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Anequantum
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Location: Switzerland
Member Since: 30th Sep 2012
Total posts: 4
Posted:Dear Home of Poi users,

I just bought my first staff and poi and I'd like to use them. I read the information about the fuel and stuff however my friend (who is a pro) I only should use kerosene if there would be no better options. He told me I should use "fire sole" or "D60". Does anyone know if they are available in Switzerland or maybe Germany? Or maybe something else which wouldn't be as harmful as kerosene? And could anyone from Switzerland tell me where you guys get the fuel from? I do not have the slightest clue where to get it. I would also use kerosene of course.

Thanks for your time & concern
Regards

PS: If needed I could give a German translation
PS: Falls gewnscht, knnte ich eine deutsche bersetztung liefern.


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Pyrodanza
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Member Since: 24th Oct 2012
Total posts: 1
Posted:I personally use white gasoline (coleman camping fuel) for performances because it lights up immediately and produces little smoke. When I practice or do shows on the street I use regular gasoline because it is cheaper, but I always wear an airfilter because it produces lots of soot. In general, it is recommended that beginners start with an oily, slower lighting fuel because it is safer. You will have less accidental ignitions/explosions. The advantages of the faster lighting fuels is that you can do tricks like touching one end of the staff and carrying the fire over with your hand to light the other side, or making a big flame burst by spinning the staff quickly.

For slower burning fuels you can use lamp oils, such as citronella, or pure lamp oil. It takes a while to light up because you have to warm it up. Oily fuels burn for longer than more volatile fuels like gasoline, but they also have the downside of making the floor very slippery if you are spinning on tile, or wooden floors. Oily fuels also tend to produce more smoke than cleaner fuels like white gas. I think the cleanest oily fuel is probably liquid paraffin. It's what fire breathers use, since it is less toxic than everything else.


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Anequantum
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Location: Switzerland
Member Since: 30th Sep 2012
Total posts: 4
Posted:Dear Pyrodanza,

Thank you for your reply, it helped a me a great deal.
I was trying and spinning now for 2 weeks and I used "medical fuel" which I bought at the drug store. I made very good experiences with that ... it's not really cheap but ... well I don't care. I don't spin fire that often, that's why.

Thank you for your time replying my message, I will definitely try other fuels which you recommended me.


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