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  • Kindling made from the extremely pitchy longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) of the SE United States.

    To this day, splittings or shavings of "lighter wood", "lighter knots", and "lighter'd" wood and branch "knots" found rotting in the woods, the remains of trees tapped decades ago for their pitch for the naval stores industry, quickly ignite with a match and burn cleanly and brightly.

    The high pitch content of longleaf pine timber was/is hell on sawblades.

    February 17, 2011