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    Aluminum Fire pistons. Hand made in the USA.

    Price is $65. Price include shipping in the USA with a tracking number. Please pay through paypal and make sure you include your shipping address. My email address is: michaelmcgo@gmail.com
    Please email me and post here if you order one or have any questions.

    Description of fire pistons:
    A fire piston works on the same principles as a diesel engine in that compressed air creates intense heat. A bit of char cloth is placed in a small pocket on the end of the piston, and when the piston is compressed, this heats the char cloth to such an intense temperature that it glows red, allowing you to start a fire. I've been making these fire pistons for a few years, and have used them on many hiking trips. Char cloth can be made at home and carried with the fire piston, or some natural tinders can be used (certain mosses, fungi, and barks).

    Details:
    >Machined 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum (Will never rot, and much stronger than wood). Very robust design make this one tough fire starter.
    >3/4" diameter wire brushed grip cylinder with precision reamed 1/2" bore piston. O-ring is standard 1/2" OD x 5/16" ID that can be inexpensively obtained at any hardware store should a replacement ever be needed.
    >Piston has a tinder retainer machined into its face.
    >I machine these fire pistons myself in my machine shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA. They are machined by hand on a lathe, which is time consuming, but also guarantees the highest quality. Tolerances are held very tight for excellent compression and reliability. Each piston is individually mated to it's cylinder for a precision fit.
    >These fire pistons are of my own design, and are the result of many prototype models. I found that the method I use is more reliable than a two hand fire piston, and causes much less fatigue on the hands during practice and actual use. It takes a little practice to get the "feel", but after you get the hang of it, it only takes a few tries to get an ember.

    Videos of my fire pistons:

    Quick Press method
    Slam Fire method







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    These are first come first serve and once I'm out, I'm out for good. I will post here as they are sold so you know what kinds are left.
    I currently have:

    2 Round
    3 Hex

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    Bump to the top!

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    Quantity Update:

    3 Hex Remaining.
    0 Round Style Remaining.

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    I still have those 3 hex style left.

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    Hey mcgo, nice to see you on the hammock forum. Seen your fire pistons befor, and I can say they work great. Get tired of Bf I see?

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    Ha Ha. No, I just got into hammocks this year and this forum is a pretty cool place to peruse every now and again. I'm still around BF, just not as much as I used to be. Good to see you around here.

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    Those look Schweet! I wish I wasn't unemployed and poor, I'd get one. Still they look nice,real nice!
    I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time. You don't have to fry them again after all.

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    I have two of the hex style fire pistons left.

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    I got one of Michael's round style fire pistons. It rocks! Tough as a tank, indestructible, and works like a charm.
    2new2hang

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