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    Char Cloths

    Lovely clear night last night so we got outside and made char cloths from old clothes,best night in a long time,and scouts were blown away with the end results.
    Whats not to love standing outside with a cuppa and a few fires.

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    Had to google that...

    Which led to fire pistons...

    Sounds like another fire lighting night for Scouts,

    Thanks for the hint.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    Which led to fire pistons...
    Made some with 15mm copper tubing. Works really well.

    I used 15mm wooden dowel for the piston, which I had to retire when someone hit it hard. The piston broke and nearly took out their wrist.

    Keep meaning to source something more substantial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmcmahon View Post
    Made some with 15mm copper tubing. Works really well.

    I used 15mm wooden dowel for the piston, which I had to retire when someone hit it hard. The piston broke and nearly took out their wrist.

    Keep meaning to source something more substantial.
    Found some on Amazon.

    No frame reference for them so I have no idea how good it will be.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JHBNGF1

    I have no idea how they work, I'll need to do some reading, and also into how to make char cloth itself.

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    how they work...adiabatic compression. for some reason that has stuck in my head from school. what it means, well thermodynamics is dull and the brain cells no longer what they used to be so I'll leave it at that

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    It is believed that Dr Diesel used the idea of ignition by compression to do away with spark plugs.

    I can probably put together an instruction sheet if anyone wants to have a go at making their own.
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    I have a fire piston, Iím out of practice with it though.


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    Mine just arrived today. Fire piston, O rings, a tiny wee blob of lube (steady...) What looks like uncooked cloth and some, ummm, hair.

    So yeah, we'll see how that goes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmcmahon View Post
    It is believed that Dr Diesel used the idea of ignition by compression to do away with spark plugs.

    I can probably put together an instruction sheet if anyone wants to have a go at making their own.
    Yes please

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    My Scouts, and my wife's Brownies, were impressed with the fire piston I got for Christmas one year. I'm beginning to get a reputation for a pyromaniac collection of ways of starting conflagrations. Our PLs routinely produce fire steels in preference to matches. Although the bow I have is not good, and I need to try that with a decent one (recommendations welcome).

    I'm afraid I cheated and bought char cloths on eBay. I really should do that properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiftypete View Post
    Yes please
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