Collapsible Contact Fire Staff
The ultimate Collapsible Contact Staff! This staff is made from a “Space Tech” aluminum alloy 7075, which has the same tensile strength as steel, but is light and flexible like aluminum, so it never breaks or bends. Our Collapsible Contact Fire Staff is 100% straight and doesn’t move or wobble. It is fixed by rubber joints in tension, so the flexible connection takes over the force and will not move or cluck in time.
A good contact staff must have a good swing, which is only possible if the ends are heavy, while the middle is light. We’ve carefully crafted this staff for ideal length & weight distribution. The ends are covered with a strong rubber knob which allows for a great grip on the ground and protects the staff from abrasion. The useful center point of the staff is clearly marked.
Optional flowers slow down the staffs rolling movement. The rubber of the flowers give additional weight toward your staffs spin. Flowers are easily removable.
The handling surface is covered with our 3.2 mm thick SuperGrip©. It has a soft, spongy under-layer and a sticky, dotted over-layer which does not get slippery when wet. Over the years we have tested many grip variations and this by far provides the best hold when your body sweats, and is also suitable for contact staff players with sensitive skin or allergies. The staff is covered with a silicone layer near the Kevlar heads. Silicone is highly heat resistant to protect from accidental burns!
Collapsible Contact Fire Staff Specifications
- Length: 59″ (150 cm)
- Weight: 2 lb (925 g)
- Tubing: ~ 1″ (22 mm) Diameter, 7075 Aluminum Tubing
- Grip: 3.2 mm Thick SuperGrip©
- Kevlar Wicks: 2″ (5 cm) Wide, 4″ (10 cm) Tall
– Do not use white gas, benzene or alcohol based liquids because it can destroy the silicone.
– Do not hold the staff vertically. Spin it, or keep it horizontally!
– Don’t dip the silicone into the paraffin. We recommend you only dip 2/3-3/4 of the fire head. Then the remaining part soaks up the excess fuel and no shake-off is needed.
– If the connection is turning but not getting strong, it means that the rubber became slippery. This can be because of oily dirt or cold! In this case you need to clean the top of the rubber joint or just get it wet – it should work perfectly again.
Fire Safety Tips
Before you begin practicing fire spinning please be prepared and confident. Most importantly, so nobody gets injured, wear tighter fitting clothes and never burn alone! Please review the Home of Poi Fire Safety Guidelines for detailed information on fuels, safety procedures and basic first aid for burns.
Spinning fire in public spaces can be dangerous, and you are responsible for any and all damage to property and injury to yourself and others. The North American Fire Arts Association has resources for fire artists including safety, insurance and guidelines for obtaining fire permits.