The Vulcan is precision CNC machined from an aluminum alloy and has an ultra tough hard anodized type III coating (ember orange or granite gray) to protect it from scratches and general wear. The body has generous amounts of knurling to ensure that the fire piston stays in your hand securely, even when using gloves. The top of the fire piston features a removable cap that allows access to a watertight storage capsule, perfect for keeping your tinder or other small items safe and dry. The bottom cap of the tube is also removable, which allows you to be able to clean the tube when tinder and lubrication builds up as well as keeping the piston securely in place when not in use.
The second version of the Vulcan has the same features of the original, but in a slightly different body. We added some additional machining on the body of the tube to give even better grip and the interior of the tube has been polished smoother to give a better seal and longer life. Since we love the color orange, the Vulcan is now available in ember (burnt) orange in addition to the original gray.
How it works
Similar to a diesel engine, a fire piston works by rapidly compressing air and igniting a small piece of tinder held in place in the tinder notch. An ember is created instead of a flame, so relatively advanced fire starting skills are needed to take advantage of the ember once created. In order to properly use the fire piston, easily ignitable tinder such as char cloth or true tinder fungus is required.
The Vulcan works best when the piston and tube are both clean and free of debris. A minimal amount of the included lubricant will help the piston travel freely in the tube. Most lubricants like petroleum jelly or silicone gel can be used when the included lubricant is used up or lost.
Please note the video shows the first version of the fire piston, but the concept is still the same.