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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2019 07:57 pm
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Vic Valencheck
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I'm almost done restoring a 9" Whiz. The wicks are 1/16". I tried 1/16" oil lamp wicks but that didn't work. Anyone know where I can find these small wicks?

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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2019 09:48 pm
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Steve Sherwood
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Daryl Hudson or McMaster Carr has them.

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 Posted: Wed May 22nd, 2019 11:04 pm
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Please post here if you find a suitable wick as I have never seen a new wick less than 1/8" dia.  

Last edited on Wed May 22nd, 2019 11:05 pm by Steve Stephens

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 Posted: Mon May 27th, 2019 06:41 pm
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this one is 0.079....  converting millimeters to inches... yours being 0.062 .... I think you should give it a try as once it is oil it up it should squeeze down because of the way it is  woven .... here is the Ebay site I found it on... check out the Dial caliber picture...
[url=https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fhttp://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254045756573]https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fhttp://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254045756573[/url]

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 Posted: Mon May 27th, 2019 07:47 pm
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David A Cherry wrote: this one is 0.079....  converting millimeters to inches... yours being 0.062 .... I think you should give it a try as once it is oil it up it should squeeze down because of the way it is  woven .... here is the Ebay site I found it on... check out the Dial caliber picture...
[url=https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fhttps://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fhttp://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254045756573]http://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254045756573]https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fhttp://www.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F254045756573[/url]
David, I'm not able to open that link, even when I copy and paste.

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 Posted: Tue May 28th, 2019 12:14 pm
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eBay item number:
254045756573

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 Posted: Tue May 28th, 2019 04:45 pm
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ebay link-
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1m-40-Wick-Cotton-Lighter-Replacement-Fit-For-Zippo/254045756573?hash=item3b264e9c9d:g:YMkAAOSwjoFcKMGN


Fan wicks were almost always made of hard felt.   I don't know if the lighter wick would work of not but it probably does not have the stiffness that would be needed to have the spring in the oil cup press the wick up against the motor shaft.

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 Posted: Wed May 29th, 2019 12:23 am
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I don't think that is going to work. I'm going to try splitting a 1/8" wick.

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 Posted: Wed May 29th, 2019 02:48 am
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Vic Valencheck wrote: I don't think that is going to work. I'm going to try splitting a 1/8" wick.
I have narrowed down a wick some by dragging it over sandpaper with a finger on top or side of the wick and keep presenting a different part of the wick to the sandpaper until I get close to a good diameter.  Give it a try, you don't need much in the way of length.  The main problem is that a 1/16" dia. wick is so thin and fragile.

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 Posted: Wed May 29th, 2019 03:07 am
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Steve thanks, I'll give it a shot.

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 Posted: Wed May 29th, 2019 09:31 am
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I’ve not found anything suitable.  I’ve used the zippo wicks but they’re too soft and fray out.  I’ve tried trimming and reshaping 1/8 wicks but it doesn’t work very well either.  

I approached a few felt companies a while ago and they either couldn’t make the wick that small or wanted a truckload as a minimum.  


These are the only wicks I clean in the ultrasonic cleaner and reuse.  Not optimal, but all we have for now.  

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 Posted: Sat Jun 1st, 2019 07:04 pm
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I just realize that the Ebay wick material has some copper wire in it ,so that won't work either... sorry... sounds like the shaving down idea is the way to go.. maybe we can soak it in some Viagra.. just a thought !

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I was reading this thread and I have some real thick stiff pieces of felt I just picked up. I ordered a 1/8" OD tube so the inside of the tube should be close to 1/16". The felt is about 1/2" thick and about 2 1/2" long. When I get the tube I am going to sharpen one end and see if I can make some of these very small wicks. If they look good I will send a set to one of you guys for free to try them. I should have the tube by Friday so we will see. Oh about how long do they need to be?


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 Posted: Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 03:27 am
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2 1/2" should be fine then it could be cut in half. Good luck I hope it works out. Still looking for some.

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Vic Valencheck wrote: 2 1/2" should be fine then it could be cut in half. Good luck I hope it works out. Still looking for some.
We will see? I am doing this just for the fun of it. I don't have a fan that uses a wick that small but when I got the felt I thought it would be cool to try and make some.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 10:10 am
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Last edited on Sun Jun 23rd, 2019 10:11 am by Lane Shirey

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I drill out the hole and use a larger wick. Not original, but certainly effective.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 03:18 am
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Well the tube I got worked but the ID of the tube is bigger than 1/16". The wicks I made are smaller than 1/8" but larger than 1/16". I am going to try and find a smaller tube. The wicks did come out real nice though.






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 Posted: Mon Jul 8th, 2019 07:37 pm
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Don Tener wrote: Well the tube I got worked but the ID of the tube is bigger than 1/16". The wicks I made are smaller than 1/8" but larger than 1/16". I am going to try and find a smaller tube. The wicks did come out real nice though.







Don the wicks you sent me worked out great! :clap:Good job in making them.
I appreciate it very much! Now I can complete the restore.






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 Posted: Mon Jul 8th, 2019 09:24 pm
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Vic Valencheck wrote: Don Tener wrote: Well the tube I got worked but the ID of the tube is bigger than 1/16". The wicks I made are smaller than 1/8" but larger than 1/16". I am going to try and find a smaller tube. The wicks did come out real nice though.







Don the wicks you sent me worked out great! :clap:Good job in making them.
I appreciate it very much! Now I can complete the restore.






Great that they work, I am going to try and make smaller ones unless you think these are perfect?

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 Posted: Mon Jul 8th, 2019 10:00 pm
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For the Whiz oil cups they fit perfect! :D :up:

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 Posted: Tue Jul 9th, 2019 10:08 pm
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Well I made smaller ones that are actually 1/16". Jim Spurling bought a set of the larger ones from me (I am selling them for $5.00 a set) so I put a set of the smaller ones in with his and he is going to let me know which is better.




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