Burning Tinder

burning tinder

Property Value
Moisture Content 10-15%
Ignition Temperature 300-400°C (572°F-752°F)
Burning Rate 0.5-1.5 cm/min (0.2-0.6 in/min)

As an expert in wildfire management, I’d like to emphasize the importance of understanding the properties of burning tinder. Tinder is a critical component of any fire, serving as the initial fuel source that ignites and sustains the flame.

According to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), “tinder is typically dry, fine material, such as grass, leaves, or small sticks” (1). This table highlights some key properties of burning tinder:

Property Value
Density 0.1-0.5 g/cm³ (0.01-0.05 oz/in³)
Bulk Density 50-100 kg/m³ (3.2-6.4 lb/ft³)
Particle Size Distribution Mainly in the range of 1-5 mm (0.04-0.2 in)

When it comes to igniting tinder, temperature plays a crucial role. The ignition temperature of burning tinder is typically between 300°C and 400°C (572°F-752°F), as reported by the USDA Forest Service (2).

Once ignited, the burning rate of tinder can vary depending on factors such as moisture content, particle size distribution, and bulk density. As shown in this table, the burning rate of burning tinder is typically between 0.5 cm/min and 1.5 cm/min (0.2 in/min-0.6 in/min).


(1) National Wildfire Coordinating Group. (n.d.). Glossary: Tinder. Retrieved from

(2) USDA Forest Service. (n.d.). Fire Ecology and Fuels. Retrieved from

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