American Bushman

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Charcloth Junkie

Yep, it's official...I'm a charcloth addict.

I made several batches to distribute on Sunday's hike which was all handed out. Yesterday I made another two batches. The first came out extremely well and the second did not.

Sadly the second batch was the big one.

I could cook it all some more but have more charcloth than any small nation could use in a reasonable period of time.

I really don't know how I spent so much time in the woods last year (and this year to some extent) without carrying some charcloth.

I am now convinced that (while flint and steel firestarting is hugely rewarding) charcloth and firesteel firestarting is possibly the most effective (best chance of success) method of building a fire.

As always, TEST YOUR CHARCLOTH before heading out to the woods with a new batch. If it doesn't work and you've planned to use it exclusively you're are up the proverbial creek. It's also best to never plan to use one method exclusively.

  • Plan
  • Alternate
  • Contingency
  • Emergency

I guess that means have FOUR methods available.

Pictures from Sunday will go up shortly.

Stay tuned,



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