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Trayer-Wilderness-Gathering-Fat-WoodFor those seasoned outdoorsmen and women you are probably familiar with Fatwood.    For those of you unfamiliar with the term Fatwood or you see Fatwood sold in the stores and outdoor catalogs, but are unaware of what it really is, let us educate you.

Fatwood is a piece of pine wood saturated in resin.  This can be found in the root system of the tree or where a pine tree has been injured in some way.  Often times where a pine tree is injured you will see sap/resin oozing from the tree.

Sap or resin is highly flammable and a very useful tool in the wilderness for fire starting and a variety of different uses.

With our wet weather here in Idaho, both in spring and in the winter months, if I were stuck in a survival situation without a combustible  fire source such as char I would head for a fallen pine and gather some Fatwood from it’s root system.

The Mountain Man was out this week gathering Fatwood and did an educational video to assist you in these efforts.

Enjoy and God bless!

 

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