300 year old firestarters.....

ScotO Posted By ScotO, Nov 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

  1. ScotO

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    got home this afternoon and first thing I did was go down back to where I cut those ancient barn beams up last evening for my standoffs in the living room hearth and clean up the scrap parts of that beam. I noticed that the core of the wood (which would have been the beginnings of that tree around 300 years ago) was totally crystallized with pitch. So I took the maul and removed the outer layer of wood to get to the heartwood, and used the hatchet to 'sliver' up the heartwood. That stuff lights with a match and it is unreal how it takes off! They call that core stuff 'fatwood', and I now have a 40lb box of it. Neat to think of all that potential energy that has been 'corked' up in the heart of that beam for several centuries.......

    only took 15 minutes to sliver up several pieces of that heartwood. I still have to cut them in half, these should last me several years. I never did get to make my toilet paper tube/noodle firestarters yet. I'll do it sometime, but I really don't need them now!

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  2. onetracker

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    THAT'S fr$$kin cool
     
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  3. Boom Stick

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    Nice. I like fatwood. I have a few boxes of it although I doubt it has the provenance that yours has.....Gets fire going fine. I saw what you did with the wood in your other post. Looks great.
     
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  4. Bacffin

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    Don't you have anything a little older....Geezzz! :)
     
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  5. Bocefus78

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    Cool!
     
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  6. JOHN BOY

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    Thats cool ! Scotty what type of wood species do you think it is ?
     
  7. ScotO

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    It looks to be red pine or pitch pine. The sapwood is a pinkish red and very tight grained, and the heartwood is super pungent, even after being dead and part of a barn since 1868........lots of crystallized pitch, wood sure looks like a species of pitch pine to me.
     
  8. Backwoods Savage

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    Scott, if you really want to have some fun, try making that kindling using hydraulics. I really don't need kindling wood but somehow when I get a nice soft maple I just can't seem to help myself. Never knew I could make kindling so fast.
     
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  9. Thistle

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    And I thought the scraps of 106 yr old 1 x 8 western pine shiplap & doug fir beams/bracing from neighbor's roof burned good.....Sure smell good sawing it up too.Ended up with 150 lineal feet of the best shiplap they stripped off,used almost 25 ft yesterday for boxing in/spacers when helping install a new entrance door/jamb & sidelights at parent's church parsonage.
     
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  10. clemsonfor

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    put a hunk of lighter pine oin to start fire this eve. Mine is loblolly or longleaf? That stuff does better if you don't split it years a head of time, its like it dries out and looses some of that resin.
     

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