By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
To build a fire, you start with a source – a spark or flame. Ideally you will have at the ready some fine dry tinder to which the spark or flame is applied. Next comes kindling and then progressively larger pieces of firewood.
Tinder is very important in that it is often a necessary step to successfully build a fire, and the quality of your tinder will determine your results.
Here’s a list of tinder sources:
While building a fire, the right preparation is the most important consideration. The tinder should be the lightest, driest, and most combustible materials in your fire bundle.
The purpose of tinder is to catch the flame and burn long enough to ignite larger pieces of kindling. Regardless of your choice of tinder material, fluff it up or shred it so that more surface area is available for the flame to grab hold.
Keep your tinder dry, and in a weather proof container.