16 Uses of Sticky Pine Sap for Wilderness Survival and Self-Reliance
C.) Candling Device
- Place globs of dried resin in a fatwood torch to extend its burn time.
- Pitch sticks, described above, can be used as a makeshift candles.
- Melt sap and soak a cotton bandana or rag wrapped around a stick for a torch.
- Melted or liquid sap poured over a dried mullein stalk works as candle/torch.
D.) Fire Craft
- Fire is life in a wilderness survival scenario. Even on weekend camping trips, fire offers core temperature control, cooking, and hot cocoa! Resin is your secret weapon to starting and keeping a fire going in wet conditions. Anyone who’s used resin-rich fatwood in rainy conditions appreciates its important role in fire craft.
- Resin is highly flammable. Once lit, you can dry marginal tinder and small kindling.
- Harvest liquid sap into a container from a fresh cut in a pine tree to add to a makeshift torch. Secure the container under the exposed bark to collect the sap. Use this liquified sap as torch fuel.
Once you learn to identify this sticky life-saver, you’ll find it difficult to walk past a pine tree without scanning for this Jewel of the Woods!
Keep Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance,
Todd Walker is married to the lovely Dirt Road Girl, proud father and grandfather, a lover of the primal/paleo lifestyle, and a government school teacher. He is the owner/writer and editor of Survival Sherpa, a website about their journey to self-reliance and preparedness and home of the Doing the Stuff Network.