Firestarting is one of the most essential survival skills you can learn. Tinder is the essential material for fire starters. Yes, tinder can technically be just about anything. In this post, we’re focusing on natural fire tinder sources that are available in most outdoor environments.
There’s plenty of flammable bounties to go around outside your door. Let’s go over a few of the most flammable ones.
Here's What We Cover In This Post
Natural Sources For Tinder
- Tinder fungus
- Spanish moss
- Birch bark
- Cedar bark
- Cattail fluff
- Rotten wood
Bushcraft Survival Guide | 7 Natural Sources For Tinder
This is by no means a complete list of every single possible natural source you could find and use for tinder and fire making. But these are all common and they are the most readily available to you in the wild.
If you know about a tinder source that’s naturally in the outdoors in the corner of an island in the Philippines two months of the year, it wouldn’t do you much good to know that. So we’re focusing on practical and available resources we can use to make a tinder bundle with.
In the world of natural fire tinder, tinder fungus is one of the most well-known and common resources for a natural tinder maker.
This can be located on taller trees that typically are found in tropical and subtropical climates. You can peel the moss right off the trees.
Thistle is a part of the daisy family. This video shows you how to use thistle as a tinder source.
Birch bark can be peeled off as strips from trees. Getting it from down trees is ideal since the bark is already dry versus live trees.
Here’s how to use birch bark as tinder.
You can make strands of bark that work well for igniting. Use a knife or a rock to break up the bark and then you can pull off strands of bark.
Here’s how to use cedar bark to make a fire.
This source will be found in, of course, cattail.
Pull out the fluff from the inside and ball them up. One downside to this resource is that they will burn quickly. So gather as much as you can.
This video shows you how to use cattail fluff as tinder.
Rotten wood makes a great source because it’s dry.
Also, it’s easy to gather smaller pieces of it which makes it easy for the fire to start.
You can use your knife to shave off pieces and gather those.
Natural Tinder For Flint and Steel
If you have flint and steel, here are some tinder sources you can use.
This video is a great demonstration on how to prepare the tinder specifically for flint and steel.
Natural Tinder For Ferro Rod
Or if you have a Ferro rod which is small and easy for packing one or two with you’re gear.
This video tutorial by Forrester Bushcraft does a good job showing you the tinder sources you can use with a Ferro rod if you have one.
If you need to make a fire in the wild and you don’t have any resources, looking for one of these materials will be the best option. You’re bound to be able to locate one of these materials no matter where you are.
Have you ever make a Tinder bundle from one of these resources?