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Old 07-21-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Sandhills
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Thought I would share this good idea for a campfire.

Its called a "Swedish Candle" or so I was told by the guy who showed it to me.

Makes a very enjoyable campfire to sit by for the evening, no adding wood to it every 30 minutes or so either, just one log, one match.

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.





When you are ready to light your candle, pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of charcoal starting fluid down center of your log from top. If you want let some drizzle out one of the fingers for lighting purposes. Then light.



At first it will look like the above, after about 5 minutes you will no longer see a flame, but you log will smoke only 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. It is pleasant to sit by and watch.

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 turning burning of course.

We had campers from neighboring sights come over to admire this and say how they also planned on making one for themselves next time out.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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wow!! May have to try that but on a much much smaller scale!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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Impressive, but I'd be concerned about where the coals land when they fall from 42" in the air. Be good to think ahead and have a larger than normal area cleared.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Sandhills
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Impressive, but I'd be concerned about where the coals land when they fall from 42" in the air. Be good to think ahead and have a larger than normal area cleared.
Actually while it burns it falls inward pretty much on itself!! We had it in a fire pit that was 42" diameter and not one hot coal fell outside of it.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:05 AM
 
Location: California
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Thats pretty cool, i'll give it a try. Thanks
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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Actually while it burns it falls inward pretty much on itself!! We had it in a fire pit that was 42" diameter and not one hot coal fell outside of it.
Kewl beans.......I just hate trying to put out forest fires in my pajamas.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Thumbs up Nice idea

Did you come up with that one, or did you read it somewhere? I loved the night shot of the log burning. If you think about it, its a great way to get your camping nieghbors attention. And to invite them and thier kids over for a nice quiet, "get to know each other" camp fire. Great idea.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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That's awesome Sandhills! Really a convenient way to have a fire on the beach as well; that's for certain. No fuss, no muss! Thanks for passing the idea along!
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Wow, that's terrific. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Reno, Nevada
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CoastalMaine directed me to this Forum to check out your Swedish Candle! WOW impressive.
We are going camping this afternoon for a couple of days, I'm going to show this to my hubby.
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