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If you have access to a chainsaw some dry softwood and a Swede here's a great way to make a self-contained camp fire with integrated pot supports!
 
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Step 1: Cut 3 Slots In The Log.

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Unfortunately I am not dexterous enough to use a chainsaw and take pictures simultaneously. Sorry. Use the saw to cut at least 3/4 of the way down the length of the log.

Step 2: Build A Bundle Of Kindling In The Middle Of The Log

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As this kindling burns the thin sections of the log near the top will start burning and air will be sucked through the cracks lower down

Step 3: Light Your Fire!

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You'll notice that after a couple of minutes your fire will descend down into the log completely protecting it from the wind.

Step 4: The Outer Layer Of The Log Should Remain

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On these outer sections of the log you can place your pan!

Step 5: Modified Example

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Here's another option- I you have some lumber lying around you can tie it together with spacers (nails) between the pieces to allow airflow in. It's the same concept. But with found scrap lumber!!!
OddJob1 year ago
I have, or am, all of those elements! Will give this a try. If you have to blow on it to get the fire started a bit; you now have a Swedish Blow Torch...
990166695 months ago
Is this so the ashes don't blow all over the place
brilliant...thanks! I will use this at my next camping trip with my youth centre teens.
whiteynut1 year ago
I've used this before and it does work well. For best results make sure the slots are clear. I usually lay the log on it's side to get long shavings used to light the fire. Place a can or something similar where the slots meet in the center, pile shavings on top of log, then remove can. Place some of the long shavings in the middle. If the center has good airflow it will catch much faster and the shavings will have some bar oil on them and lights fairly easily. If you make them a few days in advance they will light faster and smoke less on initial fire up.
ssgsteiner1 year ago
great work, this will be very useful for me!
rbbiggs1 year ago
Great tip, thanks for posting. I'll prepare a few logs before camping
If you are lazy, you can also poor a bit of gas in the middle, or use one of these white block to light a barbeque. Just press it in the middle and push it to the bottom with a little stick.
srilyk1 year ago
You might want to point out that with the lumber bit you need to make sure it's not treated lumber, as they tend to treat it with some form of Cyanide.

The glues from plywoods are also pretty bad for one's health. But the other stuff should be fair game ;)
Interesting tidbit, while these are called "Swedish torch" in the English speaking world the word actually comes from the German word "Schwedenfeuer", which means "Swedish fire". I've grown up in Sweden and spent considerable time hiking and among people who live closer to nature, and I've never ever seen one of these before they started popping up online a few years ago. Not to say they doesn't exist, just that they might be rare in the country from which they were named. The phenomenon seems to date back to the Thirty Years' War between the city states that would eventually become Germany and Sweden in the 1600s.
That's way cool.. And to think they had chainsaws back then too! :-p
josh (author)  Switch and Lever1 year ago
Wow! That's really cool to know the history of it!
Lorax981 year ago
We make these at an annual Outdoor Skills camp for our high school students. We use tree trunk sized logs about 5 or 6 feet tall. Each will burn and smoulder for the whole night. Instead of lighting it with kindling, we stuff some paper towel down the center and pour in a couple of cups of kerosene. Let soak for a couple of hours, and then remove the paper towel and light each one dramatically at our last evening's supper.
If you substitute gasoline for the kerosene, you can increase the "dramatic" effect of the lighting ceremony by a factor of 100 to 1. Of course, I'm joking about this; you should never use gasoline around any fire. I am, however, curious about why you would remove the paper towels before lighting the fire: doesn't the paper help with the fire starting? I also think the smell of kerosene isn't always pleasant, so I use a cheap vegetable oil; it doesn't really smell bad, and it gives the added effect of making the log somewhat waterproof, should it start to rain.
We remove the paper towel because we have had problems with the paper towel being too tightly packed and blocking the "chimney" effect of the central space cut into the log. One other note: Less is more. If you use too much accelerant on the paper towel, it will leak out the cracks at the bottom and the burning pattern will be negatively affected.
Givver1121 year ago
Do you put the tinder IN the log slots? After you might, do you bind the log peices?
Oh wait. You don't completely cut slots. It stops near the end...
FWACATA1 year ago
Really smart, put it up on my Zombie Survival blog as another way to keep warm and get to cooking. Looking forward to do this! good for Hurricane survival too (the aftermath) 
naturalsam1 year ago
Firewood: check. Chainsaw: check. Now if only I could find a swede...
pioneer5181 year ago
As when ive done this ..ive alway turned it over when the core catch's fire that way you use the top as a hot plate pans and kettles go on top ...
Clever! I'll be trying this one.
im going to try this RIGHT NOW pyro fire fire yes
What outer layer?
josh (author)  stevenvachon1 year ago
The log will burn from the inside as the airflow is from the outside in. This leaves an Unburnt section of the log on the outside rim on which to set a pot.
onemoroni11 year ago
I like this and would like to try it out. How cool and efficient, a one log campfire.It must take a while for the fire to burn to the useful stage to set a pot on it, but it's nice to relax by a campfire and wait.
josh (author)  onemoroni11 year ago
Yes. But after 10 minutes the fire is protected within the log from wind!
This is the first time I've seen this done having the log cut only part way through, you could easily pick the whole thing up and move your fire! When you have seperate log segments you can move them apart or closer to allow for more/less air flow. Nice instructable!
josh (author)  Pat_Maroney1 year ago
Yep. In fact I did pick it up and move it! The log will mostly only burn down as far as you have cut.
Devrimm1 year ago
This is very new for me and I love it very much !!! I'll try it tomorrow !!!
Thank you !!
I've used this method to remove a large tree stump... worked like a charm!
tpaul91 year ago
Nice job Josh... !
It's very neat and compact.

If I didn't have a chain saw, I'd use a log splitter.

Actually if larger dry logs are handy, this might be a much better way to get a fire started, compared to the conventional stack method.

Come to think of it, if you had a heap of split wood handy, you could just group them into an end on, up right cluster straight away.

Clever.
racoontnn1 year ago
But in the photos shown are not a Swedish fire. Swedish fire burns inside split logs, and not from the top! This can be a kindling fire, but not burning.
sconner11 year ago
Burning "Treated" lumber can release the chemicals from the anti rot process in the smoke.
Most people avoid inhaling smoke, so that's not a big issue.
But I wouldn't cook on it.
maddirk1 year ago
great, must try it out.
Awesome idea and instructable!
Simple and fantastic
I need to try this, this is bound to look great when winter-grilling. Thanks for sharing!