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Pocket-sized camping stove creates a clean vortex of fire

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Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
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Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
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Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
There’s a lot of high-tech gear you could haul into the outdoors these days, but there's also plenty to be said for solutions that take a simpler approach
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There’s a lot of high-tech gear you could haul into the outdoors these days, but there's also plenty to be said for solutions that take a simpler approach
Ember works by drawing air in through its slightly elevated base
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Ember works by drawing air in through its slightly elevated base
The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames
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The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames
The Ember's three-pronged cooking platform is built to host pots and pans
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The Ember's three-pronged cooking platform is built to host pots and pans
The Ember has an elevated base
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The Ember has an elevated base
The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames
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The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames

There's a lot of high-tech gear you could haul into the outdoors these days, but there's also plenty to be said for solutions that take a simpler approach. The Singapore-based designers behind the Ember Stove aren't ones to complicate things, taking to Kickstarter with a compact two-piece cooking solution designed to fit in your pocket and fire up with just a handful of twigs.

The stainless steel Ember looks a little like a miniature dog bowl when packed up, with a diameter of 10 cm (3.9 in) and a height of 3.5 cm (1.4 in) meaning it should slide into a regular pocket without too much trouble. Inside that body it hides a separate upper component that can be pulled out and attached on top, providing a three-pronged cooking platform to hold pots and pans.

Ember is designed to work with natural materials such as twigs, sticks and other flammables you might find around your campsite. Much like other biofueled cookers we've seen recently, such as the Kombuis or the Yukon, it relies on carefully placed air vents to create longer-lasting flames.

The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames
The Ember's carefully placed vents are designed to create longer-lasting flames

It works by drawing air in through its slightly elevated base. Some of that air continues upwards to create the fire, just as normal, while a portion of it travels separately through chambers inside the walls. As it reachers the upper level, vents push it out across the flames to create what the designers call a "fire vortex."

This design is claimed to make flames that burn hotter and longer, while also producing less smoke. This is, again, very similar to the benefits promised by both the Kombuis and Yukon, as well as more technical solutions like BioLite's backyard FirePit.

Ember works by drawing air in through its slightly elevated base
Ember works by drawing air in through its slightly elevated base

But the Ember does pack this functionality into a particularly pleasant and compact design. If that is warming your cockles then early pledges of US$89 are currently available. If the crowdfunding campaign runs as planned, the team hopes to ship the stove in September of 2019.

You can check out the team's pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

Ember | World's Most Beautiful Pocket Stove with Fire Vortex

2 comments
jerryd
The color of the flame says it is producing a lot of carbon pollution of the worst type, very small 2.5 carbon. Those are not hot burning colors.
Don Duncan
That flame is not a vortex, it doesn't have the swirl. A grill is not efficient. The pot should sink down into the well to capture the most heat. Buring hotter is good. Burning longer is not possible, given the same fuel. The air entry is good, the squat design is not. There is a proper ratio of height to the volume of burn box. Can this stove be lifted, touched when burning? Insulation to hold in the heat is an essential design characteristic. Can the fire be fed without lifting the pot? I think not. Nice try, but no cigar.