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    How much should i put in the tin?
    How and how tightly should i pack it?


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    Here are a few pics of a batch I made. You could put in one piece if you wanted to, or you could put a bit more in than in the pics.

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    Well,, thank you Crash, I have been reading the various discussions on char cloth and could never figure out a way to make it. Your pictures made me "see the light". Now I get it. Thanks again
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    You're quite welcome. I played around with several heat sources. Camp stove, candles, camp fire, propane torch. Single candles didn't put out enough heat to get the job done. Multiple candles would (got impatient).
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    This is a great explanation, the pics really help. It was a search on making char cloth that brought me to this site.

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    I just throw the tin on the outside of the fire. Once it is done, wash the tin, rub it down with fine steelwool, then rub a layer of wax on it. The wax prevents it from rusting. Then put your char in, take a thin piece of leather and put over the char, then you have room for a steel and a chunk of flint.

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    Great show and tell Crash!
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    Being really dense, how long does this process take (using the method in the initial note as a bench mark)?

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    There is really no time, because it depends on how much you have in the tin and the temps. The only sure fire way to tell is when the hole in the tin stops emitting smoke. That tells you the oxygenfree combustion is complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichNH View Post
    Being really dense, how long does this process take (using the method in the initial note as a bench mark)?

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    Flanders is right with the time. It will depend on how much cloth, how high the heat is, etc. In the pics, with that stove set on low it took about 3 - 4 minutes. Did a batch with a propance torch in under 2.
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    i fill a metal cannister with 100% cotton cloth, close it and actually set it in the fire on the coals, i dont take it off the coals until i see it stop smoking out of the pilot hole in the tin when it cools, i cover with tape to waterproof it.

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    Fill a soup can with cotton cloth, invert it and slide it into a vegetable can. Poke a tiny hole in the bottom of the soup can and set it on the fire. You'll see a flame appear out of the hole and when the flame goes out you're done.

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