Since we are on this topic Caroleeena, I was mentioning at a fire spin rehearsal how I once read that you use baggies on your dipped wicks to keep the fuel from evaporating etc. Traditionally, the troupe I now do stuff with uses tin foil, not tightly but securely wrapped around the wicks. The other day I was pondering the merits of each. Plastic baggies seem easier to apply--they come out of the box like kleenex, where as tin foil you have to rip, sometimes it blows away... But plastic. So much plastic! Do you have thoughts on this?
I might try baggies next time and see...
No, just do it for about two seconds per wick and you'll be fine. Just remember to spin off the fuel before you light up by vertically hand hooping (don't know what else to call it lol)
Good luck! It's super fun :)
Think about it. If it took 10 hours for the fuel to get INTO your wicks, what are the chances of it getting OUT in a 3 minute burn?
Once upon a time, poi wicks were almost all denim. If you made very large wicks, a simple dunk wouldn't load them up, So, people started letting them soak. When *I* first started spinning, it was a full minute, then I started hearing 5 minutes, 10 minutes, now it's an hour. By the time you're a crusty old fire hooper, they'll be telling the kids to soak them over a weekend. :oP~
Bearclaw-I can't wait to hear *that*!!! :D (yeah just hold every wick for about a week and a half in fuel..it'll do for about a minute or two of burn later..)
I fell for it :P
We use 10% of our brains
Soak your wicks for an hour
There's a simple sure for cancer
Put them out halfway through your first burn
Your hand is always the size of your face
lamp oil is safer than white gas
don't swim an hour after eating
duvetyne causes cancer
There's a lot of nonsense in the world. Nothing about fire performance is technically "common knowledge". At least not after you get past "don't play with fire". Once you're around that, ain't no stupid questions.
Yes, just until the bubbles stop. What I do then is squeeze them (with chemical glove) and spin off excess, because flaming bits of fuel flying off is not so good an idea. Often, I even do simple isolations just to let the fuel and any excess burn a bit, so when the hoop does spin I am certain nothing is flying off into some poor sod's eye.
I have a Cosmic Fire hoop (now Synergy?) and even with my squeezing and spinning off, it burns for at least five minutes, which I think is fairly long? But perhaps more experienced fire spinners can speak to that?
brilliant! thank you everybody! :) I did burned last night and it was awesome :)
thanks for the tips ♥