Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lighter Wood

In a previous blog post, I wrote about lighter wood.  Lighter wood, also called fat wood and other names, is long leaf pine that has been struck by lightning, driving the pine resin deep into the tree, according to local lore.  It is used to start and maintain fires, which is a good thing since live oak burns like crap.

This is a live oak bonfire, fueled by lighter log.

The log with all the flames is the lighter log.  The smoldering logs underneath are live oak.  The lighter wood burns like it is drenched in oil.  More accurately, pine pitch.

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