If this thing turns your head, you’re probably so deep in the outdoor/ camping gear game that we don’t need to explain it to you, and you’re just sitting there, smiling and nodding appreciatively. For the rest of us, the Miti camp stove, from online store Filson, is a cool little steel thing that you cook stuff on when you go camping.
The idea is based on la bûche suédoise, an old Swedish army trick from the 1600s, whereby you split a log into quarters, then stand the pieces vertically, shove grass and sticks into the slots in between, and set it on fire – creating an efficient, element-protected stove. The Miti basically holds the whole operation together and provides a flat, dependable surface upon which to place your pot or pan. It’s pretty involved stuff, and begs the question: why not just have a campfire? But that also sort of misses the point, which is: it’s really cool.