Swedish torches are are an efficient fire source that can be used for a variety of purposes. In essence, a swedish torch is a single log standing upright with a fire burning within. When lit, it resembles a torch if you take away the handle and fancy fire containing compartment.
Depending on the size of your log, the fire can burn between two to four hours–just one log! Use it as a light source, a cooking stove (if cut evenly on both ends) or a simple campfire if wood supplies are low.
To make a Swedish log, cut two perpendicular incisions about three-fourths down into the top of one log. Be careful not to split the log from its base. Fill the opening with some type of fire starter (paper, cotton, twigs, etc.) and set alight. Air from the incisions on the side should be sucked into the log to keep the fire going if done properly. In the video, the demonstrator uses a chainsaw, but a handsaw, machete or any other long-bladed knife may work.