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NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:49 pm
by Le Loup
Charred cloth was used by the gunner on 17th & 18th century ships, & it was used in city & town homes. Mostly what was used was "toe rag". But outside of the towns only plant tinders were used, although some travellers did also carry charred cloth in their tinderboxes, but not woodsrunners. German tinder, also known as Amadou, was also sold on city streets & in the apocathery shops.


Re: NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:29 pm
by chrisanson
nice video, been flowing your blog for some time, good stuff

Re: NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:00 am
by Le Loup
chrisanson wrote:nice video, been flowing your blog for some time, good stuff


Thank you, good to make your aquaintance.
Regards, Keith.

Re: NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:00 pm
by Grymm
Punk is my fav, but then living in the Chilterns with woodland all around it's dead easy to find. Using your nose helps, the fallen trunks that smell 'blue cheesey' and crumble easy (Almost poetic eh?) pull off small lumps which, when dryed, will catch a spark. I hold it on top of the flint (In my left hand) and strike down with the steel. Great for lighting a claypipe as well as fires.

Cramp ball fungi (King Alfreds Cakes, Daldinia concentrica) will do the job too after drying and versions/related spieces can be found over most of Europe, Australia and N.America.

Re: NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:41 am
by Le Loup
Very little interest shown in this post, surprising. Can we assume that this was already common knowledge for the majority of forum members? Or is it just that no one here apart from those who commented are interested in period fire lighting skills?
Just trying to get a handle on what people want to see in posts for this period. No point me posting stuff if there is no interest.
Regards, Keith.

Re: NO "charcloth" Fire Lighting.

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:45 am
by madjon
Couldn't load video, char cloth has its uses but is a pain to use at times, a length of slow match is quite a good thing to carry along with a bit of wax, natural fluffy seed pods, fungi from trees, dry rotten wood pulp and if its wet a split and shaved stick usually work in UK settings, fire kit varies a bit by location, natural material in the field depends partly on season as well, the contents and type of pouch/tin vary as well, I roughly copied a waxed cloth pouch I saw in a museum, I have also seen leather pouches, some with an iron striker sewn into the base,