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HickoryFirePiston 25-50, camp-fire-piston, Fire Piston, fire-starter, Fire-Starting Gear NORTH RIVER OUTDOORS
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  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Excellent Fire Starting Tool
  • Great Survival Fire Starting Device that uses Air
  • Package includes Hickory Fire Piston, Bag of Char Cloth, (2) Orings,Instructions How to use the Fire Piston & Make Char Cloth
  • Overall length: 4-1/2 (114.3mm) 
  • Diameter: 7/8 (22.2mm) 
  • Weight 2.0oz 56.7g

What is a fire piston?

Fire Piston Consists of a hollow cylinder ranging in length from about 3 to 6 inches  sealed at one end and open at the other. A piston with an airtight circular seal ( o-ring) is fitted into the cylinder. The piston has a handle on the end to allow a firm grip to be applied to it, or a large enough surface area to strike it sharply without causing pain while the cylinder is braced against a hard surface, and it can be completely withdrawn from the cylinder. The fire piston generally has a notch or recess on or in its face, into which a piece char cloth is placed.

The compression of the air when the piston is quickly rammed into the cylinder causes the interior temperature to rise sharply to 500°F This is hot enough for the char cloth  in the piston face to ignite. The piston is then quickly withdrawn, before the now-burning tinder depletes the available oxygen inside the cylinder. The smoldering char cloth can then be removed from the face of the piston and transferred to a larger nest of fine kindling material, such as Jute Twine, Paper Towel , birch shavings, etc. The ember is then fanned or blown upon vigorously to create a flame, at which time various stages of larger kindling can be added until built into a proper fire