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Wasp Nest

I can't remember where I read it, but the best tinder for fire starting is shredded wasp nest.
Ted Bailey

Bark Tinder

I am glad that you brought up the question of the shredded bark tinder that was mentioned in the article. I was reporting what John Rowlands said he used but in all my years of experimentation on the subject of catching sparks I have never had any succes with the dry, finely shredded bark. In addition, no one who is into primitive tech. that I have talked to has indicated success either. Ditto for mouse or birdnests. I have only had success with charred material. The only thing I have seen that is uncharred that will catch and nurture a spark is a type of fungus that is sometimes found in birches or cherry trees and it is amazing to see.
Wyatt Earl
I know that cedar bark works well, but I haven't been able to light it.
David Wendell

Rotten Wood

One ember enhancer I like is rotten, corky, punky wood. It will not catch up into flame, but given time that piece of rotten wood will become one big, glowing ember.
Benjamin Pressley

Charred Pith

I was wondering if anyone has tried using charred pith as a coal enhancer tinder. I have had good luck using the charred center pith of mullein in demonstrations with flint and steel. The actual charring process is a little more tricky than it is when dealing with cotton, but it seems to work nonetheless.
Jon Harshbarger
I have also charred and used the pith of mullein as well as red sumac. They do char and work very well. The are also difficult to keep together in a pile. I usually make a birdnest of fluffy tinder and poke a finger sized hole to hold it as tightly together as possible and it works very well.
Benjamin Pressley