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Fire Piston 1789

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Fire Piston
« on: January 14, 2015, 05:12:24 PM »
I looked around a bit and this has come up a few times.

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« Last Edit: January 14, 2015, 05:24:22 PM by Aloha007 »

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2015, 05:13:22 PM »
I looked around a bit and this has come up a few times.  I am still making fire pretty easily using my kit and have since gotten really interested in the fire piston.  There are some inexpensive ones for sale on fleabay but where's the fun in pre-made. 

I saw a great video and a follow up video of a lady who was IMO terrific in showing how to make one on the cheap.  I'm going to buy the material this friday and make one and see how it goes. 


Here is the video and she does give the original guy his props for this very neat and very easy ( I hope ) fire piston.


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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,830 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 05:15:55 PM »
Now this one method that I have not used. I think I will try to make one and give it a go. Thanks for posting the video.

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2015, 05:20:07 PM »
Opps double posted  :facepalm:


Yes it was by far the easiest fire piston and the least expensive one as well to make I've seen.  There are ones that sell for $24 US on fleabay and I may pick on up but I enjoy projects like this. 



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Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,658 SAK Surgeon
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2015, 05:45:29 PM »
Thats neat DIY!

I wouldn't use vaseline though on o-rings, silicone grease is probably better.

The only kickstarter project I ever participated in was for a fire pison. Its cool looking but I never did actually try it. 

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2015, 05:48:14 PM »
Thats neat DIY!

I wouldn't use vaseline though on o-rings, silicone grease is probably better.

The only kickstarter project I ever participated in was for a fire pison. Its cool looking but I never did actually try it.

I got a couple and they work great.   Very compact.  I wish the guy was still making them though.  Sparxgear, I think

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,830 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2015, 05:50:17 PM »
Thats neat DIY!

I wouldn't use vaseline though on o-rings, silicone grease is probably better.

The only kickstarter project I ever participated in was for a fire pison. Its cool looking but I never did actually try it.

I got a couple and they work great.   Very compact.  I wish the guy was still making them though.  Sparxgear, I think
You got some pics of those Nate?

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2015, 06:25:34 AM »
Alright I made the fire piston in the video however there were some issues.  My drill is a POS and I wasn't able to drill the dowel.  I did however get it to ignite char cloth.  I was successful one time as I believe the o ring needed to make a tighter seal.  I'll make some adjustments and proceed.

It was totally fun to do and $16 total spent and I'll have enough stuff to get 2 done. 

Sorry no picture of the ember I was excited and honestly quite surprised since I was unsuccessful on a number of tries. 


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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2015, 02:38:39 PM »
Thats neat DIY!

I wouldn't use vaseline though on o-rings, silicone grease is probably better.

The only kickstarter project I ever participated in was for a fire pison. Its cool looking but I never did actually try it.

I got a couple and they work great.   Very compact.  I wish the guy was still making them though.  Sparxgear, I think
You got some pics of those Nate?

Nate

I'll try to get some photos up.

Alright I made the fire piston in the video however there were some issues.  My drill is a POS and I wasn't able to drill the dowel.  I did however get it to ignite char cloth.  I was successful one time as I believe the o ring needed to make a tighter seal.  I'll make some adjustments and proceed.

It was totally fun to do and $16 total spent and I'll have enough stuff to get 2 done. 

Sorry no picture of the ember I was excited and honestly quite surprised since I was unsuccessful on a number of tries. 



Well done!  I'm impressed.  :)

Global Moderator Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 9,658 SAK Surgeon
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2015, 04:57:32 PM »
Alright I made the fire piston in the video however there were some issues.  My drill is a POS and I wasn't able to drill the dowel.  I did however get it to ignite char cloth.  I was successful one time as I believe the o ring needed to make a tighter seal.  I'll make some adjustments and proceed.

It was totally fun to do and $16 total spent and I'll have enough stuff to get 2 done. 

Sorry no picture of the ember I was excited and honestly quite surprised since I was unsuccessful on a number of tries.

Nice to hear it works!

Here's the one I have, yet to try it.






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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,830 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2015, 05:16:41 PM »
Thats neat DIY!

I wouldn't use vaseline though on o-rings, silicone grease is probably better.

The only kickstarter project I ever participated in was for a fire pison. Its cool looking but I never did actually try it.

I got a couple and they work great.   Very compact.  I wish the guy was still making them though.  Sparxgear, I think
You got some pics of those Nate?

Nate

I'll try to get some photos up.

Alright I made the fire piston in the video however there were some issues.  My drill is a POS and I wasn't able to drill the dowel.  I did however get it to ignite char cloth.  I was successful one time as I believe the o ring needed to make a tighter seal.  I'll make some adjustments and proceed.

It was totally fun to do and $16 total spent and I'll have enough stuff to get 2 done. 

Sorry no picture of the ember I was excited and honestly quite surprised since I was unsuccessful on a number of tries. 



Well done!  I'm impressed.  :)
Me too! Nicely done man!

Nate


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Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,830 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2015, 05:17:31 PM »
Nice Syph.

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2015, 05:49:48 PM »
Nice fire piston MrW,

So mistake on my part as to why my fire piston wasnt working every time.

I didn't seal the oak dowel  :whistle: simple because I thought that was a cosmetic step.  The oak is porous and is where air will escape the chamber thus preventing the ignition.  The dowel needs to bounce back when inserting it in the copper tube or you don't have a seal.

It's a really neat way to start fire and a great project ( inexpensive ) for the kids as well. 


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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 12,152 North American Meetup: May13-15 2011
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2015, 04:08:11 AM »
Actually,

Here's mine:


With char cloth in the bowl:


Bad shot of the red ember ::)


It's fairly easy to get a glowing ember.  Getting it to ignite tinder is a little trickier. :-\

Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2015, 03:18:53 PM »
Let me try that again,

Nice fire piston Syph and MrW. 

I put the ember onto a piece of char cloth that sat on top of dryer lint which worked ok.  I'm going to try to use jute string/rope next time and see how that goes. 

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Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,511
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2015, 06:39:53 AM »
I got this thing dialed in more or less.  It's still has a very slight air leak so 3 of 5 attempts are successful.  I think I need a better fitting o ring.  I'll spray it again also with the clear acrylic. Here are a few attempts that got my char cloth lit. 

It's very fun to make fire this way especially while watching HellBoy  :tu:

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Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2015, 07:12:46 AM »
This seem to be a quite new way to start flames. I have not used this in the past. But I would definitely would like to use it once.

If I need to pick some good EDC tools.
Then I would take my love leatherman multi tool wave and a flash light. Other are just a waste !!!
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 18,830 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over.
Re: Fire Piston
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2015, 08:06:30 AM »
Nice Aloha!

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