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I.C.E. multitool stove screws, opens, rules, saws ... and cooks

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January 23, 2014

One of the stove's panels opens cans, pops bottle tops, cuts wood and more

One of the stove's panels opens cans, pops bottle tops, cuts wood and more

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The I.C.E. Stove puts a unique spin on the multitool. Not only can the wood stove cook dinner and boil water in the wild, it can saw the firewood and crack a beer. The stove then breaks down into four panels that pack flat and weigh less than a pound (0.5 kg) in your backpack.

We know that multitools come in many forms – from shovels, to hatchets, to snowboards and beyond – but the idea of a camping stove multitool would have never occurred to us if we hadn't stumbled upon the I.C.E. on the floor of this year's Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The simple, smart contraption consists of four stainless steel panels that quickly assemble into a compact wood stove.

While three of the I.C.E.'s panels are simple stove walls, the fourth is a seven-function tool. It packs a bottle opener, can opener, wrench, screwdriver, wing nut wrench, ruler and saw. We doubt you'd want to use the saw to cut up thick, meaty trunks, but it is sharp to the touch, and the grip feels comfortable enough for cutting smaller logs and branches into fuel, so long as you wear gloves.

The I.C.E. works as a basic wood stove

The I.C.E. is aimed at the likes of hikers, backpackers and hunters. Thanks to its flat, portable design and eight functions, it helps save space and weight in the pack. Because it's powered by wood and other biomatter, users can find fuel in the wilderness instead of carrying it in.

The I.C.E. is made in Colorado and available for US$49.99. A rep told us they're working on incorporating an electrical generator and USB charger, which would make it similar to the BioLite Stove. That generator could presumably be used to power a fan and increase the stove's efficiency, too.

Source: Locked and Stocked

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
13 Comments

Looks like one of those steel multitool cards you can get for dollar, would a couple of holes to make it part of the stove frame.

digi_owl
24th January, 2014 @ 02:03 am PST

Maybe I am being "over-picky", but I can see four sides to the unit PLUS a top griddle. That makes 5 panels not 4!

John Reynolds
24th January, 2014 @ 04:19 am PST

I think multi-tools reduce what a camper has to bring with them. I think this a neat item for campers.

BigGoofyGuy
24th January, 2014 @ 06:04 am PST

It appears to actually have 6 panels. Four sides, a top and a bottom.

GatorGirl
24th January, 2014 @ 10:33 am PST

Researching the rocket stove I learned it gets its efficient burn from the draft. A fan is only needed in the first minutes. Once the draft is established the fan is redundant. I conclude the fan to be a waste of resources on the Biolite. A billows would work to keep the smoke at a minimum in the first two minutes, but why bother?

Don Duncan
24th January, 2014 @ 11:28 am PST

Is it really so hard to get a pic of the stove with an actual fire in it? It would seem to me that it's more complicated to rig the bright lights, the fan and the gauzy material to simulate a fire than to just gather some kindling and a match. :roll eyes:

KrakaTaoJones
24th January, 2014 @ 11:37 am PST

@KrakaTaoJones:

Yes, but I think the photo was taken at an _indoor_ exhibition (of Outdoor Retailer stock), where it would be impractical / dangerous to have a real fire constantly burning, no?

dalroth5
24th January, 2014 @ 01:11 pm PST

Looks like 4 panels to me, 2 of those square looking things put together, 1 tool panel, 1. griddle. looks like it could get real hot.

June M. Blair
24th January, 2014 @ 02:15 pm PST

don, i have a biolite, and no offense, but youre wrong. it is a small, extremely efficient, fan-forced furnace, and with the fan off it burns significantly cooler and leaves a lot more coals.

Rowan Kelsey Brown
24th January, 2014 @ 05:46 pm PST

The unit is too small to burn wood, this a novelty item.

POOL PUMPREAPAIR guy longwood
25th January, 2014 @ 08:11 am PST

A .5 KG (~1 lb) stove, is way too heavy for ultralight hikers. Currently around 1 oz, wood stoves from cans are lightweight, cheap, and worthy.

ADVENTUREMUFFIN
27th January, 2014 @ 09:59 am PST

Rowan: I didn't state my case clearly. I meant "if" a stove is designed using the rocket, i.e., designed in draft, then no fan is needed.

I was going to buy a Biolite but they did not make a home version, only the camp. Also, I told them to include a tinder box, striker, flint. I don't like to go looking for a match, at home or otherwise. They chose to ignore. I'm glad because I have discovered the Rocket Stove and hybrids which I can buy or build cheaply.

Don Duncan
27th January, 2014 @ 02:26 pm PST

Like all these fold-up stoves, BBQ, etc, it looks OK, but unless you cook a VERY early breakfast, you would have to wait a reasonable while till it cools down to pack it up and leave camp.

The Skud
27th January, 2014 @ 09:20 pm PST
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