cm!)

2)I leave it thick (8cm) but only wrap it round twice...

Which would be best? My thoughts were that deeper would give longer burn time, whereas a wider wick would give brighter flame?

Is this right or will they sort of balance out?

I don't want to but anymore wick as I'm on a big saving spree at the moment, so that isn't an option... Although I have got some straggly bits off my UV staff which have never been burnt but have been painted in UV orange paint....)


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Cody
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Posted:I think they'll balance out, so don't cut it lengthwase, you'll mess up the weave of the kevlar and it will fall apart,plus it's too much cutting. smile

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Posted:Don't cut the wick lengthwise. It'll fray terribly. A 4-cm thick wrap will be adequate.

I haven't done rigorous testing, but my guess is that wide-shallow will give you a shorter burn (no idea how much shorter). That would really depend on the relative surface area/volume ratios of the two options.

But in this case, I think you've only got one option.


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Durbs
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Posted:Ok, cool - never thought about the fravying issue thanks smile

Another thought I had - Could I beef the wick up with some toweling wick underneath the Kevlar? Or would this only last a few burns before disintergrating?


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BoomShankar
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Posted:towel dont last that long on fire but if you can manage to completely cover it over with the kevlar it should act only as a fuel absorber and not burn. Dunno how youd do this with staff, I ve only done it with some poi but you could have a narrower piece of towel wrapped round the stick then wrap a wider piece of kevlar over it and close up each end with that garden wire stuff - that'd probly seal it in. wave

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Posted:Quote:
Could I beef the wick up with some toweling wick underneath the Kevlar? Or would this only last a few burns before disintergrating?

I haven't done it myself, but as long as the toweling is completely covered, you should be good. Kevlar is a pretty amazing insulator: if you ever cut apart a set of well-used wicks, you'll see that only the outer quarter-inch or so is charred.



I think it's worth a shot--just remember, if the towel is exposed, it'll burn, and you don't want that. What might work best would be to cut long strips of towel a bit narrower and shorter than the kevlar strips, and roll a towel strip together with a kevlar strip, so you wind up with alternating layers. Just a thought--you should play around with it.

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Durbs
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Posted:Ah - sort of like a plaster? With the towelling strip down the middle?

Cunning - I like it!
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