More fire discussion

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More fire discussion

New postby wildcat on Mon 13 Oct 2008 12:34

So i went searching for fatwood after reading Taky's post. couldn't find any that was still moist with resin. they were all way too dry and would not take a spark. so i started playing around with a pine in my back yard that is a target for the hatchet throwing. it is oozing sap. so i picked a piece of wood out of one of the wounds and made a tiny fuzz stick out of it. it caught a spark and started burning.

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I set a clump of sap soaked pine bark about the size of a golf ball beside it and it burned for a good 10 minutes.

then i pulled out some birch bark that i had been saving. i crumpled it up in a pile and threw sparks on it.

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Birch bark caught the sparks easier than the pine, but it burns up very fast so you better have your set up ready. i pushed another piece of sap soaked pine bark beside the birch and it too burned for a good while.

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it was an informative lesson. it may be unrealistic to find wounded pines while out in the forest. i guess it just depends on where you are. our woods are loaded with pines, so it's possible.

thanks


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