Char cloth not catching spark....

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  1. acv

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    I just opened up a bag of char cloth I made over the summer and I had a very hard time getting the cloth to catch a spark. I was using flint and steel and it took about 15 tries to get it to catch. I used it quite a bit over the summer and it worked really well, 1 or 2 tries and it caught every time.

    The cloth was made from 100% cotton and stored in a sealed plastic bag although it was out in my garage. Do you think some moisture got into it?
     
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    Thats what I was thinking! was it got moist! Id try setting it out to try and try again! It it works easier then thats the cause!
     
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    Sounds very much like it to me
     
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    I wonder if when I sealed it up it was humid out and the moisture just stayed in the bag. Instead of sealing out the moisture I may have sealed it in.:eek:

    Well that's why you need to practice if not only to keep the skills up but to ensure your gear is working properly. ;)
     
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    Put it on a tray and let it sit in your oven on the lowest setting for 30-45 mins. Or above the woodstove if you have one. It'll dry out and be good to go again.
     
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    Out curiosity, are you putting the charcloth on top of the flint or trying to make sparks land on it by striking from above?
     
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    yep, sounds damp.
     
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    One question- did you try any of it when it was fresh made ? Is it really black, or maybe a little brown ? (Brown is underdone.)
     
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    I've always held the char cloth on top of the flint.
     
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    Yes I used it when I first made it. It's black see pic in other post.
     
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    have you tried it now that its had time to dry
     
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    Dry it out and tell us how it works. Sounds damp to me also.
     
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    No not yet but I'll post when I get achance to take care of it.
     
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    If you have used blue jeans, make sure it is not the stretch type denim.
     
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    No stretch here.....:D all natural
     
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    Hey as a follow up I tried out some tinder fungus and it worked well for catching a spark but it wasn't stored in a plastic bag like the char cloth. If I can, I will try to dry out the char cloth later today and see what happens.
     
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    Well I baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes on the warm setting still not working like when it was new. Might try it on a higher setting.

    In any event no great lose I'll make some new stuff. I just finished a couple mini tinder tubes and they have been working well and I have a good supply of tinder fungus which worked fine the other night.
     

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