tinders


Inner barks as tinder

Originally published in Issue 18 of The Bushcraft Journal, this article compliments other posts on this blog around natural tinders. Inner barks In this issue I want to continue with tinders, this time looking at inner barks.  In the last issue I discussed downy flower heads, which are largely seasonal in nature.  This isn’t the […]

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This article on tinder bundles was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 13 published in February 2018.  As it’s now completely free there’s no excuse for not getting a copy! As I come towards the end of discussing various methods of ignition, I think it’s time to take a look at tinder bundles.  Many of the […]


Late summer tinders

I originally wrote this article on late summer tinders for the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL ) Bushcraft Special Interest Group (BSIG) newsletter which came out in October 2014. When I’m teaching fire lighting I tell this really bad joke –“I’ve got tinder constipation; I can’t pass a birch!”  I hope that it will help people get into […]

Thistles as a tinder

hornbeam outer bark as a tinder

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Tinder is any material that is easily combustible; it is the link between the initial spark, flame or ember and the kindling which will ultimately become a fire.  There are many materials that you might find as you’re wandering around outdoors that can be used as tinder but they largely fall into a few categories I […]