1) Wood chips or charcoal
2) Pine trees
3) Fire pit safe cooking pot
The recipe is 1 part charcoal 2-3 parts pine sap
- Cut the wood into small pieces, no bigger than 4-by-4 inches. Cut enough pieces to fill a cooking pot.
- Fill a fire pit safe cooking pot with the small pieces of wood. Pack the wood in the pot as tightly as possible.
- Build a fire in the pit
- Place the cooking pot filled with wood on top of the fire. Put a lid on top of the pot.
- Leave the cooking pot on top of the fire until the fire burns out.
- Wait 12 to 24 hours for the cooking pot to cool off before opening it to remove the wood pieces.
- Remove the lid from the cooking pot and pour out the blackened (charcoal) wood pieces.
Making the Glue:
- Collect dried sap from pine trees. When pine trees are injured, sap slowly drips out and dries on the trees’ surface. Look for the thick light brown sap on the outside of the trunks of the trees. Carefully scrape the dried sap off the tree using a knife.
- Grind up the charcoal into a fine powder using a rock.
- Melt the sap in a fire safe cooking pot over a fire . Wait to put the sap into the pot until the flames are low to prevent the flames from touching the sap and possibly igniting it. The sap takes five to ten minutes to melt.
- Pour ground charcoal into the melted sap. Use an equal ratio of ground charcoal and sap.
- Stir the ground charcoal and sap with a long metal stirring utensil until it is thoroughly combined and remove it from the fire. The glue will harden to putty like consistency when it cools off. Heat it over a fire before use if you want it to be thinner.
Reheating it will loosen the bond, meaning you can make a large batch of it all at once and heat it as you need it.
Pine is a sappy tree, it will ooze sap from wounds that will harden into a resin and is easily collected. Pine resin, pitch, is moderately flammable, and can be used as an accelerant in low intensity fires for short bright bursts of heat.
Pitch glue is sufficient for simple tasks like arrow-making. Large clumps of pitch glue are also effective as a kind of bush-craft napalm. Pine sap is also has limited applications for waterproofing.
Downside of pitch IT IS EXTREMLY STICKY and hard to get off of skin. USE CAUTION.