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Lighting Fires Under Wet Conditions with Pitch

Yesterday I was out walking in the woods.  One thing I always watch for is sources of pitch or resin.  The best sources are usually pine or other types of evergreens that have been damage or died.  When a tree is damaged, it uses pitch to heal itself.  This morning I was quite lucky I came across a big old pine that had lost some branches. The branches were surprisingly dry and had a lot of expose pitch.  It had rained only the day before quite hard.

I gathered up some of the branches and took them home to experiment with. …

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