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Aussie fatwood

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My mate just sent me a heap of fatwood(resinous pine wood)that he harvested off his property, apparently he has more of this wood then he knows what to do with, fire experiments, with full report to come this week end.
When I opened the post bag my nose was assaulted by the resin smell and you can see the sap just about oozing out of the wood.
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have a look at this end bit, see the resin, the darker bits.
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well I couldn't wait till the week end to try this stuff out, I picked the least resinous piece of the bunch, feathered part and made a little pile of shavings, three strikes from my 1/2"x5" ferro rod and it was off, it was also very windy so a good test, the whole piece began to burn and I am confident that with just this one piece of fatwood I could set a sustainable fire no problems, this is the go for tinder, if you can get a hold of it try it you won't be disappointed.
feathered piece of fatwood
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and 2-3 seconds after I struck it with the ferro rod9the time it took to pick up the phone and take the pic)
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Hmmm... useful stuff... still looking for my own source of fat/grease wood for my kit..
 

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Do you know what species of pine tree it came from? Looks like a pyros delight.
 

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Do you know what species of pine tree it came from? Looks like a pyros delight.

mate I don't know the name of the particular pine tree's my mate has on his property, they just look like the normal pine tree's to me..... Next time I am over there I will take pics of the particular tree's and then you may be able to identify the species.

AFAIK and pine can be turned into fatwood, knock one over, leave it for a month ot two and there you have fatwood.
 

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no problems Karl, and my mate has left several pieces "ready for harvesting" so when I next go over there I can see it before it is harvested.
 

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So are all pines classed as fatwood or are some better that others.?
 

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and some vids related to fatwood

[video=youtube;5dVdepPA-gc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dVdepPA-gc[/video]
[video=youtube;88tB_MLLxfY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88tB_MLLxfY[/video]
and a demo on lighting fatwood fuzzies with a ferro rod

[video=youtube;6OTrqA0vfss]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OTrqA0vfss[/video]
 

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Interesting,but with so much great tinder in the Australian bush kind of whats the point.??I think that fat wood is a great for the colder and wetter northern forests...But I kind of don't see the point in the Australian bush.
 

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Interesting,but with so much great tinder in the Australian bush kind of whats the point.??I think that fat wood is a great for the colder and wetter northern forests...But I kind of don't see the point in the Australian bush.

What about as a fire steel handle ? Which Australian timbers would be such a good (sacraficial) handle for such a tool ?
 

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along these lines Aussie123
the Aussie survival tool(combines a ferro rod, magnesium rod and a fatwood handle) I have one of these, and can attest to their quality.

http://www.the-firestarter.com.au/

Interesting,but with so much great tinder in the Australian bush kind of whats the point.??I think that fat wood is a great for the colder and wetter northern forests...But I kind of don't see the point in the Australian bush.
I haven't found a natural tinder that compares with fatwood, honestly this is a good bit of kit. Now that I have a Aussie source of fatwood I am going to keep a middle finger sized slab in all of my kits.
 
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here's how to make a fatwood torch
[video=youtube;Z9bqcWfRv04]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9bqcWfRv04[/video]
 

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I have spent the last few days processing some of the slabs into shavings(maya dust) and making a few heartwood "matches", going to test them soon.
 

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