Got Tinder?

by Dick Baugh



Another source of tinder for creating a flame out of a friction fire ember may be lurking along side your local highway or street. Recently, the San Francisco Bay region was hit with a major storm including strong winds and heavy rainfall. One of the consequences was a large quantity of pine needles blown onto the roadway. Automobile traffic shredded the pine needles and clumped them together into fuzzy globs. I gathered about two-thirds of an apple box full in about twenty minutes. Dry the stuff and it makes superior friction fire tinder. It’s also free. This idea was originated by Mike Dickerson. Thanks, Mike.


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