Today, a reenactor friend told me of an item he reciently picked up that really interested me. It is called a "fire piston" used to start camp fires. This is a very simple tube, about four inches long, with a wooden rod that is pushed through the center and the pressure of the compressed air causes a small piece of tinder placed in the bottom of it to glow.
After looking it up, I found that this device has been around for many years before the CW and would be interested to hear if anyone in the reenacting community has ever used one of these.
Has anyone ever ran across mention of a "fire piston" being used during the CW by anyone? I would love to hear more on this.
Wouldn't have to deal with those damp matches any more.