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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Stiff Wicking...... Reply with quote

I need some wick material, stiff enough to push down inside a 6mm bore tube, some 60mm long......  

Then pull out again, when necessary!  

I think someone (Rog?), mentioned stove insulation?  

Anyone any ideas? Pleese!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David, I use the insulation material for sealing woodburning stove doors. It comes in a variety of sizes, and I can get a pice which is 12mm dia. through a 7 mm tube, so if you can source say 10mm you should be good to go.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Geoff,

That looks like the stuff we buy, as Wonderwick.




It is very good for purpose, but doesn't like handling. It unravels!  

I think the insulation mentioned was in sheet form. (?)  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rog found carbon felt.
http://minibulldesigncult.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1231911

I think this is what you are looking for.

I've never used it but Rog has and likes it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres glass fiber wicks for 6mm tubes on german ebay

http://cgi.ebay.de/1-m-GLASFASER-...pt=DE_Spielzeug_Basteln_Kreatives
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David, I am a fan of the carbon felt at the link Tony gives above.  I have tried ceramic "wonderwick" as well as various woodstove gasketing materials...the carbon felt out performs all.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how do you use this felt Rog? does it cut ok, and do you roll it to make a 'rope'?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Miles, the carbon felt feels and handles just like thick wool felt.  It is sold in a piece about 4 inches x 4 inches x 3/8 inch thick.  I cut wicks for my Bowman 234 just using scissors, cutting off a strip of the thickness and stuffing it in the burner tips.  Unlike ceramic wicking, there is no ropelike core...same consistency throughout.  

You could cut a larger strip and roll it to fit a larger upright burner tip or as I recently did...cut a strip and feed it into a Mamod like homemade burner...feeding it down one side and back up the other forming a roll, but horizontal.  Maybe it is more apparent in the following photo of that burner:  





I like the stuff because unlike ceramic wicking, it doesn't glaze over on the surface causing the flame to diminish...it produces the same clean flame time and time again.

That backpacking link Tony gives above is the only source I have found, but it might be available elsewhere, just haven't come across it myself.

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thanks Rog  
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David, a little twist of thread around the end will stop the "wonder wick" / stove rope from unravelling as you push it down the tube.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home Depot sells carbon felt as a  9"x12" sheet in the plumbing department. It is Oatey 'Flame Protector' and sells for just under $16. Expensive, but it looks like it would produce a lot of wicks.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

talluncle31 wrote:
Home Depot sells carbon felt as a  9"x12" sheet in the plumbing department. It is Oatey 'Flame Protector' and sells for just under $16. Expensive, but it looks like it would produce a lot of wicks.

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Jeez Murray...thank you for that.  

I was about to order another $10 piece from the back packing supply place, but that only gets you a 4" x 4" piece.  9" x 12" for $16 should give me a lifetime supply.  I shall get some on next trip there!  It is really the best thing I have tried for all sorts of wicking.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your replies Chaps. Much appreciated!  

The above burner can be "played with" using a combination of plugs/ caps. Mostly just ticking over, on one wick.

I've now built a larger one, with taller wicks. The only tube I had in the correct length is a little tight for wick in/ out experiments.....

Moose, thanks for the tip. I usually whip the inner end with fine copper wire. Never thought of thread, or cotton.....  

Some more fumbling tomorrow. If no solution comes to mind, I will have to send for a square of Rog's felt.  
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For tube type wick holders I use plain cotton string. Use as many strands as required to match the tube size. Lasts a very long time unless you let the fuel run out and adjustable length.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By 'ek, Daryl!  

There's some weird an wonderful burners there!  


My problem is, I run the engine almost unattended, as I'm busy on other projects..... It often runs out of fuel.....  
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