How To Make A Long-Lasting One Log Campfire (SwedishTorch)

The Swedish torch or candle is an effective way to set up a one log fire.

You would need a tinder, something to spark the tinder, as well as a quick kindling to get the flame started.

The video below shows how to set up a one log Swedish torch;

Below are some frequently asked questions about log burning and campfire;

Can whole logs burn?

You shouldn’t burn just any whole logs. Unless a whole log has been dried, it will likely contain an excessive amount of moisture. The high moisture content prevents the wood from burning completely. Not all whole logs suffer from high moisture content, though.

How do you add a log to a fire?

  • Put some paper products (such as newspaper) in the middle of your fire, on top of the grate before placing your wood.
  • Stack the new firewood with a lot of space between the logs to get proper ventilation.
  • Frequently add more tinder and kindling to the open spaces between your logs.
  • Blow on your fire.

How long can a log burn?

3 hours
A log that is at least 12 inches in diameter and 15 inches long will burn for 2–3 hours. Fires are easier to start, and the log gives off lots of light and heat and very little smoke.

How much wood do I need for a 3 hour bonfire?

Two banana boxes of mixed hardwood/softwood should be sufficient to fuel an average size campfire for three hours. A true bonfire will require not only more wood but longer pieces. What are some things you should take into consideration before seasoning firewood?

Why does my firewood burn so fast?

One of the main reasons why a wood stove burns wood so fast can be a result of the air vents being too far open. To help burn wood more efficiently, a wood-burning stove creates an environment where both the airflow and the amount of wood can be controlled more effectively to produce more heat.

Should logs be split before burning?

With many species of trees, the bark is actually fire retardant, so splitting the wood makes it easier for the wood to catch fire, since the inside will burn more readily. Cutting wood to length and splitting it also aids in drying, or seasoning, wood.

Why won’t my logs catch fire?

Insufficient Kindling
One cannot light a large log with a match. The reason is simple; you simply can’t get such a large log hot enough to combust with a match stick. Then, as the kindling starts to burn you can add progressively larger pieces of wood until your fire is finally hot enough for the log to catch light.

Is it safe to leave fireplace burning at night?

Never leave your burning fireplace unattended. It is important to extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house, and imperative that you allow ashes to cool fully before you dispose of them, and best to leave them in your fireplace until the following morning if you’ve enjoyed a fire the night before.

Why is my firewood turning black?

Dense, black smoke is a sign that the combustion is not optimal, usually because the fire in the woodstove is not intense enough. When the woodstove burns optimally, only a bit of steam and some light, odor-free smoke escapes from the chimney.

How do you light a Swedish fire log?

  • Take a chainsaw and make four cuts into a log as if you’re cutting slices of a pie. Cut into the log about three-quarters of the way down.
  • To light the initial fire, place kindling such as wood shavings, pine needles, or small pieces of tree bark on top and inside of the log.
  • Enjoy the heat.

What is a Swedish fire torch?

A Swedish fire torch is your answer to simple and effective open fire cooking. Also referred to as a Swedish fire log or a Canadian candle, it’s a simple and efficient way to make a fire using just one log.

How do I stop my wood burning stove from going black?

  • Always burn well-seasoned wood in your wood stove.
  • Try burning harder woods like oak, cherry, or walnut, and avoid burning woods known for their higher sap content.
  • If your wood stove has a heat setting, try turning the heat controls up a few notches.
  • Allow enough oxygen to vent into your wood stove.

What is the slowest burning wood?

Oak. Oak is the slowest wood to season, at approximately 2.5cm a year and ideally should be seasoned for a minimum of two years. Because of its density, it is slow to burn as firewood and is best used in a mix of faster-burning logs. It can help to keep the fire going at night if required.

Can you melt steel with a wood fire?

No. Wood does not generate enough heat and that heat is too irregular with the flames from the side of the logs, mixed with the necessary excess of air. Maybe pig iron, with difficulties (1100 C). Steel, never.

Can firewood be too old?

Firewood shouldn’t be able to age past its usefulness for burning. In other words, if the firewood is protected from insects and moisture reasonably well, it could last for many years before burning. If it sounds solid, and hasn’t turned to a log-shaped piece of termite poop or compost, you can burn it.

Why do split logs burn better?

Not only is split firewood easier to light; it produces more heat than whole logs as well. Bark has different properties than actual wood, including a lower density. The density of wood refers to its physical mass. With a greater density, split firewood has more “stuff” to burn than whole logs.

Can you burn logs without splitting?

Cutting wood to length and splitting it also aids in drying, or seasoning, wood. When wood is first cut, maybe half of the wood weight (or more) is water, and wood will not burn until the water evaporates off, so it is prudent to let cut wood dry. You don’t have to, but there are reasons why you should.

How can you tell if firewood is seasoned?

To identify well-seasoned wood, check the ends of the logs. If they are dark in color and cracked, they are dry. Dry seasoned wood is lighter in weight than wet wood and makes a hollow sound when hitting two pieces together. If there is any green color visible or bark is hard to peel, the log is not yet dry.



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