Discussion in 'BushClass USA' started by Sgt. Mac, Apr 28, 2011.
This is my submission for ignition by Flint and Steel of charred cloth, Thanks for looking.
It was a flint and steel summer around here. Thanks everyone!
1) Making Char Cloth
2) Catching a spark on the Char Cloth using Flint & Steel
3) Using the Char Cloth with a tinder bundle and blowing it to flame
The flint and steel part of this video starts at about 2 minutes.
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
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:
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:
the smoke can ignite into flame...
once I think its done, I plug the hole in the tin to smother the cloth, keeping it from burning up all the way
char-cloth, ready to use-
placing the char-cloth on the flint like so, fluff up the edge to give the spark someplace to land-
strike the flint a glancing blow, the spark lands on the cloth and begins to glow-
...wrap the char-cloth into the tinder, blow gently, and poof, no eyebrows-
Here is mine made with an old white t-shirt:
I made char cloth on a recent camping trip out of a t-shirt.
Today I used it to light a tinder bundle made of shavings and cattail down.
Here's my submission
Here is the char cloth that I made in an altoids tin in my woodstove
This is my flint and steel kit as I carry it when I am out. Or should I say quartz and steel
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.
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.
Sgt. Mac can I use this link for making my char cloth? If so here's some pictures from today. I made a one stick split wood fire and used the char cigar with a cedar and birch bark nest. Btw that standing maple behind the fire is 16", with the 15mph wind it was knee high. Lemme know please! Thanks-phil
I just realized this was a class so posting it up...
Made some char cloth with a candy tin and an esbit stove...
Got a new steel in as a gift from @Creaky Bones in the Secret Santa exchange, I had to put it to use!
Lanyard came off it was interfering... I am super out of practice with this one.
The tinder was willow bark, a bit damp...
It still went to flame!
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
spark from my konvoysg striker
Me make fire!
and to clarify.. I'm kneeling on a old floor mat.. I'm not inside
For elective Flint and steel
Flint and Steel with making of Char Cloth.
Good view of the char cooking.
10 minutes later char is done cooking.
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!
From an old pair of carhartt shorts. Made nice charcloth.
Used my homemade wood burning stove. Sorry about dog bowl and trash haha.
I usually use shavings for a tinder bundle.
This picture ended up looking artistic.
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.
Submitted for your approval.
Hopefully I have fixed the picture issue
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.
Making my charcloth
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.
Char cloth made a few weeks back.....
And my Flint & Steel with charcloth VIDEO...… (no laughing at my vid skills)
Flint & Steel Fire/Char Cloth. Shots of making char cloth, and a flint & steel fire using a cedar bark tinder bundle.
From July 26th
Did a two strand twist on some cotton.
Got the stove going.
Tinder bundle is jute.
Lit without any issue.
Fire bundle flames!
My submission for fire with flint and steel:
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.
Ember placed in bundle.
@IA Woodsman if using charred punk instead of cloth is not acceptable I’ll gladly redo this elective.
Made a Batch in my Cup.
Some in Foil..
The Ember and Fire.
My submission for flint and steel with char cloth:
Stones above the char tin to keep the rain from seeping into container.
I just don’t have pictures making my char cloth.
My first time making char cloth and using Flint+ steel. Thanks to Bushclass for making me expand my horizons.
I have very little experience using Flint and Steel. So, this was a great learning experience and a lot of fun.