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    If you notice, water bottles now have ridges and stuff in them instead of being smooth cylinders. The reason is that there were several cases where a bottle of water in a car at the right angle and position focused the suns rays and started a fire. With the ridges and other texturing, it's far less likely. But a smooth cylinder of water CAN be an improvised lens.

    As I said, the trick is to try out a lot of unconventional things so when you need it, you know you can start a fire.
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    What about those "fire pistons"? I just started making one out of aluminum today at work. A very cool idea from way back in the day (apparently).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashhoe View Post
    What about those "fire pistons"? I just started making one out of aluminum today at work. A very cool idea from way back in the day (apparently).
    What is it ashhoe? I never heard of a "fire piston."
    Lot of great ideas on fire starting. Thank you..
    One of you guys with mechanical ability, I have none. Might want too look into making a reduced version of the solar fire starter Gunco Bob showed.
    I see money in that products future.
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    i have some of those lenses that came out of the old school projector TV sets. they are great for starting a fire.

    but if the wood is really wet--i use my blue-nose wrench--LOL!

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    Here's a decent looking video.

    Just google or youtube "fire piston", you'll see all kinds of crazy stuff.
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    Thumbs up Wow cool..

    Quote Originally Posted by ashhoe View Post
    Here's a decent looking video.
    YouTube - Modern Fire Piston
    Just google or youtube "fire piston", you'll see all kinds of crazy stuff.
    Thank you...
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    I have used all kinds of things to make fire , from Bow and drills , to flint and steel , and of course magnifying glasses. However the most fun that I ever had was using ruined headlights to light up stuff, it is amazing how much heat an old car headlight will focus. I will next be building a fire piston, they look like a blast to me.

    The Firepiston

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser1959 View Post
    I will next be building a fire piston, they look like a blast to me.
    You going to do your firepiston the traditional way, with close-fitted wood parts, or are you going to "cheat" with modern materials?
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    I think the fire piston will be next for me too. Never used one, never even seen one in fact, looks simple enough to make though.
    RB, you should be proud of that young man of yours, most kids his age can't do anything that does not involve a frikkin cell phone or game controller. Good on ya bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nkluksda View Post
    You going to do your firepiston the traditional way, with close-fitted wood parts, or are you going to "cheat" with modern materials?

    I freaking promise, I will cheat all that I can, I see no purpose in making the job harder than necessary.
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