I was starting a fire in the woodstove the other day when a question occurred to me.
We build our fires by layering first tinder (crumpled newspapers), then kindling, then small splits, then finally log splits.
A fire is easy to start and takes me about two minutes in the morning to get going (not counting adding log splits as the fire heats up).
But... what if we didn't have newspapers to use as tinder?
We go through a lot of newspapers in our house, primarily for wrapping tankards...
...protecting work surfaces...
...and of course tinder for fires.
In fact newspapers are so easy to use for tinder that I can't imagine what I would use in their place to start a fire in the morning.
So what do you recommend as a substitute? We can't depend on dryer lint because we don't use our dryer (preferring our hanging and standing clothes racks).
Besides, if the "bleep" ever hits the fan, dryer lint won't be available anyway.
I'm open to other ideas of what kinds of tinder people could use in a post-"bleep" situation. I know cattail fluff is good. Anything else?