Here at Anevay we love having fun with fire! And there’s something about the dark wintry days that makes us feel a bit like dancing around a burning fire in the dark, celebrating the winter and the end of the year.
If you do too, get out the woad and light up one of these cool Swedish fire logs (also known as the Canadian fire candle). These ingenious creations are great for loads of reasons: they only use one log, will burn for ages, and the fire inside is protected from the wind as it burns down into the log. They also work really well on snow or wet ground as the fire starts from the top and only a small part of the whole thing touches the ground.
TOP TIP: If you make these up a couple of days in advance and leave to dry out a little somewhere sheltered, the drier wood will produce less smoke.
1. Find a log – dry softwood works best. Look for one about half the length of your arm, about 8-10 inches across.
2. Stand it on its end (or lay down on the ground) and cut three long slits down the log lengthways, crossing over each other like you’re cutting a pizza.
3. Stuff some bits of dried grass and kindling down the gaps – don’t pack it tightly or overfill as this will prevent the airflow pulling the fire down the slits.
4. Pile some more kindling, paper or dried grass on top (or use a firelighter) and light it up!
5. The fire will catch and will be sucked down the gaps into the log, burning away the middle section but leaving the outside, which makes a convenient place to rest a pan or a kettle.
You will need a chainsaw, so be careful! If you don’t have one, you can also split a log lengthwise four ways, place some small pieces of wood or sticks in between the split logs to space them, and tie back together in one piece.