The Fire Piston As An Instant Fire Starter
It is believed that the predecessor of the modern fire piston came out of the jungle.
When the tribesmen used to hollow out pieces of bamboo they found that sometimes, during the hollowing process they had to force the hollowing tool into the bamboo and in doing so created an internal seal.
By pressing harder and faster they created compression at the bottom of the bamboo, and. where there were small shavings of the dry bamboo they found a hot ember - ideal for starting a fire.
I have found this old YouTube video (above), that shows an old bamboo fire piston being prepared and used to make an ember. There's a lot of fiddling about to make it work.
In fact people still make wooden fire starters for sale but they lack the accuracy and reliability of an aircraft grade, precision machined, modern, metal fire starter.
Here's my test, review and personal technique
for getting the best results from your fire starter
So, as you can see in my video, I was easily able to create a small ember that will burn happily for quite a while. No matches, sparks or effort was required.
With a glowing ember carefully placed into your prepared birds-nest, its an easy case of gently blowing onto the ember to create your flame ready to add to your kindling.
Pro's & Con's
- Compact, light & very well made
- Tinder & Lube included
- spare O rings included
- Backup fire steel included
- Packs away easily in carry pouch
- Price - good value for money
- Can take a little practice to master
- You must keep everything clean & dirt free
A very easy tool to master that will create a good ember for your fire - comes ready to use, straight from the box and a good investment into you survival gear.
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