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Old 06-04-2010, 08:59 PM
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Some one made a thread awhile back about the awesomeness of pitchwood as a fire starter. I searched for the thread, but was unable to find it after about 30 minutes of searching.

Anyway, in that thread a few people said that in their experience, they had never been able to get pitchwood to take a flame by using a spark, no matter how fine their shavings were. I went camping this last weekend, and decided to give it a try. I used some sawdust that I picked up off the ground after we had used a chainsaw on a round of pitchwood we had. It took some work, and a very fast succession of strikes from the fire steel, but I WAS able to get the pitchwood to take a flame from the sparks.

Just thought I'd share...
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I dont have a problem getting it to take a spark. I hold my knife blade at a 90 to the wood and scrape. In this method it catches very easily.
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Some one made a thread awhile back about the awesomeness of pitchwood as a fire starter. I searched for the thread, but was unable to find it after about 30 minutes of searching.

Anyway, in that thread a few people said that in their experience, they had never been able to get pitchwood to take a flame by using a spark, no matter how fine their shavings were. I went camping this last weekend, and decided to give it a try. I used some sawdust that I picked up off the ground after we had used a chainsaw on a round of pitchwood we had. It took some work, and a very fast succession of strikes from the fire steel, but I WAS able to get the pitchwood to take a flame from the sparks.

Just thought I'd share...
Sap.. good fire starter
http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...04#post1499804

There is the thread. Fast way to find it was to go to your page, then click on "find all my posts". It was on page 2.

Anyways, I remember that last thread. And from what I recall, it was't fatwood or pitchwood. It was actual SAP and PITCH that we said could not be started by spark. The ACTUAL RESIN. Not the resin impregnated wood. Big difference. You can grind up the pitch resin as fine as you can, it still won't take a spark.

Here is a picture of the dried Sap or dried Pitch in question:
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Some one made a thread awhile back about the awesomeness of pitchwood as a fire starter. I searched for the thread, but was unable to find it after about 30 minutes of searching.

Anyway, in that thread a few people said that in their experience, they had never been able to get pitchwood to take a flame by using a spark, no matter how fine their shavings were. I went camping this last weekend, and decided to give it a try. I used some sawdust that I picked up off the ground after we had used a chainsaw on a round of pitchwood we had. It took some work, and a very fast succession of strikes from the fire steel, but I WAS able to get the pitchwood to take a flame from the sparks.

Just thought I'd share...
Hey, thanks. I'm one of those people. I use knife shavings that are INCREDIBLY small. I literally spent 40 minutes shaving up a pile of shavings about the size of four quarters just a couple days ago, and it still didn't take. Nice anecdote, though! Thank you!
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