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I've been working with the bow-drill, and I notice that certain types of wood may be so hard that hardly any powder forms (like african mahogany) and others may be too soft and crumbly. Pine appears to be a little too resinous. So far, I've had some success with rambutan.

  1. What species of plants produce coals efficiently when used as part of a bow-drill set?
  2. Is there some test I can perform to easily identify good bow-drill wood?
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You need to take in consideration the geographical location because it will determine what you have available. –  slybloty Feb 10 at 20:40
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