I have been seeing a lot of information and pictures across social media lately about the Swedish Torch and thought I would test it out before attempting to use it in a survival situation. First let me say don't waste your time trying this if you only carry a Laplander and a knife in your pack. I spent about an hour messing around with a larger log and those tools to see how feasible it would be to make one with my personal EDC cutting tools. To say the least I would not even attempt this again with my EDC as it was way too time consuming and not an effective means to getting the job done. Without an axe, chainsaw or larger saw I just wouldn't attempt this type of fire. So without further delay lets get down to the meat and potatoes of the post.
1) Log selection is critical. I tried with both hard and soft wood and by far this works much better with a pine, cedar or other soft woods. As an added bonus I got a little Fat Wood out of the pine on the left. Another side note... a log with moisture is not good, both log were quite moist after three days of rain.
3) Get a nice tinder bundle and a ton of smalls to get a hot sustainable fire going on top of your log (I didn't get any pictures of this step as I was fighting rain at the time). Picture was just a test on a new 6" fire steel to see if it would ignite the wet saw dust from the wood and it would not do so (to give you an idea of how wet the log I was working with).
4) Allow as many of the coals as you can to fall into the slots in the log, helping them down into the log if needed.
5) Get to cooking before you run out of log! I highly recommend you throw a frying pan on the log or something else flat to become your cook surface to keep whatever you are cooking from tipping over.
Notes: While it looks extremely effective and cool in pictures and videos I found it to be no more than novelty bushcraft/homestead trick as it requires tools which are not in your EDC, It also takes a whole lot of calories just to make this cooking platform when you could easily build a fire and fashion some other means of cooking (tripod etc.) and expend a lot less calories to do it. While I it was neat to try, I just don't find it practical and don't believe it is effective to build in a survival situation.