Getting your fire up to temperature quickly reduces unnecessary pollution and it’s also rather satisfying.
This completely natural firelighter will surprise you. It’s very quick and effective and it’s free. The Birch bark in this video was an unexpected bonus attached to some delivered logs. You can also sometimes find Birch bark peeling from trees or even lying on the ground underneath. You’ll often find lots of really thin dead twigs under a Birch tree, especially after a strong wind. They also make a great firelighter.
The bark in the film burns like it was dipped in a liquid fuel. Why does it burn so well? – it’s full of natural tars which are very flammable. It’s also very thin so it’s a bit like burning paper soaked in paraffin.