Swedish Torch

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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.

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

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!

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

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

Step 5: Modified Example

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!!!

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OddJob

6 years ago on Introduction

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...

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nytowl520

7 months ago

This looks really easy to do! Stick one of those pine-sap soaked starter sticks into the split, and bam, it's started.

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joshnytowl520

Reply 5 months ago

Yep! that works great! you can also melt and mix candle wax and saw dust and pour it on top. makes a great Christmas gift for your friends who camp!

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racoontnn

6 years ago on Introduction

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.

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nytowl520racoontnn

Reply 7 months ago

The chainsaw cuts take the place of individual split logs, therefore not having to pile the split logs together, as the bottom of the log is still intact.

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DylanD581

3 years ago

Swedish Torches are great for cooking, and are fun to start! Did you see this featured in Make: Magazine and on their website?

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joshDylanD581

Reply 1 year ago

They stole my idea?! ;) naw I’ve know about it for years and decided I should share with everyone!

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HM19

2 years ago

You do not start the fire on top of the log. You put your tinder/kindling like birch bark at the bottom, inserting it into the sides and work your way up. Fire does not "descend down into the log" lmao

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HM19HM19

Reply 2 years ago

I should add light it from the bottom, in case that isn't obvious lol

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EgbertS2HM19

Reply 1 year ago

Dude: tell a firefighter that fire doesn't descend downwards and watch his reaction.

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joshEgbertS2

Reply 1 year ago

Good point! I’ve never lit a Swedish torch from the bottom although it is fun to flip them upside down after they’re burning pretty good!

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beers34

2 years ago

Can't wait to try it. We got a chainsaw, logs and a firepit in back yard. Tomorrow I will try it and if it works good have some logs cut and ready for our next camping trip.

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4tech

2 years ago

For HM 19. Fire burn just fine from the top down. Try it sometime.

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isanta

3 years ago

Swedish torch?? Typical of the Swedes to take a brilliant Finnish idea and claim it as their own. Ha ha just kidding

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Kaljakaaleppi

3 years ago

I feel that if you cut the log just two times it makes a better torch, burns longer.

there
is even an option to drill one long hole from the top and one that
connects to the first from the side. Haven't tried one with just a hole
but have seen these for sale.

An easy way to light one is to drop some wax from a candle in it and light that.

They are called Jack's candles, or Lumberjacks candles over here...

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MatzedonerKaljakaaleppi

Reply 3 years ago

Don't know about that one hole setup but 2 definitely works (great for cooking even better than the chainsaw option).

But I prefer it with the chainsaw because the heat also comes out from the sides which makes it warmer if you sit around it

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Kaljakaaleppi

3 years ago

I feel that if you cut the log just two times it makes a better torch, burns longer.

there
is even an option to drill one long hole from the top and one that
connects to the first from the side. Haven't tried one with just a hole
but have seen these for sale.

An easy way to light one is to drop some wax from a candle in it and light that.

They are called Jack's candles, or Lumberjacks candles over here...

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Kaljakaaleppi

3 years ago

I feel that if you cut the log just two times it makes a better torch, burns longer.

there
is even an option to drill one long hole from the top and one that
connects to the first from the side. Haven't tried one with just a hole
but have seen these for sale.

An easy way to light one is to drop some wax from a candle in it and light that.

They are called Jack's candles, or Lumberjacks candles over here...

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Kaljakaaleppi

3 years ago

I feel that if you cut the log just two times it makes a better torch, burns longer.

there
is even an option to drill one long hole from the top and one that
connects to the first from the side. Haven't tried one with just a hole
but have seen these for sale.

An easy way to light one is to drop some wax from a candle in it and light that.

They are called Jack's candles, or Lumberjacks candles over here...

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Kaljakaaleppi

3 years ago

I feel that if you cut the log just two times it makes a better torch, burns longer.

there
is even an option to drill one long hole from the top and one that
connects to the first from the side. Haven't tried one with just a hole
but have seen these for sale.

An easy way to light one is to drop some wax from a candle in it and light that.

They are called Jack's candles, or Lumberjacks candles over here...