Char cloth

Char cloth

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    Char cloth

    How many here use and make char cloth?

    I use it and dryer lint to hold sparks. I mainly use dryer lint because it is free and abundant.

    I make mine in an old Altoids tin box with a single nail hole poked in it.

    I have found that it will hold a single spark that can be combined with my dryer lint and blown into a nice fire fairly quickly.

    If you haven't used it I would suggest that you try it.
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    Make some (quite a bit) pretty much every time I light the grill - made same as you do altoids tin - and yes I collect and use dryer lint as well
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    The early Mountain Men always had char cloth in their "possibles bag" along with a flint and steel. It worked well 150 years ago and I don't see why it wouldn't work well today!
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    I just carry BIC lighters.
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    I got a Shop Vac full of dryer lint, I never gave it a thought for it's use.
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    I carry an ecologically friendly, low carbon foot print solar lighter. The only drawback to a magnifying glass is it doesn't work well at night.

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    I have made and used it, however, dryer lint works great and is readily available. Cotton balls saturated in Vaselene are a wonder too. Make a bunch and keep them in an old tin box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czombie View Post
    I just carry BIC lighters.
    Not a bad idea, not the best choice as the stand alone though- not good when wet or in extreme cold weather FWIW
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    Quote Originally Posted by molleur View Post
    I have made and used it, however, dryer lint works great and is readily available. Cotton balls saturated in Vaselene are a wonder too. Make a bunch and keep them in an old tin box.
    Yep have a gallon Ziplock back full of 'em
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    It's been 20 years since I made char cloth. In an Altoids tin just as the OP did. AFAIK cotton is only material that works. Synthetics won't work.
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    Char-cloth, flint and striker, are a necessity when attending a Primitive Rendevous.

    No matches, lighters, magnesium strikers or "Boy Scout juice" (gasoline)
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    speaking of magnesium strikers... you can get the old fashioned kind at Harbor Freight for $2.59
    Magnesium Fire Starter

    The least I've seen them for anywhere else, is ~$9. A magnesium brick with flint stuck in the side of it... and a striker... and they work... Donnie D ought to do a video review of these... Since they function, and function well, maybe peeps would get off his back over the HF $9.00 survival knife.

    Oh, and Doritos work well as tinder...

    Cedar bark is great stuff, too.
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    I mainly use a ferro rod and dryer lint, or some other nesting type material. However, I also carry a bic lighter and storm matches. Char cloth is a handy tool, but I haven't made any in a while. I should probably replenish my stash.
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