Priming Wick Made from Household Materials
An alternative to using a priming pan or a fibreglass wick wrap on your drinks can stove.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
You will need...
Needle-nose pliers with wire cutters (or Leatherman)
1 bolt, 5 or 6mm diameter (I used M6)
Thin, bendable wire like snare wire
A tent peg or bicycle spoke is handy too!
Step 2: Make the Outer Wire Coil
Wind the wire around the bolt to make a coil or spring.
Keep the wire exactly in the threads of the bolt.
You will need around 50-60 turns, nice and even and fairly tight.
You can used pliers, vice grips or two nuts to hold the end of the wire, to get you started.
When you have wound enough, snip off the excess, leaving about 3cm spare on each end.
Step 3: Stretch to Size
Unscrew the bolt from the coil.
Stretch out the coil to length - as evenly as possible.
The length should be half the circumference of your stove.
Step 4: Pack with Loft Insulation
Use the tent peg (or similar poking tool) to compact the insulation.
Pack the wick firmly and evenly.
What do you mean it looks a mess?
Step 5: Neaten
Roll the wick with your flat hand, on something like an old towel.
It's like rolling a "snake" out of modelling clay!
Also roll it between your palms.
This will even out the wick filling, and smooth out all the stray fibres.
Compact the ends again with the tent peg.
There, much neater!
(The wick will get even neater after a couple of burns.)
Step 6: Finish the Ends
It is best if the ends are under the coil as shown, or they will glow red hot when the wick is alight.
is to tuck the ends down inside the wick, leaving loops to attach the handle.