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Saturday, August 15, 2009

foldable pocket cooker

here is another piece of cooking gear that i have. it is called the foldable pocket cooker, and is available from Sportsman's Guide or at amazon. it retails for about 12.95. it comes in a nylon carry case, as shown below.
i really like this little cooker. it uses twigs, pinecones or even a couple of charcoal briquets for fuel. i have even used those sticks of compressed wood that they sell in camping stores as firestarters. there is a door that opens to adjust draft or to feed the fire.
here you see me using it with 4 lumps of charcoal. the can of coconut milk is for size reference. i am cooking some boneless chicken with garlic and peppers in a foil pouch. it came out really good, and didn't take long to cook. not very scientific, cause i didn't time it when these pics were taken. nor did i take pics of the finished meal. i was hungry :-)
this stove is kinda heavy for backpacking, but i love the idea of using natural fuels. it is a great little back-up stove for the van. i find cooking in a pot on top of this a little unnerving, because i am clumsy and always fear knocking my meal hither and yon, but i love it for foil packet cooking.
i have another piece of gear for cooking. that's the next post. please share any experiences you have had with this stove, and i highly recommend you readers subscribe to comments, cause we get some really informative ones!

9 comments:

Brian Many Wheels said...

Very interesting little charmer...I am looking up something else along the same lines...will let you know if it seems valuable...I like this little rig...certainly seems to be worth $13...

Mar and Bernie said...

Never seen it before. Thanks for teaching me something new today! :-) Mar

Anonymous said...

Um.... and of course everyone knows what size of can Thai Coconut Milk comes in! ????? lol

-Your Numees

kate said...

brian- i'm interested in that cobb. will you have it when you get here?

mar and bernie-your welcome. do you need more books?

numees!!!doesn't *everybody* have coconut milk in their cupboard? i got a good laugh over this again when i read it!

kate said...

come to think of it, numees, i bet Bo and Ti both got the whole coconut-reference-size thingey. i mean, there are no coconut trees in port angeles, eh????so ya gota feed them **something**.......

Anonymous said...

I may have to get me one of those. I can just see myself running around the forest with a bucket gathering fir cones to use in it :) plus other sticks... I was thinking :) could one build up on the sides of it with bricks to make it a bit more stable (not so much an idea for you but for me).

lindy the bus dweller

kate said...

lindy, that is a great idea...bricks on each side would stabilize the stove, and if built to the right height, could be additional pot support. there is adequate air flow through the bottom....you could stil feed fuel through the front....i'm gonna try it!!!

Nemo said...

I may just have to get one of those :)

Tara said...

Wow, I need one of those!