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"Fire Pipes"--Any interest?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by FortyTwoBlades, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    A piece of kit I like to carry is a 6" section of an Easton "Jazz" arrow shaft for use as a lung-powered bellows. It concentrates the breath to a TREMENDOUS degree and makes breathing a fire to life a lot less of a hassle. I found a good source for some .035"-walled 1/4" aluminum tube and thought it might make a sturdier but still light-weight alternative to an old arrow shaft. I'd cut the the tubing to length and bevel the ends to round off the sharp edge. Any interest in such a thing?
     
  2. Bowman1911

    Bowman1911

    Dec 12, 2010
    I use an 11' aluminum straw from 7/11. 99cents & weighs next to nothing. Even comes anodized in safety orange. Well, & a few other colors too, but I see the orange the most.
     
  3. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
    I've got a couple of bits of old radio aerial I use for that. They telescope from about 3-4” to more than 12”. Keeps the face out the smoke and lets you keep blowing and seeing when doing a project using a hot coal to burn through blah.
     
  4. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Oh wow--had no idea about those. Thanks!
     
  5. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Actually, looking at those online they seem to be a bigger diameter than I like to use for this purpose.
     
  6. HornyToad

    HornyToad

    954
    May 2, 2008
    I use surgical tubing, about 24" long, with a brass tube on the end (about 4" long). I can get real far away from the smoke.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
  7. mewolf1

    mewolf1 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Soft Copper tubing works well too. Try pinching one end for better performance.
     
  8. VA27

    VA27

    905
    Dec 24, 2005
    I use a pencil-sized basswood or cottonwood branch. A small length of steel wire heated red hot and pushed through the pith makes a 'natural' looking fire pipe.
     
  9. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    The nice thing about using thin tubing is that it takes up less space for the same effect. A good method, all the same. :)
     
  10. DrivebyTrucker

    DrivebyTrucker

    Nov 8, 2005
    I carry a fabric stretched over a wire frisbee for fanning the flames once I have the fire going. It was free at a convention. I never thought about using an aid to fire the initial fire going. I didn't know 7-11 sold aluminum straws for slurpees. I should pick a few up. I was going to order a titanium one at some point.
     
  11. Salve

    Salve

    31
    Feb 28, 2012
    I make a small hole using my forefingers and thumbs. No weight and I can stay a couple of feet from the fire. Very effective too.
     
  12. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    With the size of those straws (one fellow online was saying you could suck up a Bic pen in one) you might want to gently crimp one end.
     
  13. --J

    --J

    231
    Jan 26, 2008
    I like that surgical tube idea horny toad, compact and I'm sure it would come in handy for other tasks too.
     
  14. hiwa

    hiwa

    Jun 7, 2009
    Rick told me of a brass tube he carries in his kit for the same purpose , also useful as a drinking tube and other things. Definately something I am going to add to my kit. I'm going to try and find a stainless steel one. 6" seems a bit short though ; I might go a bit longer like 10". I can always reduce it if need be.

    You could also use it to blow foreign objects out of receivers or knife pivots , etc. ;)
     
  15. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Exactly! :thumbup:

    Like I said, 6" is just the best for packability and getting things started. For one for use once the fire was actually going pretty good I'd want a 12" one, but that's a little less packable unless it goes in a main compartment or something. Might offer those too, though.
     
  16. eyeeatingfish

    eyeeatingfish

    Dec 9, 2003
    I like the idea of a telescoping type so you get the packability, with the ease of a longer tube, with the effect of a smaller hole at the one end.
     
  17. 357fan

    357fan

    261
    May 23, 2009
    Heck yes, I'd be interested!
     

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