The Fire Piston (Numyth)

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Brokor, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    The Numyth fire piston:

    I picked this up at a great price from the website linked above. Right out of the package I could tell this thing was built to last a nuclear freaking explosion. It's very similar to a mini-Mag Light, if you've ever held one you will know what I mean. It's very light, made from aluminum, and weighs in at less than 2 oz. The top end opens to reveal a hidden chamber, complete with a rubber 'O' ring to seal it tight, and can hold an ample amount of char material or extra rubber rings. The Numyth fire piston comes with extra rubber rings, and is very well made. A small, plastic container with lube is also provided for the compression rings, and it all comes in a handy plastic bag which seals for expedient use. It only took me the first try to get a glowing ember with this piston, too. You can open the opposite end to replace the piston for storage, and to clean if necessary. Yeah, it has quickly become my favorite tool. For the price ($40), it's a very solid buy. The price has gone up $5 already. Compare this to the highly priced, wooden type fire pistons, and it's a "no-brainer". Very high quality fire piston, folks.

    YouTube - ‪Numyth Vulcan Fire Piston Review‬‏
    YouTube - ‪NuMyth Vulcan Fire Piston‬‏

    Another topic on fire pistons (pen sized) located here:
    Although I never got around to buying this pen-sized fire piston, I would still like to try it out one day.
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  2. Huntinbull

    Huntinbull Monkey+

    Great info. Thanks for the links.
  3. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    WOW Broker...Back in the "Day" we would refer to that nice little item as "High Speed and Low Drag!" Veerrry Nice...[drooling]
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  4. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    been thinkin bout seein if i could make one of these from scratch and make it work
    could be a handy skill to have someday
    personally i hate buying things, if they break, its gone forever
    if i make it, all i have to do is make a new one
    isnt that what bein prepped is really about, surviving without a store?
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  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Absolutely, man! If you got some aircraft grade aluminum or titanium around...and a lathe or a on!
  6. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    the first ones were made of just good hardwood
    thats what id try to duplicate
    but i do have aluminum and titanium :p
    no cnc tho, just a homemade foot powered lathe that just takes longer to work
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  8. I did try the fire piston, but never got my charcloth to light. Personally, I prefer flint and steel over the fire piston. Just a striker and a hard piece of rock.
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  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    My favorite method is a ferro rod and/or a blastmatch, but for long term survival the fire piston is king. Granted, the skill to use flint and steel should never be underestimated. In fact, I never even liked fire pistons until I got my Numyth, and only kept my pistons around just in case. There's a certain skill involved with them, just like a flint and steel. You have to keep the piston clean and very lightly lubricated. You also have to keep the material inside the tiny cup at the base of the piston shaft and use quality tinder for best results. Some fire pistons just don't work at all. In a survival situation, any animal fat will suffice for lubrication, even some sweat and skin oil from behind your ear or from the side of your nose (an old trick my dad showed me once). Just as flint and steel require the best materials for optimum performance, so does the fire piston.
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  10. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey+++

    Sorry, I didn't see when this thread first started. A friend of mine first told me about these little items a few months ago. He sent me a link on how to make them & I figured I would share.
    Edit 01/18: Link no longer works. - ghrit
    Let us know if you make one, and how it does.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 19, 2018
  11. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I tried the link, but it wouldn't work....

    Here is a link that might be relevant.....

    The Fire Piston | Make:
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Thread is 5 years old, should be no surprise that some links no longer work. Thanx for your "make" link.
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  13. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I kinda liked the flamethrower ukulele instructible project described at the same site....just the perfect accessory for the zombie apocalypse.

    Not suitable for children under 18 years of age....probably not suitable for some children over 18 years of age also ;) Posted for information and entertainment only.....construct and use at your own risk.

    Note the safety recommendations

    Mad Max Doof Warrior Inspired Flamethrower Ukulele | Make:

    Although not a fire piston, it will get a charcoal fired BBQ started nicely.[reddevil]

    @Brokor thanks for reminding me of this thread....think I'll just make a copy of the fire piston instructible for my TEOTWAWKI archive. :)
    Last edited: May 7, 2020
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  14. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    If you had a choice of materials to make a fire piston out of, what would that be?? And, what size?
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