Roll up your strips of material nice and neatly but not too tightly to create a giant snail shell the width of your tin.
Close the lid of your tin and using fire gloves or long handled tongs place the tin into the embers of the fire.
(Side note for the little wildlings – don’t be silly like me and not use gloves or tongs. Fire is hot so please be careful)
You should start seeing steam and then smoke pour out of the hole in a steady stream. Once this stops in theory the char cloth should be ready but I like to give the tin a flip with a pair of tongs or gloves and continue to cook for a few more minutes. The whole process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes but will vary each time you make char cloth.
At this point we can don our fire gloves again and open the tin quickly to look inside. I say quickly because if you leave the tin open then the cloth may combust and just burn up into thin air. We’re looking for a consistent char throughout the cloth. If there are any patches of un-charred cloth, then return to the embers for a few more minutes.
If you are happy that the cloth has charred to perfection, we can replace the lid and set the tin aside pushing the stick inside the hole we made in the tin earlier. This blocks out all oxygen from the tin until cooled completely.
Once completely cooled, your char cloth is ready for fire lighting. Remember that your char cloth will start absorbing moisture from the air – so make sure to keep your char cloth in a zip lock bag or tin with a tight fitting lid, to keep any moisture at bay.