Chaga is one of the best forms of natural tinder around. It does not require any special treatment and, can after drying, be used directly from the tree for fire making.
It is ideally suited when used in all forms of spark based fire lighting ranging from the ancient ‘Pyrite & Flint, to the relatively modern traditional ‘Flint & Steel’ right through to the very modern ferrocerium rods. Chaga works brilliantly with Fire Pistons and with solar forms of fire lighting, such as with a Magnifying Lens. As a natural form of tinder it is truly magnificent … one of the very best around.
The 'Ember' that is created from the smouldering Chaga is Incredibly Hot, which makes it an outstanding tinder for All traditional fire making techniques such as in the Traditional Flint & Steel or the Hudson bay Tinderbox or one of our Solar Penadants.
If you try Chaga with any modern pyrophoric sparking rods, you will see that it is virtually impossible for you not to catch a spark that instantly creates an amazingly hot ember.
Once your Chaga has caught a spark, it will begin to glow and gently smoke. This newly formed ember is very hard to extinguish since it burns so hot. Any wind or breeze that blows on it will cause it to get even hotter!
Once the ember has become established, to your satisfaction, you have probably about a minute and a half, more than enough time, to place the Chaga ember into the centre of a previously prepared tinder bundle, and then blown into a flame that can be used to create a campfire.
Apart from its amazing fire making properties, Chaga can be made into a refreshing tea whilst at home, or out in the woods, in place of your usual tea or coffee. Simply place a crumbled chunk, about a teaspoon, of the Chaga into a cup and pour on boiling water, leave to stew for about 5-minutes, add sugar, honey or your usual sweetener to taste, and this wonderful beverage is ready drink.
Please note Chaga is a natural product so pieces will vary in shape, size, weight, colour and density. You only need a small amount! For more information about Fire Lighting please visit or media Liberary or visit our main website Shark Designs for Articles.