Does any one know what the Wick is made of on the 901.
You can get nichrome wire in 1-2 foot lenghts from some thing like WOODLAND SCENICS Hot Wire Foam Cutter you can buy the kit and some times can find it at a hobby shop in short lenths for the foam craft cutters.
(Foam Cutter Replacement Wire (model ST1436) sold in a package of 4 ft. length. Special nichrome wire retains an even temperature needed to cut foam products. Use with Hot Wire Foam Cutter and Foam Cutter Bow & Guide.)2$
wire is wraped around ceramic probably.
Stainless Steel is a bad choice overall, it can't be soldered, its heat chacteristics suck, and the individual coils will short out if they touch. Nichrome is by far the best choice. First of all, it can be soldered. Secondly it's designed to handle constant temps over 2000 degrees F. Lastly, nichrome has a great side effect once current is ran through it and it heats up. Chromium Oxide forms on the surface of the wire and insulates the coils from each other. Chromiun Oxide is black and has a powder look to it. This, I believe, is the "black soot" everyone complains about not being able to "clean" off of their attys. Flat Nichrome rings or spirals could very well be an alternative to coils.....food for thought.
What length nichrome do you use and how do you secure the lead wires to the coil?