Forget the Pot...The Kelly Kettle is a Smarter Way to Boil Water

At the summer's Outdoor Retailer, I came across a new piece of gear that is actually more than a century old. The Kelly Kettle was invented in Ireland in the 1890s but is just now making it over to the United States. The kettle is an all-in-one solution for boiling water for cooking and purification. Its double-wall design leaves a hollow center that fuels the flames like a chimney stove. Simply start a fire in...
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Cuissential SlickBoil Collapsible Kettle

Ordinarily I don't buy outdoor gear at kitchen supply stores, but the Cuissential SlickBoil looks pretty..well, slick. Like those collapsible cups that some people use for camping and backpacking, only in kettle form, the silicone kettle packs small (2.5 inches thick) and expands into a cooking tool. I'd imagine you'd want to avoid a campfire, but its stainless steel base should be plenty comfortable on a stove. It boils up to 4 cups of water....
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Flameless Backpacking Stove Alternative: HeatStick

Tired of pumping liquid fuel and trying to place that tiny aluminum windscreen just perfectly? The HeatStick may just offer a better alternative to every stove out there. It's a Danish-designed backcountry cooking apparatus that boils water without a flame. At around a pound for the main unit and fuel, it's competitive with stoves in terms of weight. Because the HeatStick boils water inside a sealed bottle without a flame, wind doesn't affect cooking.  You...
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Jompy Makes Hydration Pack Hot Water

We love us some multifunction here at Uncooped. Typically, multifunction in outdoor gear equates to one piece of gear that can perform multiple tasks at different times - a Swiss Army knife, for instance. Occasionally, we find a product that can serve multiple functions at once. That's the jackpot. Jambo's the jackpot. The innovative piece of gear is designed to double the capabilities of your average camping or backpacking stove, letting you cook on top...
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Cook-Air BBQ: 1,100 Degrees of Portable, Smoky Fury

Take a second and wander outside to your deck. Check how high the thermometer on your grill goes. I put my money where my mouth is and my Weber thermometer clocks all the way up to 600 F. I typically cook in the 300 to 500 F range. The Cook-Air BBQ boasts cooking temperatures more than double that. A new product for the US market, the Cook Air combines a battery-powered fan with a wood...
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How To Cook a Turkey Over a Campfire

I know what you're thinking: Why write about cooking a turkey weeks after Thanksgiving--  the only day of the year people eat turkey? Fair question. The answer is simple: As of Thanksgiving afternoon, I really had no idea how to cook a turkey on a campfire. So I experimented on my own, cooked a tasty, smoky bird and thought I'd share the experience. Plus, some people eat turkey on Christmas, so it's not too late....
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Gift Guide 2011: Culinary Conveniences For Campsite Cooks

Camping is typically thought of as synonomous with "roughing it," giving up the conveniences of home life for a scenic, rustic stay. Sleeping in a tent, skimping on hygiene for days on end and leaving yourself open to mosquito bites and sunburn are a few ways that living without a roof and walls is more trying than life at home. One way that I'd say camping is actually more luxurious is in the dinner department....
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Ninja Your Dinner With Some Kung Foon

  GSI makes some of the coolest, quirkiest outdoor cooking accessories that I've seen. Check this out for more of what I'm talking about. Or just keep reading about its new Kung Foon. The Kung Foon combines a cleverly renomered spork (foon) and a pair of chopsticks (there's your kung) for a pretty rad, multipurpose utensil. The chopsticks can be used alone or slid into the spork to make a longer spork. The fork part...
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Primus Goes Titanium With Omnilite Ti

  Primus recently debuted an all-new titanium stove: the Omnilite Ti. Winner of a Gold Scandinavian Outoor Award, the stove is lighter and more efficient than other Primus OmniFuel models. It weighs 8.5 oz. According to the catalog, it also offers "better access to jet nipples." And better access to nipples is always a good thing Hits the market next year for $218 with .35-L fuel bottle, heat reflector and windscreen.
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Another Portable Grill, Campfire Required

The virtual ink had barely virtually dried on my portable grill roundup, when I came across the Pocket Grill on Kickstarter. I have trouble calling this a grill--and I have real trouble with the claims of "world's most compactible grill"--since it's basically just a cooking grate that goes over a campfire. Though "grill" is technically accurate, in the real world, grill typically refers to a cooking device with its own fuel. The Pocket Grill relies...
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Backcountry Boiler: The Jet Boil of Biomass Stoves

  Biomass stoves seem to be a growing market. In the past few years, I've watched the VitalStove, BioLite and VitalGrill  debut in some form. Now I can add the Backcountry Boiler to the list. A little simpler than the others, the Boiler is powered by biomass alone, without an electric-powered fan to fuel the flames. Simply place sticks, leaves, bark or other combustible material into the chamber, light it up and let it do...
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Light My Fire Grandpa's FireFork

    A new outdoor sports shop opened in my town recently and it's stuffed to the ceiling with high-end gear and cheaper discount stuff for camping, hiking and backpacking. So on those days when I'm stuck planning an adventure rather than living one, I often head down there and wander around aimlessly. And I pretty much always find something new and innovative. This past trip it was the Light My Fire Grandpa's FireFork. Light...
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Mountain House Wraps

  Mountain House, that fine purveyor of freeze-dried backpacking meals that don't taste like sweaty socks (unless your sweaty socks are packed too closely), now has a new option for your backcountry gastrointestinal demands: wraps. Actually, they just call them wraps because that's catchy; what they really are is mixed food designed to be spooned into a tortilla or pita and eaten at your leisure (tortillas and pitas sold separately). Seems like a good idea,...
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Soto Muka Stove: Liquid Fuel, No Priming

I've really been impressed with some of the products that I've seen from Soto--in theory at least; I haven't tested them. The company's new Muka Stove is a lightweight backpacking stove that runs on liquid fuel.   Now ordinarily you need to prime a liquid fuel stove in order to heat up the line and enable it to vaporize the liquid. But the Muka Stove automatically atomizes the liquid fuel and eliminates priming from the...
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Luxury in the Backcountry: GSI Outdoors Cooking Accessories

Wine in the red plastic cup. Beer in a wide-mouth Nalgene bottle. Coffee grounds thrown directly into a mug of hot water. Sometimes it's not about what's proper--or tasty-- but more about what's available. And stemware, pint glasses and drip coffee aren't usually available in the backwoods. So you make do. Upon walking the floor of Outdoor Retailer earlier this year, I realized something: you don't have to make do. I didn't spend much time...
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SolHuma Vital Stove Grill

  When I first learned of the SolHuma VitalStove, I immediately fell in love with it. A relatively compact survival stove able to turn any type of biomatter into a raging inferno with nothing more than two AA batteries, it seemed like the definitive stove to be stranded in the wilderness with. Showing that the VitalStove can be more than an emergency unit, SolHuma is introducing the Vital Grill. This grill attaches atop the VitalStove...
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Automatic Chef Rotating Campfire Grill

  Automatic. Chef. There are two words that go together better than most words in the English language. In this case, those two words refer to a handy campfire rotisserie that automatically spins your dinner over an open flame while you watch and drink a cold one. A little large and unwieldy compared to your average spit, the Automatic Chef features a hanging grill attached to a large, metal base. The base is spiked at...
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BioLite Wood Camp Stove: Self-Powered Cooking At Its Finest

A couple of years ago, when I first laid eyes on the VitalStove, I fell in love with it. An efficient, inexpensive stove that could use pretty much any source of natural fuel, the VitalStove was a product for the true survivalist. As much as I love the VitalStove, the BioLite has it beat.   Like the VitalStove, the BioLite stove features a fan designed to funnel oxygen into the fire and produce a more...
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Make Your Own Hot Water Heater for Camping.

When camping with more than a few people, heating hot water over the campfire can be an arduous task. If only there were a transportable rig for regulating propane... Of course, there is. And with the help of your average home store turkey fryer can help heat tubloads of water for cooking, drinking, washing, and mid-trail bubble baths. Here's how.
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Grill, Fry and Slow-Cook with One Stove: Coleman All-In-One

The Coleman® Signature Series All-In-One Cooking is the most versatile cooking solution that any camper or tailgater could ask for. Using a stove ring for heat, the All-In-One can be configured as a grill, slow cooker or griddle to take care of everything from bacon to burgers to stew. The grill and griddle fit conveniently inside the main body and can be quickly set-up as your cuisine demands. The stick-free griddle surface, porcelein-coated stamped steel...
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