Heating а Tent with a Log Torch


Heating а Tent with a Log Torch

Hello friends in this video I will show
you how to heat up a camping tent with a Finnish-style log stove also known as a
Finnish log torch there are several methods to heating up a camping tent
without a portable metal stove you can set up a long log gap fire outside the
tent just close enough so that the heat would radiate through the tent wall also
you can heat up a large rock and bring it inside the tent you can easily find a
large rock in the root ball of a falling tree even in a snowy forest but this
video will demonstrate how to heat up a camping tent using a stream of warm air
from a metal pipe running through a Finnish log torch I have already tried
this method using traditional campfire but was not happy with the results this
time I’m using a Finnish torch with a curved pipe as a modification to the
prior method I should say upfront that I was pleasantly surprised how well the
tent heating method worked this time first of all we will need a metal pipe
for our experiment I used the curved steel pipe from the
headrest of a vintage metal bed the headrest was rusty so it took me some
time and effort to disassemble it into parts and clean them both outside and
inside okay now we have all we need to conduct the tent heating experiment in
the snowy forest a pipe thermometer and wood I stashed a few dry segments of a
fallen fir tree last summer so we could save time on cutting it now I left the
wood segments wedged and suspended in the original log so they could stay dry now we need to make a Finnish log torch
the log torch unlike the Finnish log candle keeps all the fire inside the
wood segment it burns slower and more economically to maximize
the economy and duration of heating are the two characteristics I want to
achieve in this project there are many ways you can make a log torch but I’ll
use the easiest one it is about 10 degrees Fahrenheit -12 Celsius
outside and all the moisture in the wood freezes so it becomes fairly easy to
chop wet wood as the frozen moisture swells the log from inside however my
log segments are dry because they were kept suspended above the ground so it
isn’t that easy to chop them without a wedge to make a log torch tent heater
you need to chop a segment of wood into three or four large pieces and
remove the cool portion of each piece just enough so that you could loosely
feed the pipe inside the formed channel because I was chopping wood for two log
torches (for two experiments) I got warm real quick my trusted Billinas #9
Finnish axe rose to the challenge I think it is one of the best multi-purpose axes
out there I even used it to build my log cabin at Ladoga Lake traditionally you
would reinforce a Finnish log torch with viza a rope made from fir branch I will
leave a link to my video about how to make such bushcraft rope below this time
however I will use my homemade clamper and steel wire as it is a lot faster
time is valuable in the northern winter forest
because the day is short and I need to assemble two log torches and my tent
before dark the reason I need two log torches is because I need to test two
metal pipe shapes a single-bent pipe and a u-shaped pipe we will try a u-shaped
steel pipe experiment first obviously we would have to insert the U-shaped pipe
into the torch’s triangular opening before clamping the torch assembly once
I added legs to this log torch it became heavier but it is still fairly mobile I
can easily pick it up by its legs and carry it to the tent in order to heat up
a tent, well, we need a tent))) this means it is
time to set up my tried and tested tent model UP5 it is a spacious camping tent
for five people almost a small studio apartment with no pesky neighbors and a
great location however it won’t be easy to heat up such a large space which
makes the experiment even more interesting and trustworthy my double
wall russian-made tent has an umbrella-like frame that allows you to
set it up quickly now it is time to fire up our log torch as I said earlier I
nailed three legs to each log torch for better air flow and stability next I
cleared a small spot from snow so that the log torch wouldn’t fall on the tent
once the snow melts under it I didn’t have a shovel so I just stomped and
pushed the snow aside with my legs I was glad I had my custom tailored gaiters on
they prevented snow from getting into my shoes and getting my feet wet I will
leave a link to the gaiter template below in case you’re interested as you can see
I nailed the legs with their longer portions at the bottom and
checked the torch assembly with my weight however I decided to install the torch
upside down to use its longer leg as a pipe support this way the metal pipe
will be suspended in the air and it will not press on snow under the torch or the
torch’s inner burning part I made a V-cut on the tip of a former leg and now the
heating pipe is well secured you can also use two nails to secure it if you
don’t have a sword to make a V-cut the easiest way to start our log torch is
to plug the central hole at the bottom with a piece of bark then stuff it with
dry branches and wood chips it only takes one match to start the fire then I
didn’t do a great job chopping and reassembling the log segment into a
torch with no radial gaps this means the fire will eat up the
torch faster through those gaps which is why I put some snow in them to prolong
the torch’s life once the log torch reaches its cruising temperature you
won’t see any flames outside the torch’s walls inside will slowly burn which in
turn will heat the fresh air inside the pipe that is flowing up to the tent note
the fresh air gets into the pipe below the level of the log torch preventing
any carbon monoxide from mixing into it it is freezing outside and the long
aluminum pipe cools off quickly if the first pipe segment is too hot to touch
the second segment that is closer to the tent is noticeably cooler to improve the
torch’s efficiency I decided to move it closer to the tent and this is where I
made a mistake I didn’t push the legs all the way to the ground and I faced
the consequences later my tent has two entrances so I could use
one door to run the heating pipe through and use the other one for all other
needs note I’m not forcing the airflow in any way yet the airflow is
significant I’m using a small feather to demonstrate it admittedly my tent is
large and it will take at least an hour to heat the top through such a small
diameter pipe without supercharging this is why it’s still freezing inside the
tent but I make it to wait to see if this tent heating method works so I
decided to take a short nap in my cozy sleeping bag I was napping for at least
an hour and a half before I got out of the sleeping bag to measure the air
temperature the air got really warm inside the tent even though I forgot to
close a small chimney hatch which means it would have been even warmer inside
once I put my shoes on and looked outside I saw that the log torch fell on
its side because I forgot to push its legs all the way to the ground the log
torch melted snow and evenly which caused it to topple I’m glad I didn’t
put the torch too close to the tent as it would have burned a hole in the wall even though the toppled log torch could
have still worked longer I couldn’t wait to test a single-bend-pipe design of
this method so I prepared and fired up my second torch to save time I used the
same legs with nails but this time I used my clamper to reinforce the log torch
over the legs as well which pulled the log pieces together even tighter
resulting in smaller gaps between them thus resulted in longer burning time
also thanks to the additional metal wire clamps the torch ended up being extra
strong I got a little carried away jumping on it to demonstrate its
durability ))) I think I might adopt this simple idea of just clamping parts
together with steel wire to make primitive log furniture for my cabin I
hammered two nailes at the bottom opening to prevent small branches from falling
through it it was easier and faster to start the fire without a U-shaped pipe
sticking from the opening another advantage is you can easily move a
burning torch from one place to another something you couldn’t really do with a
burning campfire this is why I decided I like the single-bent pipe method better
because the U-shaped pipe cannot be removed from the burning torch if needed
it is 10 degrees Fahrenheit -11 Celsius now the efficiency of such a log
heater depends greatly on the temperature gradient in other words the
greater the temperature difference inside and outside the tent the better
the air flow will be I reached 57 degrees +14 Celsius inside and that
is considering I didn’t call the second door fully so there is a 47 degrees
Fahrenheit 25 degrees Celsius temperature gradient to be honest I
didn’t expect such an impressive result I would dare to suggest you can reach
tropical temperature values in a small tent the temperature of the air coming
out from the pipe is definitely higher than 140 degrees Fahrenheit
degree +60 Celsius unfortunately my thermometer scale maxes out at 140 Fahrenheit +60 degrees Celsius here are a few words
about the methods safety firstly there is no fire inside the tent secondly
there is a constant fresh air flow coming into the tent you are totally
protected against carbon monoxide poisoning because the pipe gets the
fresh cold air below the level of the burning log torch also a log stove can
be used for cooking food even while it’s heating up your tent I personally like
the single-bent pipe modification of the method better you can put the pipe in or
take it out at any time which makes it easier to start the fire to cook certain
dishes or to carry a burning log torch to another location
however the U-shaped pipe scheme gets the fresh air from the side and if a
small burning ember falls through the torch you won’t smell any smoke inside
the tent from my experience even if that happens you can barely smell any smoke
inside the tent so my conclusion is this it was an interesting experience and
successful experiment it is labor consuming but safe and effective
besides carrying three short metal pipes is a lot easier than carrying a portable
metal stove while traveling in the snowy wilderness
I think this method can be further improved if you have any thoughts how
you can make it even more efficient please write it below I would love to
hear your suggestions lastly if you extinguish a locked torch a little
before it is fully burned you can get yourself an unusual piece of primitive
furniture I haven’t quite figured out how I could use it let me know if you have
any idea what can be done with it the log torch idea has a lot of other
practical applications for example I recently published a video about an
original bushcraft dish that I called a vertical shish kebab
it is a skewered spiral potato with a hot dog inside
I have grilled the dish on the campfire many times and always found it delicious
however the vertical cooking method has its advantages firstly you don’t have to
rotate the skewer yet the dish cooks quicker and more evenly secondly
skewered dishes cooked in the vertical stove taste better than kebabs cooked
on traditional grills regular kebabs drip fat on the coals causing it to
taste and smells slightly burned while kebab dishes cooked in vertical stoves
do not drip fat on fire but rather self -basting which enhances their own taste
when I cooked my skewered spiraled potato dish the seasoning fat ran down
the potato as it cooked basting it with meaty taste I don’t think I can go back
to traditional horizontal grilling a more detailed instruction on how to make
a vertical stove and prepare food in it can be seen on my video: Swedish Torch/
Stove Vertical Cooking / My Bushcraft Recipes the link is below if you liked
this video perhaps you could share it with your friends let good people watch
good videos this is Max Egorov, st. Petersburg, Russia and a final note I
only produce one or two videos max a month and if you don’t want to miss new
content like this you can click on the bell reminder for notifications I hope
to see you back on Adovoko MAKES

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100 thoughts on “Heating а Tent with a Log Torch”

  1. chargrill8019229 says:

    burnt swedish log stove with legs = toilet

  2. Thomas Pigg says:

    I've seen your videos before and got interrupted just about the time I was going to subscribe. Well I found them again and that's the first thing I did.
    I like watching your videos. You don't try to over talk yourself (as allot of people do) during your videos. I really love the log cabin your constructing and hope to see more videos on it. Your other videos that feature side projects and ideas are great also.
    I hope you many years of long life and safe building. Please keep the videos coming when you can. Be careful out there in the woods.

  3. Retro 6 says:

    Hey MacGyver, hold my beer.

  4. Retro 6 says:

    How about spiking the legs to hammer into the ground?

  5. mlugin says:

    2 mins watched until i subscribed, but after 5 seconds i knew i will. Greetings from Switzerland

  6. Phil Osofree says:

    Used log stove kooks like a pretty good seat for a crapper. with a little modification for comfort…Ah, I see I am not the only one who saw that

  7. mlugin says:

    Maybe use some insulation around the pipe? Its lightweight and maybe makes the transition trough the tent maybe safer? Just a thought

  8. Nunovya Biznez says:

    So… Since II
    Im looking at this as survival mode: And assuming nothing preparted ahead of time… Any reason why this cannot be done with smaller thick trees? Use the whole circumference of the trees and create a circle of them? That part seems doable in an emergency moment but not sure about the piping. Great experiment! Makes me want to try out some variants!

  9. Nunovya Biznez says:

    People are asking how to tell the difference between stainless and galvanized steel: Zinc can be applied in the form of dust (zinc-rich paint), hot-spray (metalizing), or powder (mechanical peening). So unless you know for certain, these ways make it impossible to identify without serious testing methods. And since the practice of galvanizing has been going on since the 1830's. It's best just to make sure you are getting it right and not guess.

  10. Martin Bailey says:

    You are one very resourceful and clever man. Thanks for the informative videos and very well done. You should be very proud of your achievements.

  11. Pooop Me says:

    Found this random. Thx for great content. Subbed!

  12. Helidude350 says:

    Perhaps add a removable bend on the bottom to draw air from the side like the U shaped pipe

  13. xJuiCYxxJaYx says:

    Your cooking looks burnt. But cool idea

  14. Micheal Bee says:

    Furniture idea: Composting toilet. 😉

  15. jason minner says:

    To improve the process u could just double it. It looks like 2 pipes would fit in one log & wouldn’t that bring double the heat from the same log ?

  16. Magnus Wirtz says:

    You could try to isolate the pipes so you don't lose heat outside the tent

  17. BaddaBigBoom says:

    Subbed. This is great stuff.

  18. Matt Cero says:

    Awesome! Nice job bud. I love this stuff.

  19. G Scruton says:

    Brilliant! I can't wait to try this. Thank you for making this excellent video 🙂

  20. Armando Rodriguez says:

    AWSOME video….you can sholac the wood, put a glass top and wala a nice corner or end table

  21. 1967davethewave says:

    I love your videos. Thank you for the great and useful information!!

  22. sasdthoh says:

    Thanks for the great video content. As for your first log Candle where the wood chips and kindling fell through the bottom, I simply found some small flattened stones and wedged them into the center opening at the bottom. I used a hatchet and piece of hardwood branch to drive the stones to the bottom. If you insert the pipe to the bottom of the opening, then wedge them around the pipe.. This will serve to keep solid wood chips and kindling from falling through before being completely burned. They also have an added benefit of being super heated thus providing heat after the flames have extinguished. I prefer using stones only instead of a pipe. Just super heat them and when the flame has extinguished, they provide safe radiant heat inside the tent enclosure. Paul ( sasdthoh )

  23. Cindy Renderman says:

    Your burned torch would make an amazing end table. I'd put 3 rubber sticky pieces on the tops of your 3 legs and set a glass round on top. It would be perfect for that.

  24. CT RELIC DIGGER says:

    Very hot! 🔥

  25. RenwickTheReturn says:

    Talk about seamlessly advertising sponsers…

  26. Daniel ostle says:

    Shit hot / love it from Perth west australia

  27. Howling Wind says:

    You could cut off the top parts of the log heater, dig a deep hole and place the discarded log fire over the hole and you could use it as an outdoor toilet? Cheers!

  28. Muskett says:

    Thank you for sharing.
    Would multiple pipes get multiple flows? Think there is some experimentation on what bore size might work best.
    What good fun.
    Advanced would be making moonshine with a similar system!

  29. charles worton says:

    I wonder if moss, tied to the heat pipe, would insulate it enough to make a difference in the heat output? The moss might burn, but perhaps another insulating material might work. And of course, you could always set up a second – or several – more pipes for more heated air input. This was a very nice video. >Charlie

  30. Solid Snake says:

    Use the extinguished log torch as a toilet seat

  31. Oscuros says:

    I knew it was my favourite Russian advocate from the moment I saw the precise axe strokes.

    Anyone can be an intellectual in an office, but not anyone can do that and be a consummate fabricator at the same time.

  32. Артур Джафаров says:

    Putin Jr.

  33. lucafe oteva says:

    your making me hungry

  34. Sonny Kane says:

    Awesome video my friend good job

  35. ulf lyng says:

    Wonder if you risk carbonmonooxide to "drop" out of the bottom, getting sucked up into the pipe??
    And how to get a log that big without a power tool and a larger axe. Thus making the weight carried higher than a stove.
    Thx for the idea. And the fine video
    Thumbs up

  36. jd dj says:

    Are you planning a fireplace where you won't have to keep making a log torch? How did you get the land? I really have enjoyed all your videos and the fact you share your mistakes as well as what you have succeeded in creating. I am 66 now, a woman who lived alone in US wilderness for two years, who would have enjoyed meeting you years ago and exchanging ideas. I was very joyful in the wilderness. Your character and mind set changes for the better. I hope you are able to enjoy your log home for many years. Don't bring to much of civilization into it.

  37. late night wizard ! says:

    Why is this video making me hungry! Lol

  38. Suzanne Thomasson says:

    Hey buddy, very nice video. I live in the south east of the US so northern camping methods are not naturally inherent to me so I was happy to discover this technique. Thanks!

  39. Heru- deshet says:

    Close the vent and you can hang out in your tent in your underwear.

  40. Tempest Seven says:

    @advoko MAKES I really love how you experimented with the general idea of the log torch as a tent heater up to the point of different designs and also small tricks. On top of that I like how you explain why you do certain things even when they go wrong. Good video and explanation.

  41. Danibolical 1 says:

    you could use the left over log torch as a crapper

  42. kim warburton says:

    could you use this as a pottery kiln?, or copper metalwork in a survival situation? or heating flint to make it work easier?

  43. ACIM222 says:

    jamie from big island sweet videos not much snow here but we have plenty of trees so i need a new axe and saw yours then liked how it looked in action so again what can is it couldnt hear mahalo

  44. Mark Mellett says:

    хороший рабочий друг you should have a TV show to demonstrate your techniques.

  45. Jim Paladino says:

    How about gluing the log back together then slicing it into 1 inch rings for some interesting kind of wall art?

  46. Terry Stephens says:

    Another very entertaining episode 😃👌👏👏👏

  47. N3VADAN says:

    Can u beat cheeks with this running?

  48. smalls717 says:

    well done.. that's an awesome, but nice and simple solution.. good vid

  49. Kevin Cox says:

    Galvanised steel gives of Cyanide fumes when heated, ask any knowledgable welder !

  50. Chris Feltham says:


  51. Grassypeak says:

    Primitive chamber pot? 😉

  52. Andrea Moore says:

    what about a wider diameter but lighter weight collapsible chimney piping? maybe make it so it go from smaller to larger…and could use the torch as an endtable with wood or glass on top or a stool…put cushion on it? depending on how much is burned out- close top and bottom and make storage ottoman…

  53. Roch Boulanger says:

    Any mention of the type of wood/species of tree?

  54. Vilandiris says:

    You sound like a Russian Christopher Walken. Subscribed.

  55. Hajimmysaito says:

    What if you put a two pipe split at the bottom and put slightly longer pipes out and away from the torch? You might increase airflow, and decrease risk of CO poisoning since CO is lighter than air and diffuses quickly from the source.

  56. Jaimie currie says:

    Your English and narrative is perfect and made get massive stiffy. Well done.

  57. TheReindeer TheRabbitTheBat says:

    I've had this idea for years! First person I've ever seen try it besides myself. Good deal man 👍 Cool

  58. Margaret Wade says:

    Your used tent heater can be used as a toilet seat after it has burned up the inside! If you bring it inside the tent, put a bowl underneath, you can have a heated bathroom experience! OR put a top on it and use it as a stool or table.

  59. Rayviator Channel says:

    Wrap the pipe.

  60. CanuckTrucker Bear says:

    Just totally subbed to this!

  61. Sojourner DeLaterra says:

    Wish I was there with you for the experience.

  62. Fifth Business says:

    I guarantee someone will die from Carbon monoxide poisoning from this. It was very cool, and I subscribed, but also, very risky. Many people don’t understand carbon monoxide. There’s also zinc poisoning in people use galvanized pipe, which is a very common material in North America.

    Disclaimer warnings are recommended in a Western jurisdiction. Not sure how a lawsuit would fly in Russia…

  63. BLINDGHOST says:

    Уши вянут от твоего смирнофф фэмили инглиша🤢🤮Useless knowledge,who carry's wires,pipes etc into the woods.

  64. D'vorahJae Corvinus-VHB says:

    One possible suggestion!
    Lining the insides with aluminum foil to then use as a coal stove! 😎

  65. Edmund Yang says:

    this guy cooks better in wilderness than me with a fully equipped kitchen

  66. Vic Diesel says:

    I’m subscribing!!! You are a frickin genius my friend!!! Thank you for sharing!!! My best regards!

    Your Tongan friend from the States.

  67. MrVivdog says:

    What a Legend. Thank you for making these videos. Lov it. I'm gonna do it.

  68. Linda Celis says:

    Hello, I appreciate your great video. We do another tarp over our tent sometimes even two and it keeps the heat in beautifully. Michele

  69. MinimalGlitch says:

    Vertical cooking, boom!

  70. Łukasz Kwaśny says:

    lol kurwa

  71. Brian Port says:

    Make it from copper better conductor of heat

  72. kevin coleman says:

    you could just buy a heater.

  73. Bob Smith says:

    Interesting, but does the metal pipe ever melt the tent?

  74. FortunaZKat says:

    Very interesting and well done. Don't live in an extreme climate area like Russia, but cooking with it is something I would like to try. Just have to subscribe to get more 😉

  75. Scott Riley says:

    Seems like a whole lot more damn work than a simple campfire.

  76. lionitist says:

    what axe is that? where can I buy one? anyone ?

  77. Gerard de Wit says:

    Nice vid! If you dig (before the ground is frozen) in your logs, the pipe will enter your tent from ground level and the warmth is even more effective.

  78. Francisco Mattei says:

    Cool method. Like how you auto-correct.

  79. MrRmh3481 says:

    Good Job Maxi. Pipe heat will make a big difference in real cold.

  80. Jussi Lehto says:

    co…….. häkä ……….

  81. Marcello Cardoso says:

    Cara vc é muito bom. Parabéns

  82. Mog-Gyver O'Neill says:

    What a fabulous video, very informative! Your English is superb, and your voice is excellent for narration, perhaps a job in narrating books is worth looking into!!

  83. Lane Burgess says:

    Your videos are great. Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas. I have subscribed and I will watch continue to watch your channel.

  84. Andrew Christiansen says:

    What if the pipe also sources its air from the tent? acting as a cold air return? then place a 2 inch pipe on top of the finnish torch, and pitch the pipe feeding the heat up by 20-35 degrees. Three pipes 2 elbows shaped like this in fig 1
    Figure 1 (Top view from sky)
    / Log Torch
    | {FireTube} |
    [C] {Fire} / [H]
    [C] / [H]
    [C] _______________/ [H]
    [C] [H]
    [C] [H]

    The tube labeled "[C]" is the cold tube from the tent. Then a 45 degree elbow then a 10 inch pipe followed by another elbow connecting to the hot tube also going to the tent labeled as "[H]". The cold tube should be pitched down towards the floor, and the hot tube pitched up like this in fig 2

    Figure 2 (Side View)
    ____________||||||||||||||| HotTube /
    ___________| /
    _________| /
    [ Fire ]| / Tent
    [ Tube ]|_______ /
    | | |__________ /
    | Torch | |_____||||||||||||||||Cold tube /_____________________________________________
    | |

    Took me 8 minutes of my life to make this I hope someone does it other than myself in my hunting cabin.

  85. Andrew Christiansen says:

    Dude I love your videos and efficiency! There are tons of uses for those burn torches as furniture.
    1) Umbrella stand
    2) a tall one could be a rifle holster
    3) Wine bottle holders
    4) Ottoman w/ storage
    5) Burn the center out as much as you can, and use short lengths as shelves! just carve of flat side!

  86. George Solomos says:

    What a mess

  87. Sincerely Sarcastic says:

    Cut up the fire log you prematurely put out into sections and make one of those really nifty tables out of one. It'd be a nice end table.

  88. thom thumb says:

    furniture suggestion… bind your log tightly after putting out your fire. Fill with resin. cut an L shape in log.

  89. Damian Gillett says:

    Put Glass on the top of the left over camp stove It would make a unique coffee table

  90. Wilhelmiina Corona says:

    We fins call that Jätkänkynttilä 😀

  91. J.L. G.O. says:

    I loved the idea, cheers!

  92. Steve hand says:

    Try two pipes, or more.

  93. Charles Goehring says:

    The time to acquire and make the torch out of a huge log is a bit prohibitive. And, once made it gets consumed by it's use. The ax looks like a nice one.

  94. Jim Nickles says:


  95. adam keys says:

    Cool method, interesting. When extinguished. Something to sit on for your morning business.

  96. Michael Sadler says:

    By watching this and some other videos from your channel, I just realized I'm a totally skill- and useless dumbass… :/ Great channel! Is there anything you are not able to do?

  97. foofoo blenda says:


  98. Tommy James says:

    To make the log heater more efficient I would add a small battery powered fan to the outlet of the pipe. It will move more air into the tent and could be achieved with a battery pack, charging from a solar panel. Great video btw!

  99. Nicholas Cox says:

    You can use the half used log torch at the end, for an outdoor toilet :p

  100. Mike Mead says:

    Heater variation: just a straight pipe over the fire angled up. Fresh air end extends beyond the fire for safety.
    Variation air flow: more severe angle of pipe may help with faster air flow. May require notch in torch.
    Variation air flow: elbow and short down pipe on fresh air end if using flatter angled pipe if it helps with hot air direction.
    Variation fire longevity: limit air flow at bottom of torch like a damper: much shorter legs or no legs; piled snow or dirt with pipe air inlet.

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