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Offline Mountainman

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« on: January 18, 2014, 07:28:41 PM »
Howdy All,

Is it me or are things kind of quiet around here of late?? No matter.

I was at Lee Valley and discovered they sell small boxes of Fatwood. I needed to replenish a container in my fire kit so I picked up a box.

If you have not heard of Fatwood before, no worries, it is the resin saturated stumps of certain Pine trees. This stuff burns well, almost like a used stir stick for fibreglass resin, LOL. 100% natural, if you must it could even be called organic. The resin burns for quite a bit thus giving your fire a chance to catch before your fine kindling has burnt all up.

So, if you buy one of them fancy fire kits, chances are there will be a stick of Fatwood included, as well as, a fire steel or something similar. But, the pre-made kits are usually a little pricey. The box of Fatwood is $6.50 at Lee Valley. The box is not large, 0.0375 cu ft. Or about 30 finger thick kindling pieces. The pieces are about 8" long.

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Keep warm out there!


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Re: Fatwood
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 07:36:08 PM »
Sounds like a neat product

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Re: Fatwood
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 08:08:20 PM »
Fatwood is my go to tinder. I've never had a failure to start a fire when using it.

Shaved as actual tinder, large matchstick size fatwood next, half a little finger size fatwood, and then twigs, small limbs, split limbs, and then the larger stuff. The stuff splits really easily, and shaves just as easily.

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Re: Fatwood
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 08:42:23 PM »

Excellent feedback. I try to keep a small can or bottle filled with shaved Fatwood in my fire kit. In fact, my small can was empty thus encouraged me to get a re-supply.


Fatwood is a very neat product. Might be an interesting video topic, when you re-visit the topic of fire lighting in trying conditions.