One way to make char cloth

Post Reply
User avatar
gmcpcs
Reactions:
Posts: 247
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:01 pm
Location: Midland, TX
Hammock: DIY WB Clone ATACS
Tarp: DIY Hex ATACS FG
Suspension: Cargo strap loop, BN
Insulation: PLUQ, Down, DIY
Contact:

One way to make char cloth

#1

Post by gmcpcs » Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:37 pm

Yesterday I made some char cloth out of these cotton make up remover pads. It makes some pretty good spark catchers. I've been making char cloth occasionally as part of a primitive fire starting hobby. The best I have made was when I was a kid and made some with rolled up blue jeans in a band aid tin.

This photo link shows using a small tin from some underwear store...to make a stack of char cloth.

Here is my google + link to the photos and a description.

I am giving this a try for posting information, if this is not very helpful, I can work more on resizing the photos and posting in the forum that way.

https://goo.gl/photos/qafGBeMetPuuAbcK6

https://plus.google.com/108095917339225 ... wSnXGJj21s

Take it easy,
gmcpcs


Texas will again lift it's head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.
Sam Houston
"...But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:15b

DuxDawg
Reactions:
Posts: 113
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:15 pm
Location: Upper MidWest USA
Hammock:
Tarp:
Suspension:
Insulation:

Re: One way to make char cloth

#2

Post by DuxDawg » Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:58 pm

Very nice!
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!" Philippians 4:4 NASB
"The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:9 NASB

User avatar
Baby Huey
Reactions:
Posts: 297
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:57 pm
Location: Houston, TX
Hammock:
Tarp:
Suspension:
Insulation:

Re: One way to make char cloth

#3

Post by Baby Huey » Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Thanks for posting this. It is one of the many things that I planned on trying, but have not done yet.
"Y'all got on this boat for different reasons, but y'all come to the same place."
-Capt. Malcolm Reynolds-

User avatar
Scott
Reactions:
Posts: 354
Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:08 am
Location: Texas Lost Pines (just outside Wierd)
Hammock:
Tarp:
Suspension:
Insulation:

Re: One way to make char cloth

#4

Post by Scott » Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:02 pm

Austin's (my son) Scout troop did kinda poorly in a lot of the competitions last spring at a camporee, except for the fire building. out of 20+ patrols, only 6 or 8 made fire using items available in 1776. They used char cloth from an old polo shirt collar (cotton was available back then), and a couple strikes on their steel into the nest. Then 8 boys blowing and fanning hats at the flame. Under 11 minutes from first strike to boiling water in tin cup. Nest closest troop was 21 minutes. Yeah, we got some pyros in our group. But I am converted to char cloth as my go to spark catcher.
Texas sucede? Y'all are lucky we don't invade!

User avatar
gmcpcs
Reactions:
Posts: 247
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:01 pm
Location: Midland, TX
Hammock: DIY WB Clone ATACS
Tarp: DIY Hex ATACS FG
Suspension: Cargo strap loop, BN
Insulation: PLUQ, Down, DIY
Contact:

Re: One way to make char cloth

#5

Post by gmcpcs » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:37 pm

UPDATE:

I fiddled around with the pictures and did this very amateur video. Don't ask me what I do for a living.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Woqw_x2_TMo
Texas will again lift it's head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.
Sam Houston
"...But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:15b

User avatar
UncleMJM
Reactions:
Posts: 537
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:16 pm
Location: College Station, TX
Hammock: Freebird
Tarp: UGQ SilPoly... soon
Suspension: webbing/whoopies...
Insulation: beer/pizza reserves

Re: One way to make char cloth

#6

Post by UncleMJM » Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:31 pm

Great topic! In addition to a small ferro rod in my paracord bracelet, I always have a business card size fresnel lens and char cloth in my wallet for those "just in case" times.

I've used Altoid tins to char cut up denim or old t-shirts and had equally good results from a coke can cut in half.

Hack the can in half and make sure it's dry inside. Place cotton pads, pieces of cotton rope, or cloth in the bottom of the can. Squeeze the top of the cut section together and fold over a couple of times to sorta seal it. Toss it on the coals until there's a Papal election and you're good to go.

User avatar
gmcpcs
Reactions:
Posts: 247
Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:01 pm
Location: Midland, TX
Hammock: DIY WB Clone ATACS
Tarp: DIY Hex ATACS FG
Suspension: Cargo strap loop, BN
Insulation: PLUQ, Down, DIY
Contact:

Re: One way to make char cloth

#7

Post by gmcpcs » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:06 pm

UncleMJM wrote: Toss it on the coals until there's a Papal election and you're good to go.
I get that!


I'm not even a chimney watcher from Rome.
Texas will again lift it's head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.
Sam Houston
"...But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:15b

User avatar
UncleMJM
Reactions:
Posts: 537
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:16 pm
Location: College Station, TX
Hammock: Freebird
Tarp: UGQ SilPoly... soon
Suspension: webbing/whoopies...
Insulation: beer/pizza reserves

Re: One way to make char cloth

#8

Post by UncleMJM » Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:16 pm

gmcpcs wrote:
UncleMJM wrote: Toss it on the coals until there's a Papal election and you're good to go.
I get that!


I'm not even a chimney watcher from Rome.
:D

Neither am I but the imagery works.

Post Reply

Return to “All things fire”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest