I just recently got into fire hooping. I've burned a couple times now and it's going well, but I'm having some issues when it comes to fueling up. I have been dipping the wicks in the fuel and then putting them in ziplock bags (the kind with the zipper thing) and spinning off. It is effective in getting off the excess fuel, but no matter what I try, some fuel always seems to drip down onto the hoop (definitely NOT where I want it). I wipe it off with a wet washcloth and dry it, but the hoop gets a little slippery and probably still has some fuel on it (again, something I do NOT want, especially while playing with fire). Does anyone have any tips or tricks or better methods of fueling up?
Any help is much appreciated.
Well, first, try spinning off one wick at a time. If you're spinning off all of them at once, then, yes, one back will be on 'top' and full of fuel, so naturally it will dribble back down.
Another thing is to not "soak" the wicks, but to "dip" them. No longer than about 1 second actually in the fuel. Let it drip, then move on, you could eliminate the need for spin off. Alternatively, figure out how much each wick needs to be "full" and get some measurement device to deliver exactly that much.
whenever i soak my wicks, i make sure to dip all of my wicks until the bubbles stop... and then i kind of let the fuel drip off into my fuel dump before moving on to dip the next wick.. that way any excess fuel that will begin to drip immediately has already dripped off... i repeat that step for all wicks. i've found that letting the fuel drip off before dipping the next wick greatly reduces drippage..
i don't really use bags to capture the excess fuel.. i go to a secluded area to spin off my hoop that way the fuel is not flying into the "performance" area... having the bags attached may be the reason why there is fuel dripping.. so i don't know for sure.
i hope this helps :)
Another way - when there's no good spin off area/option - is to use chemical gloves to squeeze excess fuel out of the wicks. Just use one squeezing hand with a glove as you'll want to keep the other hand "clean" to handle the hoop. I always keep a pair in my fire kit.
I use the same method but instead of using a funnel, I store my fuel in mason jars so there's no need to pour any fuel back into the jug. The mason jars work perfectly and one small jar is good for 2+ performances.
thanks everyone, i will definitely be trying some of these and i'll let you know how it goes!