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Outdoorsman shows how to heat a camping tent using a pipe and Swedish log torch

September 6th, 2021

Max Egorov showed a simple hack on how to heat your camping tent using a Finnish Torch.

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A Finnish torch or Finnish log stove (with other versions called Swedish torch) is made of a thick tree trunk with a hole in the middle to start a fire.

Campers often use this to make a campfire that will last longer and doubles as a cooker, too.

You will need either a curved pipe or a ‘U’ pipe, or a thick log for this method.

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You can recycle any metal pipe that you have at home. Here, Max used a headrest from a vintage metal bed. He cleaned it first before using it for his Finnish torch.

Then, you need a thick log. Max found a segment of a fallen fruit tree and used it.

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Chop the log into three to four segments, then cut the core of each piece. This creates a gap in your log where you can start your fire later.

Once you’re done, you must fasten these segments together.

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It’s like putting the log back together, but now, it has a hole in the middle. You can use any rope, especially those made from fern branches.

You can also use a steel wire and clamper if you have those since it’s much easier and more secure.

Look for thinner log stakes to use as legs for your torch.

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Hammer them into your torch and make sure that the legs have the same height. The legs should create enough heigh gap from your torch to the ground.

Place the pipe in the hole of your torch.

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If you’re using a ‘U’ pipe, the end at the bottom should be facing outward. This will allow the pipe to get enough fresh air.

If you’re using the curved pipe, you must ensure that the opening at the bottom is slightly suspended (not touching the ground) so fresh air can still flow through.

Clear a spot in the snow where you want to place your torch.

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Ideally, it should be near the opening of your tent at a safe distance. You can base it on the length of your pipe connecting from the torch to your tent.

Gather some dried leaves, twigs, and wood shavings.

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Insert them in your torch’s hole and start a fire. You’ll see how easy the fire settles inside, and since this is a thick log, the insides are kept dry and away from the moisture of the snow outside.

It keeps the fire burning for a long time since it will take a while to burn the entire log.

Insert the other end of the pipe into your tent.

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Max’s tent has two entrances. This allows him to allocate one of them for the heating system.

You’ll also see that he inserted the pipe for more than a foot length to preserve more of the heat rather than let it cool in the snowy weather outside

It might take a while for the entire tent to heat up.

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You can see how Max’s tent is quite big. For this, it took an hour before it started heating up inside the tent.

The temperature outside was at 10 degrees Fahrenheit while it is 47 degrees inside. It’s good to note, though, that aside from having a huge tent, Max also didn’t entirely close his tent door.

This Finnish torch heating is something worth trying on your next snow camping trip.

Get Max’s full tutorial in the video below!

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Source: Advoko MAKES YouTube Channel, American Outdoor Guide

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