Natural Tinders for Fire Lighting

Tinder is easily combustible material used to start a fire. Tinder is a finely divided, open material which will begin to glow under a shower of sparks. Air is gently wafted over the glowing tinder until it bursts into flame. 

The flaming tinder is used to ignite kindling, which in turn is used to ignite the bulk material, to produce a fire. Below is a selection of good natural tinder to keep an eye out for when out in the wilds.

  • Sweet Chestnut inner bark
  • Lime Tree / Basswood inner bark
  • Juniper outer bark
  • White Cedar outer bark
  • Dried grass / Tussock grass
  • Dead bracken
  • Wild Honeysuckle outer bark
  • Clematis outer bark
  • Coconut husks
  • Lichens / old man’s beard
  • Fomes Fomentarius (Hoof fungus)
  • Cramp Balls, King Alfred Cakes
  • Fatwood
  • Thistle heads
  • Cattails

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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