Camp fire prep

there's a dead tree waiting to be felled in this photo
there’s a dead tree waiting to be felled in this photo
We’ve just come back from a camp over the Easter long weekend. Picture this, I’ve setup camp, I’m getting the fire ready to go, I hear some action in the woods, look up, and there’s a bunch of teenagers running through the bush with a blunt tomahawk from Bunnings hacking and slashing everything in their path. Good for a laugh, at least they aren’t sitting in camp playing video games.
I whip out the essential gear for fire prep. The trusty Silky Bigboy folding saw, Hultafors Axe, Snowpeak hatchet and Snowpeak folding fire pit and Snowpeak blow-torch. Don’t go anywhere without them, in fact, they live permanently in the back of the FJ, just incase! (well, everything except the fire pit)
I look over again because the hacking and slashing has stopped. Silence. Next minute, the felling experts are lugging gigantic damp logs through the bush that they’ve scavenged off the forest floor. Clearly they’ve realised the blunt tomahawk isn’t actually doing anything except giving them a work out. Those soaking wet logs sure are going to burn great, said no one ever.
proudly showing off the hultafors forest axe, and look, a convenient chopping block
proudly showing off the hultafors forest axe, and look, a convenient chopping block
I spot a dead looking small tree in the distance, perfect. Out with the silky saw and it’s down within a minute or two. Another cut (in half) with the silky saw and it’s manageable. Quentin and I carry it back to camp and get to work cutting it into sections to suit the fire pit, then, using a make-shift chopping block, we start splitting the trunk with the Hultafors axe, like butter!
burn baby!
burn baby!
The Hultafors axe is available now from Drifta in NSW. It’s a great size and feel, a forest axe, for basic activities and bushcraft. Forged heads are further massaged personally by “Luke the Drifta”. He puts a nice edge on it and finishes the package off with good oiling on the handle and a hand-made custom leather sheath to protect the head when stowed. He’ll even ‘punch’ your name (or anything) in to the leather. It’s not just an axe for splitting, it really is general purpose and it is light enough to carry just about anywhere. Check em out at http://www.drifta.com.au/
Luke demonstrating the prep work that goes in to each axe
Luke demonstrating the prep work that goes in to each axe
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