This will be my final post for a while, until I am settled in Sweden so I thought I would write about a method used to make fire in Lapland from a live Birch tree. My friend Heiko showed me how to do this during a winter visit in 2007.
Firstly you have to fell a Birch
Remove all the side branches from the trunk
The branches are reduced down to three different sizes
The bark is removed from the trunk and then the trunk is logged up and split
Some of the split wood is used to make a base to build the fire on
A layer or small fuel is placed on the base and the Birch bark is placed on top
More small fuel is added and the bark is then ignited using a fire steel
Once the fire is burning, begin adding larger fuel
and soon you will have a warming which at -30 degrees C you really appreciate!!
I have no idea how long it will take to arrange broadband in Lapland but I will be back as soon as I can…..byeeee!