Iron Gypsy's Fire Hoop FAQ

How much are your hoops?
How much is shipping?
What size do you recommend/have?
How heavy is the hoop?
How are they wicked?
How long have you been making them?
Can I get new spokes or segments?
What is the hoop made of?
How big are the segments?
Do I need tools to put the hoop together?
Do you tape them?
Can you use the hoop without spokes?
How do I order a hoop?
Pictures of everything:
What do other people think of your hoop?



How much are your hoops?
    Each hoop is made to order, so each hoop cost a little different. You can get a hoop with 4- 8 spokes and each spoke cost $25. so:
    • 4 spokes $100,
    • 5 spokes $125
    • 6 spokes $150
    • 7 spokes $175
    • 8 spokes $200(I don't recommend 8 spokes hoops for most people, they are heavier and unless you are more muscular and really interested in that much fire I would say get a 6 spoke hoop or less)


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How much is shipping?
    Anywhere in the US is currently $15
    Anywhere in the world is $50 (price subject to change but this has been the average cost)
    I use USPS priority and it usually takes 2-3 days (3-5 internationally) to arrive.


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What size do you recommend/have?
    When you order a hoop you tell me what size hoop you want. Since I have been making hoops it seems that size is as varied as the hoopers are.
    Big hoops move slower, small hoops move faster. The fire hoop is heavier than a normal hoop and so a little smaller than usual is easier to keep up. However that doesn't matter for some people. Really you should start with a hoop size that you are already comfortable with and consider the following:
    • The spokes stick out 9" from the hoop, so if you do a lot of vertical moves you will want to make sure that the spokes are not hitting the ground
    • Dropping size or increasing size will change your technique and style, for the better or worse is up to you.
    • most people order hoops some where between 34" and 46" in diameter.


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How heavy is the hoop?
    Unfortunately I have not weighed the smaller hoops recently but on average a six spoke hoop is about 4 lbs +/- 2-3 ozs


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How are they wicked?
    I use 9" of 1/2 aluminum tubing with a touch of steel wool inside and a 2" of a wooden dowel inside the top. There 3" of 2" x 1/8" Kevlar folded to cover the tip, and the 24" or 2" x 1/8" Kevlar wrapped around the top. I then drill and screw the Kevlar into the aluminum pipe and wooden dowel to secure the Kevlar.


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How long have you been making them?
    I have been making hoops since 2003 when I was asked by a friend to make her one. After some serious research and Development (and a couple of screw-ups) I have the version that is now being sold.


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Can I get new spokes or segments?
    Part of the wonderfulness of the hoop is you can simply replace a segment or a spoke when you need to without replacing the whole hoop.
    • You can also change all the segments and have a brand new hoop, (of any size you want) for only $30 (for a six spoke hoop)
    • Each spoke will cost $12
    • Each segment (without connectors) is $5
    • Segment with Connectors is $13


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What is the hoop made of?
    The tubing for the hoop is Polyurithane3/4" 160 PSI (irrigation tubing)
    The spokes are aluminum tubing (9") with 3/8" all thread bolts that are glued and riveted in.


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How big are the segments?
    Each segment is measured and cut to order. Small hoops have smaller pieces if there are enough spokes.
    For instance if you order a 41" Diameter hoop:
    • 8 spokes each segment is 16-1/4"
    • 7 spokes each segment is 18-1/2"
    • 6 spokes each segment is 21-5/8"
    • 5 spokes each segment is 25-3/4"
    • 4 spokes each segment is 32-1/4"


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Do I need tools to put the hoop together?
    No tools are needed to take the hoop apart or put it together unless you need to swap out the connectors with a new segment.


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Do you tape them?
    No but I encourage you to.


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Can you use the hoop without spokes?
    The connector system uses 3/8" bolts and you can replace the spokes with bolts and use the hoop in the park (or where ever) without the spokes.


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How do I order a hoop?
    I need a little bit of info from you.
    • How many spokes do you need?
    • How big do you want the hoop (measure outside to outside diameter or outside circumference)? (there is a plus or minus of about 1/2")
    • Preferred payment, I prefer Credit cards which I accept using Paypal, however I do also take money orders but will not start a hoop till the hoop has been paid for. With credit cards I will bill you and Paypal makes it easy to pay. For money order I will send you my real name and a mailing address.


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Pictures of the hoop and it's parts:

What do other people think of your hoop?
    • "Hey, just wanted to thank you for the hoop. Recieved it this weekend, and it is incredible!!!! Your design is genius!!! AAAAGGHHHH_ I love it! The wicks are huge! You have made someone on the other side of this massive continent very, very happy :)

      Thank you ever so much! Let me know if you want me to rant and rave for promo or anything; I really do think the solid, portable design is genius!!"
      -Amanda 4-3-06

    • LOVE the hoop.
      Thanks a million.
      Besos.

      -Skylar 5-5-06





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