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Sunday 5 February 2012

Tinder Bundle Trials

All else being equal the quality and type of your tinder can make a difference as to whether you get a fire or not, so I decided to compare some, by no means an exhaustive list and it will be added to as I use other types

Flax tinder with a cattail extender,ember source was amadou lit by flint and steel, this produced a lot of smoke and took longer than usual to ignite..

Still, it did eventually ignite

Flax extender with dry grass bundle and amadou again,

This worked quite well and was certainly easier to get to flame than the previous one

Next was buffed dry grass on it's own with no extender,

No problems here,it worked very well

Next I started to broaden the horizons and use tinder I found on the day and an extender I'd brought, so dried (sort of) cleavers and cattail extender

No problems at all,it worked very well.

lastly tinder I found around me on the day,dryish bracken extender and dryish cleavers,

and believe it or not it was probably the easiest to blow to flame on the day, I was quite surprised by this but I do believe it had a lot to do with the available oxygen around the larger tinder enabling it to take flame much easier...we live and learn..more experimentation will come in the fututre.


  1. A good experiment, but I think you are confusing kindling with tinders. I would private mail you but I can't see how to do that.
    With respect & regards, Keith.

  2. Thanks keith,but over here when we blow a collection of fibers to flame it is referred to as a "tinder bundle" hence the title, regardless of whether it is tinder or kindling.