[pagebreak] Natural Starters
(5) Pitchwood: When sap floods into a tree wound, permanently saturating the root, trunk or limb fibers, the wood becomes heavy and brittle as pitchwood is formed. (Commercial substitutes, such as Fatwood, are available at many hardware stores.) A few slivers of pitchwood stuck into a tinder bundle or in among the kindling almost guarantee success in starting a fire. Sap itself works well, too.