Posted:so, Ive been doing searches on best fuel to use on poi, and all im getting are 20 topics on how I should just use search for the answer. I know that regular posters are probably sick of answering these; but its not that easy to find an answer for.
The HoP article is kinda useless as well.
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Posted:Part of the problem with best fuel questions is that fuels are called different things in different countries, anyhow...
In Australia, by far the best fuel for spinning is Shellsol D60 - it's fairly clean burning, doesn't leave smelly residue on your wicks and relatively speaking is very safe- though it can be hard to get, especially in smaller quantities. I *think* juggleart in melbourne sell this rebranded as 'firewater'.
Otherwise kerosene is okay- though much smellier and smokier- fairly safe, and seems to be the fuel of choice of most sensible backyard spinners. Its also cheap and easy to get. I've used it alot, and whilst not as nice as D60, is fine, but it does really stink.
Some people mix kerosene with shellite or colemans camp fuel- for easier lighting and i think brighter flame. But please don't use shellite on it's own, (whilst fun) it's more than a little dangerous.
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Posted:i've only known of one place in hobart where you could buy it but they closed down and it was in 50 lt drums, so quite pricy. you just have to hunt around servos and ask if they know anywhere i guess, independant servos would probably be more helpful than the big chains like woolies and BP.
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Posted:Originally Posted By: WoodlandApple I use a shellite stove to cook on while on trips, so im well versed in its sudden tempermental eyebrow lossing qualities,
Well, if you're familiar with it, I'd say naphtha is the *best* fuel to spin with. I don't use anything but.
You do however have to treat it with respect, this ain't your momma's kerosene and it does present the problem with explosive vapours that a long chain aliphatic doesn't.
Naphtha is cleaner, smokes less and leaves your poi fresh enough to place under your pillow to inspire dreams of turning antispin flowers, flawlessly. It is OTHO, more "unhealthy" than kerosene to both you and the environment due to the presence of cyclic compounds in the mix.