The Canadian candle (also commonly known as a “Swedish torch”) is one of the most simple and efficient ways to create a contained campfire.
Rather than starting a fire using a traditional log cabin or teepee shape, a single log of wood is split into four pieces. Those pieces are then loosely bundled together using wire, then the area in between is filled with tinder and small wood.
The result is a reliable, easy-to-start, contained campfire that burns remarkably like a candle. It’s also excellent for cooking on, and less of a fire hazard than traditional fires, as the logs holding the fire together create a natural container.