Carbon Tape to Survive. 6 in 1




About: DIY carbon heated clothing.

What is your the minimum kit to survive? Maybe a big knife and reliable lighter? We found one more thing - carbon fiber tape (and now on Amazon).

Using one piece of carbon tape you can make:

1. Water filter

2. Gas-mask

3. Torch

4. Oil lamp or stove

5. Care of open wounds and burns

6. Fiery sign


6 in 1

I really love this stuff!

Step 1: Torch and Wick Theory

Carbon tape consists of the finest fibers. Due to the capillary effect, it absorbs very well and holds plenty of fluids. It also can a long time withstand high temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius. Even in this case, the tape is not falling apart, only gets a little thinner after a long time.

Because of these properties, carbon tape is perfect for high-quality torches and wicks.

Step 2: Making a Carbon Tape Torch

Wrap a stick with any fabric to keep flammable liquid as much as possible. You can even use an ordinary toilet paper or moss, carbon tape protect them from burning and will securely hold on a stick.

Carbon tape is very soft, you can tie it in a knot as a normal rope. So you don't need a wire for fixing your torch, just tightly wrap the torch with carbon tape and tie the tape knot. Now the fabric, paper or moss will reliably hold. Carbon tape protect fabric because combustion will occur only on the surface of the carbon tape. Carbon tape is much more reliable than Kevlar. At a temperature of over 500 degrees Kevlar decomposes in minutes, and carbon tape will last for several hours.

Carbon tape can be used for a long time without deterioration, so if the torch is no longer needed, simply untie the knot on the tape and put tape in storage or use for other purposes.

Step 3: Making a Carbon Tape Stove & Oil Lamp

You can also use the carbon fiber tape as a reliable wick for your oil lamp or stove. Due to the large width of the carbon tape, you can make a stove or lamp of any shape and size. Carbon tape works equally well with wast vegetable oil, paraffin, kerosene or alcohol.

Step 4: Care of Open Wounds and Burns

I hope you will never need it, but it would be better if you know it.

Carbon fiber has unique properties for medicine:

It is easily torn while changing wound dressing, doesn't lead to wound pain;

Does not cause inflammation of open wound;

Can absorb exudate;

Wound heals with a thin and flexible scab (I've tried and it amazed me the most!)

Makes wound dry and clean;


Carbon fiber fabric is widely used in medicine as the first layer for the care of open wounds and burns.

You can find a large number of that product from well-known manufacturers. Usually these are small pieces of carbon cloth. They are activated at a high temperature, sterile and sealed in a plastic bag.

Of course, you can use a simple gauze roller bandage or may have to rip a piece of clothing to dress an open wound. But they stick to wound, they may cause inflammation. And if bandage got wet or dirty how to sterilize it before using?

Step 5: How to Care Wounds With the Carbon Tape

1. Put the carbon tape into the fire to sterilize it. It cools down immediately as soon as you pull it from fire.

2. Clear the wound as well as you can.

3. Fold the tape in 2-3 layers and fully close the wound.

4. Bandage the wound.

5. If necessary, close the bandage with a waterproof film.

6. Inspect the wound 2-3 times a day.

7. If you have a liquid medicine for wounds you can use it through the carbon tape.


Carbon fiber successfully used for wound care from the 1970s to the present, but please do not forget that for any treatment you should consult with your doctor.

Step 6: Water and Air Filtration Theory

The carbon tape fiber’s total surface area is huge due to its high degree of microporosity. It has bigger specific surface area, faster adsorption velocity and larger adsorption capacity than granular activated carbon. Surface area of 1 meter 44 mm carbon tape is 75000 sq ft. It's equal to the area of a football field!

That's why the carbon fiber tape actively absorbs harmful substances. This property of the carbon fiber used in water purification systems and gas-masks. You can create such a devices from a piece of tape just in a minute.

Put the tape into the fire. This is reactivation or the regeneration of carbons involves restoring the adsorptive capacity of saturated carbon by desorbing adsorbed contaminants on the carbon surface. It needs at least 500 Celcius. Don't be afraid, with tape nothing happens.

Step 7: Carbon Tape Water Filter

Find a small plastic soda bottle. Make a few cuts in the bottom. Fill the bottle with the carbon tape. Lower the bottom of the bottle in a lake, river, or even in a puddle. Now you can suck clean water through the neck. With my bottle can be obtained from 1 to 3 liters of pure water, depend on puddle clarity you found:) If the filter is clogged and the water stopped coming, pull the carbon tape from the bottle and put it in the fire again to remove the absorbed harmful substances.

Please note that the advantage of carbon fiber is the absorption of harmful substances. However, by itself, is the source of carbon fiber small particles. To avoid falling into the stomach, it is necessary to put on top of carbon a piece of cloth. The fabric should be folded into several layers.

You have recoverable reusable filter!

Step 8: Carbon Tape Gas-mask

Carbon fiber absorbs methane, chlorine, bromine, iodine, nitric acid vapors, mercury vapor, sulfur dioxide and many other harmful substances. If you find yourself in a highly polluted environment, you can breathe through a bottle with the carbon tape, using it as an emergency gas-mask. Of course, it was easier to breathe through a simple mask with the carbon tape, but a bottle provides really the best filtering due of big thickness of carbon.

Please note that the advantage of carbon fiber is the absorption of harmful substances. However, by itself, is the source of carbon fiber small particles. To avoid falling into the lungs, it is necessary to put on top of carbon a piece of cloth. The fabric should be moistened with water and put in several layers.

Don't forget to reactivate the carbon tape after use.

Step 9: Carbon Tape Fiery Signs

You can use the carbon tape to create fiery signs.

Saturate it with kerosene or an oil, place as desired character and ignite. When the fire goes out, you can soak it again and make a new sign. With the carbon tape absolutely nothing happens.

It still come in handy to you!

Step 10:

to be continued ...

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    3 years ago

    I hope steps 4-5 were ketchup...


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    There're many types of carbon fiber but just few of them are soft enough for wounds care or can tie a knot. It is also often found mixed fabric, for example carbon fiber and cotton. Do not rush to buy, first carefully examine this question.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Am I wrong or are all the negative comments(breathing/drinking) regarding carbon fibers referring to the carbon fiber like is used in making auto body,etc parts that is soaked in the same resin as fiberglass body parts?I know that is dangerous if ground/inhaled/burnt,but I thought what the author is using is simply carbon threads woven to a webbing without any contaminents internal to the cloth?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    They talk about the dangers of small particles of carbon ... Yes, any fine dust is harmful. But carbon fiber is very actively absorbs, for example, chlorine. Damage from chlorine you will feel immediately and when it comes to survival we should know about some useful thing.

    Dear all, this is a story of the unusual properties of the material that may be useful in a desperate situation. This theme called "survival." Do not need to drink water through it every day or breathe every day.
    For the safest and most effective use of these properties, we must have additional knowledge. For example, to increase the efficiency of air filtration carbon fiber should be divided into several layers and each layer impregnated with appropriate chemicals (backing soda, titanium dioxide, etc.). In factory gas masks carbon fiber covered the filter paper to hold carbon fiber particles.



    4 years ago

    Definitely going to try it as a torch, but DO NOT breathe our drink through it unless you are facing certain death otherwise. It will affect your lungs and colon in the same manner as fiberglass or asbestos. Like carbon, both are also fairly inert otherwise.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    My only concern in this great presentation is the re-vive by fire factor for the tape.

    At what point do you reach saturation?

    You claim to clean the tape by fire, but the fire itself is causing contaminates, many not wanted by some of your presentations. ( first - aid )

    You have my vote, let us explore this as a community....


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Carbon Fibre and activated carbon are not the same thing. I too was shocked to see the suggestion for wound dressing and gas masks, due to the carcinogens that are present in Carbon Fibre. I believe this same issue was discussed in a previous instructable about making a face mask from carbon fibre. However, notwithstanding the suitability for patient care, Carbon Felt is a superior alternative to the tape that has been used for alcohol stoves for awhile and is very good. Also good to modify Hand Warmers, make a fart chair cushion, etc.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately the links you provide reference activated carbon. The carbon tape in your pictures is the type that is used in ways that are alternative to fiberglass cloth, and is used a lot in the RC Hobby for example. It is highly carcinogenic, and this is widely discussed in the RC Forums. A quick google search will return lots of information on this subject.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Please don't tell people to breath through carbon fibre. I wouldn't recommend to use it on wounds. The fibre diameter is about 7 - 13 micrometer. Think about the little pieces of carbon fibre in your wound.

    It's just a commercial!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    What was the length of tape needed to fill the bottle? Is there any way to tell when (or if) you have it heated enough to be an effective as a filter?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    In the bottle was 10m of tape and it's unreasonably expensive. If I did a filter with the carbon tape, I would take only 1-2 meters of tape and put the tape in a long, thin tube.
    In factories carbon fiber activated at a temperature from 500 to 800 degrees.