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: 4.9/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 274 reviews

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270 of 274 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    just plain works - 4/14/2014
    By: from northeast woodlands

    This is one of the best natural firestarters, you can make feather sticks or just fine shavings out of it and it will take a spark from a ferrocerium rod. These work great for starting fires at home or camping or a survival situation. If you have fatwood, you have fire!

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    Great value - 3/17/2014
    By: from California

    Terrific value. I purchased this online when the fatwood was on sale, and the price, with shipping, was still less than my local hardward shore's price. Excellent fire starter, and enough to last a year or two.

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    Love this stuff! - 3/17/2014

    I have a wood stove at the lake house and I use these every time I start a fire and it makes it so much easier. I will continue to purchase and use this product.

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    5 Stars - 3/17/2014
    By: from Canton, CT

    It works wonders. This is the first time I use this product and will certainly continue to order!

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    Great Fatwood! - 3/15/2014

    Nice uniformly sized pieces of fatwood for starting woodstoves quickly and easily! Was on sale at a price that couldn't be beat by other websites and arrived quickly. Will order again. Thanks!

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    best fire starters - 3/12/2014
    By: from Marion, MA

    If you want a high grade efficient way to start your wood stove and fire pit fires, use the Orvis Fatwood. I purchased the large box, as I tend to burn fires all year round. This box gives you the most material for your buck and keeps it handy. The fat wood from Orvis burns evenly and hot, allowing your firewood to catch the flame and self ignite without using artificial products.

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    Great product and service!! - 3/12/2014
    By: from Norristown, PA

    The fatwood from Orvis is great!!! When you compare the price to buying it at the big 'box' hardware stores, it is much cheaper and better quality! Not to mention that half way thru the winter they never have any fatwood left!! I am happy with the procuct and the customer service was wonderfully helpful! I will be ordering again next year!!

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    Very good product - 3/11/2014
    By: from Smithville, mo

    The item arrived in a very timely manner, it was priced well below what I would pay in the area stores, I would recommend the item to anyone having a wood burning stove.

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    Outstanding product - 3/11/2014
    By: from Smithville, mo

    Received the item in a very timely manner ,the item was priced well below the price I pay in the store for the item. I will order again for the supplier. I would reccemend this item for anyone having a wood burning stove.

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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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