How To Find Pine Pitch

How To Find Pine Pitch

How To Find Pine Pitch

Pine Pitch Glue Sticks

 

Pine pitch glue is a cool and a pretty effective primitive glue that you could use for a lot of different things in a survival situation.  Making pine pitch glue is pretty easy as well.  The first thing you will need to do is find a few pine trees with pine pitch oozing out of them.  Then get an old metal container and gather up a few ounces of the pine pitch.  Then get a good fire going and burn some good fuel sized wood and get a piece of throughly burned charcoal.  You want the charcoal to be about 1/3 of the amount of the pine pitch.  Crush the charcoal into a fine powder (The charcoal acts as a bonding and hardening agent).  Then melt the pine pitch in the metal container (I used an old spam can) over the hot coals.  I learned the hard way that trying to do this over open flames isn’t the best because the pine pitch keeps wanting to catch on fire.  So good hot coals work best.  Let the pine pitch melt down to a good consistent liquid.  Remove the metal container from the fire and stir in the charcoal and mix completely.  Then allow to cool slightly.  Now take 2 sticks about the size of a popsicle stick and stir in the pine pitch glue. Then take the stick out if the pine pitch glue and allow it to cool.  Then put it back in and get more glue on the stick and repeat.  Eventually you will have a nice lollipop sized glob of pine pitch glue on the end of the stick.  Allow that to cool completely and your done!

The pine pitch glue stick will harden nicely and won’t be sticky.  When your ready to use it just heat the glob up until it liquifies and slap it on whatever your trying to glue.  For best results the item should be dry and clean and be sure to apply the pine pitch glue to both sides.  The glue sets hard and isn’t flexible.  Pine pitch glue is probably similar in strength to school glue if I had to guess.  It is also good and waterproof. You may remember that Noah used pitch to waterproof and construct the Ark in Genesis 6:14.  The funny thing is, is that pine pitch glue is still flammable and could still be used as an accelerant in fire starting.  Take a look at the short video below to see me go through the whole process.

Jerry Samouce from an article posted on a forum on  http://www.Silver Seek.Com has a recipe that calls for adding some beeswax and gum arabic.  He says that adding more beeswax will keep the glue from hardening too much.  He added that in ancient times the Israelites would take the sticky pine pitch glue and cover throw sticks with it and throw them at birds.  The glue then stuck to the feathers of the bird and kept them from flying off or pulled them out of the sky.  Pretty cool trick!  He also points out that pine pitch glue is also good for holding leather or cord wrapped handles on spears or walking sticks and can also be used to add strength to whipping on spear points or primitive knives, etc.  To see Jerry’s full article click here.

Before you can begin making pine pitch glue, you will need to gather up some globular pine pitch.  Take a look at the video below to see how I collected some in my backyard.

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How To Find Pine Pitch

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Find Pitch Wood In Old Rotten Stumps

Find Pitch Wood In Old Rotten Stumps

Find Pitch Wood In Old Rotten Stumps

Pitch Wood / Fat Wood / Grease Wood

Here I discuss how to find the almost magical Pitch Wood.  Also known as Fat Wood  and Grease Wood.  This stuff is great for starting fires, but in some places it can be hard to find unless your buying the pre-packaged stuff from Wally world.  As far as I know there are primarily two places to find pine wood that is saturated in pine sap or what I call Pine Pitch.  The first place where Pitch Wood can be found in the largest quantities is in the rotten old stumps of a dead pine tree.  Take a look at the video below where I quickly show what that looks like and how to harvest Pitch Wood for your use!

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The second place I know to find a good useable quantity of Pitch Wood is at the base of dead branches on a living pine tree.  The 3 or 4 inches of the dead branch closest to the pine tree will typically be soaked in Pine Pitch.  These lower branches on a pine tree are a great resource for building fire.  Take a look at the video below to find out how to harvest Pitch Wood in this manner and how to prepare it to use in a fire as well!

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1. Make heartwood shavings for use as a fire tinder.

2. Make feather sticks for use as either a tinder or a first stage of kindling.

3. Break down into pencil lead sized kindling.

4. Use it in larger pieces as fuel for your fire.

5. Break down into pencil sized pieces about 4 inches long and wedge 20 or 30 pieces into the end of a green stick and use as a torch.

6. Keep a few extra pieces in your kit as a good emergency waterproof fire starter.

7. Use a larger burning piece to carry fire from one location to another.

 

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Great post! Keep up the good work 😉

Thanks Richard! I truly appreciate all feedback and comments. Cheers JJ

Thanks for the ideas on where to look. I noticed one other place a few years back. I had a Monterrey dying behind my place, and it was dripping sap like crazy. I didn’t discover until later that it had bark beetles that had cut under the bark. Sap was running out of the holes. Peeling back the bark at that point yielded some fuel for fire. It was a smokey fire, though. Great for signaling, not so great for covert warmth.

Nice piece. I am lucky enough to live in the largest Ponderosa forest in the world and have no problem finding the stuff all though I stiil keep some nuggs (impregnated bark) because it is easy to break apart and sprinkle on petro/cotton for a even better burn.

Along with the pitchy pine you may find other forms of the stuff. the fresh stuff has some uses, perhaps a bug trap for some no hassle calories. I really like the pastie white stuff. Most everyone in my Family has a can of it to treat wounds. Of course it makes great fire starter and sticky trap stuff as well as water-proffing and cordage binding and what ever else you can think of. How about a little on your hand before heavy knife work. It could save you some hassle and a cut. Just rub your hand in the dirt to be rid of the sticky. Stay sharp, JD

Great article! The next time I go out into the woods I will need to try this out.

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