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February 15, 2006

21st–Century Fire Bellows

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There's some serious technology being brought to bear here.

"A gear–driven internal turbine" — be still my overengineered heart.

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From the website:

    Save Your Lung Power

    There’s no better way to quickly build a charcoal or wood fire than with a steady stream of air.

    The Easy Fire Starter brings the concept of fire bellows into the 21st century.

    No batteries needed — just turn the handle and the gear–driven internal turbine sends out a powerful stream of air, aimed exactly where you need it.

    Perfect for charcoal grills, fireplace or camping use.

    Measures 10” long.

    Made in Brazil.

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Why Brazil?

That was the first thing that struck me.

But not the last.

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What mystifies me is why they didn't use a squeeze–handle mechanism to generate power: so much easier and user–friendly for left–handed people like myself who will struggle with the rotary mechanism to generate sufficient RPMs to produce a decent breeze.

Oh, sure, we could turn it over so as to be able crank it with our left hand — in the direction opposite that intended by the designers — but such an adaptation shouldn't be necessary.

Still, an interesting exploration of the fire space.

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Donna Summer, please check your messages.

$12.50

February 15, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Kristina - are you the doc's ex-wife? :):)

Posted by: bitsy | Feb 16, 2006 12:27:54 PM

if you can run on a treadmill and search the internet at the same time, you can turn a crank with your left hand enough to fuel a fire.

Posted by: kristina | Feb 16, 2006 12:25:12 PM

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