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 298 reviews


294 of 298 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Cant beat this - 10/16/2014
    By: from horton,ny

    Orvis has the best quality and price on fatwoods, and it delivers fast. I have ordered them multiple times and have never been disappointed. The wooden Orvis Box is awesome. You can use it as a decorative piece.

  • 5/5

    Best fat wood of any - 10/16/2014
    By: from Yarmouth, ME

    We love this fatwood. It lights almost instantly and only takes 2 or 3 sticks to get a fire going in our wood stove. Much better than others we've tried.

  • 5/5

    Great stuff,,,I buy it every year! - 10/16/2014
    By: from Balt. MD

    Its the best stuff to start a fire with,,,,,I burn three cords a year,,and start every fire with ORVIS Fatwood!

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Fatwood - 10/8/2014
    By: from Colorado

    Great fire starter. We use 2 or 3 sticks, newspaper and 2 or 3 logs to start the fire in our wood burining stove. Works every time!!!

  • 5/5

    A natural way - 10/6/2014
    By: from Wisconsin/Minnesota

    What a wonderful way to start the fire. I have come to hate the store bought "fire starters" and their smelly aroma. This "fat wood" is a great way to get 'er started and keep the fire going as well. Nice looking box as well!

  • 5/5

    heat - 9/26/2014
    By: from Ephraim, WI., 54211

    We live in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. Especially after last year's winter, we could not have made fire at all without the fatwood. Out wood was wet from the constant snow, yet we rely on our wood stove to heat with 97 % of the time. I just again bought 2 boxes, we might just make it through the winter with it. Love the product and told all my friends about it.

  • 5/5

    Build a Fire Like a Girl - 9/21/2014
    By: from Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Every year at the Holidays a friend sends me a carton of fatwood. You can't imagine the fire this girl can build. No more smoky room, relighting the fire, or dud fires.These little pieces of great smelling wood are the ticket to a beautiful fireplace in just a few minutes.Thank you Orvis, and yes you too can build a fire like a girl!

  • 5/5

    A Staple in Our Fireplace - 9/17/2014
    By: from North Pole, AK
    Top 1000 Contributor

    The Fatwood is a great addition to our hearth. We bought the wooden crate and refill it every year. One piece is all you need to start the fire. It sounds and smells great and I highly recommend it!

  • 5/5

    Great stuff - 9/12/2014
    By: from McCAll id

    Have been using for years and its great great fire starter. Have fires every evening all winter and it takes just a few sticks to start a log. Am pleased.

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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.

Order by November 28 for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas.

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