Introduction: Easy Tinder

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

Step 1: Purchase

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

Step 2: Grinding

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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

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

Step 4: Ideas

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

please post ur comments

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charleschiu1996 (author)2009-12-10

Yeah i know they're like so clear

Kiteman (author)2007-05-21

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

sharlston (author)Kiteman2009-11-23

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

awang8 (author)2008-12-22

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

trampart (author)2008-10-09

Nice pics

themasterpyro (author)2007-09-01

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

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

Digital_Anarchy (author)pyro132008-06-06

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.

themasterpyro (author)pyro132007-09-03

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

pyro13 (author)themasterpyro2007-09-04

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

bigcheeze (author)2008-01-15

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)

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

funwithfire325 (author)2008-04-12

The very first picture in the intro looks like a burrito.

pyro13 (author)funwithfire3252008-04-13

I'm going to update the pictures here soon.

ellomate56 (author)2007-08-15

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.

pyro13 (author)ellomate562007-08-15

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!

ellomate56 (author)pyro132007-08-16

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?

5150Mike (author)2007-06-02

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.

pyro13 (author)5150Mike2007-06-02

not really, because the lint u use must be a very high % of cotton, and idk about you, but my family uses alot of poliester stuff so it doesnt burn well, but hey, if it works for you then great!

LasVegas (author)2007-05-20

And this is better than the Fire Sticks... because?

Sgt.Waffles (author)LasVegas2007-05-20

Because its crushed up fire sticks!!!! lmao. To make a decent fire starter. but a pine con in an empty tuna can, and fill the rest with parifin wax. Or if you are a fellow survivalist, you could use stuff from your surroundings, ie bark, grasses, june bugs.

John Smith (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-05-21

What about june bugs?

Sgt.Waffles (author)John Smith2007-05-21

They make good fire starters.

howboutitbru (author)Sgt.Waffles2007-05-22

i personally prefer mayflies, they crackle sometimes. we should discuss insect fire starters!

pyro13 (author)LasVegas2007-05-21

they're easier to light and u can get 30 fires out of it instead of one

pyro13 (author)2007-05-21

sry guys its my first instructable, and i was using my webcam to take the pics and they lost thier quality when i uploaded them.

meddler (author)2007-05-21

This really isn't that bad if you like using flint and steel and don't wanna make your own char cloth. Tinder moss works just as well.If i want a good fire starter i rub petroleum jelly into a cotton ball, pull some fibres out on one end and light with a quick flame from a cheap lighter. They will burn nice and hot for a few minutes, plenty to start a fire. My friend keeps them in a plastic baggie in an altoids tin when he is hunting.

Gmastefluffy (author)2007-05-20

wow man , if this isn't the pinnacle of instructables then i don't know what is. But seriously. be much more descriptive and precise with instructions, intensions, and if you have to use a bad camera, at least have good lighting.

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