Charge your cell phone with a campfire

By Chuck Woodbury I suspect that headline grabbed you. It sounds ridiculous! But it’s true. It’s about a device called the Power Pot, which for gadget freaks like me is just about the coolest camping accessory to appear in a long time. The Power Pot uses hot water to generate power — essentially acting as a mini thermoelectric generator.... Read More

Use the right tools for a cheery (and safe) campfire

By Greg Illes Just about everyone loves a campfire. There’s even a word in Swahili that means “dreaming the fire,” it’s such a compelling experience. Perhaps the first “tool” you need is a deep sense of appreciation — of the beautiful spirit of the fire and of your responsibilities with it. It’s certainly possible to gather a bunch of wood... Read More