If you didn’t have the opportunity to see a Swedish flame log before, you will be amazed by its originality. This kind of outdoor fire will revolutionize the way you cook your meals when you go camping. You don’t need to bring with you too many tools or utensils because all you need to to is to find the perfect log. Make sure that it’s dry because the fire will last longer this way.
You also have to make sure that you carve it right. But don’t worry if you don’t know how to do it; these photos will teach you the right steps to follow in order to make one beautiful Sweedish flame log all by yourself. Give it a try!
As the name suggests, a Swedish log stove is an improvised instrument or a cooking method. It is also known by the name of “Swedish Fire Torch”. Try making it once and I promise you that you’ll do it again.
What you can also add to this original invention is a stovetop, but this is only up to your choice. If you don’t have one, just use the top of the log as it is.
What you’re going to need in order to be prepared and have a successful first experience, are the following items: a medium sized log, a chainsaw, a lighter or matches and kindling. You can also crack the log open with an axe.
Before we get into it, safety must come first. A chainsaw safety equipment is required: eye protection, hearing protection and a dust mask. If you’re used to chopping wood and you think that you can do it in a matter of minutes, you can only use some protection for your eyes.
The first step is setting your log in a vertical position and making sure you are placing it on a fire-safe place. Don’t set it too close to the tents.
After you get equipped with your safety gear you’re ready to begin step number two. Start your chainsaw and cut from top to bottom approximately ¾ of the log. Leave about 6 inches at the base.
Step three: create a bundle of kindling in the middle of the log and start a small fire. It already looks amazing!
Step four: as the small fire is slowly burning, continue to stoke it until the bundle of kindling start to descend into the log.
Step five: make sure you add some more kindling in the center of the long in order to keep the fire burning. It has to be strong enough so it won’t go away.
Step six: stop adding kindling once the log starts burning by itself without any outside help. Now you know for sure that it will burn for a few hours.
Step seven: you will observe that as minutes pass by, your fire will grow and create the finalized form of the Swedish Torch.
Step eight: once you reach this level, you’re ready to place the pot or pan with the food you want to cook. Pay attention because you might burn it! The fire won’t be the same as when you’re cooking at home.
Step nine: now comes the part where you decide how you’re going to cook your meal. This is all up to your preferences.
A great advantage compared to normal grill or improvised fires is that this log’s fire can last up to 4 or 5 hours depending on the chosen log. That will allow you to cook and spend a few more hours around it to get warm.
Another use for a Swedish log fire beside cooking a delicious meal is creating the most relaxing camp fire there is. Gather around, folks!
Another advantage of the Swedish log stove is that if you arrange it carefully, the direction of the flame will burn from the inside out. So it won’t burn too much if you’re staying close to it.
When it comes to counting the pros to using this cooking method, the flat surface for cooking is one of the most important aspects. Just think about how bad it was when you were cooking on improvised ovens.
The flames of a traditional fire are sometimes hard to control and they depend a lot on the weather conditions. With the Swedish flame you don’t have to worry about that since the fire is contained by the log.
Even if you have the perfect wood for a traditional fire, you still have to take into account the condition of the ground. If it’s wet or covered in snow, it will make you double your effort. This log is keeping the fire off ground.
The Swedish fire log is self-sufficient once you lit it properly, meaning that you don’t have to tend it like you do with most traditional fires. Just light it up and enjoy the scenery.
Selecting the wood is a very important matter. It has to be dry and preferably a conifer. If it’s still raw or wet, you won’t be able to light it up.
One advice you should take in consideration is to not use wet wood or freshly cut logs. The latter is filled with moisture and won’t make a good fire.
In the situation where it has recently rained and the ground is wet, you can make a Swedish log stove to get your meal cooked and then start a traditional camp fire in the dried area. Great!
One positive aspect of using this method of cooking is that it comes cheap and you can find what you need around your camping area instead of buying expensive firewood.
A variation of the Swedish log stove can be made in a smaller size, but it is still as useful.