Introduction: Instructions on How to Make Charcloth for Firemaking Using Flint+steel or Firestick.

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If you have no matches or lighter you may need to create fire the old fashioned way
The sparks from your FLINT + STEEL need something to catch on to become an ember .
This ember is usually clean cotton cloth charred without oxygen like charcoal to become charcloth.
The clean burned out tin is pierced with a small hole and around 20 pieces of cotton loosely packed inside.
The lid is fitted and tin loaded onto low embers of fire for as long as smoke comes out of the hole (5-15 mins approx)
Pointed stick is inserted into hole as tin is removed from embers to stop air entering tin.
It will be hot, careful not to touch with fingers or hands use gloves and or tongs.
When cool, charcloth is removed and kept in airtight/watertight container for storage.
When struck by sparks or heated by compressed air in firestick, charcloth will smoulder until placed in a ball of tinder (fluffed up jute string is good) and blown upwards on to ignite tinderinto a little ball of flame.
Don`t blow downards as the tinder will burn you when it ignites.

Step 1: Cooling and Blocking Hole in Tin.

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Resist the temptation to peek inside untill tin cool or all will be lost.

Step 2: End Product, Cloth Still in Sheets and Not Powdered Ash.

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This is cool tin with the top off and charcloth inside ready for storing in airtight container.

Step 3: Firestick and Tinder Ready for Glowing Ember.

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The firesick works by compressing air so much that the charcloth in the recess at the end of the plunger starts to glow.


foo23220 (author)2009-05-05

Socks work well for char cloth. Even though they often have some other trace materials in them. They are thick, cheap, and everyone has a pair with a hole in them.

bears0 (author)foo232202010-11-04

i dont haha i throw my socks with holes away

garethllewelyn (author)bears02010-11-04

HoDe Ho...Get some more at the thrift store...!

spylock (author)2009-10-21

Has anyone tried dryer lint?

engineer_01 (author)spylock2009-11-30

Dryer lint works too

garethllewelyn (author)spylock2009-10-21

No I havn` long as the lint is not from synthetic material it might be good but it will still need the low oxygen charring to work as tinder, best use old cotton t shirt.

spylock (author)garethllewelyn2009-10-21

Yea,I use my used gunpatches,they work really well,but youre right I forgot about the synthetic stuff in most lint.

Hunter4000695 (author)2009-03-10

can you use jeans? I have a old pair that can't be givin to good will. so I was wondering if I can put them to good use

Yep, clean jeans will do, Hogg

rownhunt (author)Hunter40006952009-04-30

jeans work the best!

fallenspirit123 (author)2009-01-01

where did you get uor fire piston? its really cool looking!!!

Try Ebay or google fire piston for links to venders...G Hope you don`t mind me saying that uor is spelled "your"...regards, G

sorry about that typo and thanks!

fallenspirit123 (author)2008-12-31

I like your fore piston/ fire piston, they look cool

oops56 (author)2008-01-31

I use 3/4 kerosene wick cut in squares. for mine a lot stronger

frogman5452 (author)2008-01-30

Great instructions. We have been making a slightly different "Char Cloth" by soaking coffee filters in a Potassium Nitrate solution and then drying them. They catch a spark very well and flame almost instantly.

gamer (author)2007-11-04

whats a firestick? nice idea, by the way.

garethllewelyn (author)gamer2007-11-04

Google this and see that you can make one or buy one It`s a plunger with charcloth on the end that ignites under pressure. Think bike pump getting hot or a compression ignition engine that you can operate by hand. (diesel engine) Will help some more if needed...G

Aklash, The hunchback (author)2008-01-20

i used to be abel to make it really really well but then i sorta lost the knack of it

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