February 02, 2022
Starting a fire can lead to many incredibly useful possibilities. To initiate that fire, a practical knowledge of tinder is essential. In this article I detail what tinder is, its desirable properties, finding and using it, and tips and tricks I've learned through experience Tinder is the first fuel used to establish fire.
It is the bridge between your ignition source (ie. a spark or ember) and your kindling (fine sticks or similar that ignite faster than firewood) It has the job of catching, sustaining and enabling transfer of the first quantity of heat, generated by your chosen ignition source. Because this is a very specific job, materials used as tinder have very specific properties.
There are two essential requirements of tinder. It must:
1. catch fire from your ignition source; and