|as can be seen here, between the fingertips...|
I noticed that rowanwood tends to soak up water even under the bark, so that makes it not very desirable for this type of fire. The drier pieces did burn remarkably well, though.
|the wood in various stages of preparations.|
|When shaving off the juniperbark, it formed small curls, which easily took a flame, even when moist.|
|The darker areas of the rowanwood are wet, even underneath the bark.|
|Here is the piece of rowanbark. It was still wet on the inside, but the outside easily took a flame and kept it.|
More experimenting with this fuel will follow shortly.
While I was sitting there, feeling smug about having achieved this, I witnessed a small spider with a cluster of eggs attached to its abdomen, walk right up to the fire. I was think:" Stop there buddy. You'll burn up!", when all of a sudden it stopped, turned and lifted the eggcluster up. It was warming them in a place so warm, I couldn't even hold my hand there!!