What or WHO is Dragon Fire Tinderbox?
Dragon Fire Tinderbox is the creation of Daryl & Kristina H. Together we have created something unusual, unique and quite frankly, something we are immensely proud of. Using the best Mother Nature has to offer to bring Fire-starting & Medicinal products to everyone.
Daryl born and raised in rural Minnesota. Daryl grew up in Otter Tail County MN, right in the heart of the “10,000 lakes” area. Boating, camping, hunting and fishing were a way of life for everyone.
During my teen years, my family owned and operated a summer fishing resort on a lake. There I learned how to navigate the lakes and rivers by boat all summer long. In the fall I hunted duck and I helped trap beaver and muskrats in the winter. My first job was at a tree nursery and landscape supply company. There I learned skills that I’ve used throughout my life.
As a young man, I worked at a private hunting and shooting club where I helped manage a 2,000 acre game preserve. I helped build a large log home there, stripping the bark off of 126 giant white pine logs… by hand… in the winter… by myself… uphill… both ways!
Later in life, I married my best friend; she and her family introduced me to Rendezvous Camping. “Rendezvousing” is a reenactment of the pre-1840s American fur-trade era. (That’s me and my family pictured above at a rendezvous.) It is basically camping without the luxuries of anything modern. Rendezvous camping taught me many pioneering skills–tomahawk & knife throwing, black powder rifle shooting, starting fires with flint, steel & char cloth and campfire cooking.
After a cold rainy night in the tent, getting a fire started in the morning is very important. Everything is soaking wet. The wood provided by the campsite hosts is often green. Chopping off tinder and kindling from logs with my tomahawk before I have my morning coffee can be dangerous. After several of these experiences, I decided there has Got To Be A Better Way. THAT is what sparked the idea of Dragon Fire Tinderbox!
I was born in CA to an amazing Marine and an awesome stay-at-home mom. They are the biggest influences in my life. My father eventually was discharged from the Marines and went to ND to college to become a minister. I grew up outside as much as possible in the summer time and camping was routine for all our trips to visit grandparents in TX or CA. We would travel across the country using KOA campgrounds to help reduce the cost of the trip. I was always happy to help my father unload the camp box filled with our supplies, set up the tent and gather firewood, which always seemed to be the kid’s job.
I was told that I could do anything and that I should strive to be the best me I could be. There were not too many limits set upon me due to gender. I was a big tomboy and I still bear scars from climbing trees and roughhousing.
We eventually moved to WI where I enjoyed the woods. ND is as flat as you can imagine and trees are in a straight line (from being planted), but in WI trees were everywhere. There was a stream nearby and I spent most of my summers there catching tadpoles, climbing trees and generally being outside.
We moved a couple of times, always staying in WI. Camping was always a part of our life. Many of my childhood stories involve one camping trip or another. Some time in my teens, my family was introduced to a “new” type of camping, Rendezvous! As Daryl mentioned above, it’s a reenactment of the pre 1840s American fur-trade era. I became very skilled at camp cooking, I’ve won numerous cooking and pie contests. I learned how to throw a tomahawk and a knife, something I still do. And not much makes me happier than being in a primitive fire-starting competition with men and being one of the top 3 finishers. I also learned I am not good at chopping wood, but I could usually barter baked goodies for chopped wood.
I always assumed that whomever I married would like camping too, I mean, Who Doesn’t Like Camping? The first time I brought Daryl to a Rendezvous it was bitterly cold and I think he thought we were insane! But the next trip was better. The weather was perfect, the reenactors were in fine form and he started to understand why we would choose to do this.
We started camping as soon as we got married. In fact our honeymoon was spent at a campground in a tent. Our daughter was camping at the ripe age of 4 months old and we’ve never stopped. Oh, I found the perfect camping partner. He can chop wood! Uses an axe and everything.
In our combined years of camping experience in MN, WI, IA, MI, and beyond, we found that when you want a fire, often you want it right now! You don’t often have the time nor the energy to forage for tinder or hack it off from your firewood.
So, what do you do? What are your options for a quick fire?
a) Rummage through your vehicle for used Kleenex and fast food garbage.
b) Shamefully walk over to your neighbor’s camp hoping they did not burn their paper plates last night after dinner.
c) Break out your “fire by friction” bow drill set and go full on “caveman”.
d) Open up a Dragon Fire Tinderbox or Pouch, light it and have a fire.
Don’t get us wrong, we love making fire in a variety of ways and there are lots of cool ways to do it. BUT sometimes we just want to brew some coffee without working up a sweat or singeing our eyelashes off. That’s why we created Dragon Fire Tinderbox. It’s effective, reliable, lightweight, low cost, renewable and easy to use. And gets us to hot fresh coffee that much faster.
We are so happy to share the tinder that has been gathered from nature with you. It’s a unique combination of materials: cedar wood, iron wood, pine-cones, poplar bark, cattails, milkweed fluff, Applewood, oak, birch bark, Black Walnut, Fatwood and more. Plus, of course, super-secret ingredients obtained from the lair of our dragon at great personal risk.
We invite you to try it out and if you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are Always happy to help.
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