Hey Scott where do you get fatwood and what does it look like, I don't think I have heard of it before. Any info about it would be very welcome. Thanks in advance,
from pine trees you get it either from stumps or dead branches. if you go into a pine forest try and find an aged pine stump, grab your ax and hack out a piece. it should feel waxy and smell really strong of pine resin. you can also get it from the base of dead pine branches. just cut the branch at the base as close to the trunk as possible with a saw. once again it should smell really strong of pine resin. only near the base of the branch holds the resin. use the rest of the branch as firewood.
when a pine tree is damaged etc is sends masses of pine resin to the effected area, it acts as a seal to stop water from entering into the tree thus stopping rot from setting in.
Its good stuff, i have a shoe box full that i have collected overtime.
You can also get pine resin by bleeding the tree and boiling down unopened pine cones.
Hi Joe thanks for the information, I should have known what it is as I live not to far from the Blue Mountains in Otago but have done most of my hunting in native bush. Thanks again Joe this is what makes this forum a great one. I hope I am able to help others on here as well.
Hi Ray, here are a few links on fatwood you might find helpful:
Hi Ryan , wow thats a fast reply, thanks a heap.
Fatwood is pine that has a massive amount of pine resin in it, I have found the best supply to be rotting pine stumps. If you go into a pine forest that has been maintained go and kick the stumps, if you find a stump that is rotten with a hard section in it, this will be fatwood. When they cut down the tree, it tries to repair itself and then this resin settles in the stump and will not rot. When you cut it, it will stink of resin and have a glassy look, you can get really big veins of it. And it is very flammable, and burns when the rest of the forest is wet.