by Dann
(SE Washington State)

Dry wood for Camping or outdoor Survival? As a scoutmaster I found a rope/cord to be better than an axe as a tool for gathering dry kindling and wood in a rainy forested area. Even when it is raining, dead branches still on the tree are mostly dry inside. The rain rolls around and off them. So a rope with a rock tied to the end will bring down more dry wood than you can find on the ground.

Thanks Dann,

Nice idea - I often look for hung up material when having fires outdoors. Particularly good to look for is 'spiney oak' - dead oak branches that have had the outer bark and soft wood rotted away, leaving bone dry and hard inner wood. It burns long and slow leaving great embers for cooking.

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