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 410 reviews


405 of 410 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    lights whatever - 6/21/2015
    By: from Hollis, ME
    Top 500 Contributor

    Great stuff. Light your woodstove, light your BBQ, light whatever. Break the sticks in half and light the fuzzy end, speeds things up.

  • 5/5

    Love this fatwood! - 6/2/2015
    By: from Minnesota

    I purchase this fatwood every year. It is just the best--better than I've had from other places, and a better price for the quality. I have a fire most evenings in the winter, and this fatwood always performs in getting the fire going. I've even given it as a gift, I like it so much!

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    fabulous fatwood - 4/6/2015
    By: from ann arbor, mi

    We heat our home with a woodstove and absolutely love this fatwood. It makes starting a fire so easy. You can't go wrong with Orvis fatwood.

  • 5/5

    fat wood fan! - 4/1/2015
    By: from Wall Township, New Jersey

    This winter the use of our fire place in the condo was about daily! We purchased this great product, Orvis Fat Wood at least twice. With store bought firewood, nursery, Home Depot, local "scouting" and farmers selling wood as produce, we purchased wood from every source available. Because of this large mix of wood source, Orvis Fat Wood came to the rescue many times to keep the fire going! Great product which we will purchase again and again! Thank you, Todd Brady

  • 5/5

    Pretty Much all fatwood is the same - 3/24/2015
    By: from Charlotte, NC

    What separates this product from the rest of the pack is the amount you get for your money. A huge value compared to other outlets. Check all the usual sources and you will see what I mean!

  • 5/5

    Best Fatwood - 3/10/2015

    The fatwood we purchased has been great this winter for starting wonderful fires in our fireplace. They work better than any other I have ever used and we will continue to purchase it through Orvis. With the cold and snowy winter we had this season, it's nice to be able to start a fire in our family room quick and easy to keep warm! Thanks for another great product!

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Great Product - 2/27/2015
    By: from Mt. Bethel, PA

    Use these every morning to get the wood burning stove started. They work flawlessly every time. The Wood storage box is a nice rustic touch next to the stove. Very, very happy.

  • 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!!!

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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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