Here on our little island of Salt Spring, we heat our home primarily with a wood stove. I’ve mentioned this before, in this post. I also mentioned that starting a fire is not my forte. I am getting better, but I was still struggling along to get anything burning in our wood stove when I didn’t have my hubby around to make sure the wood was fully engulfed in flames.
Until I was let in on a little secret, that is.
Popping by my neighbour’s to learn the in’s and out’s of feeding her kitties, she shared this phenomenally helpful tip, and gifted me with a large, heavier than normal hunk of wood.
The wood was so heavy because it was laden with sap. Otherwise known as pitch. Or tree-blood, if you want to get creepy about it.
I had never heard this before, but was delighted to find out that sap-soaked wood is extremely flammable. Chop off a little bit of this sticky log for kindling, pop it in the ol’ wood stove, flick your lighter and *HUZZA*! Instant, raging fire. No paper even necessary!
How cool, and frozen-finger frustration saving is that?! Is this a common piece of knowledge I just didn’t know?
Thanks, neighborino! I shall no longer waste reams worth of newspaper (thanks to crosswords for “ream”) and hours of my life blowing my lungs out at embers that just won’t take.