Hey guys, I have been meaning to do this for ages, making Char cloth.

I have used many other tinders in the past like cotton balls in Vaseline, dryer lint, pine fatwood etc but wanted to make some char cloth.

I got a metal tin from the op shop, punched a wee hole in the lid, cut up a brushed cotton shirt (also from the op shop) and put the cotton in the tin and placed it on the embers in my firebox at home. It took about 20 minutes for the gases to burn out and then I removed the tin and let it cool down, ta taaah char cloth 

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Comment by Jeff Cameron on August 22, 2019 at 10:35

An update to this.

I took one of my boys camping a few days after making the char cloth. It was in the Hunuas, There had been a LOT of rain and we had constant showers but I showed boy how to gather materials to make a birds nest bundle. We then found enough standing dead and dry wood for the fire. I put the char cloth into the birds nest struck some sparks from a firesteel and Boom, job done! One of those small pieces was enough to get the fire going straight away, I was as impressed as boy. We kept the fire going and banked it up well at night with a roof made of wetish wood to keep the rain off and the fire started straight up in the am to cook breakfast. Bacon and eggs over an open fire with coffee and the smell of damp bush was heaven! Boy wants to go again so it's on the cards.


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Comment by Zebedy on July 17, 2019 at 7:42

Awesome stuff! I have also made char cloth before, it's great for flint and steel... I just need to get some flint. :)

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