Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fungus for starting fires

A good fungus for starting fires grows on birch trees. Look for black, lumpy growths on the trees and break off a piece. The inside is orange to brown. What makes this particularly useful is that it can be ignited from a spark, to create a coal that can be blown into a fire. You can also use this fungus to carry a coal with you, for quick fire making at the next stop.

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