Introduction: Make Char Cloth Easily at Home!

Learn how to make Char Cloth!  Char Cloth is a great kindling that you can use in a survival situation in order to start a fire.

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colleen.mullins.9 made it! (author)2015-01-01

I would like to know if I can use the dryer lint that I collect? I have a lot of it and I use it to start my wood stove. It seems to burn good.

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colleen.mullins.9 made it! (author)2015-01-01

I would like to know if I can use the dryer lint that I collect? I have a lot of it and I use it to start my wood stove. It seems to burn good.

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liamd792 made it! (author)2014-03-24

The only problem with my (giant) batch is that it took 50 minutes and I might have overcooked it because they all lit on fire when i took them out and was hard to put out the fires

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rickosgood made it! (author)rickosgood2014-03-24

I'm glad you were able to put out the fires! Did the char cloth light on fire while it was still in the tin and the lid was closed? Did it happen as soon as you opened it? I'm wondering if maybe when you opened the lid there were some kind of fumes that ignited from being too close to an open flame. Another possibility is that the char cloth got hot enough to ignite but there was not enough oxygen to support ignition. When you opened the lid, the oxygen mixed in and POOF - it went up in flames. If that's what happened then it might help to let it cool down more before opening up the lid. These are just guesses but maybe it's a place to start at least.

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EmcySquare made it! (author)2013-09-25

I prefer to use white cotton so I can tell when it's really charred
Also, use a coffe or soup or tuna can: soda cans are too light and made of aluminum: I had one almost melting once: a real mess...

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rickosgood made it! (author)rickosgood2013-09-25

These are really good tips! I was using what I had laying around but I hadn't thought about melting the aluminum. Using the soda can over the grill probably works because the grill gets hot enough to make the char cloth but not hot enough to melt the can. I imagine if I stuck the soda can in a fire I would end up with a melted can and wasted effort. Thanks for the tip.

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