Originally Posted by Donna D.
That's a Google image when I searched, but that's what I remember it looked like, but we know what happens to a rememberer as we age!
My dad was the one that taught me about Vine Maple and cold rain. He hacked off a thin, leafy limb in the pouring down rain. Took his knife to the bark and core until it looked like it was just a stick of hair. Did that to a bunch of this "brush" (as he called it). Struck it with a long fireplace match and it took off! This was in a fire pit, protected from wind... but boy was that rain cold.
We had a nice hot fire.
I'd take a picture of mine but it hasn't leafed out yet. I burned some slash this morning and was contemplating this. I'll try that sometime. I used a fusee (road flare) and dry kindling to get my fires going this morning.
Sekrit forestry trick--not recommended but has been done and only in the winter when snow is on the ground and will be on the ground for days to come--never do this, etc. but I heered that you can light
the dry moss on a dead lodgepole and it will run up the tree. If the tree is recently dead, and conditions are just right, the needles will light
and you have a big torch. Of course, I have never done anything like that...
You can also pour saw gas down a hole in a stump and that provides a nice lunch fire--same conditions as the tree thing and same disclaimer...