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There are between 105 and 125 species classified as resinous pine trees around the world. The propensity for fatwood to exist covers a range including Eurasia, where they range from the Canary Islands, Iberian Peninsula and Scotland east to the Russian Far East. From the Philippines, Norway, Finland and Sweden (Scots Pine), and eastern Siberia (Siberian Dwarf Pine), and south to northernmost Africa. From the Himalaya and Southeast Asia, with one species (Sumatran Pine) just crossing the Equator in Sumatra,. In North America, they range from 66°N in Canada (Jack Pine), to Central America to 12°N in Nicaragua (Caribbean Pine). The highest diversity in the genus occurs in Mexico and California. In the sub-tropics of the Southern Hemisphere, including Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and New Zealand, where the trees are not indigenous but were introduced. Anywhere there is a pine tree or pine stump, there can be fatwood that can be found on top of the ground, but is more concentrated and preserved in stumps.
cooter57 wrote:I don't know if Australian pines can produce fatwood (aka fat lighter, lighter knot, lighter't, etc). But what you want to look for is pine stumps, or even logs that have been dead for a while. The heart wood will be permeated with resin. It will have an almost waxy appearance, often quite red in color, and will have a strong odor of turpentine.
When you find a good candidate, split out some splinters. They will readily catch fire, burn quite strongly and often give off a black smoke.
Lighter knots are common in the southern US. I never heard about it when I lived up north. I cut down several pines when we put in our house, and some of the stumps are still in the ground. I'll have to dig one out. They've been there since summer of 1993.
Hope this helps, and let us know if you find any down under.
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