Collapsible Contact Fire Staff
The ultimate Collapsible Contact Staff! This staff is made from the “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. Rubber joints fix it in tension, allowing the flexible connection to assume the force and remain stable without any movement or noise over 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 and weight distribution. The strong rubber knob covering the ends provides a secure 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 staff’s rolling movement. The rubber of the flowers gives additional weight to your staff’s 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 that 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 against accidental burns!
Collapsible Contact Fire Staff Specifications
- Length: 59″ (150 cm)
- Weight: Aluminum – 2 lb (925 g), Carbon Fiber – 1.85 lb. (860 g.).
- Tubing: ~ 1″ (22 mm) Diameter, 7075 Aluminum or Carbon Fiber 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 they 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 has become slippery. This can be because of oily dirt or a 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
Practicing fire flow art requires preparation and confidence. Most importantly, wear tighter-fitting clothes to prevent injury 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 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.