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.

  1. Campfire Piston
  2. Char Cloth
  3. Directions
  4. Extra O-Rings 

What I needed additionally to be successful at lighting a fire.

  1. A strong arm
  2. Lubrication 
  3. A strong arm
  4. 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

  1. Thin bark
  2. Medium amount of well-packed char cloth
  3. Heavily lubricated
  4. 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.

Final thoughts...


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.