Fire Piston Kit

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Fire Piston Kit

The Survival Summit Hickory Fire Piston kit is made in the U.S.A. and has been field-tested to be of the best on the market. The Survival Summit Fire Piston Kit comes with a Hickory Fire Piston, Char Cloth, Extra O-rings, and 6′ of Jute cordage, which makes for a great fire starting birds nest.

The Hickory Fire Piston consists of a hollow cylinder, sealed at one end and open at the other. A piston with an airtight circular seal (o-ring) is fitted into the cylinder. The piston has a handle on the end to allow a firm grip to be applied to it, or a large enough surface area to strike it sharply without causing pain while the cylinder is braced against a hard surface, and it can be completely withdrawn from the cylinder.

The piston has a notch or recess on or in its face, into which a piece of char cloth is placed. The compression of the air when the piston is quickly rammed into the cylinder causes the interior temperature to rise sharply to roughly 500°F, which is hot enough for the char cloth in the piston face to ignite. The piston is then quickly withdrawn before the now-burning tinder depletes the available oxygen inside the cylinder. The smoldering char cloth can then be removed from the face of the piston and transferred to a larger nest of fine kindling material.

To make a nest of fine kindling material, simply pull apart all of the strands of the Jute cord and make your own “bird’s nest” for easy fire starting. You can even coat your Jute cordage with wax for a longer and more intense burn, as well as fully waterproof your cordage. The Survival Summit Fire Piston Kit comes with instructions to make your own Char Cloth as well.


  • Each Fire Piston comes with Char Cloth (2) Extra O-rings and Instructions on how to use the fire piston
  • Comes with 6′ of Jute cordage to make 6-18 birds nests of varying sizes
  • Instruction on how to make more Char Cloth
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Metal: 6061 Aircraft Aluminum
  • Wood: Hickory
  • Weight: 2 oz
Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 5 × 3 × 2 in

1 review for Fire Piston Kit

  1. George S. (verified owner)

    Nice little kit added to my collection of various fire making methods. Shipped out quick. I’m happy with this purchase.

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