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The Fire Piston: Ancient Firemaking Machine
primitiveways.com ^ | copyright 1996 | Wyatt R. Knapp

Posted on 10/05/2012 8:08:08 PM PDT by djone

History/how to of this ancient device: "Air gets very hot when it is compressed under high pressure. A classic example would be the heat that is created when one uses a bicycle pump. But when the air is compressed in a firepiston it is done so quickly and efficiently that it can reach a temperature in excess of 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to ignite the tinder that is placed in the end of the piston which has been hollowed out to accept it."

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TOPICS: History; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: fire; firepiston; godsgravesglyphs; preppers; survival; survivalists
"A Traditional Firepiston Here's a drawing for a traditional wooden firepiston. The cylinder is 4" to 6" long and 3/4" to 1" in diameter. Make the inside diameter around 1/2". Follow the drawing for making the piston. The walls of the bore must be perfectly straight and polished smooth......"

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1 posted on 10/05/2012 8:08:13 PM PDT by djone
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To: djone

A turkey baster?


2 posted on 10/05/2012 8:14:26 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


3 posted on 10/05/2012 8:15:31 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks djone.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 8:20:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: djone
A very cool device. This was covered on one the Survivorman shows. He sells them at his website. Click on the pic.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 8:24:41 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: djone

I made one in my garage a few years ago. I used a copper stubout, wooden dowel and an O-ring. It works every time.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 8:26:10 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: djone
Welcome to the Steam Age.

It has and hasn't changed much.

7 posted on 10/05/2012 8:27:08 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Kartographer

Looks like you can buy them fairly easier. I wonder how well they hold up?

http://www.campmor.com/wilderness-solutions-scout-fire-piston-fire-starter.shtml?source=CI&ci_sku=52748&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw={keyword}


8 posted on 10/05/2012 8:28:07 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
I find that it's easier to use a can of gasoline and a road flare to get that wet wood going.

/johnny

9 posted on 10/05/2012 8:30:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

Wilderness Solutions 2nd Generation Fire Piston Demonstration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqE5cqASSnw


10 posted on 10/05/2012 8:34:00 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: djone

Cool device. Thanks.


11 posted on 10/05/2012 8:34:43 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: PA Engineer
Amazon also has quite a selection and some at a decent price.
12 posted on 10/05/2012 8:35:08 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer

Project!!!!

How to make a Compact Fire Piston

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuKJ8BQv0Hc&feature=fvwrel


13 posted on 10/05/2012 8:40:27 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: JRandomFreeper
I find that it's easier to use a can of gasoline and a road flare to get that wet wood going.

A fond memory of my youth was watching my father's ritual of starting the BBQ with a can of gasoline and farmer's matches - woof!

14 posted on 10/05/2012 8:44:35 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: JRandomFreeper

What can I expect from someone use to heating up his rations with a bit of C4. ;-)


15 posted on 10/05/2012 8:47:50 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: djone

If Bork Obunga should get re-elected for any reason, making fire will shortly get to be a big deal...


16 posted on 10/05/2012 8:48:58 PM PDT by varmintman (November Sixth || Obunga is Through || Bork Obunga || Before He Borks You || Burma Shave)
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To: Kartographer

Very, very cool. Thanks.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 9:01:48 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Kartographer
That ain't me! I was USAF. No C4 involved. We always had proper facilities. Mostly.

Electric coffee pot, swivel chair, coffee cup, clip board, cute girls... Mostly.

We did use the M2 burner, though, in the field, and that was more dangerous than C4.

/johnny

18 posted on 10/05/2012 9:06:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Last Dakotan
It did get lit, didn't it?

/johnny

19 posted on 10/05/2012 9:07:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I noticed the “cute girl” component as I was travelling throught Pope, Lajes, etc. I suspect, thought I am not certain, that the USAF redirected many female “no-go’s” to the Army, but I cannot be certain.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 9:16:20 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: MSF BU
I'm sure I couldn't comment on that.

/johnny

21 posted on 10/05/2012 9:32:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Don’t waste a perfectly good flare!

Wrap a small rag onto a stick, then dampen it with gas, kerosene, or diesel. Hold it next to one of the vehicle’s battery cables, and use a long screw driver, wrench, or spread-open pliers to spark it alight. If nothing else, you can connect a set of jumper cables*, and use the free-end clamps to create the sparks.

You can use it as a torch, if you modify it a bit to make it burn slower & longer; or use it as a match, same as the flare is use.

*In a pinch, battery cables can be used for crude emergency light duty welding, using 16d nails or bailing wire for ‘welding rods’.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 9:46:40 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch
LOL! I snorted beer through my nose and the catz left the room.

That's field expedient, right there, I don't care who you are.

/johnny

23 posted on 10/05/2012 9:49:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: djone

Bttt.


24 posted on 10/05/2012 11:31:10 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: djone

25 posted on 10/06/2012 3:40:56 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
A turkey baster?

Michelle, two kids. A coincidence, I think not.

26 posted on 10/06/2012 7:22:05 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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self-PING for later.


27 posted on 10/06/2012 7:33:52 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: .45 Long Colt
a copper stubout

Is that like a henway?

28 posted on 10/06/2012 7:36:47 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Everyone knows a hen weighs 4 to 6 lbs.

Copper stub out...

http://www.amazon.com/X8-COPPER-STUB-OUT/dp/B002JG4H3E/ref=sr_1_35?ie=UTF8&qid=1349576235&sr=8-35&keywords=copper+stub+out


29 posted on 10/06/2012 7:20:18 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: djone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Win_t0xtcQs#t=39s


30 posted on 10/06/2012 8:18:54 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: SunkenCiv

That was cool!
Thanks for the ping.


31 posted on 10/08/2012 10:44:40 AM PDT by fanfan ("But if Muslims were asked to go to church on Sunday and take Holy Communion there would be war.")
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