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Posted:Just got back from the hardware store, with everything (I think...) to make my first fire torches (fire eating, blowing etc....) Basically, 14 inch long, 1/8 inch thick wooden dowels, the top of each dowel capped about 1 1/2 inches down with copper tubing. The wicks I picked up are just normal cotton wicks, and I'm using two wrapped around the top to get the size i want. Now for the questions...... Should I use longer copper caps? (they only protrude about an inch below the wicks) Are cotton wicks okay for eating/blowing? And what is the ideal way to secure the wicks to the top? Also, whats the ideal fuel for this activity (currently using Parafin wax....) thanx in advance for any advice.

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SILVER Member since Jan 2005


Location: Van Diemans Land, Australia

Total posts: 475
Posted:When it comes to your wicks. I would allways recomend kevlar.
Mainly due to the fact that it is one of the most heat resistant things on the planet and has a stronger tensile strength then steel.

Wrapping the Kevlar around the top and then fastening them in with stainless steel screws is the way to go.

Just make sure you dont make these clubs to heavy. I juggle clubs and when i went to juggle a friends firey's they hurt my hands because of the extra weight of both the wood and the soaked fuel.

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