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When it comes to making fire, especially in a survival situation. It can be tough without the right skills and knowledge. It looks simple on the surface but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who can’t build a proper fire.

Being a skilled survivalist means you have taken steps to be prepared for any situation. When it comes to fire making it’s always wise to carry a few options. Be it a lighter, ferro rod, cotton balls, dryer lint, etc…There’s tons of “Fire starter” solutions out there. Char cloth is one of them.

Char cloth is a phenomenal little hack to creating fire. It’s so dry, and hungry to catch fire, that all it takes is one little spark to set it off. It’s easy to make, it’s essentially free, and it makes your task much easier. Char cloth is something I always keep in my pack, but it’s also something that you can make virtually anytime you go out to do some training.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Metal Container –  Candle tins, altoids tins, tuna cans, etc.
  • Puncture Tool – Nail, screw driver, knife, etc.
  • Cloth –  Old T-shirts or cotton balls work best.

Take your puncture tool, and poke 1 hole in the top of the container to allow proper airflow. Cut/tear a piece of cloth for the tin, then place it on your fire. It takes approx. 2-3 minutes. You will notice your tin will start to flame from the hole, this is what you want.

The fire will burn itself out or you can go ahead and blow it out. Once you do this enough you get a feel for how long it takes. It’s to hot to touch so ensure you have some good gloves, and give it a moment to cool.

Char Cloth

If you don’t want to bother with waiting around for a long time you can do what I did in the video and burry it with earth. The dirt is often moist, and cold, and it will cool the container very fast. After it’s cool, check your cloth, and it should be ready to rock! I always keep a char container and char cloth inside my Bug Out Bag.

Some things you’ll want to keep in mind are the fact that you can use many different kinds of cloth to make char cloth. You also want to keep in mind that if your canister is airtight, you need to puncture a hole in it. If it’s not air tight it’s okay, but if you don’t poke this hole you will risk combustion. Stay safe.

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Author Primal

Owner of MASK Tactical & The Warrior Tribe. Always ready to wage war!

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