Charcoal has been made for centuries and used for many things such as art, medicine, and makeup, but it was most important for blacksmiths as it was used for fuel to smelt metals. It is produced by heating wood with little to no oxygen in order to remove all the water. It is created whenever combustion is incomplete. Additionally, charcoal was a part of a mixture for black powder. Charcoal has a very high surface area, so it’s very useful as a filter or an absorbent for water filtration. It’s easy to see the possible useful applications in a survival
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