Knowing your tinder materials is the first step in making a fire, especially if you are on a camping trip or on a long hiking trip and you want to make a camp fire. We are bringing you 10 best natural forest tinders that can help you make fire easy and fast.
10 Best Natural Forest Tinders
- Western Red Cedar Bark: The bark of this tree is rough and fibrous in texture. Scrape some of the fibers off with a knife and bundle it together for kindling.
- Birch Bark: The bark of the birch tree is highly flammable and water resistant. You can peel it away with your fingers and light it, or scrape birch “dust” off the bark to aid another fire-starter.
- Coal Fungus: These small blackish, brownish lumps live on tree stumps and logs, and act like nature’s charcoal. Cut them so they lay flat, light, and stick it in a nest of dry grass.
- Pine Cones: Crush them with your hands until you have a pile of fine pine cone dust and fragments, then shower it with sparks.
- Tinder Fungus: This aptly named bracket fungus lives on tree trunks as a parasite. Remove it from the tree, scrape off the skin, and light.
- Fireweed: It has purple flowers and produces a cotton-like substance that can be used for tinder. Gather as much as you can and it will light almost instantly.
- Thistle Seed: Like fireweed, thistle seed plants produce cotton-like substances you can gather before or after they’ve bloomed. Collect a hefty handful and give it a spark.
- Punk wood: Dead, rotting wood that has almost no structural integrity. You can find it on the forest floor.
- Wood Shavings: With the right tools, you can cut almost any wood down into thin, dry pieces that can light if you’re persistent enough.
- Dead Grass: Abundant and easy to spot, dead grass will make a great tinder if it’s dry enough.
Knowing your surrounding is a big step in surviving in the wilderness or just have a fun camping trip. We recommend this video from YouTuber AlfieAesthetics 10 Ways to Make Fire – Natural Tinders which will help you spot a correct tinder you want to use and how to find it.