you are kidding right? the cost in wax of one single race wax job is greater than an entire role of fierlene (not to mention the beer) - sure i would use a long strip... if that's what you do with it - i'm asking 'cause I don't know - haven't done that yet... i like how my iron glides... but i will try it. have to try everything...
No, I'm not kidding. So now we're going from down and dirty to high end high fluoro multi layer race waxing? Safe to say that 99/100 wax techs wouldn't use a heat gun on race skis.
Top tuners seem to run the range from extremely miserly with wax to very free with the use of it. Most seem to be pretty free with it. I've never seen or heard of one using an entire strip of fiberlene for one ski. The rest of us are in fact far too cheap to use 10 to 12 feet of fiberlene for one pair of skis. It also just seems wasteful. I could be wrong though.
You may be deluding yourself about the safety of fluoros btw. I'm not sure there's a definitive answer, maybe someone will know. If you're ironing it in or using a heat gun with it, you really should use a respirator.
It appears as if there's a transformation that's happening in the blood of wcup wax techs tested for a study.
This article is about the 2010 study below.
"Ski wax chemicals build up in people's blood, pose risks"
By Cheryl Katz
Environmental Health News
December 19, 2010
Inhalation exposure to fluorotelomer alcohols yield perfluorocarboxylates in human blood?
Levels of perfluorinated carboxylates (PFCAs) in different environmental and biological compartments have been known for some time, but the routes of exposure still remain unclear. The opinions are divergent whether the exposure to general populations occurs mainly indirect through precursor compounds or direct via PFCAs. Previous results showed elevated blood levels of PFCAs in ski wax technicians compared to a general population. The objective of this follow-up study was to determine concentrations of PFCAs, perfluorosulfonates (PFSAs), and fluorotelomer alcohols (FTOHs), precursor compounds that are known to degrade to PFCAs, in air collected in the breathing zone of ski wax technicians during work. We collected air samples by using ISOLUTE ENV+ cartridges connected to portable air pumps with an air flow of 2.0 L min(-1). PFCAs C5-C11 and PFSAs C4, C6, C8, and C10 were analyzed using LC-MS/MS and FTOHs 6:2, 8:2, and 10:2 with GC-MS/MS. The results show daily inhalation exposure of 8:2 FTOH in μg/m(3) air which is up to 800 times higher than levels of PFOA with individual levels ranging between 830-255000 ng/m(3) air. This suggests internal exposure of PFOA through biotransformation of 8:2 FTOH to PFOA and PFNA in humans.
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20828202