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:

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.