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Other natural tinders   Recently updated !

We’ve previously looked at inner barks, outer barks, downy flower heads and fungus as tinders.  In this post I want to take a look at other natural tinders that don’t neatly fit into any of those categories. Bracken Bracken (Pteridium) is found all over the world with the exception of Antarctica, although mostly on heaths […]

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Fungus as tinder   Recently updated !

In this post I want to take a look at using fungus as a tinder.  The ones that I discuss here, as best I can tell, can be found all year round, they don’t appear to be particularly seasonal.  When ignited they create an ember and not a flame, so you might want to take […]


What makes good firewood?   Recently updated !

I’ve written previously about how to light a fire but haven’t really mentioned much about what makes good firewood, or indeed what isn’t so good.  Hopefully this post will put that straight., As a heads up, I’m focusing on being in the woods and sourcing firewood rather than ordering it up for your wood burner at […]

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Outer barks as tinder

This article was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal Issue 19.  If you don’t yet subscribe, hurry up! Outer barks as tinder So far we’ve looked at downy flower heads and inner barks as tinders.  We saw that both of these categories have plus points but that they also have drawbacks – downy flower heads […]


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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Downy flower heads

This article on downy flower heads was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 17 published in October 2017. Tinders After looking at various methods of ignition I want to turn my attention to tinders.  And just like different ways of lighting a fire, this is another big topic and it’s had me wondering where to start. […]