Easy Tinder

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Introduction: Easy Tinder

About: Aspiring herbalist and botanist.

this easy tinder will catch sparks, is easy to light, and will burn for a long time.

Step 1: Purchase

go to walmart and by some fire sticks, they're about2$ for a bag of twelve

Step 2: Grinding

take a knife and shave the stick.
store the shavings in a tin.
when the stick gets to short to shave. set on ground and pound witha rock til its flat and then shred it into little pieces.

Step 3: Igniting

use flint sparks or a lighter to light a small pile.
a square inch pile will burn for about 2 min.

Step 4: Ideas

you can mix with parafin wax or melt birthday candles over it to make a longer-lasting firestarter


please post ur comments

sincerly,
The One and only Pyro 13

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    Why does this Instructable need to be done in the dark?

    1 reply

    because flames are better in the dark and i dont think the auther is a pro photographer

    I'm ten and I'm a pyro... This morning I was out there trying to burn leaves... Now my pants smell like tobacco.

    ne ideas were i can get some largeish flint chunks? ANY good links to sites were i can get largeish flint chunks are welcome.

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    a lighter with no more gas left will work i believe.

    fire steels are not made of flint, they are ferrocerium, an alloy. also when starting a fire with real flint you strike the steel with the flint, not the other way round.

    oh i ment flint as in the stone. you know, flint spear head?

    i dont know any where you can buy it... but all you gotta do is go to a river and try and find some. to test it you can strike the back of a knife with it and see if you get sparks

    this ones kinda hard butt you could mix it with a pinch of saltpeter/kno3 (maby it'd end up like flash powder or somthin)

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    and where might I ask are you going to get potassium nitrate, other than from fertalizer...

    grants brand stump remover,or spectricide grants is 98% pure spectrecide is 99% and comes finly powdered,the grants you will have to mash it in a morter and pestle

    I'm going to update the pictures here soon.

    Good idea but why not just use the sticks? Also, you could put in some foil and put a fuse in (mix the tinder with a little lighter fluid). I don't know what it would do but, it would do something. Or mix the tinder with cotten. It would burn longer too. Or wood, ha.

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    well the thing is... is that mixing with aluminum wont do anything because tinder sticks and lighter fluid are not oxidizers... so u would more than likely end up with a burning pile giving off aluminum smoke... and god knows how bad that is for your lungs... but hey, thx for throwing out the idea!

    Well, I ment put it inside like a ball of foil but it would be the same thing... but what about the cotton? Wouldn't that work?

    Even better, and Cheaper... Dryer Lint. That fuzz that gets trapped in your dryer that everyone throws away... Its actually very flammable and burns slow enough to catch your tinder.