zelph wrote:Does the coating have an effect on the capillary action? Does it speed up once the coating is burned off? Is it easy on fuel? Will it go limp once it becomes saturated with fuel?
I believe the coating slows the capillary action a bit compared to bare fiberglass like muffler wrap. The coating only burns off(at least so far)on sections that are exposed to open air. If the whole coating were burned off, I suspect the wicking properties would speed up some but I haven't tested the theory yet.
The obvious applications to me are to use it to hold bare fiberglass mesh in place while forming wicks. It really is that rigid and the strands are all evenly spaced(just a shade over 1/8")so it's like graph paper and helps keep everything very even and neat.
Take a ROF for example. One could lay down muffler wrap in whatever thickness and length needed on a workbench but leave a little extra working material. Then slap a strip of drywall tape on the top. Turn the whole assembly over and apply another strip of drywall tape. Cut off any excess with scissors, form into a circle and secure with another piece of drywall tape.
This is just an example but I'm sure you see the benefit. You can make custom size fiberglass wicks without worrying so much about them falling apart or getting screwed up while installing them in the stove.
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