Did you know, you can use a single log to provide enough heat to cook a meal on – and you
don’t even need a stove to put the log in? This little project will help you create a way to cook a meal by utilizing a large log and making some simple cuts into it.
When I first came across this type of log stove, I instantly thought of when my family would be cooking over the fire in our stone pit. We’d hang the pot of stew or chili on the metal tripod over the pit and find a hollowed log to stand under it. When you build a fire inside the hollow log, the log then acts as a chimney and shoots flames up high. The heat from the chimney is intense and makes for excellent direct-heat aimed at the metal pot on the tripod chain.
Here’s how you can make your own single-use log stove.
One-Log Stove: Supplies Needed
Fortunately, there aren’t many items needed for this project! You’ll need:
1 Large Log (at least 15” long and no smaller than 10” in diameter)
Creating Your Stove: Step One
The first thing you need to do is find a suitable log. There are actually two ways you can begin this project. (1) Start with a log the exact size you want for your final stove and hope you make correct cuts the first time or (2) Get a log that is longer than you really need it to be to allow yourself a little bit of leeway.
As you can see from the images, I used a cedar log – just because that’s what I had on hand to show how the cuts and fire work, but you don’t actually want to eat food cooked over a cedar fire. There are toxins in the wood, and it’s better for your health to not eat food that has been bathed in the smoke of burning cedar. If you have access to a nice dry oak log, that’s the best for this project.
Keep Reading for Step Two: How to Cut the Log