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Natural Char Material

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I decided to play with some natural char material I collected.  I know punk wood makes a great char material, but also gathered a corn cob, maple bark and a dried shelf fungus off a tree.  The punk wood obviously worked great, the corn cob was a failure in my opinion, the maple bark was a failure also, but the shelf fungus trumped all even the punk wood. 

 

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Shelf fungus works great when dry...it's just seldom dry here, though it can be dried in the sun. I use some white shelf fungi (poly pore fungi), also called conk, as a "smudge" too. I burn it like insense to help drive off mosquitoes. It will also make a decent wick for an improvised oil lamp.

 

I have friends who use corn cobs as spindles for friction fire.

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Shelf fungus works great when dry...it's just seldom dry here, though it can be dried in the sun. I use some white shelf fungi (poly pore fungi), also called conk, as a "smudge" too. I burn it like insense to help drive off mosquitoes. It will also make a decent wick for an improvised oil lamp.

 

I have friends who use corn cobs as spindles for friction fire.

 

The corn cobs work great for a fire board also, but for some reason the charing was a failure unless I screwed something up.  One of my favorite combinations is a cedar spindle and two corn cobs tied together.

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