tinders


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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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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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 […]