Camp, Cook & Charge

New Camp Stove Goes Off the Grid

One of the most clever camping gadgets we’ve seen since the Noah Tarp by Kelty is this awesome little camping stove from BioLite.

The stove burns wood but uses a thermoelectric generator to run a fan that makes the fire ultra efficient. Think of it like a miniature blast furnace. The electrical energy can also be used to charge small electrical appliances- like a phone or MP3 player.

Weighing only 33 ounces the makers claim a liter of water can be brought to a boil in only 4 1/2 minutes using less than 2 ounces of wood. A home version is also in the works.

New Eureka Spifire 2 Tent

There are dozens of quality backpack tents on the market. The new Spitfire 2 from Eureka offers a durable two person tent that packs light and sets up easy.

Eureka's new Spitfire 2 backpack tentThe Eureka Spitfire 2 Tent provides all the ventilation and headroom of the Spitfire in a tent that sleeps two comfortably. Set up is fast and easy with post and grommet corner attachments and clips to attach the tent body to the Spitfire 2 frame.

This tent is well made, packs light and sets up easy. It’s a big value for the price and makes a great choice for backpackers and hikers who want travel light.

  • Material: Wall – 70D nylon, 1200 mm, Fly – 75D Stormshield polyester, 1200 mm, Floor – 70D nylon taffeta, 1200mm, Mesh – 40D No-see-um
  • 2 pole hoop style tent
  • 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series aluminum frame and clip attachments make the Spitfire 2 set up fast
  • Post and grommet corner attachments with locking end tips make set up easy
  • 4 storm guyouts on fly
  • 2 side opening doors are constructed entirely of no-see-um mesh
  • Sizeable mesh panels for air flow in the Spitfire 2
  • 2 interior storage pockets hold essentials
  • Bathtub floor with taped seams wraps up sides of Spitfire 2 tent to protect against splashing rain
  • Poke-out vent in fly has zippered access via mesh roof cloth
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Seasons: 3
  • Vents: Poke out vent in fly
  • Doors: 2
  • Windows: Full Panel Mesh
  • Storage Pockets: 2
  • Frame: 9 mm DAC Featherlite 7000 series Aluminum
  • Center Height: 3’7″
  • Tent Area: 38.76 sq. ft.
  • Floor Size: 10’9″ x 5’10” x 4’4.5″
  • Pack Size: 5″ x 17″
  • Min Weight: 4 lbs. 3 oz.



The Giant Paper Airplane

On March 21, 2012 a paper airplane measuring 45 feet long was flown high above the Arizona desert (video below). The flight- and crash landing- is believed to be the largest paper airplane ever flown.

The Great Paper Airplane Project was sponsored by the Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest aviation museums in the world.

The design of Arturo Valdenegro’s was chosen from hundreds of entries. According to the website…

Arturo won the Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off on January 14, 2012, and since then, he’s been involved in the build and design of the giant plane, even consulting with Art Thompson. At 12 years old, Arturo has always been into creating things with paper. He’s an avid origami and paper figurine builder, and he learned to fold paper airplanes from videos on YouTube. Arturo says he wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up. We have a feeling that’ll work out for him.

The following video shows the flight…


Photos from Great Paper Airplane Project