Burning Log

29 Jul


Sunday we had supper at S and H’s.  Afterward Henry introduced us to a Scandinavian summer treat he has seen in his journeys for work: the standing log bonfire.

Envision a Yule log set on end and meticulously chainsawed into eighths for 7/8ths of its length.

If starting with a dry hardwood log Henry says the fire is started on the top and burns down over the course of the evening. He provided a wet pine log, and so started the fire down inside (gasoline was involved) and hoped it would work its way out.

The heat coming out the top was intense.  Marshmallows burned almost instantly.  Popcorn in a cast iron skillet popped and then burned within two minutes.

This is what the log looked like near the end.  Fun, fun, fun!

Henry says pre-cut logs are widely sold in parts of Europe during the summer.  Wouldn’t one be fun to have in the snow in winter?

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2 Responses to “Burning Log”

  1. Valerie (Kyriosity) 12 August 2010 at 8:25 AM #

    Deborah, how big would you say the log was? I sent the link to a friend and he wants to try it!

  2. jpm14 12 August 2010 at 12:50 PM #

    This log was about four feet long and about 15 inches in diameter. Hardwood is recommended, although with a dousing of gasoline the fresh pine, though smoky, was fine.

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