topofmurrayhill Posted April 3, 2010 Report Share Posted April 3, 2010 Sometimes it's helpful to take a break from something and then come back to it. It's time to do some more wick testing with tortoise shell palm, and I'm starting a new thread to represent a fresh start.After doing a lot of testing with feather palm, I've found that most wicks work more consistently in feather than tortoise. Wicks seem to burn faster and deteriorate faster in tortoise shell palm. For instance, they may have a strong first burn but fade out during the second burn and end up with a very small flame. CDN would even fade out during the first burn in tortoise shell, while it's quite usable in feather palm.One focus of the new tests will be NST2-treated German wicking from Wedo. LX NST2 wicks were relatively robust in this wax in my previous tests. I plan to revisit those and also test RRD NST2 wicks. While you can't easily get LX with the NST2 treatment in the appropriate sizes for palm pillars, RRD wicking is obtainable.CSN wicks have exceptional burn qualities in feather palm, so I will be doing additional testing with those in tortoise shell in hopes of getting a more consistent burn. I will also be doing some testing with Classic flat braid at the suggestion of our friend Sabrina a.k.a. cybersix.Since tortoise shell plam burns rather fast, the test candles will be made with concave-top (rather than flat-top) seamless aluminum molds so that the flames don't get quite as tall on the first burn. While most of my feather palm test burns were 4 hours long, test burns in this thread will be 3 hours unless otherwise specified. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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