Richard Bucker

Solostove Campfire

Posted at — May 29, 2016

This is what a suburban campfire looks like:It’s a Swedish Torch(right) that I re-purposed as an anvil to process three segments of birch(left). I processed the wood, started a fire in my solo campfire, ate some toasted marshmallows.My solo stove looked like:It’s the largest of the solo stoves and is great for 5-7 participants. ¬†SUCCESS!!In the meantime I learned a few things:even though I made Vaseline and Cotton ball tinder I did not use it and I think I won’t. Alternatively having unmodified cotton balls might have multiple purposes and separately hand sanitizer too.skinning the bark from the birch logs and then igniting them directly with my steel worked perfectly. I had to remember to peel the coating from the rod and it still took a few strokes.I had a made a featherstick just to test my Mora knife but it was ideal for getting the fire started.At first my Mora hand ax seemed lite to the task but after getting into my rythm and some confidence it worked really well. I think my Schrade ax would have been too heavy and I would likely have tired quickly. (being in shape helps)My mora knife was awesome. I never tried batoning or my Schrade full tang.I never tried my fatwood; which I had tried last week.I need to learn a little more about the Birch wood. It is supposed to have a resin in the bark that is good for ignition but I’m concerned about the health potential of the vaporized resin; if any. On the otherhand none of the OTHER wood offered by home depot offered their origin other than to describe it as hardwood without any indication of food safety.Finally I totally underestimated the amount of time and energy it was going to take to process all that wood for 45 minutes of fire. Meaning I’d need a lot more more fuel for an evening of fire and at least double to make dinner for 4. I can only hope that there was also a proper campfire ring where I can make a Swedish torch.