I responded to your other question posted too, so check that out - but as far as the best-selling sizes, I'd say the 1.5" wicks on the shorter spines are it. However, if you want less danger but less clearance, choose the longer spine. If you want a smaller flamer, choose the 1" wick. Let me know if you have any other questions:)
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I certainly invite other comments, perspectives & reflections, but from my experience, there hasn't been any issues with the 1" wicks going out. The 1.5" wick flame is certainly a bit bigger, and weighs a little bit more, but both sizes burn well in motion. Our most popular wick size is 1.5".
As far as the spine goes, I always like to say that it correlates with the amount of danger (of melting your tubing). The pros like shorter spines because it gives them more overall clearance, especially on the vertical plane. I'd say 90% of them manage to keep their tubing from melting. Its not hard, just a focused consciousness on the flames, direction, wind, light-up, etc.
The longer spine holds the flame a little further away from the tubing, so less danger of melting, but alas less clearance, meaning the overall diameter of your hoop is extended, which makes a difference mostly on just the vertical plane. We like to leave the decision up to the customers, and I just try to lay it out as plain & simple as possible. The 4.5" spines are short indeed, but we get a lot of those orders.
If you get Quick Wicks, you're much much safer because if you melt your tubing you're not SOL. The 1" wick 4.5" spine quick wicks are mos definitely the lightest option. The 1.5" wick, 5" spine are our best-sellers. It still amazes me how light the final firehoop is after the quick wicks are clamped on - sooper light.
Thanks and much love from the Synergy krewe!!
how many inches of wicking is used on the 1 inch compared to the 1.5? Are there any videos online showing the difference in flame between the 1 inch and 1.5? I know its just the .5 difference, but I really wanna know before I light them up. I really want to be super satisfied with them, They are a GREAT product, but I'd love to know if this size is for me.
They both use the same length. I think its somewhere between 20 and 24 inches. There aren't any videos out but we're trying really really hard to make that happen:)
Personally I'd just go with the 1.5" wick if you're worried about the flame not being big enough. It is the most popular size, and I think thats because its most ideal. If you're more concerned with weight, go for the smaller wick.