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RE: [TCML] My first tesla coil

I think that wood either conducts and surface-tracks catastrophically, or it does not.  I'm not sure it would be just slightly absorbent of RF and get uniformly warm.

Having a LARGE metal body in close proximity to the primary would create eddy currents and sap energy without evident sparks and smoke, but I don't think that's the case here.

Regards, Gary Lau

> -----Original Message-----
> From: tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tesla-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On
> Behalf Of Mddeming@xxxxxxx
> Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 2:04 AM
> To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [TCML] My first tesla coil
> Hi Peter,
> Are the supports holding your primary turns wood or plastic? I could not
> tell from the picture. Wood is conductive at TC voltages and you could be
> losing  energy there.
> Matt D.

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