Here is a demonstration of using the bundle. (note the glass of water that the bundle starts in
Step 1: Gather Materials
Here is a list of materials you will need:
1: Spool of jute twine. ( I used about 10 ft to make this bundle)
2: Short length of braided cord of some type. (something with a tight weave that is fairly smooth)
3 Paraffin Wax ( this can be found at most craft stores, my wife had some left over from making candles so I took a couple of ounces.
Step 2: Set Up the Wrap
--- Start by tying the twine and the cord together in a square not.
--- Next, secure the cord to something stable. I used a 5" decking screw in a sawhorse.
--- Use a second screw to create a loop point just before the square knot you just tied.
--- Cut the twine to length. Again, i used about 10ft for this demo, but you can use what you like depending on how large of a bundle you want.
--- Now that you have the setup done, make the first wrap as shown in the picture.
Step 3: Wrap
--- Continue to wrap the twine around the cord until you have about a 2" bundle started. Be careful not to wrap this too tight, you only need enough tension to keep the wraps close together.
--- Once you have about 2" wrapped, start overlapping the wraps in the opposite direction. Once you reach the loop point screw, change direction again. Wrap back and forth until you have taken up all of the twine you cut.
Step 4: Tie Off & Trim
--- Now that the bundle is wound, tie off the lose end and trim any excess you may have.
Step 5: Remove From Setup
When removing the bundle from the set up, you have to be careful not to pull it apart. This is why you need cord that is fairly smooth.
--- First, take the cord loose from the screw on the left.
--- Next, with your fingers tight around the end of the bundle, slowly pull the cord back through the bundle.
--- Untie the square knot.
--- Trim the tail.
Step 6: Coat With Wax
This step is fairly self explanatory, and you can do it many different ways, some of them safe, and some of them not. I did not take pictures of this step, as I did not do it one of the safe ways.
To do this safely:
--- Use a small heat proof container. Something with tall sides works well, so you can dip the whole bundle at once.
--- Melt the wax in a water bath so that it melts slowly and so that it does not get all over your wife's pan.
--- Dip the bundle in several times until a sufficient layer of wax has accumulated. I put about 3 or 4 coats on this one.
Note: let the wax cool until it is opaque between dips so that the layers build on each other.
--- Once the bundle has completely cooled, gently pull on the tail and trim it to about 1"
That is it.
--- To use the tinder bundle pull a length out and cut it off.
--- Work the fibers until they are all separated and you have a nice dry ball of tinder.
--- Place the ball of tinder under your prepared camp fire and ignite.
Note: In the above video, I used a match to start the bundle, but you could use just about anything. My favorite is magnesium and flint.