DIY Char Cloth

Introduction: DIY Char Cloth

Step 1: Materials

1. Aaltoids or metal container
2. Hammer
3. Nail
4. 100% cotton cloth
5. Fire fuel / supplies
1. Sticks and branches or coals
2. Matches
3. Fire ring / grill
4. Caveman skills
6. Gloves
7. Scissors

Step 2: Prepping the Tin

For the tin prepping you will need to punch a hole in the top if the tin so the smoke and flames can escape.
For the cloth you will need to cut your 100% cotton cloth into pieces Small enough to fit in the tin.
And then your tin should be ready for the fire.

Step 3: Fire Making

For my fire I use sticks, twigs, dried plant stems and sunflower stems.

Step 4: Free Time

After making the fire you'll need to let the tin set for about half an hour. Or until the smoke and flames stop coming out of the hole.

Step 5: Finished

When the tin stops smoking and the fire dies down you can get a pair of thick leather gloves and open the box up. You will need to be carful when opening because if the cloth still had an ember you can light it up in the tin so be advised.

As I have asked before if you have any ideas of things I could do/make please tell me.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry for my ignorance, but what do you do with the charcoal/cloth pieces? Do you use them as a fire base or something? I've camped, hiked, fished and cooked outside for years, in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but haven't seen this before.

    Now that you've shown me how to make something, I would like to know what to do with it please. Thanks for your patience.

    Really good pictures by the way. Very clear on how to make these.

    Mugsy Knuckles
    Mugsy Knuckles

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Char cloth takes a spark exceptionally well. Even the spark from a bic lighter can set an ember on this stuff, then a few puffs of air and it's ablaze.

    zachary phillips
    zachary phillips

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You shouldn't feel bad about asking this question cause I like answering questions.
    Typically you would use the char cloth to start a fire. It ignights very easily and would start some dry grass or something small.
    Also thanks for the complaments on the pictures.


    Whenever my friends make char-cloth, they wait until the tin is cool to the touch before opening it, or even submerging the tin in water and laying the char-cloth out to dry. You usually don't want to open immediately because the oxygen rushing into the tin may ignite the already hot char-cloth.


    7 years ago

    To prevent a flare up, remove the tin from the fire and cover the hole with a damp (not dripping) cloth or paper towel. Only open the tin once it's cooled down to the point you can handle it without gloves.