fire.chef
fire.chef

crazy mofo
Location: Southport, lancashire
Member Since: 15th Feb 2008
Total posts: 99
Posted:Im currently constructing a pair of fire swords, their being made from aluminum pole but what i'd like advice on is the wick should i wrap wick around the pole or should i make a sleeve that slides over it, I would like any info on the benefits of each type

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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:For a thin sword as it sounds you are making I'd go with a sleave - just make sure its secure at the top and bottom.

For a wider sabre style we have used wide strips wrapped around and it worked really well, I'm pretty sure this won't work as well around a narrow pole though.


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fire.chef
fire.chef

crazy mofo
Location: Southport, lancashire
Member Since: 15th Feb 2008
Total posts: 99
Posted:the pole isnt really all that narrow it has a 1.5" diameter

what is the burn time like on using a sleeve? and how durable are they?


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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:I haven't made them with sleeves myself - I've used sleeves on juggling balls though and they have a surprising burn time, around 3 minutes is easily possible. I've also found them to be quite durable, I haven't got a hole anywhere yet despite many drops.

To increase burn time you could always double/triple layer the sleeving?


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Rellizate
Rellizate

old hand
Location: Cambridge, UK
Member Since: 10th Feb 2007
Total posts: 719
Posted:The burn time is pretty short and they're not very durable. So all in all pretty crap. What about rope wick wrapped around the pole?

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fire.chef
fire.chef

crazy mofo
Location: Southport, lancashire
Member Since: 15th Feb 2008
Total posts: 99
Posted:ive never even thought of rope wick before, I have 120 meters of 2" wide wick that i was going to use. one of my concerens of using a sleeve is how well it will react to my fire breathing with it

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the_mods_stole_my_name
the_mods_stole_my_name

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Location: Maghull, Liverpool
Member Since: 9th May 2006
Total posts: 1286
Posted:Gotta be honest chef, i'm not a fan of fire breathing as you know, but fire breathing with a fire sword just sounds like you're asking for trouble. The reason i say this is because its not like you are using a torch which can be taken away from the fuel source quickly and has a small wick. It just sounds like there's more risk of accident.

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