to char Cloth for a survival Fire-starting Kit.
of the methods for starting a fire under survival conditions or on a
Boy Scout outing, is to put a spark on flammable material. The spark
can come from various sources, which include striking a piece of
hardened steel with a Flint striker.
natural materials make a good fire starter. They include dried Leaves,
Pine Needles, Cotton Dryer Lint, wood scrapings, etc. But the problem
with these materials is that the spark may get lost in the nooks and
problem is solved by using a piece of Cloth which is flat and too
closely woven for the spark to fall through. The spark must land on the
cloth, where its heat can be made to start a fire.
Cloth is the preferred material, and mens worn-out underwear is a good
source. A charring Container can be a metal Can with a tight-fitting
lid, as shown above. It must have a small vent hole to allow heat to
even better Container may be two Cans which fit together snugly. Each
has one end removed. The small Can holds the cloth and it's placed
inside the larger Can. Then this Container is placed in or on a Stove
or other heat source.
several hours, or overnight, the Cloth should become black and fragile as Facial Tissue.
It is very flammable and ready to be kept in a sealed Jar or Can where it will not
absorb moisture. A packet of Silica Gel will help keep it dry.
This is the same green Can and Cotton Cloth shown above.
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