Kevlar Fire Hat
The unique Kevlar Fire Hat is one of a kind! Whether for a juggling performance, an extreme costume, or for a fire show or clown act, the Kevlar Fire Hat is an excellent choice. Any size crowd will be amazed with a hat on fire on your head, it always looks more dangerous than it is with proper use. The Kevlar Fire Hat is suitable for almost all hat juggling tricks, including spinning, rolling and throwing.
The base of the fire juggling had is a classic 3-layer felt cylinder. The top layer of the felt hat is soaked with a fire retardant chemical. This does not fully protect the hat, therefore it is essential to apply water before use. The top of the hat is covered with an aluminized kevlar felt layer, which is also used as metallurgical protection equipment. This cover layer and the Kevlar rope is sewn on by hand with a kevlar thread.
Burn time is about 2-3 minutes. With proper usage, the Fire Hat is designed to last for more than 100 burns. It benefits the lifetime of the Kevlar if the hat is in motion during your act, as the heat will be lower in this case. Hat weighs about 17 oz (490 g).
How To Use
- First apply lamp oil very carefully, using the syringe included in the package. It is of uttermost importance that the lampoil gets on the Kevlar only (not on the felt!).
- We recommend that you use lampoil specifically, as it has a low burn temperature and longer burning time. This ensures the lifetime of your hat. Lampoil also has the advantage that you can apply it even an hour before the show, as the oil does not evaporate.
- We include a spray head in the package, which can be used with any standard soft drink PET-bottle. 5-10 minutes before the show, apply water on the felt of the top part of the hat – the same parts which are soaked with the fire retardant chemical. You should not spray the Kevlar rope, as it may result in difficulty lighting up.
- Finally, 1 minute before going on stage you need to apply Zippo or lighter fluid on the kevlar, which helps to ignite the lamp oil quickly. If you apply too little or too early, you may have problems lighting up. We hope we don’t need to say that the lighter fluid should not go on the felt, or any other parts of the hat.
- Prepare carefully: Use a headlamp in the backstage area and take your time.
- If the top of the hat gets a dent, push it back down to keep the felt as far as possible from the fire.
- If the hat falls down, pick it up immediately!
- Don’t hold your head downwards, when the hat is on your head, nor never keep the hat down when it is on fire.
- Use background light, if possible from underneath. It helps you with throwing tricks to your head – without proper light, the fire might blind you and you can’t properly see the exact position of the hat.
Size 60? Medium?
- 1x Fire Hat
- 1x Syringe
- 1x Spray Nozzle
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.