One Page Guide in Using the Piston Fire Starter

The fire piston, also known as a slam rod fire starter or fire syringe, is a gadget of the ancient origin used to start fires.  Both modern and ancient fire piston versions were made from animal horns, wood, bamboo, lead or antlers.  Fire Pistons are  based on the principle of heating gas (air in this case) by adiabatic and rapid compression to light tinder, which is used for setting light to kindling. What Exactly is a Fire Piston? A fire piston is made of a hollow cylinder with length ranging from roughly 7.5 cm-15 cm.  It also has a bore of around 7 mm in a diameter which is opened at one end and sealed at the other.  The cylinder is fitted with a piston having an airtight round seal. It contains a handle on its end to allow for applying a firm grip.  Generally, the piston has a recess or a notch in or on its face, where tinder is placed. Swiftly ramming the piston into the cylinder causes the air to compress and make the temperature in the inner part of the gun to rapidly rise to 500 degrees fahrenheit. This temperature is high enough for the tinder in or on the face of the piston to light with a flash that is visible in a transparent or translucent cylinder. The piston is withdrawn quickly before the...

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