Being in an area with plenty of birchbark, I have never been found wanting for an easy means to start a fire in even the worst conditions. This weekend in my backyard campsite I decided to cut a piece of fatwood from a pine that fell a few years ago just to try it out. It was neat to use,l. It took more time to collect and prep than birchbark but I liked how it held a flame like a mini candle. I can certainly see how effective it could be all by itself, and/or in conjunction with other tinder. All in all, just making fire is a fun thing. Only photo I took was of my backyard campsite.