How To: Make a Swedish Torch (AKA Canadian Candle)

Make a Swedish Torch (AKA Canadian Candle)

It's known that during the Thirty Years' War that took place in Europe between 1618 and 1648, soldiers used Swedish fire torches (also called Canadian candles) for heating, lighting, and cooking meals.

Today, it's a really great way to cook food and boil water when you're camping—and it's really easy to ignite.

Step 1: Get a Piece of Wood

To start with, you need a piece of log. Any kind of wood will do, as long as it's dry.

Step 2: Do the Cuts

If you're using a bigger log, you can make more than two cuts.
It's easier to make the cuts when the piece of wood is still attached with a longer log.

Step 3: Put Kindling in the Cuts

Use paper and sticks as fuel to start the fire.

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They had chainsaws in 1618? Lol, I think I could pack a little stove vs going through all the hassle to make one of those! Does work well though.

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