So I decided to practice hand drill today, using the longest teasel stalk I've ever tried out for hand drill (it might be two feet tall...it is at least close!), on a nice, soft, dry, and almost 'punky' cedar fireboard.
I'm shocked at how well this combination can work - that was actually easy! I've gotten two coals in a row - one in less than a minute - and my hands could still go for a third.
Take a look at the three pictures I uploaded of the hand drill kit below, if you are interested.