A Fire Bundle Stove effectively bundles a group similarly sized small logs together that stands upright. The bundling process creates enough air in the pile that it can burn effectively and create a hot and stable location to cook on.
The Fire Bundle Stove is like the Log Stove Fire that has an upright feel, efficient use of firewood and good for cooking with pots and skillets on. This method is the easiest of the upright style fires to build if you are at a camp site with minimal resources as you don’t need any special tools and you can use green vine, that are readily accessible or light weight.
Although not a typical cooking fire that comes first to mind, it is definitely a practical one with a lot of potential use.
How to Build a Fire Bundle Stove
1/ Assess the location. Just because this fire is simple and portable doesn’t mean you can light it anywhere. As always consider the surroundings for fire hazards, wind direction and similar.
2/ Build the Bundle. Cut or break dry wood of similar diameters into the same length, about 1 to 1 ½ feet (30 to 45cm). Bundle the fire wood to create a log shape, the center should remain hollow or significant gap to allow the fire to nest in there.
Wrap around the vine, twine or similar to secure the logs in place. Tie off with a knot or wrap around itself. It should be firm enough that the build can be lifted without falling apart.
3/ Lay the fire. Place tinder and small twigs into the center of the bundle. Make sure it is done in a loose fashion so it can still get air to breath.
4/ Light the fire. Light the tinder in the center of the bundle at least 20 minutes before you plan to start cooking on it. Once alight it will start to burn the logs surrounding it.
5/ Maintaining the fire. The Fire Bundle stove tends to burn well without needing to add any additional wood to the center of the bundle. . If having issues burning consider repositioning in relation to the wind to either remove strong wind in a lee, or place in a breeze of increase oxygen.
6/ Extinguishing the fire. This fire can be left to burn out into itself, or splashed with water to extinguish.