Anybody spend time hunting for Fatwood?

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    I'm learning to process fatwood for various uses, but I'm curious if anyone here goes out of their way to find it.
     
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    We just usually find the stumps innthe woods while out cutting wood...then sometimes we find them where a farmer has dug them from the fields. IMG_20190425_215348.jpg
     
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    I'd love to go hunting for fatwood.....but being as I'm in NY the best I can get locally is some nice pine sapwood that has a nice resin content....but it ain't no fatwood.......but makes amazing kindling. Thus I have to resort to Plowhearth.com for a 50lb box. Locally they try to sell 15lbs for $45........I got my 50lb box for $72.55 delivered.
     
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    Yes. Several years ago while camping in Florida, found fatwood and collected as much as we could. Awesome stuff, still have a 5 gallon bucket full of it. Cut into 6" long pieces, split down fine, great natural fire starter.
     
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    We have another stump about the same size at home too.
     
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    Here I am anxious to find a nugget and your sitting on a mountain of it. :(
     
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    That one in the picture went on a little trip... IMG_20190425_114535251.jpg IMG_20190425_215559.jpg We cut it up and gave a good bit away at Backwoods Savage GTG in May '19.
     
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    That stuff looks so awesome. That was really great of you to hand that out. Truly a gift to those who know what to do with it.
     
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    See now. Had you shown up at a great GTG, you could have had some free! :rofl: :lol: Next GTG scheduled for May 1 plus a few days before. We usually say the Saturday date but they begin showing up Wednesday or Thursday. Then Sunday morning is a huge exodus!
     
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    YOU BET!! I take my stihl 193 put it in a loggers pack a extra pint of gas, a hatchet and cruise the clear cuts looking for Pitch from downed fir's or fir stumps
     
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    We even found and cut off one stump like this. It has been in private reserve...lol IMG_20181031_084251347_HDR.jpg IMG_20181031_084419827.jpg
     
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    Very interesting! What kind of tree is that?

    I buy the stuff by the bag at the big box stores. By my calcs, it's cheaper than what I've seen online. Love the stuff! One stick with some dry pine/hemlock kindling will get things going pretty good in a cold stove.

    On a somewhat related note, we were given a wax coated box to carry some items home when we purchased them at the local farm stand (not exactly a stand...more like a store!). Boy, do those cut up bits of wax cardboard burn nicely!
     
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    It is from old growth long leaf and slash pine trees.
     
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    I don't hunt for it specifically. Most of the older Doug Firs I cut for firewood have a lot of pitch wood near the base so it is just a by product of cutting Fir firewood. I save the straight grained pieces to process into kindling. When I bring a bunch in and load the kindling caddy, it sure makes the house smell good!
     

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    I know a couple of retired loggers who would carry gallon milk jugs in the crummy, so, that if they hit a super pitchy tree they could save it. There was times they told me when they'd get several jugs, 5 or more, totally full of clean pure pitch. I had some good pitch the other night, so good i could not get it off my finger even with butter. But, finally got it, but, not before i'd stuck my hand in my pocket a couple of times before i realized it was on my fingers. lol
     
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    Better be careful. Get both hands stuck in the pockets and you'll have to get the wife cut your pants off to get out of them!:rofl: :lol: