Hi, guys. First time user, so I've got a few questions. Tried searching, but one question was left unanswered. Since this looks like an awesom forum I hope for some good replies. Now, I'm a reenactor focusing on the viking era. When starting a fire I want to use materials available at that time, and char cloth was not made popular until the 16. century. In any case, cloth was such a valuable comodity you could be pretty sure they would not want to burn it. This leaves me with just a few options to catch a spark from my flint and steel. * charred wood * pieces of natural fiber rope Now, for the coal - I can use any charred piece of wood, right? Could be something just left in the ashes from the previous day? Can I use barbecue coal? Will natural fiber make for good tinder? Anything else people can think of that was widely available way before Bics and ferro-rods? Anyone have any good videos showing how to make the coal catch sparks? I've only found one using crushed coal, but it wasn't too educational. Thanks!