Central American Fatwood Fire Starting Tinder. 80% resin content. Natural-no chemicals. 1 lb Bags.
Minuteman Maya Sticks are excellent fire starting tinder. They make starting a campfire or your Minuteman Rocket Stove much easier than using other forms of tinder. Central American fatwood is superior to most domestic fatwood. It has a much higher resin content (80%). This stuff burns like crazy! It is easy to light with a lighter or matches and can also be ignited with the sparks from one of our Minuteman Fire Starters.
To start a fire using your Minuteman Fire Starter scrape the sides of one of the Maya Sticks using a knife to make Maya dust. Hold the Maya Stick in your hand and using the sharp edge of a knife blade scrape down the edge of the Maya wood. A fine dust will be formed. Gather this dust into a pile and shower it with sparks from your Minuteman Fire Starter. Presto! You will have fire. Shave slivers off of the Maya Stick and you will have an excellent kindling that gets even wet wood going in no time.
To light your Minuteman Stove, a feather stick can be made by using your knife to feather the edges of the Maya Stick (see photos). This is done by starting at the bottom of the stick and making cuts into the wood as if you were going to shave off slivers, however, you do not complete the cut and leave the slivers attached to the stick. Do this all the way around the stick. Once the first row of cuts is made, move up ¼” and repeat the process. After you have done 5-8 rows you will have a feather stick. The feather stick will light easily with the flame from your burning pile of Maya Dust or a little cotton ball fuzz can be added to the feathers to catch the spark from your fire starter. Place the burning feather stick into the Minuteman Stove as you would a regular fuel stick and light off the kindling you pre-positioned in the chimney.
Keep a few of these sticks and a small Minuteman Fire Starter at the bottom of your Minuteman Rocket Stove and you will have everything you need to get the stove started. Maya Sticks are also excellent for starting wood stoves and fireplaces. A one-pound bag of fatwood is enough to start 100-200 hundred campfires if used sparingly.
The Minuteman Rocket Stove is one of the most compact, portable and efficient rocket stoves on the market today, making it perfect as a survival, camping, or expedition cook stove.
As a result of its rocket stove design and internal ceramic insulation, the Minuteman Stove reaches operating temperatures in excess of 1200 degrees. Even large cast-iron Dutch ovens, canners, and full-sized stew pots are no problem for the Minuteman. Its’ highly insulated construction allows for minimal heat loss and focuses the heat where it is needed…on the cookware. Due to the premium, ceramic refractory insulation that fills the space between the burn tube and the military ammo can chassis, the Minuteman can be safely used on a wood picnic table without damaging the wood. The extremely high, internal heat double burns the combustible gases and results in a smokeless flame. In a survival situation, this keeps others from detecting your location and advertising that you have food. When camping or tailgating, a smokeless fire will make you much more popular with the neighbors, and you do not go home smelling like you and your gear spent the weekend fighting a forest fire.
The Minuteman requires much less fuel (small sticks, pine cones, bramble, biomass) than the larger rocket stoves and uses less than 1/10th the wood required by an open cooking fire or wood-burning cook stove. The fuel is readily available in almost any environment and requires no saws or splitting to process. This results in a huge time and energy savings from collecting and processing firewood and affords sustainability. Most of us live in a city or suburb and do not have access to an adequate and sustainable supply of fuel if using traditional wood-burning cooking methods. The Minuteman solves this problem and is also fast to light and easy to use. Gather a handful of sticks and twigs, start your fire, and you will be cooking in less than five minutes.
The Minuteman is the only self-contained rocket stove on the market.