Obtaining lighter to quick start your winter fire is easy. You know in your heart, if it's something you want, Amazon is selling it! But, you can obtain it yourself and store for use when needed.
A simple walk in a pine forest could net you a supply of pitch. If you find a stump, it's as easy as putting a knife into the heart and scraping out the resin. Caution: It's Gooey! Sticky, Gooey!
You could also plan ahead for pitch by taking the wood for your fire in stages. Cut branches and leave the pitch to leech out for later harvesting. Later, cut the pine trunk leaving the stump and mark it for your return for further pitch harvesting.
If using the fire for cooking, please allow all the resin to burn off before grilling or exposing food to the flames.
Those left over candle stubs com in to play here. Use materials you have on hand. But, stop by this blog that shows a step by step dip and dry method in pictures.
Pitch was used to waterproof boats throughout the history of man. It is also the stuff of medieval warfare legend. I have another post titled Pine Sap and it's uses you might like, but today I'm thinking Fire, Fire, Get the Fire started!