I can't answer the questions about where to get them or the poly pro.
But as far as how to light them they work just like any other kind of fire spinning equipment.
If you have not used any thing like that before i would recommend really reading up on fire safety and how to use fire equipment.
Have a great lessons section which includes information about fire saftey and fire spinning general, I think that would be the best place to start.
they are expensive, but I think they are the best things for creative fire noobs to buy. You can make a fire hoop yourself after you've gain fire hooping knowledge. I won't buy anymore of them, but they are fun to learn from.
Thanks for your interest in the Quick Wicks. My husband Scott is the originator of this style of wick attachment and they are distributed through our artist's collaboration, Synergy FlowArts.k Astral Hoops also resells them for us.
There are Quick Wicks available with 1" and 1.5" wicks on 2 different length spines for all of the common tubings out there. If you're using 5/8" ID, 3/4" OD polypro, you'll want the 3/4" QWs.
There is a lot of information about fire dancing out there. The home of poi page mentioned earlier is a great resource. Caroleeena also has a great program on fire spinning and safety.
Best of luck to you in your fire dancing journey!
The clamp that attaches the quick wicks needs to be the right size for your tubing, otherwise, if you get the ones with the larger clamp and try putting it on thinner tubing, you're going to have a tail of sharp clamp hanging out that could possibly cut you up while hooping on your body and on your hands. There is already a teeny tiny tail that sticks out a bit when you tighten them. I would not recommend trying to fit the larger one on smaller tubing. I can't see that ending well, haha. But the clamps are also pretty thin so that they are lighter and you can't really feel them on the hoop.. I doubt it would be good for them to be bent further than they are supposed to go by putting them on different sizes of tubing, especially if you're doing that frequently.
The benefit of this over buying a regular fire hoop is that if your tubing melts/cracks/kinks, if you want to put them on a different coloured or taped hoop, you want to put them facing inward for an isolation hoop, or if you want to put them on a hoop with a larger or smaller diameter, you have that freedom. You can also add or remove wicks depending on your comfort level or finances if you want to keep adding more later :D It would also be cheaper if you break a wick to just replace the broken one rather than having to buy a whole new hoop.
Thank you Shekinah for that clarification. You're a good spokesperson for the Quick Wick:-)
Yes, You can put the quick wicks on different hoops (if anything happens to yours -- which does happen). But not different tubing diameters. I too highly recommend getting the one that is appropriate for the tubing for all of the reasons mentioned above by Shekinah. I'd imagine that if you're already using polypro tubing for your firehoop, you may never desire to go back to a thicker tubing.
In fiery flow~