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Madam FlameBRONZE Member
Satisfying HOPs Lust For Fire
308 posts
Location: Salem, Oregon, USA


Posted:
I already did a search on this & really didn't come up with any answers so please don't scold me if this has alerady been posted.

I made some poi...18in kevlar wick rolled around wire. When I light them up, they have a nice flame, but when I start to spin, they just about go out. I've tried soaking them for a long period of time, that hasn't helped. It's off the same roll that I used for my staff & I get nice flames off of that. What am I doing wrong? frown Could I have rolled the wick too tight? Not enough wick? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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BethMiss Whippy
1,262 posts
Location: Cornwall & Oxford


Posted:
possibly not enough wick, 18in isn't that much really. I used 42in of kevlar on each of my (now Bird's) cathedral wicks and they make nice big flames!

Of course it could be something completely different! smile

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MikeIconGOLD Member
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2,109 posts
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA


Posted:
Yes, 18" is pretty small... And on top of it, you say you rolled it arond wire? That tells me they are probably really thin. Normally a rolled wick is wrapped around a metal tube which makes them wider and provides more surface area to burn. If possible, I suggest taking the wick apart and roll it around a metal tube and see if that helps. If not, try the same with more wicking. Im not really sure how much wicking goes into a normal tube core but Id say its probably at least 5 layers.
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duballstarSILVER Member
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Posted:
lolsign love the diagram dude...

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flash fireBRONZE Member
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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia


Posted:
It could be that your wick is too tight and also has insufficient surface area. Ages ago, we made some firewhip-poi and braided kevlar really tightly. They were not very successful cos there was just not enough surface area or room for air, which we all know is vital for fire to exist.

Just my .02

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nearly_all_goneSILVER Member
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1,626 posts
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom


Posted:
Just a simple thing that you probably already know, but are you soaking them long enough? Until the bubbles stop coming...

18" is small, but I know people who use 25" and that's not a lot different... but wire must make them pretty thin. Metal tubing all the way!

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Flame BoyGOLD Member
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Location: Out, United Kingdom


Posted:
Did you consider the wind?
Maybe add some BBQ lighter fluid, its more difficult to put out biggrin

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Madam FlameBRONZE Member
Satisfying HOPs Lust For Fire
308 posts
Location: Salem, Oregon, USA


Posted:
Hmmm..no wind, except for the wind caused while spinning. I'll have to try & modify my design...maybe take the ones I have apart & make some cathedrals out of them & order some more wick to make the other one. Would two strips of 18in wick be enough for a good cathedral?

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MikeIconGOLD Member
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2,109 posts
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA


Posted:
Most cathedrals have at least 4 feet of wick per head. I also wouldnt use two seperate strips in one head just because it will have more a chance to fall apart methinks.

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Madam FlameBRONZE Member
Satisfying HOPs Lust For Fire
308 posts
Location: Salem, Oregon, USA


Posted:
but when you make a cathedral, isn't it two seperate strips of wick folded back and forth over top of eachother? Or am I not understanding how to make them?

Never settle for normal.devil
Average thinking brings average results.


MikeIconGOLD Member
Pooh-Bah
2,109 posts
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA


Posted:
Yes, you can make them out of two pieces but with poi they are most often made with one.

https://www.homeofpoi.com/articles/fireheads.php

There are examples of how to make both types of cathedrals on that page. If possible I would really use only one strip per head for added safety.

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We'll blaze a new trail,
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PyroWillGOLD Member
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4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
if u dont want to settle for the altering the length or anything you can just alter how tight the wick is, the tighter it is the smaller the flmae btu you'll get a longer burn time, and vice versa that the more slack the wick the less burn time but bigger flame u get

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Flame BoyGOLD Member
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Location: Out, United Kingdom


Posted:
How do you make a cathedral wick confused

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PyroWillGOLD Member
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4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
ive never made any but so long as you know what it looks like i guess try and imagine folding the wick once over and really pushing it together so you got a thick square, do the same 3 or 4 more time depending on how many stacks you want (3 or 4 is average), place thes tacks on top each other and drill a hole straight down the middle, put whatever core you want in there really, i reckon your probably only going to need just some wire tying it together as for the core that im not sure, u could probably get away with a few links of chain and attach it to the wire and there u go, that was probably a terrible terrile description so sorry

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Flame BoyGOLD Member
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1,508 posts
Location: Out, United Kingdom


Posted:
yeah, it was kinda, i still have no idea what they are shrug

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PyroWillGOLD Member
HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
er i wonder if i can draw it on here



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ha ha that is so terrible!, you could just look below



becuase im such a darn nice guy i found this for you, unless you've already found it, enjoy!

https://www.homeofpoi.com/articles/fireheads.php

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

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meghannenthusiast
302 posts
Location: good ol@ devon. cullompton to be precise


Posted:
wot do u mean a cathedral?

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PyroWillGOLD Member
HoP's Barman. Trapped aged 6 months
4,437 posts
Location: Staines, United Kingdom


Posted:
i have no idea why it is called a cathedral wick, i think it is also called a stack wick which seems much more apporpriate, basically instead of your regular poi which rap ina cylinder around the core the cathedral wick just looks like some block son top of each other, they soask in more paraffin s o produce bigger flames than the regular poi, but if u want that just get some monkey fists, they are nniiicceee



p.s. welcome to the site megahhn, start a new thread in the introductions page so we can all get to know you, i can guarantee you'll get a warm reception

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Give a man a fish and he'll eat 4 a day hit a man with a brick and you can have all his fish and his wife

"Will's to pretty for prison" - Simian


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