Step 2: What Is Char Cloth?
According to Wikipedia;
"Char cloth (also called charpaper) is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable fiber (such as linen, cotton or jute) that has been converted via pyrolysis into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature.
It is capable of being ignited by a single spark that can in turn be used to ignite a tinder bundle to start a fire.
It is sometimes manufactured at home for use as the initial tinder when cooking or camping and historically usually provided the "tinder" component of a tinderbox. It is often made by putting cloth into an almost airtight tin with a small hole in it, and cooking it in campfire coals until the smoking slows and the cloth is properly charred.
Charcloth ignites with even the smallest spark, and is therefore commonly used with a flint and steel."
I use it as my tinder of choice my acrylic fire piston.
Step 3: Materials You'll Need
- 1. Tuna Can
- 2. "Lid lifter" style can-opener
- 3. Nail, punch, or small screwdriver
- 4. Cotton fabric
I also found that cotton balls work extremely well, and have become my new favorite!