Swedish Torch

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Introduction: 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!

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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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...

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

1 year ago

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

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HM19

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

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isanta

1 year ago

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

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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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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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Kyzz

1 year ago

its a while since I took a chainsaw with me when I went camping, but I'll keep it in mind.

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Well most places you can legally camp make you bring your fire wood in now so doing this would be a great idea.

Many places you cannot bring your own firewood because of the possibility of infestations depending on where you live.

Split the log into eight wedges with an axe and jam them back together. Either bury the bottom, pile some rocks around it, or wrap some wire around to keep it intact while it burns.
But a chainsaw is a hell of a lot easier

Some entrepreneurs must have seen this and started marketing your idea. Have been seeing these precut logs at big box stores for $15. Guess i should start selling off my curb for $10.