OR Demo Day: Scorching Stoves, Thermoelectric Power, and Rapid Inflation Pads
Seth Levy posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:14 am
Tuesday was blistering hot at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market's Demo Day at Utah's Pineview Reservoir. Copious quantities of Sierra Nevada and the coolest in new outdoor equipment were just the thing to temper the heat, though many brands opted to heat things up.
The newest entry to a growing category of thermoelectric power generators (like Biolite and the PowerPot) is the nifty FlameStower. Andrew Byrnes, one of the company's materials scientists, explained that several things make the FlameStower unique.
First, the unit is separate from a cooking device. It has a built-in height adjuster so that it's compatible with different stove systems and even fires.
Second, it incorporates a little silicone dish of cool water. Since the thermoelectric generator is more efficient where there is a higher temperature gradient present, this cool water purportedly makes it a more efficient power generator.