OpinionFire pistons should be obligatory in any camping trip
      – BorgClown, 2009-10-27 at 05:45:59   (6 comments)

On 2009-10-27 at 05:49:35, BorgClown wrote...
Fire pistons are small tinder lighters that work by fast compression of air. They don't require more energy than your own hands, and are amazingly quick and effective. They're so simple you could make one MacGyver style. http://www.onagocag.com/piston.html http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/exp/fire-piston-1/
On 2009-10-27 at 05:50:03, BorgClown wrote...
That's ancient sorcery!
On 2009-10-27 at 11:46:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It might be useful knowledge if you found yourself thrown back in time, but how many flames can you get out of an ordinary gas-based cigarette lighter? It's no bigger, and probably more reliable. I have 2 right in front of me that I found lying around on various nights, and they give a big flame on demand with almost no effort and no preparation.
On 2009-10-27 at 11:49:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Oh, and did you know that the production of compressed gas is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gases (in terms of enormous energy consumption)?
On 2009-10-27 at 12:33:58, DigitalBoss wrote...
That is a problem only if you give a damn about greenhouse gases.
On 2009-10-27 at 21:13:01, BorgClown wrote...
Gas lighters, psha. Fire pistons FTW! Nothing beats the awesome factor of slapping a hand-sized device and have instant tinder. The commercial ones are made to last, they can outlast many lighters.