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Psycho_lemming
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

Psycho_lemming

Running hippy spinning lemming
Location: Scotland

Total posts: 15
Posted:wave

ok.... i love my monkey fists, but tonight something was seriously wrong, i did everthing as normal but one of them just kept on burning out really fast while the other carried on as normal for ages,

i tried extra soaking but that didnt work,
i cant understand... it didnt even really get hot at all...

only thing i can think of is the other night (sunday) i had a damp towel with me, and when i finished my last burn i put my poi in the towel instead of straight back in my kero, i then had a really harsh night trying to do work and was really stressed out the next day, i managed to leave my poi in the bag so i was thinking maybe the one got damp....

i'm going to try drying it out... really hope it works cos i cant be without them, frown

anyone got any advise????


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


Total posts: 15414
Posted:Hairdryer.

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:actually, well seasoned (as in burned several times) wicks generally won't absorb water. They actually become very waterproof because of all the oils in the fuel essentiually becoming part of the fabric.



I've had wicks underwater in a flood for hours that burned fine 8 hours later.



However, if they are relatively new wicks, then there could be some water absorbtion problems. and here you not only have the water and fire don't mix thing going on, but the water and fuel don't mix thing going on. damp wicks will not only not absorge fuel, it will actually repell it, just as seasoned wicks will repell water. if this is it, then they will probably eventually burn better later.



there could be all sorts of other reasons besides the water to. did you switch types of fuel that you were using? I can also imagine the damp enviroment permitted some sort of wierd mold or fungus to grow on your wicks that is inhibiting the burn, but I admit this isn't real likely.



after all I just said, it is probably the water, but I have never had this problem - even with wicks that I use to demostrate to people that there is no worry about confusion between the fuel bucket and water bucket by throwing my wicks into the water bucket - they float and water beads off them. then I take them to fuel bucket and soak em for 20 seconds, light up, and have a normal burn - 10 times out of 10.



this wick seasoning may depend on what fuel you normally use though - I know it works with coleman and parrafin.


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SpitFire
GOLD Member since Dec 2002

Mand's Girl....and The Not So Shy One
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada

Total posts: 2723
Posted:While vanize has seen well used wicks get soaked but light without issue, I've seen, and had well used wicks get soaked and not light well.

I had a set of wicks that got soaked during a rain storm (didn't realize they were out in the rain.) I was spinning at a small show the next night, nothing important, just an impromptu spin, and my wicks only burned for like 30 seconds. I burned the fuel off, but the wicks were saturated with water. I let them dry out for a couple of days, and they worked just fine after that...burning for a full 3 minutes on colemans.

A couple of friends of mine got soaked wicks that same camping weekend, and tried to spin with them that night, and couldn't get them to light well at all....again, they'd light for 30 seconds, then burn out.

So vanize and I've had different experiences with wet wicks.

I wouldn't think sitting your wicks in a damp towel would soak them with water, though. I'd set them aside for a while, and let them dry out if that is the case.


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nearly_all_gone
SILVER Member since Aug 2004

nearly_all_gone

Pooh-Bah
Location: Southampton

Total posts: 1626
Posted:Depends on the fuel, I imagine.

Try drying them as well as you can and see what happens. Obviously damp absorbent won't be as absorbent as dry, so it's gotta be worth a shot!

Good luck!


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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield

Total posts: 3252
Posted:I once made the mistake of dunking my wicks in the sea, as I'd run out of fuel.

They took a lot of work to work properly again, I always assumed it was due to the saltwater, but maybe it was just the fact that they'd been soaked in water.

Have you tried leaving them over night in paraffin, that should up the amount they absorb.

I think once you get a decent burn out of them they'll be fine again.


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Beth


Beth

Miss Whippy
Location: Cornwall & Oxford

Total posts: 1262
Posted:I had the same problem with my monkey fists when they were left out in the rain at Falmouth and then put in a bag with a wet towel.

One burned fine but the other didnt. It is just water, just burn and burn and burn them until it dries. Dont spin them for the first couple of times you light them or they will go out too fast and not get a chance to dry. Just light them both and hold them together, after a while spin them. Then just keep on doing this until they are dry.


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LazyAngel
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK

Total posts: 2895
Posted:I have some monkey fists, and while I rarely find that one will not catch fire properly, I do often find that one will burn on longer than the other, usually on the first burn so its probably just the damp

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Psycho_lemming
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

Psycho_lemming

Running hippy spinning lemming
Location: Scotland

Total posts: 15
Posted:thanks, i will try them again soon......
fingers crossed that was the prob and it can be sorted!

hug


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Katch
GOLD Member since Jun 2004

Katch

Beach bum


Total posts: 162
Posted:I once accidentally dropped my monkeyfists in salt water, left them under the sun the whole day and they were back to normal in the evening. smile hope it helps...

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
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poiromaniac
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

poiromaniac

member
Location: australia, tasmania

Total posts: 97
Posted:i am about to get my first monkey fists and cant wait to have a decent burn. all this feedback is really interesting thankx

* people who dont like cats were probably mice in an earlier life *

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Psycho_lemming
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

Psycho_lemming

Running hippy spinning lemming
Location: Scotland

Total posts: 15
Posted:mine work lovely again now.....

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Katch
GOLD Member since Jun 2004

Katch

Beach bum


Total posts: 162
Posted:Written by: poiromaniac

i am about to get my first monkey fists and cant wait to have a decent burn. all this feedback is really interesting thankx



Just be careful not to accidentally hit yourself with them. Those things are SOLID! wink


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poiromaniac
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

poiromaniac

member
Location: australia, tasmania

Total posts: 97
Posted:hey thanx katch, good point, yes i dont ned any new bruises or body burns, being a learner and all!!! rolleyes

* people who dont like cats were probably mice in an earlier life *

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