……and the masses show their stupidity.
I’d like to interrupt this rant by first saying Happy Easter!
I really don’t want to make fun of or degrade the American public in any way.
But I’m going to.
I went to the grocery store today. We’ve had two one-foot-plus snowstorms in the last three days and we were a little low on Easter supplies. As I was trudging into the store, I saw these and I laughed.
Let me explain. In the bushcraft world, this is called a Swedish log candle. It’s a wonderful idea. Take a dry piece of wood, cut into it with a saw (chainsaw, handsaw, etc.), stuff some bits of tinder into the cracks, light it up and viola, instant camp stove. Burning a log in this fashion allows you to rest a kettle or pan on top of the log. In addition, in my experience, the log burns longer when it is vertical and scored than it would if it was tossed into the fire.
I will admit there’s a little jealousy here. Why didn’t I think of this? Why don’t I have the marketing skills to go to a major grocery chain and market this? Oh well. I’m destined to be broke all of my life, as was my father, grandfather, great grandfather…..the list goes on. The reason I think this is stupid is because they took a darn near unmerchantable piece of wood, cut a few channels in it and then slapped a ridiculously high price tag on it. Talk about value adding.
I did this a few years ago with a nice piece of pine. I documented it on the original Sharpened Axe blog.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel….out.