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Simple Wood Log Stove: The Laplander Stove

There are no shortage of commercial options to deal with the need for a wood log stove or other type of heat/cooking device at a campsite. For example the Campfire in a Can we reviewed. But its not always economical or convenient. That’s why the Laplander Stove is such a handy idea to have in those situations.

The term Laplander refers to people from a region of extreme northern Europe including Norway, Sweden, and Finland and parts of northwest Russia. Most of this “Lapland” region is mostly found in the Arctic Circle. That’s where the “Laplander Stove” comes in. Clearly a version of wood log stove that was developed in that region, or perhaps a term that was used describe the conditions necessary for its use.


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This idea was initially introduced over at the Tomahawks Adventure travel and survival by a outdoors-man named Thomas Moore.

The Laplander stove is what some of us might call a “simple not easy” idea. Simple in that its just a simple wood log stove split into fourths about half the way down the log. Unfortunately it takes some work with a saw or at a minimum an axe to prepare a log for the final Laplander stove. But once completed, the result is an effective and efficient way to offer heat, to cook, or a handy way to have a fire when wood resources are low.


The steps to make your own Wood Log Stove: Laplander Style:

  • Choose a wood log approx. 16-20” tall and 8” wide.
  • Cut the top into fourths going about 8” deep.
  • Fill the slits loosely with dry bark, twigs, or other easy burn filler.
  • Light the filler.
  • After successfully lighting you should have 3+ hours of burning wood stove time.


Mr. Moore offers a very good tip if you don’t have a saw to make the slits in the log. Simply split the logs into fourths and stick the ends in the ground and light it in the same manner described above.

To see more photos and information regarding the wood log stove called the Laplander view the source link below.


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