Pine wood as fuel
For anyone who has spent much time in pine wood, the advantages and disadvantages of this wood are quite obvious.
In areas where pine trees are abundant, so is fuel. Unlike hardwoods such as oak and hickory, pine trees are not shy about shedding their limbs, and in mass quantity.
A major advantage in a bushcraft/survival situation is that due to the
abundance of standing dead wood and fallen branches, fuel collection is mostly effortless.
Though pine wood burns quickly, pops and shoots off embers like 4th of July, its large amount of availability makes it invaluable.
Getting a fire going is also just as easy. Dry pine needles, even green ones saturated in flammable resin, litter the forest floor. Pine cones are also quite abundant, and fires can fueled with these alone.
Lastly, I must mention fatwood, or what we call “fatlighter” down south. This prized substance is the resin-impregnated heartwood of the pine tree that is an invaluable fire starter.
Being saturated in sap, which contains turpentine, is is very flammable and burns for a long time, unlike ordinary pine wood.
On this topic, much can be said, but for now I will keep things simple.
Pine sap, boiled and mixed with things such as dried dung and ash, produces an excellent adhesive which has endless uses in the bush.
I’ve used if for things such as making fishhooks, arrows, attaching broken stick-tang knives into new handles, making fishing lures, weights, and floats (I’ll post something on this later).
Pine sap, when boiled, can be painted onto wood, canvas, clothing, ect. to make them waterproof. I’ve used it for temporary repairs in canvas and clothing by gluing pieces together.
Pine sap lamp:
This Idea I got from Trapperjacksurvival on Youtube, and it works great. The basic idea is, you take a bowl such as a clam shell, turtle shell, or one made of wood, and in it place melted pine sap.
In the sap you place a wick made of whatever you have available, tree fungus, a piece of cloth, cattail, ect. This lamp acts similar to an oil lamp, using sap instead as a fuel.
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