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This product is proudly made in the United States of America.

About our tinderTIN™


Fatwood comes from pine tree stumps that contain a large amount of resin. It lights quickly, burns hot, and is wind and moisture tolerant.  Our Fatwood is 100% natural and grown right here in Georgia, USA.  It is recovered from the lumber industry as waste and repurposed as the tinderTIN™ fire-starting materials.  Carry one of our fatwood tinderTIN™ with you, and you'll never be without easy-to-light tinder.


We tested a large range of tinder both natural and synthetic and these two came out on top when evaluated on flammability, water resistance and burn time.  The fatwood shavings can be easily lit with an open flame or with a little practice, a ferrocerium fire starter like our nanoSTRIKER XL™.  The fatwood splinters are best lit with another tinder such as fatwood shavings, cotton balls, dry grass, or an open flame.


Stack the fatwood splinters log-cabin-style to increase the available oxygen.  Light the thinnest portion of the splinter: typically the end of the splinter where it is sharpest.


  • Durable, reuseable tin with screw on lid 
  • Repurposed waste from lumber industry 
  • Made from domestic organic materials 
  • Ignites quickly and burns hot 
  • Wind and moisture tolerant
  • Made in the USA
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  1. Does the Job! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Nov 2014

    I used this with my fireROD to test it's effectiveness in starting a fire. It works great by itself and had a fire going in under 15 seconds. Adding a tiny bit of cotton soaked in Vaseline to the tinder, the first spark started a fire immediately. Very pleased.

  2. Perfect survival kit item 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Aug 2012

    This is just like the other items I purchased in that it is well thought out and the perfect size for my kit. A must have for a personal bug out bag.

  3. tinderTIN was ok... 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Jul 2012

    I really like the tin but the Fatwood was kind of under whelming. It was very hard to get started so I have ended up using the tin for other things. I do really like the tins, I have been looking for some this small for a long time. Maybe, as an option, sell them without the Fatwood for a little bit less $. Just an idea...All in all I think Exotac has some great ideas & some great products. Keep up the good work.


  4. Excellent products and exceptional service... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th May 2012

    While I have yet to use this item, I am certain it will perform excellently.

    My main purpose in in this review is to relay the exceptional customer service I received from Rob and the Exotac Team. My shipment was damaged severely in transit, and when it was received, all of the tins were damaged beyond use. The contents were still intact, but would require transferring them to another container in order to be used in the field. A quick call to Rob and he reshipped the entire order via expedited services. The replacements arrived in 2 business days. I am certain that all Exotac products will meet up to the standards of their service.

    Again, many thanks for the excellent support of your customers. I will certainly be back as a customer for my future needs.

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