Is Bamboo the ultimate firestarter?
It can be split with a Swiss Army Knife, shaved down into tinder, carved into kindling, and then laid over the fire to burn to length effectively doubling your fuel every couple of minutes. It can be had cheaply at your local home improvement store and is as dry as can be.
The downside? It does seem to burn fairly quickly.
However, a walking stick made of bamboo would provide you with more than ample firebuilding materials to get other found wood to burn. That could make a huge difference in a situation where you and everything around you is wet and the cold is setting in.
There's so much more bamboo can do as a natural resource but using it to build a fire was my objective yesterday and, at that, it passed with flying colors.
Thanks for reading,