Light in the Darkness

With dark nights and snowy scenes, we've been having a lovely time trying out Swedish Torches (or fire logs)!  According to the interweb The Swedish Torch gets its name from the Thirty Years War (1618-48) during which the torches were used by Swedish soldiers.  Through a specially developed sawing process, the soldiers were able to use fresh pinewood, sawing into the logs to give them a much needed source of heat meaning they didn't need to travel great distances to get firewood at camp.  The torch (or log) burns vertically and is great fun to watch and, depending on the type of wood used, will burn at different speeds.  Lovely Tree-meister Paul Jackson is experimenting with different designs for us and, to be honest, the jury is still out as to whether they'll work well for the yurt-site (our first experiment was on a very windy evening and we had red-hot embers flying everywhere, which isn't ideal for use near canvas or small children!).  We're trying out a few more designs over the next few weeks and will keep you posted.  Meanwhile if you have thoughts or ideas, do feel free to share them with us (via email or FaceBook) as we'd love to have your input.