Isn't there much firewood in your country or in one of the spots you have visited? What are traditional popular alternatives to it? Suggest me one for an e-book!
I am preparing an e-book about how different world nations traditionally substituted firewood for any odd & funny local alternatives in case of its shortage or absence. If you wish to be part of it, suggest me one!
Here are a couple of examples I have already picked up: in the woodless steppes of Kazakhstan they traditionally used dried cow dung providently piled for harsh winter times. In the southern Spanish province of Valencia which is famous for its oranges, they burnt dried orange peels. Many other Mediterranean countries that produced olive oil used to warm themselves putting mashed olive stones into their stoves.
The e-book will be available for free download in the following months. You are welcome to send your articles at my email: <snip>. Thank you in advance!
Anna, the editor of Caligae Travel Files
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Kangaroo Poo has no methane so does not burn well.......just something to remember should you find yourself geographically embarassed in the middle of Australia after your horse runs away leaving you stranded.
So what would you burn in the middle of Australian outback to warm yourself?
Roughtly nothing Anna! Depending on where you found yourself stranded in the middle of Aus you may be lucky enough to scrape up some passing feral camel, goat or donkey poo which will burn or you may find a bare looking deadish tree called the snakebush which appears dead all year round except for once every few years when the desert floods it springs a few dead looking leaves.
If you happen to find Snakebush and enough spinifex to put under it to get it to burn you then need to make sure no one finds out you burnt the snakebush because......its protected :-)
So..id suggest getting lost in the south not north of Australia!
and cindy i think you should add...we generally have 'total fire bans' due to the lack of water and ease of massive bush fires so probably just use a gas burner if you are needing fire for something in australia lol!
There are tall grasses. If you take them and twist them into bundles it does burn nicely, at least the dry grasses do.