How to make Char Cloth

Making Char Cloth is a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. All you need is:

  1. 100% cotton material (I used an old shirt)
  2. A tin can that has a lid that can be closed and a hole put in the top
  3. Source of fire to heat the cloth

To start off you need to get a Tin that has a lid that can be closed. I purchased mine from the dollar store for $2. The next step is very important; you must add a hole in the top of the lid. This hole will allow the gases and smoke to escape the can. If you do not add this hole it may cause the tin to explode.

Once your tin has been prepared you can start adding the cloth, I used an old 100% cotton shirt I had. Cut the material into whatever size you want and layer the pieces in the tin. I found the more pieces of material I had the longer it took for the cloth to finish charring.

After you finishing cutting and stacking the material you can close the lid and place it on the fire source of your choice. You will quickly start to see smoke billowing out of the tin, this is normal. Once the smoke starts to die down you can remove the tin from the heat source and allow it to cool for 5 or 10 minutes. If you do not allow the material to cool before you open the tin the char cloth can ignite and that batch will be ruined.

Once it cools down you can remove your char cloth and you are ready to start a fire!

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