There are a lot of ways to make a fire, but some are more interesting than others. A fire piston is a fascinating fire starting device that relies on compression to create heat and ignite an ember. A small piece of tinder is placed at one end of the chamber while a piston rod creates compression (and thus heat). In this video, I take a look at two different fire pistons on the market today to compare features: The Wilderness Solutions FireFly and the Bushcraft Essentials Fire Piston. Not all fire pistons are created equal. While the basic action is always the same and air is air, the quality of materials can go a long way in terms of durability. But once you get the gist of how a fire piston works, it can be a really fun way to start a fire without matches!
At any rate, it was also a great opportunity for Olivia and I to get up on Dry Buck Mountain again and do what we love: Sharing useful bushcrafting tips that preferably involve lighting things on fire.