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Old 02-27-2014, 11:23 AM   #1
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Tell us about your PRIMITIVE fire building techniques!!

Only stories and personal experiences making fire with primitive, survival style techniques.

I started fire with a fire piston that I built a few years ago and some char cloth.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:40 PM   #2
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Does a flint stick, pine needles and TP count? I've done this on more than one occasion.
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:09 PM   #3
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What is a fire piston?
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:55 PM   #4
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I've started many fires with a good magnifying glass....but I don't take it camping, accelerants are far too cheap (and faster) [ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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A fire piston works on the heat of compression just like a diesel engine. You have a piston which is just a rod about 1/2" in diameter with a concave dimple in the business end and a larger handle on the other. It is a close tolerance fit into a cylinder with a closed end. You put a small piece of char cloth in the dimple on the end of the piston then insert it into the cylinder and press down sharply. When you withdraw the piston from the cylinder the char cloth "should" be glowing. You pick the char cloth out of the dimple and onto your tinder bundle and blow on it until the tinder bundle bursts into flame. There used to be a forum called firepoppers.com that was all about fire pistons. Do a youtube and google search and you'll find all kinds of stuff.

You can buy one ready made or make one yourself if you have access to a precision lathe.

Flint and pine needles count but the TP reeks of civilization!
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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Here is another recent JOF thread on the same subject that touches on some fire-starter ideas as well: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...g-boxes!/page3

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For several years now I have been teaching my kids how to start the campfire without matches or lighters, I use a flint and steel, pine needles and bark and moss, then small tender until the fire gets bigger to support larger firewood.

It's cool to watch them learn the survival skills.
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My camping knife has a piece of fire steel in the handle, and a rough spot for sparking it on the spine. Super easy to start a fire with.
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Believe it or not I use a propane torch.Like the one you would solder copper pipe with together.
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Fine steel wool and a 9volt battery. Awesome, cheap and no chemicals.

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