Our New Compression Release Models
(above) that allow you to
relieve the pressure in the cylinder for storage
yet close the vent to make fire after fire. (Coco
Bolo wood and the "jet black" Asian Water
Buffalo Horn shown above)
Fire Pistons make a GREAT GIFT
for a Boy Scout obtaining "Eagle Scout" status
or for the Scout Master given by his grateful
Price - $40 - $115
depending on model (Kits / Semi-Finished /
of the Lahu Tribe of Thailand using
an one of our Coco Bola Fire Pistons
The Fire Piston
is one of the most exotic ways to make fire. It
uses the principal of compressing air to create
heat to ignite tinder. Each Fire Piston comes
complete with Fire Piston, supply of Tinder
Fungus, Char Cloth, Extra cotton gasket
material, jute tinder and instructions.
We carry the highest quality Fire Pistons
currently made and all are PRE-TESTED before
shipping so that we can offer a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
on their performance!
In fact, Les Stroud of "Survivorman"
OUR O-ring Buffalo Horn Fire Piston to use
on his Alaska Adventure (Discovery Channel
We now offer three versions, the traditional
cotton string gasket and the rubber o-ring
gasket and the O-Ring with a Compression Release. The Cotton String gasket is
the traditional way these Fire Pistons
were made and used. The cotton string
gasket will need to be re-wrapped every 25 or so
fires (easy to follow instructions are
WHICH ONE TO BUY?
If you like things 100 % traditional style then one of
the string gasket models is for you.
Both the Coco Bolo Wood ones and the Buffalo
Horn ones perform very well so the material
(Coco Bolo or Buffalo Horn) the Fire Piston is
made from is strictly your personal aesthetic preference.
The string gasket will need to be re-wrapped
after approx. 25 fires. Replacement string
for the gasket is included with the Fire Piston.
If you like things to be
easy and nearly maintenance-free then the
O-Ring gasket models are what you should
The O-Ring gasket
makes changing gaskets easy. Just
slip on a new rubber o-ring when the old one
wears out. The o-ring gasket will need to
be changed after approx. 250 fires. A replacement
o-ring for the gasket is included with the Fire
Piston. Again, the Coco
Bolo Wood ones and the Buffalo Horn ones perform
very well so the material they are made from
made of is strictly your personal preference.
RELEASE or NOT?
If you like things to be easy to use and also like
"trick little gadgets" the Compression
Release O-Ring Models are for you.
The Compression Release Models are an
O-ring Fire Piston with a convenient way to vent
the pressure out of the cylinder for storage of
the Fire Piston. The "finger operated" release
valve is located at the lower end of the Fire
MATERIAL the FIRE
PISTON IS MADE FROM
least expensive Fire Piston is made from
21st century materials. For those
interested in the technical information they are
made from DuPont™ Delrin®, a
acetal homopolymer resin which is a
highly-crystalline polymer that has high
stiffness and strength. In layman terms it
is strong, durable and allows us to make a low
priced Fire Piston for those on tight budgets or
for Scout Troops that want to buy several
for their troop. The Delrin®
models come both with and without the
compression release feature.
Coco Bolo wood shows the intrigued grain
pattern of the tree is has been made from.
The Buffalo Horn is a jet black color
which portrays a sense of elegance and
richness. Both Coco Bolo and the Buffalo
Horn has been polished to a high gloss and both
perform equally well in terms of their ability
to produce a coal.. The choice between
these two material options is strictly and
aesthetic and personal preference choice.
As we said, the
material they are made from is totally personal
preference. We carry the wooden Coco Bolo wood
(imported form Honduras and Central America) Fire
Pistons with their deep grain texture. The
Asian Water Buffalo horn Fire Pistons are
"jet black" are the preferred material if they
will be used under very high humidity and damp
conditions (like the jungle or rain forest). The Plastic Fire
Pistons are the lowest cost and do not have a
"Compression Release" valve. No matter
which material or type you choose, they all perform with
Next the "Speciality
Models" are made from aluminum or
clear acrylic. These include the
Survival Pens, a fire piston the size of a
ball-point pen, the Total Survivor Fire
Pistons which house a ferro sparking rod and
a compartments for tinders or other survival
items and the clear Acrylic Models that allow
you to "see the flash" when the tinder ignites.
Fire Piston Kits (you
put the entire thing together)