What is your the minimum kit to survive? Maybe a big knife and reliable lighter? We found one more thing - carbon fiber tape.
Using one piece of carbon tape you can make:
1. Water filter
4. Oil lamp or stove
5. Care of open wounds and burns
6. Fiery sign
6 in 1
I really love this stuff!
Step 1: Torch and Wick Theory
Carbon tape consists of the finest fibers. Due to the capillary effect, it absorbs very well and holds plenty of fluids. It also can a long time withstand high temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius. Even in this case, the tape is not falling apart, only gets a little thinner after a long time.
Because of these properties, carbon tape is perfect for high-quality torches and wicks.
Step 2: Making a Carbon Tape Torch
Wrap a stick with any fabric to keep flammable liquid as much as possible. You can even use an ordinary toilet paper or moss, carbon tape protect them from burning and will securely hold on a stick.
Carbon tape is very soft, you can tie it in a knot as a normal rope. So you don't need a wire for fixing your torch, just tightly wrap the torch with carbon tape and tie the tape knot. Now the fabric, paper or moss will reliably hold. Carbon tape protect fabric because combustion will occur only on the surface of the carbon tape. Carbon tape is much more reliable than Kevlar. At a temperature of over 500 degrees Kevlar decomposes in minutes, and carbon tape will last for several hours.
Carbon tape can be used for a long time without deterioration, so if the torch is no longer needed, simply untie the knot on the tape and put tape in storage or use for other purposes.
Step 3: Making a Carbon Tape Stove & Oil Lamp
You can also use the carbon fiber tape as a reliable wick for your oil lamp or stove. Due to the large width of the carbon tape, you can make a stove or lamp of any shape and size. Carbon tape works equally well with wast vegetable oil, paraffin, kerosene or alcohol.
Step 4: Care of Open Wounds and Burns
I hope you will never need it, but it would be better if you know it.
Carbon fiber has unique properties for medicine:
It is easily torn while changing wound dressing, doesn't lead to wound pain;
Does not cause inflammation of open wound;
Can absorb exudate;
Wound heals with a thin and flexible scab (I've tried and it amazed me the most!)
Makes wound dry and clean;
You can find a large number of that product from well-known manufacturers. Usually these are small pieces of carbon cloth. They are activated at a high temperature, sterile and sealed in a plastic bag.
Of course, you can use a simple gauze roller bandage or may have to rip a piece of clothing to dress an open wound. But they stick to wound, they may cause inflammation. And if bandage got wet or dirty how to sterilize it before using?
Step 5: How to Care Wounds With the Carbon Tape
1. Put the carbon tape into the fire to sterilize it. It cools down immediately as soon as you pull it from fire.
2. Clear the wound as well as you can.
3. Fold the tape in 2-3 layers and fully close the wound.
4. Bandage the wound.
5. If necessary, close the bandage with a waterproof film.
6. Inspect the wound 2-3 times a day.
7. If you have a liquid medicine for wounds you can use it through the carbon tape.
Carbon fiber successfully used for wound care from the 1970s to the present, but please do not forget that for any treatment you should consult with your doctor.
Step 6: Water and Air Filtration Theory
The carbon tape fiber’s total surface area is huge due to its high degree of microporosity. It has bigger specific surface area, faster adsorption velocity and larger adsorption capacity than granular activated carbon. Surface area of 1 meter 44 mm carbon tape is 75000 sq ft. It's equal to the area of a football field!
That's why the carbon fiber tape actively absorbs harmful substances. This property of the carbon fiber used in water purification systems and gas-masks. You can create such a devices from a piece of tape just in a minute.
Put the tape into the fire. This is reactivation or the regeneration of carbons involves restoring the adsorptive capacity of saturated carbon by desorbing adsorbed contaminants on the carbon surface. It needs at least 500 Celcius. Don't be afraid, with tape nothing happens.
Step 7: Carbon Tape Water Filter
Find a small plastic soda bottle. Make a few cuts in the bottom. Fill the bottle with the carbon tape. Lower the bottom of the bottle in a lake, river, or even in a puddle. Now you can suck clean water through the neck. With my bottle can be obtained from 1 to 3 liters of pure water, depend on puddle clarity you found:) If the filter is clogged and the water stopped coming, pull the carbon tape from the bottle and put it in the fire again to remove the absorbed harmful substances.
Please note that the advantage of carbon fiber is the absorption of harmful substances. However, by itself, is the source of carbon fiber small particles. To avoid falling into the stomach, it is necessary to put on top of carbon a piece of cloth. The fabric should be folded into several layers.
You have recoverable reusable filter!
Step 8: Carbon Tape Gas-mask
Carbon fiber absorbs methane, chlorine, bromine, iodine, nitric acid vapors, mercury vapor, sulfur dioxide and many other harmful substances. If you find yourself in a highly polluted environment, you can breathe through a bottle with the carbon tape, using it as an emergency gas-mask. Of course, it was easier to breathe through a simple mask with the carbon tape, but a bottle provides really the best filtering due of big thickness of carbon.
Please note that the advantage of carbon fiber is the absorption of harmful substances. However, by itself, is the source of carbon fiber small particles. To avoid falling into the lungs, it is necessary to put on top of carbon a piece of cloth. The fabric should be moistened with water and put in several layers.
Don't forget to reactivate the carbon tape after use.
Step 9: Carbon Tape Fiery Signs
You can use the carbon tape to create fiery signs.
Saturate it with kerosene or an oil, place as desired character and ignite. When the fire goes out, you can soak it again and make a new sign. With the carbon tape absolutely nothing happens.
It still come in handy to you!
to be continued ...