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"Pine Knots" for camp fires


Gonzo

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I'm heading to the Superior Nat'l forest for some overdue RR next week, doing some hunting and fishing. While reading one of my favorite outdoor writers, Gordon McQuarry, he often references "Pine Knots" in his books as a treasured camp fire fuel. Despite all my years of camping, I'm not sure if I know what a pine knot looks like, or how to find them. Does anyone have some input?
Thanks!

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The Old Duck Hunters Association, great stories. Fun to reread in the winter.

I believe the pine knots are what is left on a pine tree after the branch has died and fallen off. What is lest is a "stump" of a branch without any, or little bark where it joins the tree. Easy to knock off and are a fairly hard wood.

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I still like using Birch Bark the best for starting fires. Will burn even when wet. I have even dipped the bark in water and then started a fire or two just to prove a point. Try it, this really works.-TROY

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My favorite way to gather pine knots is to find an old, rotted tree trunk lying on the ground with visible knots sticking out. Just give them a kick and they will come loose.There may be a significant amount of rotted wood still attached so give them a couple of good whacks on a handy rock. These are an excellent fuel to use when you have rainy weather. They burn real hot, often in different colors. A delight to watch.

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Thanks All!
I'm headed up first thing Monday AM. I've got the first four days to myself, and then joined by a buddy on Thursday. I hope to have a few Pine knots gathered by then.
Always looking for something to do when the grouse are on the low end of the cycle!
Thanks again!

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