I’m Chris and today we’re going to make fat wood let’s do this real quick one of the first things you want to do is
identify some pine trees that are producing sap due to any type of a wound
the tree might have and once you’ve gone ahead and collected enough sap by taking a
walk through the woods and finding the various trees you need it doesn’t really
take that long to make this fatwood now the fatwood we’re gonna make isn’t
going to be the same kind of fatwood that you would find occuring naturally in
nature but it’s going to be similar you can usually find natural fat would
where the branch meets the tree or if the tree fell over definitely look for around the
stump and such like that you can clearly see the difference between the natural
color of the wood and the color of the fat wood where the branches were meeting
the tree it’s definitely a lot darker and that’s what we’re trying to look for
if we’re trying to find naturally occurring fatwood but we’re going to
make our own fat with today and we’re going to start by chopping up a little
tiny log and i would suggest using pine but you can use any type of wood you
want and just go ahead and process that wood however you like i usually like to
chop it up first and then process it the rest of the way by batoning it with my
knife and ultimately I want to get the center of the wood and i want to create
maybe like quarter inch by quarter-inch pieces so you can make it any length you
want to fit your container that you’re making it in or your container that
you’re going to store it in i would suggest making it that length first
because trying to cut it afterwards is going to be a bit problematic but this
was about the easiest way I found for processing the firewood now don’t forget about the wood with the
bark is easy enough to split the wood so that the bark comes off and we’re gonna
use that bark later to kind of control the heat of our fire but you can split
that little piece just a bit further and gain just a little bit more firewood or a
little bit more fatwood and then before long you’re gonna have a nice little
bundle of sticks that you’re going to use to make your own fatwood now it’s
time to go ahead and melt that sap that we collected and we’re going to kind of
filter it out just make our fatwood without any dirt and other pieces of
bark and such in there and I like to do this on a sawdust stove it doesn’t burn as hot
and I can control the heat just a little bit better if I need additional heat i can take those
pieces of bark that we collected earlier and kind of place them in the bottom and they
will burn and heat everything up now once the sap is nice and heated
melted we’re just going to simply go ahead and filter it through our
container now you can put the fatwood in the bottom as you’re filtering this or
you could add it later on now don’t just throw all that junk you just
filtered out away it’s covered in sap and is definitely a great fire starter for your
next fire now as the pieces of wood soak in that sap you can go ahead and
add more to it and if you find that it is starting to harden up a little bit and
essentially cool down go ahead and throw that right back on
the fire let it bubble up a little bit let the wood kind of expand and swell up and
hopefully get that sap inside the pores of the wood that’s our ultimate goal
here is try to recreate what nature has done for us be sure to mix the pieces of wood around
a little bit you want to make sure they’re evenly coated that they’re
definitely soaking in there they’re all getting submerged into that sap and
really soaking everything up once you feel they’ve been in there long enough
you want to go ahead and collect them and lay them out i chose to lay them out
on sticks just so that they really wouldn’t stick to anything put them on the ground
obviously going to pick up all the dirt and that’s what we’re trying to avoid
here but before long you’re gonna have a nice big stack of do-it-yourself
homemade fatwood we’re gonna test out a piece and see how well burns I don’t think it’s gonna beat real fatwood but it sure will help now this project is really meant to help your fire light
like if you have marginal or very wet tender or wood this is going to help it
dry out going to help it burn it’s going to keep that flame going just
a little bit longer and it’s going to be a little bit more reliable than just
trying to find dry tender when you really can’t and it’s gonna be a lot
easier to store this stuff that is just sap itself it’s gonna be a lot cleaner
and neater that’s for sure and as you can see it kind of just drips
off of there and it’s going to catch the wood on fire and that’s what you want
you want it to really just get in there and help ignite your fire bundle when
taking on a project like this I definitely urge you to use caution think about what you’re doing be safe you don’t want an accident to
happen this stuff is extremely flammable and it could have disastrous results it’s actually dripping onto the piece
of wood lighting everything so if you had this in your fire you’ll be able to get
your fire lit in no time with this that’s for sure thank you guys for watching and i hope
you enjoyed the video if you did give me a thumbs up and subscribe definitely check out some of my other
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project today please leave a comment below thank you guys so much

how to make fatwood sticks

19 thoughts on “how to make fatwood sticks

  • August 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This is probably one of your best videos, very well done! -CP

  • August 25, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Great job can't wait to try

  • January 1, 2017 at 5:51 am

    I shared this with my 13 yr old daughter and 11 yr old nephew……GREAT vid also shared the bat house vid with them. I kn ow they will enjoy them !!! ty

  • February 1, 2017 at 7:53 am

    that is resin not sap

  • February 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    it not natural fatwood 🙂

  • February 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    alot of effort for little reward …..simply carry a ball of resin .

  • March 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Спасибо за идею!)

  • April 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I sub'd!

  • April 12, 2017 at 1:04 am

    does it stay sticky or harden up after u dry it out thanks bro cool vid and idea cheers

  • November 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Yep I can do this since I live in Georgia, I mean there are a ton of PINE Trees! I can go to the second hand store pick up a cheap strainer and a pot that I could care less about….good video.

  • January 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    maybe a "waterbath" so the pitch doesn't ignite and you can maintain the heat on the steeped wood for a longer time with less risk

  • July 21, 2018 at 1:50 am

    U should do shavings off of it to really test it. Of course its going to light up that. Shavings off of fatwood is how they use it right.

  • August 16, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I like that you sticked your sticks on sticks so that they wouldn't stick.

  • August 17, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Park your car under some pine trees and your car will collect sap…terrible mess tho. lol

    Great idea for making fat wood!
    Thanks! 🙂

  • November 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I made some like this and it didn't work as well as my previous experiment which I soak the wood overnight in turpentine and then covered it in wax all except for the tip that I used for lighting and this work much better than the false fatwood. Just an idea great video though

  • December 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    WTF?? Never saw such crap on youtube. it is written above the clip: "Dies wird gut funktionieren mit einem Spiel". What has bushcraft to do with game theory? [x] please go away.

  • July 11, 2019 at 1:58 am

    wow. way to much work slick. you didn't invent the wheel. melt some candles cut your wood soak 5min in the wax. POW!!!! fatwood. what a Johnson.

  • July 20, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Nice way to make your own! I'm lucky enough to live in an area that has plenty of the real thing, and I've collected a lot of it. I just prepared a fire for the wife and guest tonight, and I used some smaller pieces of lighter know near the bottom, then put a piece about 2 inches diameter by 2 and half feel long just under the bigger oak logs to help it start up. The lighter knot, when cut and sanded is really beautiful wood. If you cut it thin enough it is transparent and you can see light through it. I was born with no creativity at all, so I'm unable to use the wood to make objects of any kind. One project I did work on was lighter knot handled ice picks. Yes, ice picks. Who uses ice picks any more? No one. But, they were beautiful to look at and were quickly snatched up by family members who wanted them. I love lighter knot and would love so see some examples of what other people have made with this unique wood – people who are artistic and can make things from it.

  • July 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Easier to by a can of tar soak the wood in. That is what you are doing tar sticks.


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