Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tropical Jungle Survival Skills: tree sap candle

There are a few trees that have sap that will stay lit. If you are in damp conditions and don't have a candle or a piece of inner tube rubber for a sustained flame, try finding various tree saps. It would, of course, be better if you already knew and didn't have to experiment. The sap from this littorial zone tree will burn for a very long time... as will many dipterocarp saps. The preferred sap is that which comes from a naturally 'bleeding' tree. In other words, you didn't cut the tree to get the sap. This is not because it's the 'eco' thing to do as much as it is that you want the dried sap.

These pics were from when I worked on Dual Survival (The Discovery Channel) three years ago. We did a 'lost at sea and ended up on an island' episode with Dave and Cody.

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