Finding Fatwood in Kansas

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  1. Jasmart

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    Does anybody know of any good public spots to search for fatwood? I’ve been having no luck looking around the baker wetlands about to try around Clinton lake. I know these areas don’t have the idea forest land for pine trees but I live in Lawrence and like to go exploring with my daughters when I get off work. Any advice or help would be awesome I really want the experience of goin our and finding some.
     
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    love lawrence.
    maybe them bike trails by the river?
     
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    west side of clinton lake is a maybe, might have better luck on the North side of Perry lake, off hwy 92.
     
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    Thank you guys I’ll have to go check this weekend.
     
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    Good luck. If you find some let us know. My son lives in Lawrence and I went to KU about a million years ago.
     
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    Isn't there a good canoe put in spot Vic Perry lake on the Delaware river?
     
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    Well I found this piece today it smells like pine and has a lot of red on the inside but it doesn’t catch fire easy or have the characteristics of resin. Can anybody explain to me what it is.
     

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    I realize that the most important part of your quest is, no doubt, being with your daughters but if you need some fatwood I'd be happy to send you some.
     
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    my bet is that's a red cedar stump -- when it's reasonably fresh, it burns great, but the smoke tastes terrible, so it's not a good cooking wood.
     
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    I appreciate the offer, but for now we will continue our hunt in the woods!
     
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    in case you don't know what to look for, fatwood is generally produced by "summer kill' pine trees. (bugs, drought, or lightning strike)
    look for standing trunks where much of the bark has sloughed off and the sapwood is very rotten/worn/spongy/splintery
    you should be able to scrape some of that off pretty easy and hit a hard, resinous layer that runs from golden/blonde to almost glassy and reddish

    you can also find it in smaller amounts in the dead lower branches - specifically at forks or where other branchlets were broken off and healed.
    these knots are places for pitch pockets to form and crystalize -- and fatwood is merely wood that saturated with crystalized sap.

    when you harvest fatwood, the stronger the turpentine smell, the better it will burn -- store it in zip-lok freezer bags or other air tight containers in order for it to maintain it's peak flammability. OTOH, if it dries out/oxidizes a bit, it'll still work fine -- just not as spectacularly.

    you can also use crystalized pine pitch to make a natural/primitive hot glue

    good luck!
     
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    Farm and ranch store in a box from the Phillipines...;)

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    Just wanted to thank everyone that posted in here after reading what you guys have said and doin more research and getting out there we finally found some Fatwood here in Kansas!
     

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    You hit the mother lode!
    Where’d you find it?
     
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    Well after the last few days of checking trees in the woods and trails I was only finding red cedar so I had the thought to check around my side of town around abandon buildings by the highway and on around side walk trails by the by pass which is public land. Found fir or pine not sure about the classification here is the pine structure.
     

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    I just cut off three of the dead lower branches where they met the trunk.
     
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    That's high quality stuff for not having any native pines. It's gotta feel good to find it yourself. Your's has a nice reddish tint that is a bit unique.
     
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    that's what I like to see!
    good job.
     
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    I’ve read some articles that said the more moisture in the soil the more resin produced that, being said I did find the Fatwood in a wetlands area that is thriving.
     

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