I'll give a quick rundown of how to make Char Cloth for those of you that do not know how. There are many methods and materials I've heard that you can use. This is the way I do it-so I know it works
- You will need hot coals from a fire ( you can also use your coals on your grill if you live in the suburbs or city)
- Then take a small nail and tap a hole in the tin. (Altoids Tin or any Tin container)
- Cut up small square pieces (2"x 2") of 100% cotton fabric (t-shirt or jeans work well) and place in container. Do not compress it and pack it in.
- Place the closed container on the coals with the hole on top.
- Within a few minutes the hole will begin smoking.
- Watch until it stops smoking. Pull the tin off the coals once the hole has stopped smoking.
- Allow tin to cool. DO NOT OPEN BEFORE COOLING. The cloth may com-bust and you will have to start all over.
- Once the tin has cooled you will have Char Cloth.
If you open your tin and the cloth is a brown color- place it back on the coals. You have over cooked it if the cloth is brittle and falling apart.
|Char Cloth after its taken a spark|
A PSK is meant to help you survive short term.I personally see Char Cloth construction as a long term survival skill. Waterproof tinder should be a priority when selecting items to place in your survival kit. Char Cloth at least to me; is inferior to many other available options. Char Cloth does has the advantage of being windproof. But Cotton balls and Petroleum jelly are much quicker to manufacture as well as being waterproof. They also has a longer burn time than Char Cloth.
Keep checking back as we continue putting the Altoids Tin to the test over the next few weeks.