Discussion in 'Fire' started by pab1, Apr 20, 2015.
He huffed, and he puffed, and he blew that pine down.
Yup. Looks about like that.
-Snake Doc 415
This piece and a few others went out in the mail today.
Dude.... Seriously? Holy moly.
Are you sneakin' 'round my secret stash?
You know I’m practically knocking on your back door down here....
I think I posted this one before.
@beestokk, never underestimate what a chainsaw will do when getting the stuff out of the woods. Another tip is while it’s there go ahead and slice it into the thickness you want so it’s easy to split later.
The best part of this was what was still behind all of that bark at the bottom...I discarded the top half of this.
I imagine that's a great help using a chainsaw. I'm jealous that you can use that as an option! The stuff I'm usually getting is in a park where a chainsaw isn't an option for me, maaaaybe down the road if I figured a stealthy way haha (that seems to be kind of an oxymoron though!). Hence the real struggle of hand tools when I find anything sizable haha. At home processing though is another thing, but by that time splitting it by hand isn't too bad. That being said my photo above is the largest sections I've harvested to date (previously was some stumps) so a chainsaw isn't even usually something I'd need, but man, I've sweat my butt off for some of this stuff! And even then the quality doesn't seem to be what you southerners and PNW guys and gals get! Still have lots to process though to reveal my best stuff though I hope!
Some nicer stuff today.
-Snake Doc 415
Had to replenish my five year old nephew's stash. He's in love with the smell and burned up his last bunch.
That last picture tells the story.
Look at those smiles!
Another shopping trip in the Huron National forest. More pics coming as I process it
After a long day of cuttin' grass (lawn care business), still had the energy to process some of today's prize.
-Snake Doc 415
Excuse my ignorance I am from the UK! What tree do you use to get fatwood? Thanks
Most people find it in pines, but other conifers like Douglas fir and Sitka spruce produce it too.
In my AO, dead longleaf pine produces fatwood galore.
I am a recipient of some Jawjuh fatwood courtesy of a certain generous Jawjuh resident on this forum. This was several years ago and I still have not used it all. It only takes a splinter to start a fire! The Houston area has plenty of fatwood but nothing like Jawjuh or Flawda.
Good ole Southern Yellow Pine!
I have quite a few samples in my “collection” (yes, collection of fatwood).
All of it will burn but southern examples seem to be the best. Now, I may be biased...but, hey...
Missouri shortleaf pine in my area!
Amazing and thank you!
Well now, you may be biased, but I am most certainly admit that I am...
I too have a collection... it’s like a treasure hunt and I do share the bounty.
For those that don’t know:
There are also different grades of a fatwood here in the south as I’m sure you’re quite aware of as well....There is stuff that will burn so-so or barely, some that will readily burn, there is the good stuff that burns good and hot....and then what I call high-grade.
I keep the high-grade in a big plastic trunk. The low grade I don’t keep, the good stuff I use for my fire pit starting or burning yard debris, the rest I stash, give away and use in my fire making kits. High grade makes the best shavings and goes up with a Whoosh!
Just because it may look like a fatwood and smell like it, doesn’t mean it will burn well. I have seen some stuff before where it looks good, smells good but won’t burn for anything. It may take a little flame and hold it, but it never gets going or turns into that hot inferno that we are so used to with lighting our fires here in the south.
As a rule, the stuff that is heavy and dense is usually the best grade. I have some high-grade stuff here that is amazing, and I have some that you can barely smell but it burns like nothing else I have. It’s waxy looking, heavy with turpentine, the smallest of sticks (pencil sized) will burn super hot.
Here is a good example of fatwood starting up split oak. No small stuff, just some fatwood getting logs going.
Here is another pic of a different fire with just the fatwood getting wet wood going. In this picture, I just lit it up and it hasn't really took off yet. If you look in the foreground and towards the right, you’ll see a piece of fatwood that is just starting to ignite.
This is how I grew up starting fires, no need to pussyfoot around with it, get it hot and going and be done with it. Too many times I've seen people not use enough starting material to get a fire going and it burns out. Maybe it's because we are used to getting damp wood going because if it's on the ground here, it's always damp.
Vaseline cotton balls? Pfft...! No comparison. It’s a bit like comparing a matchstick to a bonfire IMHO... I am biased.
Well, I'll never have to look for fatwood again. While kayaking last night I spied what looked like an ideal fatwood stump. BINGO! After scraping off the dead wood and mud, trying to get it in the kayak without tumping over (quite the challenge, as it was a steep sided strip pit), and getting it back home, it hit me that I now had about 45 pounds of PURE FATWOOD! The task now is to process it. Sorry for the awful pictures, they were taken by the light of the porch.
-Snake Doc 415
I would say you have enough for a couple of fires right there young man...
Contrary to popular belief, it can absorb water even though it will still burn. I would cut it up into sections with a chainsaw (about 6 to 8 inches... depending on how long you prefer your sticks) and stack it somewhere dry to season. Split a few more pieces to let dry out for a few weeks and start rotating your stock as you use it up.
Split off what you need, leave the rest whole for another time.
Doesn’t get much better looking than that.
So, today I'm cleaning out the back of my work truck and found this up under the tool box...
Don't remember putting it there, but guess it was backup for when I used to use that truck for camping. For just in case I needed it.
Guess what? The block of wood I use to baton the golok... it's fatwood too.
And the final split pieces...
Processing some of my recent acquisitions. Amazing how much punk can be removed and sometimes hide the good stuff! Important to know for all those just starting out on their hunt. Sometimes the outside initial apprarance can be misleading. That's a 13.5 inch hatchet for size reference.
A decent haul of Doug fir fatwood from my last camping trip!
Love that Douglas fir and those dark reddish purple veins of sticky lime candy goodness!
Awesome. My grandpa always called it torchwood or gaswood. I get it now
Some fatwood I collected a while back. Need to go hunting for more again soon. Bonus gif https://i.imgur.com/wyP5uQH.gif
realised the other week I'm nearly out
will have to go hunting this weekend...
Don’t run out!
99 problems, but fatwood ain’t one...
Ooh, you gotta show pics of fatwood from across the pond!
Not much in London which i where I am at the moment - but in the next few weels I'm hoping to hit the woods
That is a scraping stick if I ever saw one.