Best woods and weeds for hand drill or bow drill fires?

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  1. PathTracker

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    Just wanting to see what the information out there was for the best woods and weeds for hand drill and bow drill fires.

    Thought it might be a good idea to get a list going for those of us who know less.

    Please state the wood or weed used for both the drill and the hearth board and the region where they're found at.

    GO!
     
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    kcardwel Hardwoodsman Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass III

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    That's cool thanks

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    I been using cottonwood deadfall with an Osage bearing block lately, I've had success with Hibiscus, Willow, Cedar and Sotol from Yucca plants.
    But don't get wrapped around the axle on species.

    Any dead, dried and sap free (and preferably hanging) branch that will take a thumbnail dent easily should work.
    Next outing, take a look around and try it.
     
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    I have had very good luck with Sotol (Dasylirion Wheeleri) and Mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia) - Glad I don't have to pronounce them.
    The combination makes for a very quick coal. I have not tried the Yucca stalk but I think the Yucca stalk in my area would be too soft.

    Cottonwood and Willow work well, just not a fast as the above.
     
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    One of our members regularly posts what appear to be random names of woods (eg "cedar on oak", or "mullein on lilac")... took me awhile to figure out that he's probably our most prolific experimenter with the bow drill, and these are actually combinations of woods he's trying. can't recall his username, but iirc, it's 3 initials... look for his posts.

    edit: just found it for you. jcl-MD.
     
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    yes, jcl has tried a huge amount. Him and I both trade woods and have tried a lot. We try the no thumbnail works ones as well to see if they will go which they do; just harder. Truthfully most if dry and not pithy or green will do it. But you are asking which are the best and there are some that just go up real easy like the sage here in the desert. Another one I have used is plumb which is hard but for some reason it is excellent. Pine here is about the only one that rarely works because it will build up a resin and become shinny and slick and you will have to stop and scrape off that and start over. oddly enough as easy as people have had luck with cedar there are two types here; incense cedar and western cedar and the incense type gives me fits.
     
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    I would recommend you use some search tools to help find your answer. Simply type this into Google. site:bushcraftusa.com bow drill

    Came back with 3,120 hits.
     
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    I suspect you'll get all sorts of differing opinions depending on what's available in your area. My favourite for bowdrill is cedar and sotol (although not in my area) for hand drill.
     

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