How to find Pitch Wood / Fat Wood / Grease Wood
Here I discuss how to find the almost magical Pitch Wood. Also known as Fat Wood and Grease Wood. This stuff is great for starting fires, but in some places it can be hard to find unless your buying the pre-packaged stuff from Wally world. As far as I know there are primarily two places to find pine wood that is saturated in pine sap or what I call Pine Pitch. The first place where Pitch Wood can be found in the largest quantities is in the rotten old stumps of a dead pine tree. Take a look at the video below where I quickly show what that looks like and how to harvest Pitch Wood for your use!
Find Pitch Wood In Old Rotten Stumps
Click here to watch on YouTube if you don’t have Flash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynoc1AjtqAE&feature=plcp
Find Pitch Wood In Dead Pine Tree Branches
The second place I know to find a good useable quantity of Pitch Wood is at the base of dead branches on a living pine tree. The 3 or 4 inches of the dead branch closest to the pine tree will typically be soaked in Pine Pitch. These lower branches on a pine tree are a great resource for building fire. Take a look at the video below to find out how to harvest Pitch Wood in this manner and how to prepare it to use in a fire as well!
Click here to watch on YouTube if you don’t have Flash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkbnfE5yDIo&feature=plcp
Here are a 7 uses for Pitch Wood / Fat Wood / Grease Wood
1. Make heartwood shavings for use as a fire tinder.
2. Make feather sticks for use as either a tinder or a first stage of kindling.
3. Break down into pencil lead sized kindling.
4. Use it in larger pieces as fuel for your fire.
5. Break down into pencil sized pieces about 4 inches long and wedge 20 or 30 pieces into the end of a green stick and use as a torch.
6. Keep a few extra pieces in your kit as a good emergency waterproof fire starter.
7. Use a larger burning piece to carry fire from one location to another.
What other things have you used Pitch Wood for? What other places have you found it?
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