Campfire Piston Review
Explorer Gear's first review response came from Campfire piston. I was happy to oblige, fire pistons get a bad rap for being difficult to use; however this one was not difficult at all with the right approach. My review is based on twenty attempts with varying methods of use.
What comes in the package.
- Campfire Piston
- Char Cloth
- Extra O-Rings
What I needed additionally to be successful at lighting a fire.
- A strong arm
- A strong arm
- Very dry tinder
My approach was to use three different types of tinder: Dry grass, small sticks and thin bark. Also, I used three different amounts of char cloth, three different levels of lubrication and three different methods of holding.
The best combination for making it work
- Thin bark
- Medium amount of well-packed char cloth
- Heavily lubricated
- Held with base of the Campfire Piston on knee, smack the top and pull out slowly.
- Great instructions included in package
- Char cloth is good and lit easily
- The tip of the piston was perfectly created so the lube was separated from the cloth.
- Smooth design made holding on to the piston difficult
- The small rounded end made for a painful hit to the hand.
This is a great little tool with only a few faults. One of the biggest things to consider when purchasing a fire piston is whether it is practical for you? Many would say a ferrocerium rod is a better concept or even just a plain old lighter. Ultimately the Campfire Piston is a good option for explorers and survivalists alike. Fire pistons offer the added bonus of being inexpensive to upkeep as well.
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I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.