Since there was a ton of interaction on my Facebook post about the Swedish Fire Torch on our Military and Camping Page, I figured I should go into a little more detail about it. If you’re cooking out in the wilderness and you don’t have a propane stove, then you’re probably left with just wood and a pot. As I’m sure you all know cooking over a campfire is not an easy task. Holding the pot over the fire with your bare hands is not a possibility (unless your name is Daenerys Targaryen and have dragon blood running through your veins), and you may not have the proper trees around you to make a pot hanger.
The Swedish Fire Torch is a simple outdoor cooking method that will not only provide you the heat you need to cook a meal, but it also provides you with a stove top that you’ll be able to place your pot on. All you will need for this is a log, chainsaw, and some newspaper. The log should be a decent size with a high of around 24 inches. With your chainsaw cut the log about 2/3 the way down into quarters or eighths. I recommend cutting in eighths allowing for greater air flow and more burning area. Next, stuff the log with newspaper leaving a wick at the end and light it up! If you have trouble getting it started with just the newspaper throw in some tinder. It doesn’t take too long to get the fire started. Once you see a flame shooting out of the top of the log place your pot on top of the log and start cooking.
Depending on the type of wood your log is, it should last around an hour. The cool thing about this is once your done cooking you can kick it over and have a traditional camp fire. Also, for those of you who don’t have access to a chainsaw while in the outdoors, I posted a video that shows how to do it simply with an axe.
Here at Rothco, we want to see you guys make your own Swedish Fire Torch! Take some pictures and post them on Rothco Military Camping Gear’s Facebook page! Happy Camping Everyone!