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Wood will absorb fuel and may catch fire. There were wood looking ones made of a composite of some sort as well as black ones and aluminum spacers that are better.
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I have an aluminum one. I put on a spacer to keep heat off of my carb. The wood one probably would do a better job and keeping heat from the manifold to the carb. My carb still gets kinda warm and it bugs me.
musnicki: aluminum is about the worst you could possibly do to keep heat away from the carburetor. metal has a very high heat conductivity.
If you need to keep heat away get a phenolic spacer!
I have that one with open gasket at bottom and square bore gasket on top http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EDL-8711/
obviously make sure the shape matches your carb and intake.
as for wood spacers, as long as they make phenolic ones, I don't see the point.
They won't soak up with petrol and water like wood would.
I think would will work, but for longetivity they are probably crap.
they would soak water and first winter they'd crack. you'd be chasing vacuum leaks forever. I think they were the cheap mans spacer when you could just make another one next week ...
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I had a fiber/composite spacer, which is what I suspect you have rather than a piece of wood. It worked well for insulation, but eventually compressed and warped and I ditched it for a phenolic spacer.
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