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Goddessda


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Posted:what fuel do I want to use so that I can make trials on My body with the fire.. or do tranfer tricks? I hope I am asking the right question.
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MikeIcon
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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Total posts: 2109
Posted:White gas or coleman fuel are good.

Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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Pele
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Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

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Posted:Actually, when you are starting out, use rubbing alcohol to practice. It is not as volatile as white gas/naphtha fuels.

Other things to remember...
You want to remove hair from the body parts you are doing transfers on, however do not use a depilatory cream (Nair) or wax because these open the pores of the skin. The fuel gets in them and can cause a pretty vicious rash or even chemical burn blisters (I speak from experience). In this case, shaving is the way to go.

Next, you want your torch to be really moist but not dripping wet. A gentle shake off will go a long way to getting the drips off. The problem with dripping torches is that the drips ignite as well, and can cause a pretty big mess. I have seen people forget to shake that little extra off and end up with flaming fuel running down their appendage, and a couple have even ignited costumes from this. Not good.

Try to avoid inner elbow, inside the wrists and behind the knees. The skin in these parts is very thin and very absorbing. Until you get accustomed to what you are doing, they should be avoided at all costs.

Practice with the palm of your hand first, as it is a pretty tough part of the body.

If you plan on presenting this for a show, please be creative, as tonnes of people do this.

Also please keep in mind that beyond burns there are also many side effects including rashes and other allergic reactions to the fuel and the potential for skin cancer.

Kindest Regards,
Pele


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Goddessda


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Location: the smallest state in the U S ...

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Posted:is it safe to use two different fuels on your sticks. alcohol one day and lamp oil the next.. I went to lowes today to try to buy fuel and they didn't have any where is the best place to buy fuel.
Goddess DA


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Cody
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

Cody

That guy from Reno
Location: Reno, Nevada USA

Total posts: 556
Posted:Lowes is good for denatured alcohol, I get my white gass/naptha at walmart (camping section) I usually get the cheaper version (great outdoors or something) in the green can, same stuff as coleman but a little cheaper. In my opinion switching fuels on your wicks isn't a problem you should be fine. I do it al the time.

FYI biggrin
(note: lamp oil won't work for contact) smile
(note: don't mix chlorine and ammonia, or chlorine and Borine. A few bad combos I know of)


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MikeIcon
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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

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Posted:Written by:
Try to avoid inner elbow, inside the wrists and behind the knees. The skin in these parts is very thin and very absorbing. Until you get accustomed to what you are doing, they should be avoided at all costs.



Just wanted to stress this part cuz the first (and so far only) time I did this, it was on the inside of my wrist and I got a nice dime-sized 2nd degree burn.


Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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