I thought I would share this good idea with you.
Its called a “Swedish Candle”. It makes a very enjoyable campfire to sit by for the evening, there is no need to add wood to it every 30 minutes or so either, just one log, one match. It also makes an excellent cook fire as billies, kettles etc. can be placed on top.
First select a good sized diameter log, the one shown here was just short of being 18″ in diameter. I cut this log right at 42″ in length.
You then rip the log length wise to within 4″ of bottom cutting it three times to make what looks like a cut pie on top. Tip your chainsaw in-wards at the bottom to make the inside of cut lower than outside. This gives the fire once lit air from below which is drawn up the length of the log to top, like a chimney and helps to feed the fire with oxygen.
When you are ready to light your candle, prepare it by sliding dry tinder such as birch bark, pine needles etc. into the slots which you have cut down the length of the log.
At first it will look like the above, after about 5 minutes you will no longer see a flame, but your log will only smoke like below.
After about 10 minutes it will flame back up and begin burning from the inside out. Slowly at first till it will begin to look like the log below, at this point it had been burning about 1 hour.
Your log will keep burning from the inside out, no need to add more fuel to your fire at anytime.
After 3 hours of burning this log had taken on this look.
This log lasted for a little over 4 hours of strong burning without ever adding more wood to the fire.
Make sure you log sits on a good hard surface so it will not tip over while burning.
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