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Stoves Burn Up, Canoe Folds Up at Demo Day

For products that burn or float, Outdoor Retailer's Open Air Demo is primetime to get into the sun and show off.

With stoves that distill moonshine (to be fair, the primary purpose is to desalinate salt water) or charge your iPhone, plus a 16.5-foot canoe that packs into a compact bundle, this year's Demo Day didn't disappoint.

BioLite CampStove

The BioLite CampStove features a perforated steel combustion chamber, tripod legs, and a battery pack powered by a thermoelectric generator.

Fill it with burning organic material (twigs, leaves, bark) and within minutes, the thermoelectric generator charges a battery that drives a fan, further stoking the fire and generating even more power.

It's so efficient that there's power left over: simply plug your favorite electronics into the built-in USB socket and you can charge your phone, GPSR, or headlamp while you cook!

CampStove Specs

  • Weight: 2 lb
  • Charge: Charges most phones to 60 minutes of talk time with a 20-minute boil
  • Speeds: Low/High
  • MSRP: $129
  • Available: Now

Kelly Kettle

The Kelly Kettle is a water-boiling machine. The base is a simple chamber with openings to add fuel (wood chips, briquettes, or twigs) and provide airflow. Inside, a large hollow chimney funnels up the heat from the burning organic material, passing over the internal walls of the kettle. The water in the kettle is "stuck" in a thin layer between a steel or aluminum jacket.

Because the Kelly Kettle is so efficient in transferring heat, it can boil a liter of water in five minutes or less. That's a respectable time for a compressed gas stove, and fairly amazing considering that this is powered by found organic matter like twigs! Kelly's experimental steam distillation accessory permits you to distill salt water into fresh, and to purify suspect water. All kettle models are available now.

Base Camp Specs

  • Weight: 2.6 lb (stainless steel), 
    2.15 lb (aluminum)
  • Capacity: 1.5 L
  • Height: 13 in
  • Diameter: 7.3 in

Scout Specs

  • Weight: 1.66 lb (aluminum)
  • Capacity: 1.3 L
  • Height: 11 in
  • Diameter: 7.3 in

Trekker Specs

  • Weight: 1.7 lb (stainless steel), 
    1.3 lb (aluminum)
  • Capacity: 0.5 L
  • Height: 10.6 in
  • Diameter: 5.5 in

Bergans Foldable Canoe

Have a yen for the river, but a one-bedroom apartment and a subcompact car? Bergans' innovative foldable canoe might be your ticket to floating freedom.

A watertight PVC skin keeps you dry, and an ingenious aluminum frame gives the boat structure and rigidity. Disassembled, it fits in a large-ish backpack (sold separately) and the whole endeavor requires a rubber mallet and about 30 to 45 minutes to assemble and disassemble.

Ally 16.5' Foldable Canoe Specs

  • Weight: 20 kg / 44 lb
  • Length: 16' 5" / 500 cm
  • Width: 37.5" / 95 cm
  • Width Gunwale: 36" / 92 cm
  • Width Waterline: 33.5" / 85 cm
  • Depth: 14" / 36 cm
  • Height at Bow: 18.5" / 47 cm
  • Available: Now



I really like the Biolite stove.

Love the canoe, but can it handle a rock broadside in a moderate current without bending out of shape is the seller for me.

Great canoes, have had one for 15 years or so. For added safety we usually add a few zip-ties to the frame, but it's probably not necessary. After about 5 years we added an extra layer of reinforcement to the keel as it was a bit worn down from being dragged onto land. Haven't done too much river padling with it, but have hit more than a few rocks the times that I did. No problems with the shape or skin. The downside is that they are quite pricy.

Check out Bergans site for more info and models:

Folding canoes of one sort or another have been around for some time. The Ally is a good boat, though quite a few like the Pak boat that was started by a former Ally distributor. Both are solid boats and depending on the model, quite capable for serious expedition work. They can handle ww well, again depending on the model, a will be slightly drier on drops than a hard shell. They will be slower. Folding boats have become much more popular in recent years for remote trips in the Barrens due to the high cost of flying a rigid boat. The hull material is quite durable but I wouldn't use one on boney rivers or those with a lot of sharp rock like shale.

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