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Member Since: 21st Jun 2010
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Posted:Hi ive recently made myself a fire staff.
I used wooden dowel so the screws had something to bite.
My issue is after a weekend of burning the dowell is burning away.
Any solutions to this? I was thinking soak in water...
Or do I just have to keep replacing the dowell?


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Icarus Forde
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Posted:You could try putting some epoxy into the tips of the staff, that would cover it up... Make sure the epoxy is fireproof though, and not just flammable. tongue2

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Posted:If you're using wood, i see no way out of replacing it periodically. It's probably worth looking for some metal solution, though I don't know a good way off hand that doesn't involve some welding...



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Posted:Generally you want to use a hardwood dowel. And try to avoid pine or the like.is it burning AWAY or just burning?

Also are you talking about inside an aluminum tube or just a wooden dowel as yer staff shaft?

If just a wooden dowel you need to put some metal sheets under the wick and about 2-3 inches lower then the wick.

If its inside a metal tube you should be fine. the wood may start to cup a little bit but it's no biggie.


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Its inside a metal tube, the issue is it is quite literally burning away, it gets smaller and smaller every burn. Hard wood idea sounds smart, thanks

@Icarus Forde
Sounds like a smart idea the issue is that makes kevlar wicks hard to replace.... thanks for your reply

Whats in other peoples staffs/poi? my mates looks like it has more Kevlar inside the pole....

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Posted:i got an injection of fibre glass into mine with an epoxy over the ends, virtually indestructible smile

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Posted:Very cheap solution.

Take your wick off. Put new dowel in.

Get an aluminum drink can, cut it up. Length 100mm x width(pole diameter + 10mm). Make 2 strips.

Fold a strip over each end of the pole, flatten against sides and make sure no sharp edges showing past the end of the pole, then put a screw into it to hold in place through the end.

Screw your wick back on.

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