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.