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    I do a lot of experimenting with different fire making items and came across this tip someone gave me a few years ago. IT WORKS GREAT!!!

    Try using 100% cotton webbing material or the old tan BDU belts. Cut to the size you want and char. These get far hotter then plain cotton or denim material and catch that spark even better in my opinion.

    I use flint and steel alot and it works great. Before I put a piece on the flint I just rough the edge up and it catches REALLY quick.

    Give it a try and let me know what you think.


    Another off the topic tip on char cloth. I carry a small metal screw top can with me all the time when I am out. It has a small hole in the top just as any char can, but it is so small and allows you to char when your out if you need some more char cloth. Tree bark and vegetation can also be chared.

    The can is aprox. 2.5"dia. x .75in. deep.

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    I've been using an old mint tin...it round... about 3.5 inches and 1 inch deep....got about a 3/16" hole in the top.

    I use some really thick old cotton canvas I found at the dump.....started out as a 8' x 8' tarp....probably down to 8 x 6 now.

    I'll try the webbing.
    Live like you'll die tomorrow, learn like you'll live forever.

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    • #3
      Never tried anything that thick, ill have to try this thanks.

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      • #4
        I use 100% cotton pillow ticking which you can still get in most fabric stores. Or I will strip it from worn out pillows before we toss them out. Pillow ticking also make good patches for black powder fire arms.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Omegaman View Post
          I use 100% cotton pillow ticking which you can still get in most fabric stores. Or I will strip it from worn out pillows before we toss them out. Pillow ticking also make good patches for black powder fire arms.
          That pillow ticking is very interesting, Thanks.

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          • #6
            Old style lamp wick works great too.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Curdog View Post
              Old style lamp wick works great too.
              I've recently heard of this.
              I like the webbing char tho....I'll have to try this. I'm making char cloth all the time anymore. LOL I just like burning stuff. hehe
              Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
              {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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              • #8
                Originally posted by unswydd View Post
                I just like burning stuff. hehe
                Maniac pyro!
                "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012

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                • #9
                  Playing with fire, owning things that go bang and sharp pointy things are so much fun!!

                  No wonder they call us domestic terrorists. LMAO :D:D:D:D

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Skyowl's Wife View Post
                    Maniac pyro!
                    Yep! That'd be me! I set the kitchen on fire twice last summer making things. HEHE!:D:D:D

                    Originally posted by Snow Walker View Post
                    Playing with fire, owning things that go bang and sharp pointy things are so much fun!!

                    No wonder they call us domestic terrorists. LMAO :D:D:D:D
                    HA! HA! Love that stuff!!!! I'll have to post some pics of some of sharp pointy things I have aquired.
                    Your opponet got stronger today, did you?
                    {{unswydd-Of One Purpose}}

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                    • #11
                      I use a large kiwi shoe polish can and a small tealight stand to do the charring it works out pretty good for me
                      NONSOLIS RADIOS SEDIOUIS FULMINA MITTO

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                      • #12
                        LOVE IT !!!! I've been an amature pyromaniac most of my life !!! Love guns and pointy things, too !!!! Didn't realize till now I was a Domestic Terrorist !! YIPPEE !!! I use an old film can, I think for Super 8, about 4 inches across and 2 1/2 inches deep.
                        Last edited by Scottishblacksmith; 07-17-2011, 03:44 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I found an old cotton web belt @ Goodwill last night for 49 cents. I will take pictures of the process and post them in the near future.

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                          • #14
                            I picked up a 5 lb bag of firearms cleaning patches(old cotton tee shirts) that I have been using. After 8 years that $3.99 is some of the best money ever spent, think I still have about 2 lbs left. I just stick a few in the old Altoids tin and away we go. I will have to try the webbing, but with so many patches.....
                            He who lives with the most toys, wins.

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                            • #15
                              My 49 cent belt netted me 128 pieces of char cloth.

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                              Last edited by Stitch; 07-21-2011, 03:07 PM.

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