Common Reed

Those who know me well or have been on one of my courses will be aware that my favourite tinder for firelighting is the seed heads of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) .

It is available for 9 months of the year, and because the seed heads are so far off the ground it tends to dry very quickly even after rain. Unlike some seed heads it does not “flash burn” burn instead burns quite slowly as you can see in the piece of video ( I am using a firesteel to ignite it).

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One thought on “Common Reed

  1. The streaming’s not very good on the vid, bit stop-start jerky.
    Yes – I guessed it was Will’s 50 from the photos on that post. Isn’t he young? over 2 years less than me!
    It’s no big deal – just another day another number.

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