Hickory Fire Piston ******** We ship to CANADA READ THIS FIRST IF YOU SEE A ONE OF MY FIRE PISTON LISTING HERE ON EBAY AND ITS NOT SOLD BY CAMPFIREPISTON IT MAY BE A FAKE Get A Fire Piston that does not HURT* your hand.. A fire piston consists of a hollow cylinder ranging in length from about 3 to 6 inches sealed at one end and open at the other. A piston with an airtight circular seal ( o-ring) is fitted into the cylinder. The piston has a handle on the end to allow a firm grip to be applied to it, or a large enough surface area to strike it sharply without causing pain while the cylinder is braced against a hard surface, and it can be completely withdrawn from the cylinder. The. piston generally has a notch or recess on or in its face, into which a piece char cloth is placed.The compression of the air when the piston is quickly rammed into the cylinder causes the interior temperature to rise sharply to 500°F This is hot enough for the char cloth in the piston face to ignite with a visible flash that can be seen if the cylinder is made of translucent or transparent material. The piston is then quickly withdrawn, before the now-burning tinder depletes the available oxygen inside the cylinder. The smoldering char cloth can then be removed from the face of the piston and transferred to a larger nest of fine kindling material, such as Jute Twine, Paper Towel , birch shavings, etc. The ember is then fanned or blown upon vigorously to create a flame, at which time various stages of larger kindling can be added until built into a proper fire. Great for Camping Backpacking Hunting Fishing Boy Scouts This Fire Piston feels better in the hand.than the the ones that are just tubes this one gives you something to hold This piston will start a fire just as good as them $40 $50 pistons that has the fancy wood. When your starving or cold who cares if your piston has $50 wood SO save your money and get a CampfirePiston Thanks for looking The Cylinder is aluminum with a 7/8 wood casing ,The Piston is made of Aluminum and has a 7/8 Knob *I get allot of messages asking me what I mean when I say do not get a fire piston that will HURT your hand. It takes allot of force to push the piston down into the cylinder to get the char clot to catch a spark and with just the aluminum tube type which I make also they hurt your hand especially when you start to demo the fire piston to other people. With the wood handle type like THIS one you have more area with the wood that will give you much more comfort when using it this fire piston WORKS well you will be happy you spent a few extra dollars to get A GOOD ONE or TWO********** ***Click Here for 5 Pack*** Fire Piston Dimensions Overall length:4-3/4 Inches Wood:Hickory Diameter:7/8 Inch Weight:2 oz Stain:Dark Walnut What you get Fire PistonBag of Char Cloth2 EXTRA O-RINGSInstructions How to use the Fire PistonInstructions How to make Char Cloth.Excellent Customer Service.*FREE SHIPPING USA ONLY.