Eco-friendly, gizmo-charging camping stove wows the prestigious Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
No sooner do we run a news article about the eco-friendly, twig-burning, gizmo-charging BioLite camping stove than it lands an award for innovation from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
If you read our article, you'll know that the stove - which arrives in the UK next spring - burns twigs or compacted wood pellets or indeed pine cones, with the fiery heat enhanced by a fan powered by a rechargeable battery, which in turn is charged by the electricity produced by a thermo-nuclear generator or something like that.
At the same time, the stove powers a USB outlet so you can charge up your phone or GPS while your spaghetti is simmering away nicely. Which is very clever. So clever in fact that the nice people at the OWPG presented it with the [prestigious] Derryck Draper Award at their awards dinner on Saturday night.
It's not all green washing either. A larger version of the stove using similar technology is used in the developing world to provide families with heat and electricity. It uses 50% less fuel than an open fire and produces 91% less carbon monoxide and 94% less smoke.
The award, which took the form of a painting of Lether Tor on Dartmoor, by OWPG member and landscape artist David Bellamy, was accepted by Tristen Naylor, on behalf of BioLite. He said: “The company is very pleased to receive this prestigious award and proud that its work has been recognised by such an important body in the UK outdoor community.”
Also at the meeting, the OWPG also announced that Dr Adam Watson is to be the recipient of the 2012 Golden Eagle Award, presented every year to a person who has rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors.
Dr Watson, biologist, ecologist and mountaineer, has dedicated his life to the scientific study and protection of the Cairngorms, on which he is considered the pre-eminent authority. The 23 books he has authored include The Cairngorms, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Trust and regarded as the definitive mountaineering guide for the region.
The OWPG AGM took place on the Island of Jersey, courtesy of Jersey Tourism, who were apparently keen to show guild members their attractions. Well done everyone.