(E) Student Practice for Flint & Steel with Char Cloth

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  1. Ryan Alexander

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    This is my submission for ignition by Flint and Steel of charred cloth, Thanks for looking.
     
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    It was a flint and steel summer around here. Thanks everyone!

    1) Making Char Cloth
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    2) Catching a spark on the Char Cloth using Flint & Steel
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    3) Using the Char Cloth with a tinder bundle and blowing it to flame
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    The flint and steel part of this video starts at about 2 minutes.
     
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    I used some chert I gathered and my Mora to strike a spark into some charcloth i made out of an old pair of blue jeans

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    My lesson for making char-cloth and using flint & steel....,


    cutting up old jeans- I like to cut the material into strips by bunching up the material and then batonning thru it:

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    pack the strips into a tin, but pack them loosely, if packed too tight they won't char all over...., then into the fire. Note the tin has a small hole punched into the top to allow smoke out:

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    the smoke can ignite into flame...
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    once I think its done, I plug the hole in the tin to smother the cloth, keeping it from burning up all the way
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    char-cloth, ready to use-
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    placing the char-cloth on the flint like so, fluff up the edge to give the spark someplace to land-
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    strike the flint a glancing blow, the spark lands on the cloth and begins to glow-
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    con't
     
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    ...wrap the char-cloth into the tinder, blow gently, and poof, no eyebrows-
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    Here is mine made with an old white t-shirt:

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    I made char cloth on a recent camping trip out of a t-shirt.
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    Today I used it to light a tinder bundle made of shavings and cattail down.
     
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    Here's my submission

     
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    Here is the char cloth that I made in an altoids tin in my woodstove
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    This is my flint and steel kit as I carry it when I am out. Or should I say quartz and steel
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    The char cloth caught a spark on my second strike, I was quite surprised as it usually takes me several strikes before I get the char to catch a spark. I used birch as the nest, the birch bark that I found was paper thin and required minimal processing.
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    Here is birch after being ignited by the char cloth. I was almost caught off guard because the process from striking a spark to getting a fire probably took less than a minute. I am not used to it happening so quick with so little effort. I guess this comes from all the years of prepping fires to heat my house; it is surprising how fast and easy this is.
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    I just realized this was a class so posting it up...

    Made some char cloth with a candy tin and an esbit stove...

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    Got a new steel in as a gift from @Creaky Bones in the Secret Santa exchange, I had to put it to use!


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    Lanyard came off it was interfering... I am super out of practice with this one.

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    The tinder was willow bark, a bit damp...

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    It still went to flame!

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    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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    Hey Jarrod!! @ArmyMacE you got my striker lol. Check out mine in my altoids tin. I got rid of the lanyard too! lol nice work!! -Phil
     
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    Charing cloth..
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    Me make fire! IMG_20180122_144646.jpg and to clarify.. I'm kneeling on a old floor mat.. I'm not inside :)
    For elective Flint and steel
     
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    Flint and Steel with making of Char Cloth.

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    Good view of the char cooking.

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    Almost done.

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    10 minutes later char is done cooking.

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    Success

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    and success.
     
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    Took me multiple outings and attempts across many days, but I finally got a glowing ember and flame with flint and steel! I learned that the stones really matter; flint > quartz, and the bigger, the better in my experience. My thanks to another member who gave me some flint stones to try!
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    My submission

    From an old pair of carhartt shorts. Made nice charcloth.
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    Used my homemade wood burning stove. Sorry about dog bowl and trash haha.
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    I usually use shavings for a tinder bundle.
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    This picture ended up looking artistic.
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    Taught the cub scouts how to make flint and steel fire. I did the fire first, in the morning. Then that evening to replenish my char cloth supply, I taught them how to make char cloth from an old tee shirt in the fireplace of the cabin.
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    Submitted for your approval.
    Hopefully I have fixed the picture issue
     
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    The charcloth I used to light the fire was made from cotton cheesecloth, it has a nice large porous surface are to catch sparks. I made the batch of charcloth after the fire with some denim from an old pair of jeans.

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    Recently cleaned up a tin I’ve been looking for an excuse to use, and I wanted a smaller char tin. Poked a hole in it with my awl. Tossed it on the flames and waited for the smoke to subside.


    I had included some cut-up t-shirt (which had some residual oil on it since I used it as a gun cloth, so that was an experiment) as well as those tiny pieces of cotton you use as bore wipes. The thin bore wipes disintegrated into nothing, as I suspected. Luckily the rest survived.


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    Char cloth made a few weeks back.....
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    And my Flint & Steel with charcloth VIDEO...… (no laughing at my vid skills)

     
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    Flint & Steel Fire/Char Cloth. Shots of making char cloth, and a flint & steel fire using a cedar bark tinder bundle.
     

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    Did a two strand twist on some cotton.

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    Got the stove going.

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    Finished project.

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    Tinder bundle is jute.

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    Lit without any issue.

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    Fire bundle flames!

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    My submission for fire with flint and steel:

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    I use charred punk as it is naturally abundant and easily renewable. Utilized my newest Viking striker and Grimes Grave flint gifted to me by @DavidJAFO , a flat feather stick, some fluffed jute twine and cat tail fluff.

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    Ember achieved.

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    Ember placed in bundle.

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    Whoosh!

    @IA Woodsman if using charred punk instead of cloth is not acceptable I’ll gladly redo this elective.
     
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    Made a Batch in my Cup.

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    Some in Foil..

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    The Prep.

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    The Ember and Fire.

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    My submission for flint and steel with char cloth:
    Stones above the char tin to keep the rain from seeping into container.
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