Originally Posted by gnome
...started looking at wicky thingies after bacteriology 101 a zillion yrs ago. the lamps are used to sterilize the metal loops used in bacti plating.
is the "fancy term" for metal loop.
This post made me smile, that's where I first learned of an alcohol stove. Not counting a fondue stove, which I didn't realize what it was when I was a child.
I made one myself once, using a on old baby food jar. I think it went something like; poked a hole in the middle of the lid just big enough to pull a wick through, pull a long wick through, fill it with alcohol, wait a second, drop wick into alcohol, screw lid back on and voila...