Forget what you know about building fires: the Swiss method is here to stir up the fire making traditions. This method is a result of Swiss research on how to build a more environmentally friendly fire. It is energy efficient and leads to a cleaner burn with less smoke and better combustion. The Swiss method is not only recommended by researchers, also survivalists, fire departments and environment organizations highly recommend it. Find out how to build a Swiss fire following the steps below.
Self-feeding fire, upside-down fire, Swiss method, top-down lighting method or the new way of stoking: there are many names to this method. As this diversity of names shows: it is a fire that is build in the opposite way than traditional fires and it is self-feeding, causing it to burn for a long time without the kindler having to add new logs constantly.
Step-by-step guide: Swiss method
Step 1. Split firewood if necessary. For this method you’ll need several sizes of firewood: medium sized or larger logs, smaller logs that will ignite fast, kindling of 3 x 3 cm and smaller dry sticks and kindling. Or use the K-LUMET firestarter.
Step 2. Build your fire by arranging the biggest logs first. Lay them on the bottom of the fireplace, parallel to each other and form a square. Leave plenty of room for oxygen to reach the wood and for the firelighters that you’ll place in the middle later. Don’t spread the wood too much: it has to be a sturdy construction, so the fire can keep going.