I have to admit I love the Tot box from Pine Fire! This is a quality product hand packed for you by the owners of the company. I was really impressed when my order arrived in the mail accompanied by a hand written thank you note for my purchase! It’s amazing how far that personal touch can go, especially in today’s world of rapid fire online sales.
When my Tot Box arrived I could smell the amazing scent of pine a few feet away from the package on my kitchen counter. To say I was more excited than a kid on Christmas is a huge understatement. I couldn’t wait to see how the kit held up to it’s online description. Right away I could see that the bonus fatwood sticks were of a generous size as were their large tot sticks.
When I opened the tin I found it lined with river birch, filled with tots and the “dirty jute” as promised by the website’s description. Although the tin was packed full of their products there was still a little room left for you to add a few extras if you were so inclined.
The Fire Test
A week after the arrival of my Tot box, I was able to take my son on a winter camping trip. We were lucky enough to be able to get away for a few days so we could give this new fire gear a test run! Being out in the snow with a six year old certainly puts the pressure on for a quick fire making performance. Since it was our first winter trip together, our “Camp” wasn’t too far from the road allowing us extra time to make our way through the snow and set up.
Once we moved away from the car and put a few trees between us and the rest of the world we pitched our camp. We got our tent up, collected fire wood, and got ready to build our first winter fire together. As we all know the fire is the center of any camp and my son expected me to knock it out of the park!
First, we dug down around the base of a tall pine tree and found a few dry pine needles. We used this as our bed for our mixture of dry birch, shaved fatwood, and a few bits of tinder from our kit creating a pillow for our sparks. With a few strikes of my blade on my fire steel and a little cooperation from the wind we had a small flame. We built our fire, we ate backpacking food, told stories, and drank hot chocolate.
Some may argue that you can go out into the woods and find fatwood for free. They may even say that you can collect your own birch wood and other fire tinder for building up your own fire supplies. However, if you’re starting out in bushcraft I suggest going into the woods with the tools you need to survive. So be sure to collect or buy your own fatwood and tinder before you take those first few steps into the wild.
Hence, I always bring my own fire tools and supplies when I enter the woods. I also strive to leave the woods with a few more supplies to bring home for my next adventure. If I can’t shop in Mother Nature’s store, then you will find me online buying from a family run operation that delivers an amazing product like Pine Fire.
My interaction with Pine Fire has been nothing short of amazing! If you are serious about bushcraft and survival then you should look into adding Pine Fire to your gear! I hope you enjoy their products as much as I have!
Pine Fire’s Product Description:
Pine Fire has always strived to be a leader in the fire starting marketplace with products built clearly with the concepts of versatility and functionality in mind. To showcase these two cornerstones, we are proud to introduce the “TOT BOX”. This wonderful bit of kit, 4.75″L x 3.38″W x 1.5″H tin lined with River Birch, comes packed with 2 pieces of fatwood, 1 ft of “DIRTY JUTE”, 7x “MICRO TOTS” and 2x “LARGE TOTS”. Per our usual, this too comes with our extra free fatwood on the side. Not only will you have the versatility of a water resistant, go anywhere carrying case, but you will now have the added bonus of a tin that aides you with the all important “next fire mentality” by offering you the perfect charring vessel.
Gear Suggestions For Your Fire Kit:
If you want to turn the Pine Fire Tot Box into a full fire kit then all you need to do is add a few items. Just add a fire steel, a few waterproof or strike any wear matches, and a few extra spark friendly products and you are good to go! Here are a few suggestions of products that you can consider to kick it up a notch.
I would like to note one more thing, Pine fire does sell ferro rods (Fire steels) as well you can check them out here. It is also important to remember that this tin was not used just because it looks cool, it can also be used to make char cloth. This is a huge fire starting extra and a skill you should learn. Here is a video to help you to utilize this feature of your new fire tin.
How Top Make Char Cloth
A Few Gear Suggestions
- Matches are completely stormproof
- Burns despite wind or rain
- Will burn underwater
- 2 boxes, 25 matches per box
- Extra strikers included
- Designed for use with the Spark-Lite firestarter, the Tinder-Quik tab also works well with matches, lighters, flint strikers, etc.
- Simply pull the tab apart, ignite it, and add kindling.
- These are the same tabs included in military aviator survival kits.
Bushcraft Fire Steel
- Up to 12,000 strikes from thick 5/16″ (8mm) ferrocerium rod.
- Sparks shower at 5,500º F (3,000º C) to ignite a fire in any weather (even wet), at any altitude.
- Premium 100% hardwood handle is handmade, and provides natural textured grip.
- Includes fire rod, scraper, and mil spec 550 paracord lanyard long enough for neck carry.
- Perfect for Bushcraft, Firecraft, Backpacking, Hiking, Camping, Hunting, Fishing, Bugout, Boy Scouts, EDC / Every Day Carry, Emergency, Survival, Campfire, BBQ, Gas Camp Stoves, etc.
- Extinguishes instantly
- Cubed-tinders are individually packed to maintain freshness
- Will burn longer when wet or moist
- Great for use in combination with any UST sparking device
- 5-year shelf life