I was interested in finding a good ready source of tinder in the forestry I trap in. When wet most of the usual suspects really did not work at all well. I then came across a tinder called Fat wood on the internet.
This works when wet or dry and is extremely easy to light. The basics of finding fatwood are
1- look for old fallen or cut down Pine Trees ( have not tried any other types of trees yet, as this is the forestry I have to work with )
2- forget the tree and find the stump, if it has been cut down.
3-check the stump to see if it has been rotting away.
4-look for the hard wood left in a rotten stump, this wood when the tree was cut etc, is where the resin will have settled into, therfore preserving the wood and prevented it from rotting.
5-remove the resin filled wood and scrap off some wood. when cut the wood stinks of resin, and is clearly visible in the wood.
6- the finer the wood shavings or chips are the easier they will light, use your firesteel to strike a spark and away you go.
A ready made product similar to this you can buy is Maya Dust from light my fire.
N.B. this does not happen to all the stumps, so may require searching around several trees, a Pine forestry block is good as they thin out trees as they get bigger, so usually have a fair amount of stumps around. This does not work with freshly cut stumps, needs to have been rotting.
I am assuming that there is other types of trees this will work with as well, if any one knows please pass on that knowledge to the rest of us.
Pine resin burns really well, although it is a really orange flame and gives off lots of smoke, if you are prepared to damage a tree and collect the resin you can use just this.
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