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Fatwood #233337 07/13/08 07:51 PM
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Just recieved this package yesterday. It sez I can use 2-3 sticks to start a fire for charcoal/grilling. What do ya think about this? I've been told and read that it's not a good idea to do this with the resin/chemicals in the wood for comsuption of food. Should I do this or not?

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Re: Fatwood [Re: Shaolin] #233338 07/13/08 09:51 PM
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Pine resin can be toxic, however in the small amounts you will be using in a bbq I would not be concerned.
If truth be told I would bet it is safer then the chemicals used in easy light charcoal or liquid starter
I've had plenty of campfires over the years that had pine in it and I've never thought twice about it.


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Re: Fatwood [Re: coyotebc] #233339 07/13/08 10:04 PM
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yeah, as long as your not putting it in "after" the fire is going/while cooking (why would you?!) but for starting it, it's fine <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />


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Re: Fatwood [Re: WhichDawg] #233340 07/13/08 10:43 PM
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What I was thinking is 2-3 pieces of fatwood, put the charcoals on top, then lighting it up. How does that sound?


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Re: Fatwood [Re: Shaolin] #233341 07/13/08 11:51 PM
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hmm I use the fatwood to get bigger wood going (twigs and small chunks), then bigger (sticks and chopped up strips of wood/log), then once that is nice and hot, then I add the coals, but try it and let us know how it works!


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Re: Fatwood [Re: WhichDawg] #233342 07/14/08 02:30 AM
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I'm not sure about toxins, but I would say that using 2-3 sticks is a waste. If you built up a fire from small kindling, you would only need a small pile of fatwood dust. This would take longer, but it would invovle less Resin/chemicals and would allow you to last many years on that bag of fatwood.


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Man i've always got loads of Fatwood hanging around and I often use big bits( much bigger than your 3 sticks ) to start my BBQ off.
The only worry is complaints from the neighbours when it makes all the smoke !!!!!

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We light our fireplace with one piece. Sometimes, if it gets going good, Nikki pulls the fatwood out, puts it out and uses it the next day.
I figure less toxins in wood than in any other kind of fire 'aid'.
Well, we ain't dead, yet.

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Iíve never used it for charcoal fires, but for starting wood fires, I think 2-3 pieces is way too much. Remember, they want you to use it up fast so youíll buy more. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> I use one piece about the size of my finger, and then I split it up like toothpick size arranged over the cotton. When I strike the cotton and it catches, I add the wood, starting with a handful of smaller then pencil size wood, then when that catches I add a handful of pencil size wood, then a handful of finger size wood, then handful of larger than finger sized wood. If you didnít know, you can buy fatwood at Walmart and a few other places. Probably save the shipping charge that way. Usually itís with the firewood stuff. Also, if you shave fatwood into a fine dust, you can (with practice) start it using a firesteel.

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Thanks for the help guy's. I'll start with one piece, break it up, and see how that goes. I just what to start the coals without lighter fluid.


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Re: Fatwood [Re: Shaolin] #233347 07/14/08 01:40 PM
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Also, I will checkout WalMart to see if they carry fatwood. Besides the package (2 lbs.) plus shipping only cost me $6.80.


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Re: Fatwood [Re: Shaolin] #233348 07/14/08 01:50 PM
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at home (and you could do it away too) I use a "stoker" or coal starter, you just put newspaper or any paper on the bottom and the coals on top (built in separator). works great! I haven't used fluid in a decade!
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