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AnthsonSILVER Member
newbie
16 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
Will not burning all the fuel off your fire poi heads ruin or damage them in any way?

I was doing a burn with some monkey fist poi and this was their first time being lit on fire. I soaked in kerosene for a minute or so. In the middle of my practice burn session, my daughter woke up. My wife is my safety so I can't really burn alone without risk. I smothered the poi in a wet towel, removed them from the towel after a few seconds, and we both went inside. Is this okay to do? The heads were still going pretty strong when they were extinguished.

ficklampaBRONZE Member
member
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Location: sweden,stockholm.


Posted:
yeah its okay.
the first time its actually better to not let them burn for to long.

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GothFrogetteBRONZE Member
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Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom


Posted:
yeah i find that after the first ever soak its best not to let them burn till they go out on their own. well with monkey fists anyway, you can not be sure you have soaked all of the wick so parts may burn dry = not good.

out of interst which monkey fists do you have? i had some and they broke, but they were craply designed and the metal ring was attatched to the actual wick which meant it flexed and ended up flying off the chain eek

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DurbsBRONZE Member
Classically British
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England


Posted:
Yeah - shouldn't be a problem

Personally (although I know there's some disagreement here) - I would soak new wicks for a good couple of hours before their first burn to make sure the wick is fully soaked and you're not going to dry burn it.

I also give my smouldering wicks a quick re-dunk after they've gone out to keep the wicks moist - but again many people don't see the point of this.

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GothFrogetteBRONZE Member
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Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom


Posted:
oh i thought it was only me that dipped them to keep them moist? yeay. biggrin

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AnthsonSILVER Member
newbie
16 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
I'm using the monkey fist poi sold here at homeofpoi.com.

PsyriSILVER Member
artisan
1,576 posts
Location: Berkshire, UK


Posted:
I find soaking them for about a day should remove anychance of smouldering nice fresh kevlar smile

NYCNYC
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Location: NYC, NY, USA


Posted:
 Written by: Little_Miss_Nebula


I find soaking them for about a day should remove anychance of smouldering nice fresh kevlar smile



Good to see that the urban legends are still around.

I've done a ton of experimenting on this and have found no benefit at all from presoaking wicks.

But someone, once thought it was a good idea so everyone does it.

The only thing that will definitely extend the life of a wick is sending me $20. It's true. tongue

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AnthsonSILVER Member
newbie
16 posts
Location: USA


Posted:
Another question: What's the best thing to do to your wicks after you put them out? I keep dunking them back into the kerosene to make sure they don't smolder. Is there something better to do with them?

onewheeldaveGOLD Member
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3,252 posts
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom


Posted:
I dunk them in the kerosene to stop the smouldering.

It's important that it is kerosene though- for those who use other fuels like white spirit, dunking hot/smouldering wicks would be very dangerous.

"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

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"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


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yoniGOLD Member
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3,099 posts
Location: Bideford and Bath, United Kingdom


Posted:
I know many people who dip afterwards to stop them smouldering to make the wicks last longer, though personally i feel it won't save you any money as your using up fuel everytime you do this which will probably end up costing just as much asx you will save by making your wicks last that little bit longer.
However if you want to dip afterwards feel free to, I may well be wrong.

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onewheeldaveGOLD Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,252 posts
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom


Posted:
Though I would think any lost fuel is less pricey than the kevlar saved?

Especially when you take into account that most of the soaked up fuel will stay in the wicks and get used in a future burn.

That's just my instinct/guess, so i could be wrong.

"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!


NicodeamousGOLD Member
newbie
1 post
Location: USA


Posted:
It also seems to me a lot longer wait for new wicks. If you have to order, like I do.

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