Collecting thistle heads to use as a tinder

This time of year finds me collecting thistle heads to use as a tinder, amongst other species of downy flower heads.  Because they’re seasonal I collect enough to see me through the next 12 months.

In my experience downy flower heads work best as an ember extender, they don’t generally do much more than flash flame  briefly, but added to a tinder bundle they really come into their own.

We teach how to use ember extenders such as thistle heads on our 2 Day & 5 Day Bushcraft Courses, the IOL Bushcraft Competency Course

You can see plenty of photos from all of these courses on our Facebook page.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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