Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Product Review - Max Burton Stove To Go
When I was in Catalina, we had to drive across the island, before breakfast, to get to our hunting spot before dawn. We all wanted a good, hot meal but who wants to eat at 3:30am? Ok, maybe me, but for others you want to let your body wake up first. My friend Jimmy offered up his Max Burton "Stove To Go" and some homemade burritos. This little gadget is unique and is about the size of a large lunch box. I had never heard of this type of stove, but Jimmy loved it and said I should give it a try.

So, we got in the truck, plugged the Stove To Go into the cigarette lighter, dropped in our pre-made treats and drove off. By the time we got halfway to our destination (about a half hour) the cab of the truck smelled deliciously like freshly cooked burritos. We rotated them and a half hour later stopped at the gate for breakfast. They came out piping hot and fully heated through and through. It was awesome! I never thought I'd get a hot meal out there without a Jet-Boil or a fire. I was definitely impressed.

Product Description
The Stove To Go looks like a regular lunchbox but has a built-in heating element that actually prepares hot meals while you're on the go. Just plug it into your cigarette lighter or other 12-volt power source, and you're ready to make casseroles, soups, stew, omelets, pasta, and more. It's also great for heating leftovers or frozen meals. Perfect for car camping, commutes to work, long distance drives, tailgate parties, or job sites, the lightweight and durable stove cooks and warms food to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and holds about 5-1/2 cups. The Stove To Go includes three disposable aluminum pan liners and a detachable six-foot power cord for convenient positioning. A full cookbook is also included and features fun and easy-to-follow recipes developed specifically for the Stove to Go.

The only downside is that it's a pain to clean, so it is recommended to use foil or best of all, those little throw-away bread pans (shown in the photo). That way all of the juices are contained and the little pans fit perfectly in there. How cool is that!

I think this is a fantastic little gadget. Sure, it's kinda like something you'd buy at Brookstone. You may not really need it, but it's fun to have and use once in a while. Still, at $38.50 how can you go wrong? I think this would be perfect for someone who does a lot of glassing from their vehicle or has to drive a ways to get to their hunting or fishing spot.

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