Swedish Fire Torch

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About: Hi, I'm Jen! In my free time I'm a crafter, food lover, and cake decorator. I also can't stop taking photographs! I have a genuine love and appreciation for all things creative and handmade.

Intro: Swedish Fire Torch

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

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

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

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!

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!

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    garybart

    1 year ago

    Check out this link, same great idea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_eWzsBv9T0&spfreload=10

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    NathantheGrayNathantheGray

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    DUMB8

    1 year ago

    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?

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    bodger edDUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    jpdurocheDUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    wold630DUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

    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!

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    gralanwold630

    Reply 1 year ago

    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.

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    TedN10DUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

    handheld Jigjaw or power-drill plus extension cord :)

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    JerryJ8DUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    yrralguthrieJerryJ8

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    bd5JerryJ8

    Reply 1 year ago

    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.

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    PeterT22DUMB8

    Reply 1 year ago

    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.

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    bodger ed

    1 year ago

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

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    Dr. dB

    1 year ago

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

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    Pothuset

    1 year ago

    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.

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    Dr. dBPothuset

    Reply 1 year ago

    Finnish?!

    I haven't even started, yet!

    {;-{)}

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

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    grannyjones

    1 year ago

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

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    rayp1511

    1 year ago

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