Fire starter....

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Re: Fire starter....

Post by JBRanger » Tue May 18, 2010 9:42 am

Wow, selling jute and fatwood? Well, I guess if people buy it....

I personally like getting something simple like cat tails or cotton balls or some other "starter" going and then that gets some fatwood, or small kindling going.

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Re: Fire starter....

Post by zelph » Tue May 18, 2010 10:25 am

Fat wood is nice to have on hand for campouts in areas where you are not allowed to bring in your own wood to a campground. You have to purchase their wood and many times it's not the best for campfires. Last year we spent 5 days in a rainy campground and the fat wood was used twice a day to start fire, morning and evening, always have to have a campfire. When I use the RV I take a large lid from a Weber grille and secure it over the fire pit in order to protect the fire from the rain :mrgreen: At night, the lid gets put on the remaining coals, holds down the ash from being blown around and also keeps some of the wood from being consumed and are red hot the next morning ready for the morning fire. :D Ohhhh My, the call of the wild is in the wind......I think I may have to go a wandering this week end.
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Re: Fire starter....

Post by ConnieD » Tue May 18, 2010 1:55 pm

Oh it works. I don't think you are going pay for a prepared packet to carry into the woods. But some do.

I have seen nice bundles of georgia fatwood in fine homes.

For that matter, I have to purchase a bundle of wood for car camping. But backpacking? Please.

At this point, car camping sounds good to me. I have been regaining my strength from food poisoning I got in town.

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Re: Fire starter....

Post by zelph » Tue May 18, 2010 4:37 pm

A friend of mine gave me a dozen 4"x4"x3' logs.boards that came of the bottom of pallets. He didn't want them because they burned too dirty for his wood burning stove in his basement. They were "fat wood" I used my chain saw to cut them into 6" lengths and then used an axe to split them into nice size campfire starters. They smell sooooooo nice when just split. At Christmas time I split some and put them under my tree.
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Re: Fire starter....

Post by DarenN » Tue May 18, 2010 4:46 pm

put some on ebay! :D

i'm way too far from fatwood trees to be able to get it for free. i have to buy it from the camping department if i want it. small quantities, very pricey.
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Re: Fire starter....

Post by zelph » Tue May 18, 2010 8:36 pm

DarenN wrote:put some on ebay! :D

i'm way too far from fatwood trees to be able to get it for free. i have to buy it from the camping department if i want it. small quantities, very pricey.
Go to the nearest lumber mill and ask where you can get some free cutoffs. Or a place that makes pallets.
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Re: Fire starter....

Post by ConnieD » Tue May 18, 2010 8:41 pm

I have had pallets. I don't think he will get "Georgia fatwood".

It is really special and pricey: just try to order it from L.L. Bean catalogue.

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Re: Fire starter....

Post by DarenN » Tue May 18, 2010 8:51 pm

zelph wrote:
DarenN wrote:put some on ebay! :D

i'm way too far from fatwood trees to be able to get it for free. i have to buy it from the camping department if i want it. small quantities, very pricey.
Go to the nearest lumber mill and ask where you can get some free cutoffs. Or a place that makes pallets.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Georgia fatwood in a BC lumber mill!!!
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Re: Fire starter....

Post by zelph » Tue May 18, 2010 8:57 pm

I can't beleive there are no pine trees in BC.......someone educate me ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatwood

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Re: Fire starter....

Post by DarenN » Tue May 18, 2010 9:52 pm

pardon my ignorance; i had no idea it was just pine. :oops:

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upon further reading i found that it is in fact "Longleaf Pine" (Pinus palustris) and, in North America, is only found in the south eastern United States. sure, we have pine trees up here, but not of that species. next time i'm up in the hills, i'll take a look for a broken pine stump and harvest it. see if it will work.
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