So I've always heard fatwood will work even when wet. I've been a fan of fatwood since I first used it but always wondered if it would work when wet, and how wet. So I decided to see for myself. I took a couple pieces of fatwood and let them soak completely submerged for 19 hours. I thought I would have to put something over the pieces so they wouldn't float. But it turns out fatwood is dense enough that it sinks to the bottom
I took out the two pieces and as you can see they are plenty soaked
Well to see real quick if it's even possible to catch flame I used a lighter on the smaller piece and sure enough, after just a few seconds of holding it to flame it caught fire
Now for the harder test, Ferro rod. I cut up some shavings
Well after seriously no more than a minute of trying it caught flame
I was seriously impressed. I didn't think it would still work this good. I didn't dry the pieces off with anything either. Just lit the first one and starting carving curls and shavings off the bigger piece. I was always curious if it would work as I do enjoy my canoe trips and often wondered if just keeping a piece or two of fatwood on me would be enough to start a fire if I tipped and the fatwood got wet.
Well this has certainly proven itself to me. I think I'll attach a piece permanently to my ferro rod cord so I'll always have both on my persons while canoeing. And a good knife of course.
Thanks for looking