How to Make a Wedele

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Mar 19, 2017 · 4 min read

Why wedele and not normal chopped wood?

Think of a traditional Swiss oven (a Kachelofen, where the Kachel are tiles and ofen is the oven), that burns wood and spans two rooms. At one end, where you feed the fire, is the kitchen. On the other side of the wall is the bedroom or living room, where the oven takes on the dimensions of a giant sofa of stone and tiles (you can also sit on it).

  1. A wedele is much cheaper than wood chopped from the trunk of a tree. It can also be free, when people go to trees cut by others and gather the leftover branches.

Hans Schenk & Stein Chrigu

Hans Schenk might be in his Eighties but still churns out a thousand wedele a year on his hilltop called Knubel, overlooking the river Emme.

Stein Chrigu with his old wedele-fired oven

How to make a wedele, in 10 easy steps

1. Start with a long branch
2. Cut it short
3. Build it into a closely-fitting pile in a wedele-making contraption
4. Use a metal cord to pull it together
5. Tap it together with what looks like a meat cleaver (his son is a butcher)
6. Tighten the metal cord
7. Tie it with string
8. The finished product
9. Stack it to age and dry
10. Take a break and play with your alpacas

Map: Knubel

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