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Using Crampballs for Fire (King Alfred's Cakes)

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NaturalBushcraft would like to share with you this great resource known as Crampballs, or King Alfred's Cakes, or even the Latin 'Daldinia concentrica'. This Fungi is great for fire lighting, it catches a spark and glows with a strong ember, you can even cook solely on crampballs!
 
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1 Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:17
Darren Turner
Be careful drying them out in your pocket, I found a load once and they needed a little drying. I popped them in my pocket and when I came to get them out my pockets were full of black, what I presume were spores. Not much of a problem I know, my outdoor kit is filthy most of the time anyway but every time you come to use that pocket your hands get black.

I now pop them in a cotton bag or brown paper bag so Crampballs can breathe and dry without making me look like I've been down the pit!

Daz

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