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Ideas For Emergency Fire Tinder

Posted by on 4/23/2012 to Shelter and Warmth

Below are two lists of items you can use for fire tinder. The first list consists of items you may find around the house and the second list contains items you could find in the wild or amongst your camping gear and backpacking equipment.

Fire Tinder Around The House

  1. Dryer Lint
  2. Cotton Balls (soak in vaseline for extended use)
  3. Shredded tissues, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper
  4. Stuffing inside your pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals (down feather)
  5. Older book pages and newspaper shreddings
  6. Q-tips
  7. Wool clothing or blankets
  8. String or rope made from natural fibers (jute twine)
  9. Alcohol swabs
  10. Steel wool
  11. Shredded cardboard
  12. Pencil shavings

Fire Tinder Outdoors

  1. Dried grass and leaves
  2. Tree bark (birch, chestnut)
  3. Pine needles
  4. Tinder fungus
  5. Charred wood or cloth (char cloth)
  6. Wood shavings
  7. Animal fur or hair
  8. Down feather
  9. Magnesium shavings (from a Magnesium Fire Starter)
  10. Thistle, bulrush, and other dry plant material
  11. Punk wood (dry, dead wood)

We are expanding this list as we learn more! We are also open to suggestions from readers like you. Let us know some other creative ideas for emergency tinder.

Recommended Survival Gear by Cliff: Emergency Tinder - Wetfire Tinder - SOL Tinder Quik

Recommended Survival Gear by Skip: Tinder Kit - SOL Fire Lite w/ Tinder Quik - Tinder Dust

Blog Comments
Karla Date 4/28/2012 5:25:00 PM
Some of this I already knew but some i had not even thought of!
The Man Date 6/5/2012 11:30:00 PM
Not all stuffing and linens are flammable, in fact MOST aren't due to regulations to purposely prevent them from being flammable. With that said... some still are and work great!!!
randa77 Date 6/9/2012 12:55:00 PM
old cotton mop string=charred like charcloth for quick ignition or dipped in wax for long burn
Josh Date 1/29/2014
potasium promanganate and antifreeze
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