Make a lighter that never runs out of fuel and that's so simple, it can't break. It works just like a Diesel engine - as air is rapidly compressed it heats to over 800 degrees. You can make one for a couple dollars.If you enjoy this, please help me out, and rate 5 stars and digg/stumble!!!For more, check out http://funditor.org/
More info at wiki.goingprepared.com and forums.goingprepared.com. A fire piston made on the cheap out of a 2AA MagLite and a few other parts.
Instructions on how to use my fire pistons.
This is a short video on how to use a fire piston...
How to use a fire piston.
This is an aluminum fire piston that was bought over on Bladeforums. Very nice quality, and quite easy to use. For tinder I am using char cloth, which can be easily made using many online tutorials. Any questions, feel free to ask.
In this short video I demonstrate how to make a fire using the fire piston. Many people have never seen a fire piston used. I got this fire piston from a man off ebay.
Here I show how to build an economical Fire Piston with Readily available supplies from the Hardware store (Lowe's or Home Deopt). 1/2' copper Stubout and 1/2"OD O'ring from the plumbing area. 1/2" Oak Dowel rod and wooden drawer knob with screw.
Anyone watching this video should use proper tools while attempting to make a fire piston. I took a few dangerous risks while making this video, but that doesn't mean you should. Please refrain from posting comments if you are going to tell me to get more tools, or use proper safety gear. I am aware of the risks I take and it is my decision to take those risks.
Sizes for Aluminum rod and tube:
At Home Depot - Round Rod Aluminum 3/8 X 36 for $5.97. Round Tube Aluminum 1/2 X 1/16 X 36 for $10.67. This is what was on the label for the rod and tube. I'm assuming these measurements are in inches.
Make your own fire starter that uses compressed air and burns at 500 degrees!
Theory plus demonstration.
piston from http://www.technologysupplies.co.uk/acatalog/Main_Menu_Hyman_Fire_Pistol_342062.html
Did you know there's a way to start a fire by squishing air? In this project we're building a tool that does exactly that, and with a little bit of resourcefulness, we can make this for under $1.00. This tool is completely see through, so you can witness the ignition first hand!
Music by http://www.danosongs.com (Black Box In The Ground)
Project inspired by: wmgurst http://youtu.be/pX9odql1Abc
WARNING: Use of this video content is at your own risk.
A fire piston, or a "slam rod fire starter" as I sometimes call it, is a device used centuries ago to kindle fire. It works because rapid compression heats the air in the chamber to the ignition point of tinders, such as char cloth. The tinder can then be used to ignite kindling, and develop a flame.
It's thought that the fire piston may have inspired Rudolf Diesel in his creation of the diesel engine around 1892.
I had a fire piston I made out of copper tubing, but I wanted to make one out of clear acrylic so I could actually see the ignition of the tinder. It seemed it mystery how, or when, it actually lit, and I wanted to see.
FINDING ACRYLIC: I used google.com to find different plastics companies in my area, and called around until I found one that sold acrylic tubing and rods to the public. I went for a visit, and luckily they had some lengths of scrap tubing they couldn't sell. I asked them if I could use it for a science project, and they gave it to me for free.
The tubing I used was 1/2" inside diameter, and the rod was 1/2" outside diameter - clear acrylic.
This piston was given to a subscriber, as part of a contest I held in celebration of 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel.
See more information on the fire piston on Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_piston
How to make rockets that shoot over 40 feet, with aluminum foil and a match.
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Project inspired by: A video by Marek Hayward I saw over a year ago. (http://bit.ly/IBMatchRocketLaunchPad) If you check out the link, please share the love and let Marek know that Grant Thompson sent you. :) Thank you!
WARNING: Although these rockets are only fueled by one match head, they do get hot enough to burn fingers, and leave scorch marks in carpets. This project should not be attempted without adult supervision, and if done indoors, safety precautions should be in place to mitigate any fire hazards. Misuse, or careless use, may result in property damage. Use of this video content is at your own risk.
After seeing the video by Marek Hayward (which had 10,000 views at the time, and is now over 1,000,000!) I dropped everything I was doing to try this experiment.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get much success with it. The rockets only seemed to work about half the time, and the needle they were launching from would get coated in carbon and tar residues after only a couple of launches, which seriously affected the performance.
In addition, the rockets weren’t balanced, so once they fired, they wouldn’t shoot very straight.
It’s taken me over a year of prototyping and testing, and playing with different ideas to get the result you see in this video. I developed the idea into a full-on matchbox rocket launching kit, which I’m super proud of, and excited to share in the project video.
These rockets shoot consistently between 20-40 feet, and one of the biggest factors to whether the rockets work or fail, depends on how tight the crimp is on the rockets nose. Any rocket that has failed on me has almost always been because the crimp wasn’t done right, or wasn’t tight enough.
The rockets will propel the furthest if they're launched from a stable base that has little to no give. If there is any give on the launchpad, that will absorb some of the energy and the rocket won’t go as far.
Multiple tests in my house confirmed that if the rockets land on the carpet, they need to be moved within 1-2 seconds, or they will begin to melt into the fabric. The aluminum casings are heated in a flame until they reach the auto-ignition temperature of the match head, so you can expect them to be very hot, and may want to be wearing gloves when you recover the spent rocket casings as well :)
This is an awesome and exciting project whether you're a kid or and adult. It’s impressive to fire a rocket with one match head and see such power, and the smoke trail it leaves in it’s wake is extremely satisfying as well.
I’m giving away the template I made for free, all I ask in return is that you please share this video :) You can get it here: http://bit.ly/MatchboxRocketLauncherTemplate