Sporkyaddict
663 posts
Location: Glasgow


Posted:
I've noticed that when I do a burn off the flames start but tracking along the shaft of the staff towards the grip. I have a photo of it here. I was wondering if this was normal as I'm worried about burning the grip. The staff has normal wicks on it which confuses me as, well, as far as I know the flames aren't meant to do that.



Edit: Link fixed

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animatEdBRONZE Member
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3,540 posts
Location: Bristol UK


Posted:
That link doesn't work...

Well, it does, but it asks you to login...

Any chance of a link that I don't need to become a member of somewhere to see?

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mcpPLATINUM Member
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Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom


Posted:
you need to wipe off excess fuel off the metal before you spin. Or learn to deal with it. Or shake off and then wipe off, to stop any dribbles going down the shaft afterwards.

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Sporkyaddict
663 posts
Location: Glasgow


Posted:
Thanks Meg. I've only really started doing burn offs recently so wasn't sure what was going on

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WOFTSILVER Member
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209 posts
Location: Cape Town, South Africa


Posted:
The local staff maker puts a little piece of wicking about 20 cm from each wick on the staff. this is his "drip catcher" and stops any parafine and flames running up the staff. not sure if it makes a difference with other fuels). it is also a convinient guide as to where the staff becomes too hot to touch.

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Mr MajestikSILVER Member
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Posted:
wouldn't that also make possible a flame 20cm closer to your hands if the wick should catch fuel and then catch alight?

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CharlesBRONZE Member
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3,989 posts
Location: Auckland, New Zealand


Posted:
I use masking tape to make a similar 'fuel sink' inwards form the wicks.

Just spiral it down a little and it ctaches the fuel, but evaporate pretty quick due to the hot metal its on.

You cna use little bits of wick if you like, but the tape works well for me. When it's all gone, just put some mor eon over the top... smile

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Sporkyaddict
663 posts
Location: Glasgow


Posted:
Thanks Charles. I tried the tape thing and it works nicely.

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WOFTSILVER Member
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209 posts
Location: Cape Town, South Africa


Posted:
Mr Majestik

I have seen it catch fire once, and it was blown as the staffer began spinning. it is a tiny flame! the wick is a single strip of about 2 cm, and the fuel probably evaporates quickly.

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afghan_bingoSILVER Member
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116 posts
Location: Calgary, Canada


Posted:
it all adds to the fun, i think its brilliant when the only thing tht isnt burning is the grip, and if your staff isnt made of metal (which gets hot... ive been told) you can pretty safely run your hands up it and it wont burn your precious fingers.

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LordMattmanBRONZE Member
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Location: Australia


Posted:
yer ive had this problem 2 but not just with burnoffs but just in genral wen u first light up....

Axenewbie
28 posts
Location: Loughborough, UK


Posted:
Yeah, it's cos of the fuel running down the staff when you're soaking the wicks. I don't find it a problem, as it very quickly goes out when you actually start to spin, and I like how it looks anyway tongue

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