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FoxxyLove
SILVER Member since Apr 2008

FoxxyLove

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Location: Moscow, Idaho, USA

Total posts: 43
Posted:I wanted to ask everyone's opinion on this. I'm an intermediate glow spinner and want to move onto fire this Spring. I know I want kevlar double loop handles and an oval chain...but as far as the head goes I want something with a medium weight to it, long lasting, and produces a bright flame that isn't too intimidating. What do you think is the best poi head for a fire noob? Thanks!

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? -Alice

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DyamiTK
GOLD Member since Mar 2008

DyamiTK

beginner forever
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca, USA

Total posts: 159
Posted:the Cathedral fold is probably still the most simple and durable way to make a wick (I am skipping the cylinder wrap method). They are usually made with I think 5cm-7cm flat wick and make a cube shape.
this will give you a sense of how to make the fold: luxotica.com/education/howtomake/poi.php
Don't necessarily pay attention to their instructions about how to attach everything. I prefer eye-bolts over that cotter pin thing.

I recommend getting away from double loop handles as soon as you are ready. they are restrictive. Go to Playpoi.com and check out the single loop handles he uses in most of his videos. One of his videos talks about how to hold them so that they secure themselves.


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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Total posts: 2418
Posted:I second cathedral heads, don't touch tube core... they're rubbish. ^_^

A single loop can be used as a double loop... but I use chain that I wrap around my hands, the tip of the chain is wrapped in cotton material to keep the links from falling into my hand and the chain I hold is connected to the chain that the poi is on via swivels. smile

Why did I mention that? Because the best handle is the one that suits YOU best. But if you dont know, go for single loop, its the most durable.

Nicks fire handles freak me out, pretty sure they are nylon and he does spiral wraps. I'm sure they're fine but I know I'm too paranoid to use nylon in a fire set.

Good luck foxxylove!


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

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Location: South Africa

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Posted:Mine are tube core, but very thin tubes with an eye-bolt through them. Not had any problems with that.

They are a lot heavier than most tube-cores I have played with....


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"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Total posts: 2418
Posted:My issue with tube core is that the burn doesn't last nearly as long as cathedrals, they don't burn as bright and are too light.

I was a bit harsh saying they're rubbish, I wouldn't use them and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone, I think the price/time difference between tubecore and cathedrals is far, far outweighed by the differences in performance.


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

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Location: South Africa

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Posted:Well, I have never actually used cathedral heads, I may very well never go back. I should weigh my heads....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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deshria
SILVER Member since Apr 2008

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Location: MAssachussetts USA

Total posts: 3
Posted:I started with cathedral wicks but I was disapointed with burn time. I just moved on to MoonBlaze wicks from flamma mecca and I love them. The ones I have are 4 inches instead of 2 so they are a little bit heavier.

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Malcolm
SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003

Malcolm

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Location: New Zealand

Total posts: 1024
Posted:Yes, I agree about the tube cores being rubbish. I hate them. Cathedral is by far the better value for money and a good size for beginners.

Home of Poi> How to make fire poi heads


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:I did some measurements.

The tube of my tube-cores are about 1cm in diameter. The poi are about 4cm across. They are about 10cm long.

Still need to find a scale.


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Malcolm
SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003

Malcolm

HOP admin
Location: New Zealand

Total posts: 1024
Posted:Here is a scale I just made for you

Scales of HoP Fire heads

Hopefully you'll get an idea on your next fire poi head. smile

Kindest regards

Malcolm


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