Trekking lovers, survivalists, campers, adventurers: here's a little innovation that can come in damn useful.
The Young Marmots would have been slaughtered for something like that. A Japanese startup, The Brand Labo, he pulled this out Alpha Bonfire: basically a pocket barbecue.
How pocket size? Much.
The possibility of cooking outdoors using wood is miniaturized and optimized until it reaches, when closed, the size of a smartphone to put in your pocket.
When open, the slim kit transforms into a mini barbecue with grill to use anywhere, complete with utensils and cutlery for cooking and eating. A barbecue at the Bento box, to stay in Japan.
It is not the first, but it is the smallest
From tripod-supported mesh baskets, to collapsible barbecue boxes, the market has welcomed plenty of braziers / grills portable enough to carry by car or motorcycle. None, until now, were small enough to fit in a pocket.
Alpha Bonfire packs everything you need to hold a campfire and cook over it in a closed kit measuring just 147 x 69 x 5mm (147 x 69 x 5mm). When I said "like a smartphone" I was not bluffing.
How the Alpha Bonfire pocket barbecue is made
The kit includes five 1mm thick stainless steel panels that stack on top of each other as you travel and when opened snap together to form a V-shaped barbecue with a height-adjustable top grill.
The design and assembly, as mentioned, are a miniaturized version of the folding camping bonfires.
The nerdiest part of Alpha Bonfire's design? The upper side of the grill houses a series of “interlocking” tools. Being a Japanese design, in addition to the knife and fork there are also a pair of chopsticks, also useful for simple actions like stirring the chili or turning the steak over.
How to use?
After setting up the grill, use is simple… like starting a fire with wooden sticks gathered around. The resulting "bonfire" will not heat a group, but it will be useful for cooking, even in places where building an open fire is not allowed.
The mini barbecue grill can be used to cook food directly or to house a pan or pot of food as a stove.
By the way: the small size allows the Alpha Bonfire to be used "in purity", but it saves so much space that, if you want, instead of looking for wood you can also use a camp stove for maximum comfort.
Also great for daytime use during activities such as fishing and hiking.
Spartan, minimal idea, which makes a lot of "Swiss army knife": and therefore I like it. Hope The Brand Labo gets what it takes (a crowdfunding campaign is underway on the platform Indiegogo) to bring the mini barbecue to the market, at prices around ¥ 8.840 (around € 75). After launch, the price will be around € 90.