Char Cloth sealed in Straws.

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    The very short version is........you can seal Char Cloth in straws and it works great.
    If you want to see some Simple testing, read on.
    I was going to seal some Petroleum Jelly/ Cotton in some straws to replaced what I had used.
    I saw some char cloth and decided to seal some in the straws and see how it fared?
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    Had some scraps left over and sealed them up, put them in water with a rock on top.
    Left it for 35 mins, unless you are a Navy SEAL, that is longer than most of us can hold our breath.
    So I figured that was long enough.
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    Got some Cedar for a tinder bundle.
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    Cut open the Straw, I will say that at this point it will come out more like dust and chunks.
    Not really Cloth anymore.
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    I used the Junglas to start this, with the longer spine it provides more Runway to get a spark.
    Rocks I used were found out on the trail where I hike.
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    No real take away here except I now "Know" that it will work.
    I always carry a short piece of Hacksaw Blade and a small package of char cloth in my wallet.
    This will be a way to carry some water-proof Char Cloth in places where I toss them.

    Pic of the Kits they will be put into.

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    That is all, carry on................
     

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    So cool! Ive not seen anyone put charcloth in a straw. Excellent idea!
     
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    I will say that I was slow on the Uptake as far as sealed straws go.
    While up-dating my kit I found that they work great for Fishhooks, Swivels, Lead BB Weights.
    Salt and spices.
    I just went for a quick walk and did a quick test.
    The area where I hike.
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    Sagebrush tinder abounds, it equals Cedar, Inner Cottonwood and a few others, as a favorite of mine.
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    Found a rock and got the Hacksaw Blade out of the Kit.
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    Banged out a Coal.
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    And the finished product.
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    Just to add, I live about an 1 Hour from the cascade Mtns.
    And there are some great Bow-drill woods up there, Cedar,Willow,Aspen, Alder and on and on.
    But for me, if I am thinking long term "Circle of Fire" it will always be some type
    of Flint and Steel.
    I can grind out a Bow-drill Fire to get the ball rolling but after that...............
    I will be banging on one of my Esee knives with a Rock for my fires.
    Where I am at, Charring natural materials like Cedar, Sagebrush Bark ect.
    will give me unlimited Char.

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    The reason I carry a knife made from 1095 is just because I can sharpen it on a rock,
    or start a Fire with a Rock.
    For me and mine............That will be an ESEE.
     
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    By the way, you can Char material in a Aluminum ESEE Tin.
    Just throw in some punk wood or what ever you like, get afire going on top.
    After it has burned a bit, put the lid on to snuff it out. { see above picture}
    The ESEE tin is my favorite All in One survival tin as it will hold a two person SOL
    Survival blanket and the rest of my gear, Great tin!
    Here is a shot of the smaller kit with a high-light around the fishing gear sealed in straws.

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    And finally here is a shot of someone having a really bad day.
    Probably worse than yours..............
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