Thursday, March 8, 2012

“Puff, puff, puff – Good tinder makes bright fires”

“Puff, puff, puff – Good tinder makes bright fires”
By Craig Macartney

Rating ***

Have you ever found it hard to find good tinder for your fire? This article will give you a few tips to end this problem, even if there are wet and cold conditions. You will read short and clear tips about tinder.

This article improves the reader's knowledge about tinder, for starting a fire outdoors. It gives good possibilities of natural tinder and explains how to use them. It includes Cedar bark, Birch bark, tree leaves, pine needles, and cattails. For example, it explains how to use Birch bark: “ You pull it apart and crumple it up like paper, or split the ends into fibres as with Cedar before lighting'”. Then the author gives ideas of tinder you can find in your bag or at home in case you can not find some natural tinder. Using hand sanitizer, or a portable tinder like cotton balls in petroleum jelly could be a great way to start a fire. He added that there is always the possibility to use what you find in your pockets and he gives few examples.

I liked this article, because I learned outdoor tips that will be useful anytime I need to light a fire. For example, I did not know that cattails, when they are dry, could be good tinder. It explains clearly how to use the barks and other natural elements to make tinder. I found it particularly helpful to learn how easily I can find good tinder at home from such simple household items. The instructions and advice are clear and look easy to follow when lighting a fire on a trip.

I recommend this article for everyone who wants to know more about different types of tinder and how to find natural elements as tinder. This article is a short-read, and gives basic information and advice useful for outdoor experience.

Craig Macartney. “Puff, puff, puff –Good tinder makes bright fires”. Ottawa Outdoors magazine. (Winter 2011): 8. Print.

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