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Best natural sources of Tinder bundles when starting a fire?

What are the best tinder bundles you can make for a fire from things you find in the wild?

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Here are some natural tinder sources:

  • Fern that's been dried up makes a great tinder bundle. If you get a coal even close to the dried up fern, it will fire up super fast.
  • Lichen pulled off a tree (a.ka. OLD MAN'S BEARD), you can dry it out by putting it inside your clothing (keep fluffy).
  • Tinder fungus
  • Tall Dried grass
  • Dried pine needles
  • Birch bark shavings - will catch fire even when wet. If you can use the fine curls from the yellow or golden birch.
  • Conifir resin
  • Spruce tree needles
  • American Beech tree leaves: These trees hold onto their dried, brownish yellow leaves through the winter.
  • Cedar bark. When scraped with the blade of a knife it yields a very fine combustible material.
  • Cattail heads. Scrape with knife blade to make a finer tinder.
  • Dried and dessicated milkweed pods. These can ignite like a dry cotton ball and are a great to use.


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