Tinder Tubes have been in use for centuries. They came into use about the same time as the matchlock rifle. A simple two-inch brass tube with a 10-inch cotton cord, the tinder tube is an excellent tool for fire starting or lighting a pipe.
Before the initial use:
*Char the frayed end of the cotton cord with a lighter or match
*Once cotton is charred pull it down into the tube to extinguish the coal
*Store the charred end down into the brass tube until the next time you use it.
When ready for use, push the cord out of the tube, strike a spark on the charred end with your fire steel, ferrocerium rod, or use a magnifying glass during bright daylight. You will get a glowing ember on the charred end of the tinder cord. Once you have an ember the tinder tube is ready for use. Simply pull the cotton tinder back down into the tinder tube to extinguish. This will protect the chared end by keeping the char in tact and dry.
The tinder tube is a great compact alternative to char cloth. In addition, the tinder tube will last longer and provide more uses than a traditional char cloth option.
- Solid brass tube
- 10-inch non-flame retardant 10-inch cotton cordage