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Bushcraft plants: Fatwood

Bushcraft plants: Fatwood



hello everyone welcome to today's episode of bushcraft plants today we're going to be looking at flat wood which is the resinous fire starter and tall that many brush crafters use that you can find in coniferous environments everywhere in the world there are over 100 100 species of pine tree in the one the world all the way raising from Eurasia to North America so you this is a pretty worldwide resource anyway today I'm going to show you how to use it as a fire starter and as at all so stick around so what tongues we need to be able to harvest fat well today we've got an axe with us a folding saw and most prophets have this anyway but a sheath knife today I'm using my eldritch classic hunter but you have a review on here decent sheath knife gets the job done nothing very well refine them in some cases like pine shoulders you won't need an axe if you just need a folding saw so the first thing we need to look at is where to find it well the moment we're actually sitting on a downed pine which it's a kind of sad but useful trait a point is that they tend to pull down a lot of the time they come down as storms quite often so this you understand recently but not too long ago that we can't get anything from it another way you can find this is in these stumps of pine trees and basically what happens there is if the tree has been taken down the roots will the resin will go inside of the core of the wood and you'll be able to find it there but in this case we're going to be looking at eight solid down pine so we're here at a pine tree that's fallen down as I said earlier and what we'll do is going to take our acts I'm going to cut a notch into one of the shoulders on the tree right that way i can actually pretty good right and what we're looking for so I'm getting bestel over my cameras over so we've cut our notch and we know that this particular branch here has a resin infused in it and that is a fat would shoulder what's the next part well the easiest way to identify after that is to smell yeah that's definitely felt and basically not only do we know there are red rings in it but we can smell a strong smell of what most people would recognize as turpentine that's because the resin in the tree is infused with something called tarp ain't even which is full of flammable Hodge carbons which is what makes it such a great fire starter so what's the next part right well we are you could do this with an axe but I prefer a more precise cut which is why I'm actually going to go over the sore today so thank dude they can take it right to as close to the base as we can so we get the maximum amount next thing you want to do is look in the rings that this is a brilliant piece actually because we want to look at the places where there's red in the Rings like this like it's the red from the ground they're just coming through in circular form so we know we've got a really good PC because there's a lot of red especially just here so next thing when I do is cut this a little bit shorter maybe about a foot foot and a half and then we'll have a really nice piece of fat word to work with okay so here we are now and we've cut out our last chunk of fat word and you can see there's all the colors that we were looking at a minute ago but we can't just straight up like this it won't work it's covered in bark it's a big chunk it won't light so what do we do next well Bert awning is the next step is the easiest way of doing it can do it the knack spots to impress ice for my liking so I'm going to take off the edges of this and get to the real fat word in the core look at that that is beautiful look at all the resin in that that's very red and the redder it is the more resin you've got your hands on whenever you're working with it's best to work on the surface or wood because then if you miss going straight to the wood and you won't have blunt up your knife like you might do on soil or stone so it keeps slowly going rounds and as I'm going off and I'm conscious to know where the bits are going because the bits I'm kept cutting off to get to the cord are still pretty decent firewood I don't want to lose those pieces so we out pickiness like the piece of taken up here I think rushing the wrongness today because it's very red that's exactly what we're looking for this red right there so fantastic now the piece we've got here is a pretty good size but i think i'm going to hold this piece again so we've got about a thumb sized piece bit thicker than I is probably the optimal thing that you're going to take in your pack so in what ways can we use these sticks to actually start a fire well these sticks about this big of cut one out here from that larger log which I still have most of so this is this so i can cut this up process and make it into a very valuable firestarter later on but the best way to do it i think is shaving so that's conserves the most of your fat one and gives the biggest results essentially use the 90 edge on the spine of your knife to get small bits of shavings off and then those will actually take a light with a flint and steel as you can see in this short video here another way that you can do it which is a most people like is feathering it mostly you'll be familiar with feathering sticks but I'm doing that here they're a little bit thicker so they won't take from her flint and steel unless you're really good at feather sticks but you can use a lighter with that and it will do really well and that's actually quite a good way of working it up to a larger tinder often I'll take shavings off these and then feather one and put the feather on top of the shavings and that way I can like feathers with a front steel through the shavings but essentially those are the two ways in which people use this Starfire I was a little bit sticky so some people say it's a bit of a pain to work with but honestly wear gloves solve that problem or just don't get too bothered by the stickiness so there we go those are some of the uses for fat would but there is another use yet and I'm going to show that and that use is a fat would torch and some people would probably argue that that sounds a bit mental but it works surprisingly well so what you want to do is like you're building a gig you split a piece of fat word down and then down again in a cross formation like this and then what you can do with it is put two bits of fat within it light it up and it will burn for a while because of the oars inside it okay but how does this actually work so the science behind this is relatively simple essentially pine trees have these resin tubes that go from the core of the tree to the branches outwards and when a tree dies all of the resin goes back through these tubes and hardens in the middle which is why you get dead trees having resins wood inside of them that's relatively simple this is the same pine resin that goes out and bleeds on the scabs of the trees to defend them from illness and attack from animals so that's essentially what we're doing here as the tree ages its defended more attacks of cutting in its life so that means that why an older tree is going to have better fatwood than a younger treaters been felled right so that's pretty much it today we are processed pine we have shown how to find pine fatwood and essentially we've just met in an amazing firestarter and i'll show you now our torches still going pretty strong over there so we're pretty chuffed with that yeah but thank you very much for watching this is Jack outdoors I put out one video every week on a Saturday that's goes from gear review survival tutorials and much more if you want to see the last episode of brush craft plants which was stinging else I'm going to put that link right there I'd recommend you have a look at that we do stinging nettle Cordish stinging nettle soup even a little bit of stinging nettle bread that kind of worked anyway so thank you very much for watching please subscribe like and comment if you have any other uses for fatwood and i'll hopefully see you in the next episode


Reader Comments

  1. Love love loved the video. Great job! Thanks for sharing. Wish I had smell-a-vision. Ssssniff sniff wish I could get a wiff. Hurray for fatwood!

  2. Can you tell I am stalking your channel tonight hahaha Gotta love fat wood great firestarter I've actually made my own buy collecting the sap and soaking sticks in it melted

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