Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Goin' Fer Bear, Dung That Is...

As the summer paddling season approaches, many of us are planning our upcoming adventures and I'm not just thinking about location! I'm thinking food as well. If you're sticking to places you can drive to then this item might not interest you. However, if you are contemplating flying, then finding a stove the airlines will let you carry with you isn't easy. Here is a possible option:

"The Vital Stove is a unique survival stove especially designed for extreme situations. It is so light and compact that you can carry it with you and be prepared wherever you go. It is safer than other stoves because it doesn't rely on toxic fuel, either liquid or gas.

"The Vital Stove is environmentally friendly and gives you complete freedom of action since it can use any dry biological material as a source of fuel: Pieces of wood, ecologic log, paper, cardboard, twigs, straw, natural fibers, animal dung, charcoal and combustible waste
"

You have to love them mentioning that old trusty fuel: "animal dung". It's a bit like eating the bear before he eats you kind of idea!

I don't own one of these stoves, but have a similar one which lives in its own 1 liter pot. I can attest for the heat output, although they are thirsty for wood. I find having a nice little chip and twig stockpile to be handy. In fact, on a windy, shore day, it's a worthwhile activity making up a bag of wood chips to take along when it's either wet or you can't find any twigs or dung...

I also have a crank-up 12 volt charger which can be used to power this stove when the batteries run down. Finally, the Vital Stove people donate a small portion of the stove's purchase price to Earth-friendly causes, another nice feature I like.

5 comments:

Kristen said...

One of the chaps helping a team in this year's EC had a Sierra stove from ZZ Manufacturing. I was very impressed - battery-operated fan under a small well you could burn anything in:
http://www.zzstove.com/sierra.html. They've also a lighter titanium version.

Michael said...

Kristen - that's the stove I've got! Much the same principle as this stove. Use it anywhere.

Dawn (aka SandyBottom) said...

So tell us your plans for this year's adventures.

Silbs said...

Wait a minute. Folks charcoal broil steak because the charcoal imparts a unique taste to the meat. Just what flavor are we going for when we use bear dung? :)

kayakbrooklyn said...

I think many of us are gearing up for our trips this summer. I'm posting some gear stuff myself. I do use mostlty a littlbug wood stove, but back it up with a zen type alcohol stove for those rare occasions where burning wood(or dung) is not an option:
http://kayakbrooklyn.blogspot.com/