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Discussion in 'Shuttlecock' started by david14700, Nov 20, 2003.
Does anyone know the optimal storage conditions for shuttles???
Interesting topic... I'm wondering can you re-steam feather shuttles? I usually steam a whole tube the night before the games, but the next day sometimes I can use the whole tube and sometimes I only use half a tube... so the remaining half wont be used until next week. My question is can I steam those remaining shuttles again or would that be too much steaming?
I have always wondered the same...
Just steamed a tube of feathers for the first time. I'll be using them on Wednesday night. Hoping for 2 games with 1 shuttle.
Personally, I find steaming birds to improve bird durability by a lot. I steam my birds by boiling water until the steam comes up and since I have a steam cooker, I use that to steam cook my birds. I leave them in for perhaps 30 seconds then quickly put them back inside the tube. To preserve the even more, I would put a wet tissue paper inside the tube after a day or two to keep the inside moist. Hope this helped
10-15 secs of steam up each end 2 days prior is good enough.
Be careful not to overdo it, otherwise the birds will feel spongy and lose the crispness on hitting.
Maybe mine wasn't steaming quite enough but I've never really had to deal with that problem . I usually use chopsticks or somethind and turn them over and over each other to avoid oversteaming. Perhaps its my bird
I just did what the link showed. Over a pot of boiling water with both ends open. Wait 2-3 secs until steam comes out of the end and flip over...repeat. Then place caps back on tube.
I'm sure there's tonnes of threads on this, I've sworn I've read like 4-5 lol.
In any case, steaming does help, yes. But steaming with HOT water boiling CAN damage the shuttles as the heat could cause damage.
What you SHOULD do, is use a humidifier. Cool humid air will "steam" the shuttles and hydrate them. Most people who live in dry climates have their own shuttlecock humidifier. Myself included.
Just hold the tube at the nozzle for a bit, let the humid air go through it for a while, reverse the tube, repeat, and then seal it. Do this around 24 hours beforehand
Sometimes, for me... I trap a bit of extra moisture in... But over-hydrating causes the shuttles to become heavy as well, so make sure you don't do that. That was my mistake the first time!
Thanks for the tip. I guess I'll be using my kid's cool mist Elephant humidifier. The steam comes out of the trunk...perfect size for the tubes.
No problem! Glad to help a fellow Vancouverite! Perhaps we'll play sometime as well
Pffft, I used to steam mine, but now I just leave them in the bathroom~
lol I thought about that too... But then there's no room in the bathroom for me
Just tried steaming from showering on RSL classic tourney and it works pretty good.
I got a problem today with Aerosensa 30, they are quite brittle compare to other brands.
I wanted to steam them, read everything I could find, but still do not see a good, working, detailed way to do it.
Here is the link:
But how many shuttles should be in the tube and how much time should I steam them?
Can anyone give me a good advice?
I use this method instead. Full tube, 5 secs thru each end, over the steam coming out of the vent of a rice cooker or hot water boiler. Let it rest vertically for at least 3-4 days before playing. Be careful not to overdo it though or it'll feel spongy.
I used to steam my shuttles. If I didn't steam them enough, they didn't last any longer. If I steamed them more, they would be noticeably heavier and fly differently. I live in Toronto, Canada by the way. Does this happen to anyone else? As a reference, my AS30 shuttle lasts about 15 minutes of play whereas an AS50 lasts about 25 minutes. Neither were steamed.
I hold a tube over the kettle spout, stick my finger in the top until I feel warmth from the steam. Then cap the tube.
Well I'm experimenting on something a bit different today. Instead of steaming, I've applied a thin amount of moisturizing cream on a few shuttles
I'll see how they'll perform in tomorrow's game. They have to be flawless during the match you know
lol moisturizing cream.
Though birds must have like an oil on their feathers. I wonder if shuttlecocks could be steamed and then have a mist of some oil passed over them to help trap the moisture.
I'm going to go read about feathers on wikipedia now.