DIY

Swedish Fire Torch

The Swedish Fire Torch, also known as a Canadian Candle, is a great way to set up a fire as it uses only one log, has a flat cooking surface and is self feeding, meaning it can burn for several hours without any attention. It is easy to build, takes up a small amount of space and is also a good fire to make in snow, as the main part of the construction is kept off the wet ground.

The torch is made by taking a reasonably sized log, which has a flat top and bottom, and splitting it into four quarters.  This will act as the main fuel for the fire. Place your kindling at alternating angles, in a criss-cross fashion, between the gaps. The tinder, which is what will catch a flame and initiate the fire, should be placed at the top of the torch (cut log) and may also be placed intermittently between the kindling. The heat, ashes and flames of the tinder will, once lit, drop down onto the lower layers, causing them to also ignite. This, in turn, will act to set fire to the four quarters of the split log. The tinder can be lit using a spark from a striker, or a flame if using a lighter or match. Once the fire has been started, air is able to freely circulate within, due to the gaps between the split log, providing oxygen to the flames. Once established, the fire can burn freely without any further attention.

The Secret To Colder Beer, Faster

Secret to colder beer | Ice, Water, Beer, Salt and some sort of container (a canoe works) - shot by Sarah Culver Photography

Secret to colder beer | Ice, Water, Beer, Salt and some sort of container (a canoe works) - shot by Sarah Culver Photography

Though summer's almost over, the desire for cold beer never ends. Cooling your beer fast is not a myth (hallelujah) but an attainable reality. 

Photograph by Taylor Lord 

Photograph by Taylor Lord 

So, if you don't have a cold river or snow near by (that's the old-fashioned, foolproof way) get a bowl and fill it with 1 litre of water, 3 cups ice and 3-4 tbsp salt. Place one can (or bottle) into the bowl and stir it slowly around for 2 or more minutes to drop the temperature quickly. The secret behind this? By putting salt into the ice water, the water temperature drop lower then it would normally - The salt allows water to exist as a liquid at a temperature lower than 0°C. Stirring slowly allows the content of your can to move and rotate, exposing more beer to the cold edge of the container. 

Photographed by Blue Window Creative via the WeddingChicks

Photographed by Blue Window Creative via the WeddingChicks

You can also use this method in your cooler for the same reason; The ice will cool the water down and the salt will allow the water temperature to drop below 0°C.  The beer will then be fully submersed in sub-zero water maximizing the surface area in contact, getting beer colder faster and keeping the cold for longer. 

How To Master Campfire Cooking

As summer winds down and our thoughts turn to fall, we can't seem to let go of the idea of cooking over an open flame. Even when our grille is safely packed away in the coming months, we'll still trudge outside with a thermos full of hot coffee and settle in for a night of fireside cooking. The only problem is that without a proper campfire cooking set up, you're pretty limited in your culinary options beyond marshmallows and hotdogs on sticks. Lately, we've been dreaming of cooking cowboy style: baking bread in a Dutch oven or simmering a pot of hearty stew over an open flame. Cue this DIY Campfire Cooking Station. We love this DIY because it's totally customizable for whatever you're cooking--as long as it has handles, you can hang it from the s-hooks. Dinner just got more fun!

Things You'll Need

-Three Pieces of 4' Rebar 

-11' of Thin Chain

-Small U-Bolt Clamp

-Two S-Hooks

-Pot w/Two Side Handles 

Directions

Position the tops of the poles so that they are splayed out with the tops touching as if forming a tripod. Position over an unlit fire. 

Unscrew the u-bar clamp and place the clamp over the top of the three pieces of rebar. Secure them in place by tightening the screw.

Take one end of the chain and loop the first link with the s-hook.

Loop the other end of the s-hook through the handle of the pot so that the s-hook is linking the chain and the pot. To do this, chain must be held very taught. 

Repeat on the other side so that both handles of the pot are connected to an s-hook.Gather up the slack in the middle and position the pot in the middle of the poles

Wrap the excess chain around the top of the pole "tripod."

Light fire and enjoy!

Via Poppytalk by Emily + Erick of Hello Home Shoppe

DIY Minimalist Clay Terrariums

Whites, straight lines and simple designs. These little, yet bold, clay terrariums add a touch of green to your home with a hint of Scandinavian design. The natural colour of the clay and almost childish lines work wonders without trying too hard (literally). An easy DIY for upcoming rainy fall Sundays. 

You will need:
- Knife
- Oven-bake clay
- Rolling pin
- Non-stick baking paper
- Ruler (optional)
- House template printed and cut out (optional). Click here to download the templates I used.
- Smoothing tool (or something with a long handle that can smooth the clay out)

Step 1.

Roll out your oven-bake clay on a piece of baking paper until it’s approximately approx. 1/8″ thick or a bit more.

Step 2.

If you are going to use a template, download it here, print it out onto cardboard and cut around it. Lay the pieces onto the clay and use the knife to carefully cut around the shapes.

Step3.

Once you have all the pieces cut out, take the base piece and press the two side pieces onto the ends. We want to make the pot watertight, so take a small piece of extra clay and roll it into a fairly thin snake shape. Place the ‘snake’ on the inside join (where the side meets the base). Using the smoothing tool, squash part of the ‘snake’ into the base of the pot and smooth it out. Then do the same to the top of the ‘snake’. I’ve tried to demonstrate in the photos above. Do the same to both sides.

Step 4.
Once both inside joins are sealed, carefully turn the pot over and smooth over the joins on the bottom of the pot.

Step 5.
Add each side of the house to the base structure (one at a time), and using the same ‘snake’ technique, seal all the joins. Keep in mind, it will depend on how thick your pieces are as to whether you will have some overhang (ie. the base structure is slightly narrower than the house pieces). I designed mine to be this way, however you can make adjustments as you go until it looks how you like it. Don’t forget to smooth out all the outside joins. As you’re smoothing out the joints, be sure to put one hand on the other side to where you’re working as support, so the clay isn’t warped/damaged from pushing on it.

Step 6.
Once you’re sure that all the joins and cracks have been sealed, bake your pot using the instructions on the packet. Keep an eye on it in the oven to make sure that it’s keeping its shape.

Step 7.
Once the pot is cooled, check that it’s sealed by filling it with water. Then go ahead and plant into your pot!

Shared by Say Yes via Claire of Fellow Fellow.