Lighting a fire with charred birch polypore

Last week I posted a video on how to char birch polypores.  In the comments I was asked how to go about lighting a fire with charred birch polypore.

I found them on 2 different fallen birch as I was wandering around the woods.  The process is essentially the same as for making charcloth, you just need to leave the tin on for longer, typically 20 – 30 minutes.

In this video I demonstrate a couple of methods, including fire steels and traditional flint & steel, as well as mentioning parabolic mirrors and magnifying lenses.

We teach lighting a fire with charred birch polypore 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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