Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fire Starting with Evergreen Sap

Someone asked about using other tree saps to start a fire so I thought I would give it a go with the sap from an evergreen tree in the back yard.  I'm not sure what species of tree it is but it has sap oozing from the bark from nails driven into it from my son.  The sap or resin had the consistency of paste rather than a liquid.  I could not get the resin to ignite using my ferro rod alone.  In fact, it would not ignite using my lighter either.  Once I placed some dried twigs in the resin the resin finally lit.  Once it did light it sustained a fire for nearly five minutes wich would be more than enough time to produce a good fire

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