Sap.. good fire starter
Originally Posted by exile27
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...
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: