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Solo Stove a furry in a can

There are a few things for sure about camping. You’re going to need to cook something, heat water or roast a marshmallow. It comes with the territory. That’s why when we took a look at the Solo Stove we were immediately intrigued by what it could do. Out of the box came a sleek looking metal canister reminiscent of something you’d find on the international space station. Immediately apparent is the care and attention Solo Stove puts into their packaging. Neat, tidy and well thought out. The canister and components, of which there are few, unpack and slide together to form a cooking vessel ready for action. While our campfire popped and smoked with wet wood, we meticulously layered the smallest dry kindling and a small crumpled up piece of paper into the stove. It lit, fired and burned out. More dry wood and it was back with a furry. No joke. A furry! Never have we seen such a furry of a fire, the colour a deep brown red, swirling in the stove like …

Homegrown Trailer

Homegrown Trailer a Treasure Box of Comfort and Sustainability

As the kids play “store” out of the cottage looking “farmer’s” half-swing door I can’t help but smile at their playfulness and imagination. “Just be sure you don’t touch any of the buttons!” I remind them from beside our smouldering fire pit (the firewood was wet – of course). If they touch the wrong button there’s a good chance the trailer batteries would stop charging or worse, the power be drained altogether. Our Homegrown Trailer sits cozily under a tall, gangly pacific northwest spruce tree in Ocean City State Park, Washington – about 2.5 hours southwest of Seattle. You can hear the faint roar of the surf not half a mile from our campsite – number 174 in Loop 4. We’ve been given the Homegrown for a few days mid-August. The model’s name is Woodland (although the kids and us ended up naming it “Willow” for its abundant use of wood and, well, just because) the little guy is a 19’ travel trailer made by a bunch of cool cats out of Kirkland, Washington. It’s …