Orvis Fatwood

Our fatwood fire starter makes short work of creating a beautiful, glowing hearth.


Cut from the resin-saturated heartwood found in the stumps of ancient longleaf pines, our fatwood burns with a hot, aromatic pine flame that makes it perfect kindling for wood fires, whether in the woodstove, hearth, or campsite. Orvis introduced the world to fatwood in 1970 and ever since we have prided ourselves in offering the best. It's earth friendly (no living trees are harvested in making it).
Box measures: 9¾"H x 14½"L x 9½"W.

This item ships directly from the manufacturer and requires a physical street address for delivery.
Shipped to contiguous 48 states only.
Express shipping/gift packaging not available.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 401 reviews


396 of 401 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fabulous flatwood - 2/20/2015
    By: from Northeast

    We have tried other products but found this flatwood to be the best of the bunch. We never try anything else anymore!!!

  • 5/5

    Fat wood is great - 2/18/2015
    By: from Atlanta ga

    Only takes a couple sticks to start a roaring fire. It's a must have.

  • 5/5

    Excellent product - 2/17/2015

    I enjoy a fire in the evenings. This product really works.

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  • 5/5

    Easy Peasy Fat Wood - 2/14/2015
    By: from NC

    My husband is addicted to these things....Instant Fire and well worth it!

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  • 5/5

    Best Fat Wood - 2/3/2015
    By: from Aptos California

    My wife and I have bought / used a variety of fat wood products over the years. This is the best quality for the money on the market. It is an excellent fire starter and does not take much to get you warm. I am on my second box. As long as this is available I will but it.

  • 5/5

    Fatwood experience - 1/30/2015
    By: from Charleston, WV

    Nothing beats getting a fire started quickly when its cold out side. I use Fatwood at my cabin in the Allegheny mountains as well as at home. It lights quickly and burns hot. Especially great for restating a smoldering fire after you get back in from outdoor activities.

  • 5/5

    Makes life so much easier! - 1/23/2015
    By: from Wilbraham, Massachusetts

    What a gift when trying to start a wood fire on these cold winter nights! It is so easy and quick to get the logs to ignite with the Orvis fat wood! Within minutes we can have a roaring fire to warm our hearts and home! Thank you, Orvis!

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Orvis Fatwood

Fatwood fuels efforts of conservation and economic recovery in troubled Honduras.

Orvis Fatwood is more than a pretty pile of sticks. Besides being a great gift for any household, a gift rooted in traditions of the Old South as well as the North, Fatwood continues to light the way for the Orvis company, providing a shining example for employees and customers alike of our commitment to quality and sustainable business practices.

Originally, Fatwood was harvested from the stumps left over from logging operations of the past. Pine pitch, which has many uses including in the making of turpentine, is natural resin that lights quickly, stays lit for a while, and smells great. It's found in highest concentration in stumps of mature long-leaf pines.

Using cross-cut saws, early loggers left a tall stump behind and generally had no notion of sustainable harvesting practice. Leigh Perkins "found some old pulp and timber cutters who knew the woods and would go back into the forest and salvage the old fatwood stumps."

Since its introduction in 1969, Orvis Fatwood has been a catalog favorite. The success of Fatwood surprised everyone. As a result, supplies of leftover stumps that could be harvested in a low-impact manner were quickly used up.

The challenge was put to our buyers to find a supply of fatwood that was of similar quality and was harvested in a sustainable, low-impact manner in keeping with Orvis' environmental mission.

In addition to being ecologically beneficial, responsible harvesting of Fatwood helps the local economy, too. Employment prospects in Central America have been severely hurt by a dramatic decrease in the price paid for coffee beans. Since Fatwood is one of the few raw wood products that holds nearly all of its value in the labor required to harvest, cut, and package it, jobs are created and people are given an ongoing opportunity to earn a living.

Orvis is proud to offer our earth-friendly Fatwood.

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