Sheepdog Response Fire Piston Kit


Proudly made in the U.S.A.

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Our brand new Sheepdog Response Hickory Fire Piston kit is proudly made in the U.S.A.  Our Hickory Fire Pistons have been field tested and are one of the best on the market.

Our new kit comes with a Hickory Fire Piston, Char Cloth, Extra O-rings, and 6′ of 4 ply Jute cordage, which makes for a great fire starting “birds nest”.

The Hickory Fire Piston consists of a hollow cylinder, 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to strike it sharply without causing pain while the cylinder is braced against a hard surface, and it can be completely withdrawn from the cylinder.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 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 roughly 500°F, which is hot enough for the char cloth in the piston face to ignite. The piston is then quickly withdrawn, before the now-burning tinder depletes the available oxygen inside the cylinder.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.

To make a nest of fine kindling material, simply pull apart all of the strands of the Jute cord and make your own “birds nest” for easy fire starting.  You can even coat your Jute cordage with wax for a longer and more intense burn, as well as fully waterproofing your cordage.  Our kit comes with instructions to make your own Char Cloth as well.


  • Each Fire Piston comes with Char Cloth (2) Extra O-rings and Instructions how to use the fire piston
  • Comes with 6′ of Jute cordage to make 6-18 birds nests of varying sizes
  • Instruction on how to make more Char Cloth
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Metal: 6061 Aircraft Aluminum
  • Wood: Hickory
  • Weight: 2 oz
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