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Iwatani stove, via West County Explores Club

My friend Greg from gadmachine, who’s an avid home and camp chef, pulled out this cool little camping stove on a trip last summer. It’s a Iwatani butane-powered, single-burner stove. This particular one (Model ZA-3HP) puts out 12,000 BTUs and costs about $35. They make another version (Model 35FW) that puts out 15,000 BTUs that costs about $80. For comparison a standard, propane Coleman camp stove will produce 10,000 BTUs per burner.

That extra heat is great for searing steaks. You can even use it indoors, so it can do both camp and home kitchen duty. Greg says they’ve been making them forever in Asia and really have the design nailed down. People seem to love them.

They both come with carrying cases and might make great gifts.

Iwatani 12,000 BTU stove on Amazon, and Central Restaurant Products
Iwatani 15,000 BTU stove on Amazon, and Central Restaurant Products
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I found this post on the blog Wandering the Wild, which gives ideas on camping food. This post is geared toward hikers but is also helpful for overlanders interested in no-nonsense provisioning. I like the way they pack everything in space-saving Zip-loc bags as well.

I’ve found dried soups (just add water and heat), canned goods, and single-serving, shelf-stable milk very handy for simple cooking on the trail. Except for cold beers, it’s not that difficult to travel without a cooler.

Food, Wandering the Wild


Our friend Greg, over at gadmachine has an interesting post on cooking “dirty chicken.” No grill grate? No problem. You can just bury the chicken right in the coals.

gadmachine, dirty chicken

Have you seen this stove? It’s called the BioLite camp stove. Use it to heat your water and charge your phone, all from the same fuel (a few dry sticks). Pretty neat.

Thanks for the tip, Richard!

Update 10/28/2013: Here’s a link to a good Cool Tools review of this stove by someone that sounds like they’ve spent some time and assessing its pros and cons. I recommend reading it, if you’re interested in this stove.

Natalie found this great blog post on setting up a camp kitchen. It offers tips, like marinating all of your meats in advance and then freezing them into ice blocks to help keep the cooler cool, and resources for things like coolers, enamel plates and coffee percolators.

Find it on naturemomsblog.