Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Making a fire in the wilderness

Natural Tinder
Natural tinder comes in many forms, depending on the geographic region. In the eastern half of the United States, the leaves of deciduous trees can be used. In the American West, pine needles and the bark from juniper trees may be more popular. Some common forms of natural tinder include:
Pine needles
Leaves
Grasses
Bark
Avoid gathering material from live trees or plants to avoid creating an eyesore and impact. Besides, tinder burns better when it is dry and has no moisture content.
There are different types of material that are man-made and perform the same function as natural timber. Some can be easily found around in the backpack, others can be purchased from an outdoor retailer. Some common items that can be brought from home are:
Paper
Cardboard
Cotton balls
Lint from the dryer.
Newspaper
Keep these items in a resealable plastic bag to keep them dry.

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