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  • n. A swatch of fabric made from vegetable fibre (such as linen or cotton) that has been converted via pyrolysis into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature, historically used as tinder.


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char +‎ cloth


  • I have found that if you hold the steel in one hand and the scrap of charcloth in the other hand with the flint on top and strike your spark thus, you will have a better chance of catching the spark in the charcloth, which will then turn into a rapidly expanding coal that you need to put right into your tinder ball.

    Build A Survival Fire With Condoms and Underwear

  • And that if using flint and steel (not to be confused with ferrocerium igniters) to start a fire it is extremely beneficial to use charcloth.

  • I printed out information on how to make charcloth and put it in my files.


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