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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 08/06/2009 08:44:55 EDT
Subject: RE: Torch Wicks

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John/Bill,

John - sorry not to have turned up photo or sketch yet.

If you'll use the Search feature and get back to a posting I made on 03/24/2003, subject "Torch Wicking," you'll find it of interest. Evidently hemp was used originally, cut to fit as Bill indicates. After experimenting with coal oil (kerosene), whale (no longer available), etc., Myer and Alexander settled on turpentine as providing the brightest light, as I believe you both are aware. Bill's substitution of cotton wicking and your use of kerosene seem to me to be reasonable for the short distances of reenactment or show-and-tell (especially in daylight hours).

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