A while ago I asked readers Do You Have 5 Ways to Make Fire? The article concentrated on fire starters; steel and flight, lighters, and a few less common systems. However, most of those will be useless for building a fire if you don’t have some tinder to put the flame to. Here are 5 great ideas for fire tinder, both natural and homemade.
1. Dryer LintEverybody can collect it for free, and even get it from the bottom of your pockets in a pinch. It’s light, compressible, and burns like crazy. Drawbacks are that it really must be dry.
3. Cotton Ball and VaselineThis might be the oldest survivalist trick in the book. Coat some cotton balls in vaseline and store them in a container in your Bug Out Bag. Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is flamable and this set up will burn great for longer than you would expect.
What do you use?I know these are just the tip of the iceberg for survival fire tender. What other natural or homemade fire tinders do you like to use?