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Using a Fire Piston for Bushcraft

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Today Ashley Cawley shows us the Fire Piston and explains how it magically seems to produce an ember for fire lighting so quickly.

A Fire Piston is a primitive fire lighting method that uses the compression of air to ignite tinder, working a bit like a diesel engine.
Comments (9)
9 Sunday, 26 October 2014 08:23
Malcolm Millard.
You mentioned not using Vaseline as a lubricant. I think it might depend on the type of O ring you have. I bought a cheapy one and the instructions recommended Vaseline. Heck the other weekend I used Chapstick as I left the Vaseline at home.
8 Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:08
Ashley Cawley
@Daniel Collins - Fire out of thin air? Through pressure, like magic? You're right what's the point, I means if everyone had your attitude we wouldn't have the diesel engine. Infact the human-race wouldn't be where it is today.

What's the point of visiting this site Daniel? I wouldn't bother.
7 Monday, 21 April 2014 12:44
Daniel Collins
And what would be the point?
6 Thursday, 29 December 2011 22:53
wulfe yngling
5 Thursday, 17 November 2011 21:14
Ken Bates
Must get one of these!
4 Tuesday, 15 November 2011 18:53
Richard Dean
they are amazing! might have to get one
3 Tuesday, 15 November 2011 17:08
matt doughty
Great video there Ashley :)
2 Tuesday, 15 November 2011 13:09
Dan XF
This thing is just so clever. I can remember burning my fingers on the old foot pump after pumping up a car tyre from flat. Compressing air converts the kinetic energy in to heat. Why someone didn't think of this before is a mystery. Great video as always and fascinating to see it in action.
1 Sunday, 06 November 2011 23:32
That is so cool! I have never heard of this meathod of starting a fire....but it is quite interesting. Can you use other materials besides amadou and charcloth?

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