Learn how to make and use a fire piston. I like this as a project to do with the kids. They spend way too much time with electronics and this kind of project can give them two times away from them.
The first is while they are making the fire piston with you and the second and more times can be when you take them camping or outdoors to learn how to use the fire piston. The fire piston works by forcing compressed air down a tube where there is a small scrap of char cloth waiting to ignite.
Once you have ignited your char cloth you can then use it to start a camp fire. I think kids would enjoy knowing how to make the fire piston and how to use it because it is a great hands on experience that will give them results that may come in handy through their lives. Native Robin shows how she made the fire piston out of a few articles that you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowe’s and she also made the char cloth. If you would like to use a fire piston but don’t want to make your own you can buy one.
There are plenty of you tube videos that show all sorts of ways to make them with everything from wood to plastic. I can just picture asking a grand son, so what game did you try to beat over the weekend and him telling me. None Grandma I built and learned how to use a fire piston. Sounds so much more productive and useful that a video game.
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.
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