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FIREBOY4209
FIREBOY4209

The lone Fire Spinner
Location: Channel islands Jersey UK
Member Since: 12th Jan 2005
Total posts: 236
Posted:I'm a 3 year fire staff user. In my spare time I make and sell ordinary low tech fire staffs. I'm looking to make a prototype telescopic fire staff and am looking for any hints ,tips and suggestions especially about the telescopic part. Can anybody help?

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Fearpig
Fearpig

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Location: Bethnal Green, London
Member Since: 6th Sep 2003
Total posts: 279
Posted:Hello...
I've been looking into this for a while now and the first thing you have to decide is if the staff should be able to telescope out (or in) mid-spin.

I've looked at two mechanisms, in the main one a depressed button (flush with the surface) releases a catch that prevents the staff extending. The staff can then be made to extend by centripetle force (spinning) or just put a spring in it.

Be careful though.... my first attempt with a spring left me holding the grip and basically fired the wick's in either direction, would have been a disaster if they were lit.

As for how to build it, I got ideas from extending umbrellas and hospital crutches!

Let me know how you get on I'd love to see a working and reliable model.


"Whats wrong with the cat?" - Mrs Schrdinger

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FIREBOY4209
FIREBOY4209

The lone Fire Spinner
Location: Channel islands Jersey UK
Member Since: 12th Jan 2005
Total posts: 236
Posted:Thanks I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

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