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Tinder, as defined in eighteenth century dictionaries was charred linen cloth.
Of course dragging cloth around just to burn for fore starting has. Even seen as expensive. We know charred punk was used, and fungus to
But watching a you tube video I saw this
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Yes Char cloth is a great way to start a fire. The char cloth has a lower ignition point than other things. Thus it is easier to get a fire going. You cut up you linen rags to fit in a tin box. Then you set the linen on fire and when it is burning good you close the lid thus snuffing out the fire. The cloth smolders a little but stops burning after it uses up all the oxygen inside the tin box.

Now you can take out a piece of char cloth and use your flint a steel to get the sparks going to get it burning again to ignite your tinder and then on to the bigger wood sticks etc.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha...led char,has been converted through pyrolysis.
 
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