I haven't experienced longer burn times on pumpkin wicks. I've experienced the opposite. It's felt like the fuel burns a bit quicker, and possibly a bit brighter. The rolled kevlar lets the fuel out slower in my experience.
I have used Synergy hoops for years now and love them. The folks their have invested years in all the research that has created the newer generation of lighter fire hoops. They continue to invest in R&D and care about the product they create and the service they give. I'll continue using them in the future unless someone actually improves on their design rather than imitate. All admit my bias though as I've been friends with them and participated in the development of this generation of firehoops.
Just my two cents :)
Can synergy make a collapsible hoop that collapses into more than 2 parts??
yes, email me at Scott@SynergyFlowArts.com for a 5-piece sectional firehoop. They start at $166. We just perfected the design but I haven't gotten it available on the website yet. They are totally awesome.
My new wick design is the best! But you'll have to wait until the website release to see more! Been using the roll on most things, UNTIL NOW!!!!
Most composite wicks are (hopefully) filled with nomex and not cotton. Our performers have not had good luck with stuffed wicks.
Hey Chelsea, I realize you posted this last year, but I was curious to see what your end result came to be! I'm currently struggling with this same issue on what kind of knotting is best, will last, not fray, and versatile to the many fuels out there. I noticed that Holistic Hoops mentions to only use white gas for the pumpkin wicks, and if traveling to other countries, it may pose an issue, say, if that country does not have white gas and only kerosene. My very first fire hoop was a sacred flame hoop, and I absolutely loved it, knowing Julie puts a lot of love in her hoops. I did notice though that with many times of practicing indoors, and especially outdoors, that the spokes are becoming unraveled and the sushi rolls are becoming frayed. With any fire hoop though it needs maintenance over time. The option I like about Holistic Hoop Flex Fire hoops is that you can get them collapsible in however many parts you want. Decisions Decisions Decisions. Would love to hear some feedback and/or suggestions!!!! nameste
oops I answered your other question about the sectional firehoop but forgot to address this. My two cents about pumpkin wicks... they are sewn together with kevlar thread which can work sometimes, but for the most part, we stay away from any sewn wick because they have proven to not hold up. I'd also stay clear of the "chinese crown knot" style wicks on firehoops. They are not easily rewrappable and the ones that I've handled are so loosely wrapped that you can pull them apart with your hand. Another thing about wick durability comes down to the quality of the wick. We got a sacred flame hoop to check it out (she was a customer of ours back in the day & "borrowed" our design) but the quality of craftsmanship is incomparable and the materials used are lower quality. Low quality wick (K1) was only the beginning. Anyway, we've spent the time and money researching what holds up the best and stick to "sushi" style rolls finished with stainless wire (not sewn) because they last super long, are re-wrappable, durable, and hold lots of fuel. They are time-tested.
I think it should say that the Pumpkins burn brighter and longer than kevlar roll wicks ~Of the same weight~
Kevlar wicks that are larger (and heavier) in volume than the pumpkins will naturally hold more fuel.
The other thing about the cotton wicks is that they hold alcohol-based fuel better. This is only really important is you're planning a show with Rubbing alcohol (don't laugh, some Fire Marshall's LOVE the idea), or if you're planning on using colored flames. Kevlar hates polar chemicals and provides a really weak flame with methanol. Cotton LOVES alcohols and produce big bright flames with just about any fuel, including methanol (the preferred carrier for flame colorants).