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I've always wondered, how do you get one lit?
Oil soaked rag is apparently traditional in Sweden. I have used a firelighter pushed down into the cross, my scouts had to build a very small fire on top.
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6 hours ago, trigger_andy said:

How did you get on flogging them? Im thinking of making a bunch to test the market. Did you make a jig to hold the the log in place? 

Yeah. It wasn't 2000. I made a few for the school fair once. But once you're set up, you could rattle a few off quite quickly

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One of my pals used to have a load in his stand at posh country game fairs and arts and crafts events.

 

He would always sell out.

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I’ve done it with sycamore and birch, both were very seasoned though.

 

Pine spruce or any resin-fest of soft wood works well.  

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I’ve done it with sycamore and birch, both were very seasoned though.
 
Pine spruce or any resin-fest of soft wood works well.  



Yeh, I can see Bitch working well. Roll up the bark and jamb it down the slot and off it goes.
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I know them as Swedish logs or workers candles.  
 

whether they found a bit of dead tree to make or just lopped a couple of foot off the end.

 

they would then have a means to boil water and cook in the woods.

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