Good starter kindling isn’t always readily available or accessible when you are camping and need it to start a campfire or when you are hiking and need it for an emergency shelter. Bundle up your own tinder, add it to your emergency kit and take it along. Tinder can be as important as a compass or a light jacket if a problem arises.
Kindling is often plentiful when it comes to yard work and gardening. When the lawn is mowed the cut grass can be picked up off the lawn or taken from the catch bag if the lawnmower has one.
The grass should be allowed to thoroughly dry out. Spread the grass out on some newspaper or you can put it in an unsealed open “sandwich baggie” or a small lunch container. Be sure and stir the grass to insure that air gets to it all. If it doesn’t thoroughly dry out it can mold. When it’s good and dry you can seal the “sandwich baggie” or the small container. This way the grass is ready to be packed along with your emergency kit.
If the kindling isn’t used you can save it for next time. Check the kindling before it’s next trip to insure it hasn’t molded. Any moisture that may have gotten in can cause mold. Being stored in damp conditions or heat may cause condensation in the bag or container.
If you don’t have grass ready you can use mulch. Leaf mulch is fantastic kindling that you can create with a mulcher. Make sure the mulch is dry following the same procedure as the grass. You can pack it up when it’s done. “Store bought” mulch will work if you don’t have time for drying and need it immediately.
You can take along both grass and mulch in separate “Baggies” or containers carrying the additional one for backup. If you prefer you can mix the grass and mulch together in one “baggie” or container. The tighter and more compressed the grass or mulch is packed into its living quarters will allow you to break off some of the kindling as needed giving you several tries instead of one. It eliminates the need for a second “baggie” or container leaving you with available space in your backpack or other carryall.
Making additional compact “Baggies” or containers of kindling can come in handy when given to the other hikers and campers traveling with you. They can carry one in their backpack or carryall as a backup to be used if and when it is needed within the group.