Introduction: Making Charcoal Flakes From Sawdust

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Charcoal flakes are a great easy to make item with many different uses. These flakes are great items to take camping/backpacking. They take up very little space, are light weight, produce a lot of heat, and are easy to light (can be lit from flint and steel or just one match). Those of you familiar with making char cloth will recognize the process.

What you will need:

Sawdust (I recommend courser sawdust from a saw mill or a thickness planer)

A lidded Tin with a small hole in the lid (I use an old tobacco tin, but plan to upgrade to a larger tin soon)

fire

something to grab the hot tin out of the fire with (I use a pair of channel locks)

leather gloves (recommended)

Step 1: Fill Tin Loosely With Sawdust

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Scoop up some sawdust into the tin, do not pack it, place the lid back onto the tin.

Step 2: Place in the Fire

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Place tin in the fire and wait. Depending on how hot your fire is in about 30-60 seconds it will start to smoke and a flame will shoot out the hole.

Step 3: Remove From Fire

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When the Flame dies down used you tongs to remove the tin from the fire, will be very hot do not touch with you bare hands. Set somewhere to cool off, once cool put on leather gloves and remove the lid.

Comments

Jack Friday (author)2015-02-11

great instructable! i wonder if this also can be used for purifying water?

Skwurlito (author)Jack Friday2015-03-14

Fine sawdust would probably work better OOORRR you could slightly crumble this stuff. Should work fine if made properly.

Pwag (author)Skwurlito2015-07-06

Cotton fabric works well. Makes Charcloth this way.

bosc85 (author)Jack Friday2015-02-11

probably could be I have just never had to try that yet.

Jack Friday (author)bosc852015-02-13

ive seen somewhere in a documentary channel. they used super hot steam while making the coconut charcoal. so basically its cooking the husk to make it into charcoal while the super hot steam makes the surface has this microscopic holes.

DIY-Guy (author)Jack Friday2015-02-12

What is the difference between "activated charcoal" and this kind of charcoal?
My purifier says "activated" charcoal.

bosc85 (author)DIY-Guy2015-02-13

Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or
petroleum. “Activated charcoal” is similar to common charcoal, but is
made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal,
manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes
the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores
help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals

-WebMD

robbins (author)2015-06-14

do u have to use tin or would aluminum work?

profort (author)2015-02-13

Kudos complements to your genius.

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