Making Char Cloth & a Proper Birds Nest

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I was thinking about writing up a long post for you on the topic of making char cloth & a proper birds nest to start a fire for survival purposes or for camping but I think its better as a visual medium. Dave Canterbury who is an excellent resource for bushcraft and wilderness survival (Bio Here) has put out two YouTube vids that I thought I would post showing how to make the all important char cloth, birds nest, and igniting a fire.

If you are unfamiliar with Char cloth here is the definition strait from Wikipedia“Char cloth is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable fiber (such as linen, cotton or jute) that has been converted via pyrolysis into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature. It is capable of being ignited by a single spark that can in turn be used to ignite a tinder bundle to start a fire. It is sometimes manufactured at home for use as the initial tinder when cooking or camping and historically usually provided the “tinder” component of a tinderbox.”

If you don’t already subscribe to Dave’s YouTube channel I highly recommend it as he posts a lot of information that he teaches to his students at the Pathfinder School. Anyways on with the show:


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