Friday, February 22, 2013

The Wilderness Solutions Fire Piston

Recently I stumbled across a website for the company Wilderness Solutions located in New York.  The company specializes in Primitive Fire making tools, supplies and instruction.

30 minutes later I had read all of the material and watched several videos that were posted about the 2nd Generation Fire Piston.  The concept of the Fire Piston intrigued me and my thirst for new knowledge.  The thought of learning another way of creating fire that has been around for generations excited me and without hesitation I ordered one.

As with all ordered products the wait is always the worse part.  However, when the tidy brown box arrived I ripped into as if it were Christmas again ! Inside was the 2nd Generation Fire Piston and a ziplock baggy of rolled char cloth.

I won't dare say that I was skeptical but I wondered how many attempts it would take for me to create an ember using this method which I had never attempted.  With a quick read of the included instructions I headed down into the laundry room to give it a go.

I placed a rolled piece of char cloth into the recessed pit of the steel rod.  I gently placed the tip into the tube and with a swift palm I struck the handle jamming the rod into the tube and quickly removed it.  It was at that point that my jaw seemingly dropped as I gazed at the glowing ember on the char cloth.  I was sold.  Right then and there this primitive tool was to be a paracord neck carry for me !!

So today I decided to take a few pics of the process to allow you to see the Wilderness Solutions Fire Piston in action.

The Wilderness Solutions 2nd Gen Fire Piston
with small piece of char cloth
Birch Bark, Jute Twine and the Fire Piston.
The starting position !!
The glowing ember in the fire piston.
The coal transferred onto the Jute.
Fire is Life !!
This Fire Piston that was created by Jeff Wagner is an amazing tool and has proven itself to be dependable and simple to use.  From a pure survival standpoint I consider this to be one of the best fire making tools I own.  The successful use requires little to no fine motor skills which is essential if ever submerged in water during a winter survival emergency.

When you get a chance jump over to Jeff's website at and take a look at his amazing research and products.

Fire is Life !!

Prepare Today ... Survive Tomorrow

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