How To Find Your Own Fatwood Firestarter’s

Many people today have wood stoves and use chemical dishes to start. With a little effort, you can collect your own "Fatwood" that also works well.

Fatwood is highly resinous pine wood, usually left behind in pine stumps after logging operations. It forms naturally when the tree is cut down and the underground root system tries to send the remaining sap in the following spring. SAP refused to rot and also made Fatwood very flammable – just turn it on to the match!  If you want to know more about the Firestarter's then you can visit at

First, you need to find a pine forest that stands well nearby, with a lot of old stump evidence lagging behind the previous logging cycle. We recently walked through the beautiful planted pine forest where the stump from the previous logging cycle was only visible under the pile of moss and leaves – this type of setting was perfect.

Look around now for an ancient moss covered stump – pick the one that looks least likely to have any worthwhile wood at all. Depending on how much resin ended up in the wood all the pine which is not resinous will have rotted away leaving chunks of hard dense wood. If you have a sharp knife or an axe these pieces will look red, and feel sticky to the touch, when cut or split open.