Coolest Inventions 2004: Hot & Cold

BOILING POINT

Smokey Bear would love the Jetboil Personal Cooking System, which cuts the risk of forest fires by allowing campers to prepare soup, pasta, rice and beans--any single-pot dish--quickly and safely. How? The flame is contained within the Jetboil's patented Flux Ring, which channels the heat from a butane burner directly into the vessel. (Fuel canisters sold separately.) Bonus: a neoprene cover insulates the food while protecting campers' fingers from the heat.

INVENTORS Dwight Aspinwall, Perry Dowst

AVAILABILITY Now, $79.95

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