Introduction: Swedish Fire Torch

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Making a Swedish Fire Torch will definitely be the highlight of your next outdoor fire. I highly recommend it!

When I was a kid we would find old rotted out logs with holes in the center and put them on the fire and watch mesmerizing flames shoot out the top. This is a little more work, but still easy enough to make, and worth every minute of effort.

Step 1: What You Need

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You only need a few things to make a torch like this:

  • very dry log
  • chainsaw
  • tinder, kindling, or dried grass
  • lighter or matches

Step 2: Cut the Log

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Stand the log upright. Using a chainsaw cut the log about 3/4 of the way down making sure not to cut through the entire log. (This was slow going with an electric chainsaw. Wish I had a gas powered one!) Repeat this two more times creating six equal sections in the log.

Step 3: Add Kindling & Start Fire

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Add kindling in all of the slices of the log rotating as you go along. I used newspaper, twigs, and kindling from a chopped up 2x4. Make sure you can see through the slices, from one side to the other (don't pack it too tight), so air can flow through and keep the fire going.

Build a small teepee fire on the top of the log and light it. Continue to feed the fire until some of the kindling catches fire inside the slices. After that, it's good to go!

Step 4: Watch It Burn!

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As the fire starts to burn its way downward it will get bigger and bigger catching the kindling on fire along the way. As soon as the fire has burned down past the top of the log it would be perfect to cook on. Unfortunately, I didn't make anything on this fire (my kids were having too much fun playing in the fire...not recommended!).

Photos show the stages of the torch burning all the way down. Turns out I LOVE taking pictures of fire, but that's a side note! Anyway, the log was pretty much gone when we woke up in the morning.

This is very fun and very entertaining! I hope you try it!

**Never leave fire unattended. I put this torch in a safe place (on hydrated grass) away from anything that could catch fire. A fire pit would be even better!


garybart (author)2017-04-23

Check out this link, same great idea.

NathantheGray (author)2016-12-08

Genius! Nice n efficient!

Can you give a rough guess on how long YOUR log (in the pictures) burned? Thanks!

DUMB8 (author)2016-10-13

Any suggestions if I DONOT have a chainsaw. I have the wood, we own an axe.

Could we chop some areas in one end buy hammering with a railroad spike and then axe it a bit?

bodger ed (author)DUMB82016-10-25

we used a big hand saw, but you could split it and tie it with wire

jpduroche (author)DUMB82016-10-23

After hammering it with the railroad spike, what are you going to "Axe" it??!!

wold630 (author)DUMB82016-10-13

If you split the firewood into six (relatively) equal parts, stand them up on flat ground and tie them together around the bottom half of the log (leaving space between the logs), all of the pieces should stay together. It probably won't be as stable and I haven't tried it this way but I have seen it done. Let us know if you try it and how it works!

gralan (author)wold6302016-10-13

you can also split the log inside an old tire to keep them contained prior to tying them up. I've seen this fire log used for cooking as well. Wowser.

Just remember, Old Swedes don't die -- they just drive that way. Ya sure, yabetcha.

TedN10 (author)DUMB82016-10-13

handheld Jigjaw or power-drill plus extension cord :)

JerryJ8 (author)DUMB82016-10-13

Dear Dumb:
No, you could not nor should use a spike/axe.
Remember what happened in Oklahoma?
Enough said.
Take care.

yrralguthrie (author)JerryJ82016-10-13

I've lived in Oklahoma for 50 years. What happened in Oklahoma with an axe?

bd5 (author)JerryJ82016-10-13

What do you mean? What happened in Oklahoma? What is wrong with using an axe to split wood? I've used an axe before. It worked fine.

PeterT22 (author)DUMB82016-10-13

You stand the log on end, secure a chain around the circumference to hold it together, and chop into the end with an axe. That should split it into wedges. Now fasten the chain around it the same way, only a little more loose, and that'll give you the same space for airflow as the chainsaw cuts did. Follow the rest of the instructions the same.

SAMP17 (author)DUMB82016-10-13

Hand saw

bodger ed (author)2016-10-25

we started our chandle with a single piece of charcoal soaked in meths and a bottomless bean tin too make it draw.

Dr. dB (author)2016-10-18

" were having too much fun playing in the fire...not recommended!", but inevitable. Especially the BIG kids... ( me!)

Pothuset (author)2016-10-15

Sorry for being perfectible, but the fire torch is originally from Finland and is actually a stove. So the heading should be Finnish Fire Stove.

Dr. dB (author)Pothuset2016-10-18


I haven't even started, yet!


(...grin & wink from guy with beard and mustache...)

grannyjones (author)2016-10-16

Ooh, hollow log sections in the yard, must buy marshmallows.

rayp1511 (author)2016-10-14

Looks like fun, I was curious to approx. how long did it burn for?

ClareBS (author)2016-10-13

I was at a party on a beach where there were three Swedish fire torches, each one about six feet tall. They were cut into forths instead of sixths.They were lit while still dusk and the fires grew stronger as night darkened–absolutely magic.

dbabinov (author)2016-10-13

If i would have a chainsaw - i don't need this kind of fire :)

This should be made by axe and hands from shoulders :)

barmer (author)2016-10-13

I saw doing the deepening of vertical. Then I pour diesel fuel and ignited. Solid fine.

RandyPerson (author)2016-10-12

Try laying the log on its side and cutting so the chain saw bar is parallel to the wood grain. If your chain is sharp, it will pull out long shavings and cut faster than trying to rip sideways. Bonus: the shavings make great tinder, or mulch for your plants.

ThirdEarthDesign (author)2016-10-12

Now I just want to go camping and open up a bag of marshmallows.

wold630 (author)ThirdEarthDesign2016-10-12

This was the perfect fire for roasting marshmallows!

WoR0407 (author)2016-10-12

I made one years ago, it's really simple...

hispanickausinpanik (author)2016-10-11

I have seen these for sell in a store but never realized they were this easy to make. Very easy to follow. Thanks!

offseid (author)2016-10-11

Simple and yet perfect! I love it.

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