just wanting to know if anyone has had any experience or heard anything about the Quick Wicks from hoopdrum that you can attach to any hoop. i'm wondering if that would be a better way to go or if i should just buy a firehoop.
Just buy a fire hoop. They're 25 dollars each, so if you buy 5 or 6, which is what every fire hoop usually comes with, then it'll still cost you $125-$150 dollars. Which is the practically the same price as a fire hoop. Sure they may be convenient, but if you read the "did your tubing melt?" then I take that to mean your tubing is probably going to melt. And unless you make your own hoops, that can add up. But if you want the ability to only carry one hoop at a time, then this may be nice. I just feel that you'd be paying for a "quick fix", not a permanent solution. Also, if you buy a fire hoop and your tubing melts or problems occur, more than likely that should be covered under their warranty, at least for 6 months-1 year. Just make sure to ask.
And if you were interested in them because of how light they would be, then check out: http://www.cosmicfiredance.com
We have their "Magic Fire hoop" and it feels just like a normal hoop. And their "Ninja" fire hoop is supposed to be even lighter.
Those hoops are really really awesome. I wound up talking to Spiral and I got the screw in attachment spines. REALLY WORTH IT for their spines alone. I made my fire hoop, but it's practically like the Ninja fire hoop. HDPE tubing. LOVE IT.
oh, the two are very similar. I went with the HDPE tubing because of the sturdiness. I like light and small diameter hoops. I have not tried PP tubing yet, but maybe one day. I bought the screw-in spines without the kevlar and i built the rest of my hoop. It took 3 months, but literally, less than 10 hours was spent on BUILDING it and the rest was shopping at 5 home depots and researching for a companies to help, which led to connecting with Spiral who was really awesome about helping me with my project.
Scott and Julia just made those available yesterday so it is unlikely that you will find anyone who has used them.
Sean is correct, you are probably going to spend about the same. I think the advantage to the Quick Wicks is going to be that they will travel easier, and that you can attach them to any hoop or other fire toys.
I trust HoopDrum's ability to make a quality product. You could also write directly to them for questions or concerns.
I am sure they would be happy to help!
I am extremely excited about the Quick Wicks. Next paycheck those babies are mine. I can report back. I have three different fire hoops. If I had the quick wicks I would not have bought three fire hoops - total $600. I can take the quick wicks and put them on any size hoop - so if I want a small hoop to do lots of hand tricks - great - A giant hoop for slow, hypnotic fire spinning - fine. I think the quick wicks are brilliant. I also don't think they would release a product they had not thoroughly tested. Sean i am pretty sure the tubing melt question is about whatever current fire hoop someone might have - it does happen and then your hoop is messed up and the wicks and all are no good but not with quick wicks.
That's a good point. Quick Wicks would be great for having only 1 set of wicks for multiple types of fire hooping. So you could buy 6 for one normal sized fire hoop, and then split it up into 3 each for some sweet mini-hooping action. If customizability is a priority, then this is probably your best bet.
I'm a little skeptical about detachable wicks. I've seen wicks fly off a fire hoop and it makes for a dangerous situation. While I'm sure they wouldn't be offering them if they were not confident about their quality, I would still be concerned about how they might wear over time or the possibility of attaching them improperly.
If its the same cost as a fire hoop, I think I'd prefer having one solid fire hoop over a set of detachable wicks. But I could see how it might be attractive to someone who uses a variety of fire toys.
I've seen a wick go flying too. Soooooo Scary. That's the reason I don't make fire hoops - don't want that responsibility. But that happened with the way wicks are used now by screwing them in. The one thing I am concerned about with wear and tear is they would slip on the hoop itself h which affect me the burner. Only time will tell. My friend says she's ordering them tomorrow so after our first burn I can comment better. Who knows til you try?
Got my quick wicks. Have not gone out for a burn yet but I am very impressed. Once you attach them they are SOLID! I am totally into this. I will let you all know once I have burned but it might be a few weeks.