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Backcountry Boiler

By: on February 28, 2012
$79 - $119
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The Backcountry Boiler is a portable, lightweight chimney kettle--the first of its kind, according to creator, Devin Montgomery--that gives campers, backpackers, and those with very mild cases of pyromania the pleasures of boiled water without the wait time, heft, wasted energy, and carbon footprint of other outdoor purveyors of heat.

Sticks, leaves, paper, and other easily gathered fluffs of kindling help start a tiny fire in the boiler's base, which flames upward through its center, chimney-like core, releasing smoke through a small opening at the top. A canister of water is positioned around the circumference of the core, ensuring maximal surface area exposure to the heat, and allowing up to 16 ounces of fluid to hit a rolling boil within 4 to 8 minutes of striking a match.

Backcountry Boilers have the approximate profile of wide-mouth water bottles, and are only a bit heavier at 9.5 ounces. They eliminate the need for buying, lugging, and destroying our earth with fossils fuels, without putting the kibosh on your French press, Ramen Noodle, and potable water addictions. They are also hardy devices, able to function in most kinds of weather, since their protected combustion chambers dry wet fuel, and use wind to burn hotter.

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