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    Birchbark - Woven Kindling

    I came across this idea when i was messing about with some birchbark. They make excellent firelighters for their size/burn time ratio and could with a bit of ingenuity be primed to take a spark.

    Start with some bark and rip it into 1cm ish wide pieces.




    Then rip them carefully into 0.5 cm strips. You need four of them.




    Fold the pieces exactly in half and with the loop made in one of them, insert the tails of the other.




    Do this with another...





    And finally the fourth and you will have a square. in theory!




    Pull it in tight.




    Now this part is the middle and on either side you must tie four strand crown knots. Sounds complex but really all you must do is loop and trap each of the four strands under the adjacent one. Perhaps researching the knot may help at this point if you are stuck.

    Three strands folded over...




    Top half complete.






    And the other side.




    Here is a size comparison to a bahco folding saw blade.




    And a whole load of them which took about 1/2 hour to make.




    And the most important part - it burning.




    Some of the tightly woven ones have lasted a long time with a consistent flame and are excellent as fire starter after igniting something with a fire steel. You probably could weave it a different way, but this is quite simple.

    Have fun,
    Woodwalker
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Mojoracinguk's Avatar
      Mojoracinguk -
      sounds interessting...but can't acess your link...
    1. g4ghb's Avatar
      g4ghb -
      works ok for me.... it's available from the HOMEpage , click on Fire in the category list on the left

      I've made similar things with paper and bark but I just use a single strip....
    1. hiho's Avatar
      hiho -
      Quote Originally Posted by g4ghb View Post
      works ok for me.... it's available from the HOMEpage , click on Fire in the category list on the left
      i get

      *
      Fire
      I find no available content in category Fire

      When i do it that way G4GHB
    1. g4ghb's Avatar
      g4ghb -
      looks like it may be a permissions issue hiho - perhaps you need to be a full member to view the articles....?
    1. sxmolloy's Avatar
      sxmolloy -
      I remember this from a while ago (if it's the same thing). I would love to have a look but can't view it due to getting the same messages as HIHO. Can this be sorted out or can I have confirmation that I need to be a full member to view please someone?

      EDIT:

      Actually just wonder if this works?

      http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/sho...woven+kindling
    1. dwardo's Avatar
      dwardo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sxmolloy View Post
      I remember this from a while ago (if it's the same thing). I would love to have a look but can't view it due to getting the same messages as HIHO. Can this be sorted out or can I have confirmation that I need to be a full member to view please someone?

      EDIT:

      Actually just wonder if this works?

      http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/sho...woven+kindling
      First link does not work (no permission) but your link does, cheers
    1. Mojoracinguk's Avatar
      Mojoracinguk -
      Excellent, sxmolloy your link worked

      any reason why?
    1. sxmolloy's Avatar
      sxmolloy -
      To be quite technical about it and use the proper terms.........no idea! Glad it worked though, I have a massive supply of silver birch bark from fallen trees so will be rather busy soon me thinks.
    1. g4ghb's Avatar
      g4ghb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mojoracinguk View Post
      Excellent, sxmolloy your link worked

      any reason why?
      It's pointing at the original thread started about 4 years ago.....