How to Make Swedish Fire Torch

The Swedish Fire Torch, also known as a Canadian Candle, is a great way to set up a fire as it uses only one log, has a flat cooking surface and is self feeding, meaning it can burn for several hours without any attention.

To make a Swedish Fire Torch, find a single log, the thicker the better.
Make cuts in the wood like you are cutting a pie into slices.  Leave about six inches of uncut wood at the base of the log.
If the wood completely splits (or lack of stability necessitates), dig a small hole underneath the log and place the log (uncut end first) into the hole allowing the edges of the hole to hold the wedges together.
Pour fuel (oil, paper, tinder, etc.) into the cuts and light.  The Swedish Fire Torch will burn for two to three hours.
Note: You may wish to dig a fire pit around the log. When the log burns down, you can tip it over to use as a foundation for a larger, longer sustaining campfire.

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How to Make Swedish Fire Torch

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  1. Jennifer says

    I love this idea. My one suggestion is that I might put this in a small galvanized trash can (I have one that I use for fireplace ashes and it’s about 18-24 inches tall. It would provide stability for the log and a place to hold your pan. It’s probably not needed but might make it a bit easier to cook. I just love this idea!

  2. Patrick Timmermans says

    Is it easy to light to get the flame in the inside of log at the bottom?

  3. tom says

    Jennifer, burning galvanized steel omits a toxic zink based gas

  4. Dwight Suitter says

    So does using a galvanized fridge tray to lay hot dogs or meat on to cook !! ZINC

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