During todays guide we are going to be looking at how to make a Swedish torch. The great thing about these is that they take the bare minimum of tending from you as the fire burns from the inside of the log. These were used extensively during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) as a simple and efficient way to create a warm fire and light source from a single log.
The log is split into four pieces which are then loosely bundled together using wire, then the area in between is filled with tinder and small wood. They are great for just not producing light and heat but also cooking.
Here are just some of the reasons as to why you should learn how to make a Swedish torch:
- Uses only the one piece of wood
- Requires very little to no tending
- Due to flat base it is stable enough for cooking
- Has a long burn time
- Works in many conditions due to the fuel being off the ground
Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
- Chainsaw (if you don’t have a chainsaw don’t worry, we will get to that further down. Don’t forget the safety gear.
- Thickest seasoned log possible (about 2 feet tall).
- Matches, lighter, or striker
How to Make a Swedish Torch
Both ends of your log needs to be level so start off by leveling off the ends with the chainsaw and using the thickest end as the base, stand your log up.
Start up your chainsaw and make 3-4 slices in to the log (almost like you are cutting a pie in to wedges. Cut down to about 3/4 of the way down the log.
Add some kindling to the top of the log and keep it burning until the coals start falling in to the log. You may need to use a small stick to push the coals down in to the centre.
Keep adding kindling until the fire starts to burn the log itself. This will burn on average for around 4 hours.
If you don’t have a chainsaw you can still make a Swedish torch by gathering 4-5 long thick logs with flat ends and stand them upright. Check out the video below to see how it is done.
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