Solo Stove Bonfire
Who doesn’t love a bonfire on a cool night? However, it’s not always practical to just stack up some wood and set it ablaze. Use the Solo Stove Bonfire on your back deck or take it with you when car camping. The stainless-steel structure comes ready for hardwood fuel and has strategically placed holes in the double-wall lining to suck air from the bottom and feed the fire. There’s less smoke and minimal ash, and as a result, you won’t smell like Smoky the Bear. $300.

Fire & Flavor Hardwood Lump Charcoal


Going for all-natural this grilling season? Don’t stop with your food. Every bag of Fire & Flavor charcoal contains only clean-burning and all-natural pieces — no chemicals or fillers. The responsibly and sustainably harvested hardwood charcoal ranges in size from 2 to 4 inches apiece, so it stays hotter longer and provides even heat for cooking. It also produces less ash. A large bag weighs 20 pounds. $21.

Titan Deep Freeze 55Q Premium Ice Chest

Titan Deep Freeze Cooler

Even high-quality coolers can develop odors and stains over time. The Titan Deep Freeze fights this with Microban antimicrobial protection built right in. Paired with a one-piece, Roto-molded construction, that makes for a lifelong drinking buddy. The cooler preserves ice for up to a week and comes with a wire food basket, full rubber gasket, convenient T-latches that seal tight, and padded side handles with lots of scope to prevent bruised knuckles when carrying. It’s also certified bear resistant, but let’s hope you never have to test that out. $245.

Picnic Time X-Grill Portable Grill

Picnic Time X-Grill

This handy tailgate sidekick folds down to 1.5 inches flat and weighs only 11 pounds. Once set up — it takes just seconds — its chrome-plated grate offers 204 square inches of cooking surface. It also comes with a durable polyester carrying tote. Take the grill wherever you roam, fire up the charcoal, and party on. Once cool, simply wipe the whole thing clean with mild dishwashing detergent or baking soda. $55.

GSI Outdoors Vortex Blender

GSI Outdoor Vortex Blender

Imagine watching the sunset from your campsite on the river with a fresh-made frozen margarita in hand. Yes, por favor! The Vortex Blender includes a 1.5-liter pitcher, lid, shot cap, hand crank, and C-clamp, all of which nest together for easy transport. A two-speed gear system allows the blender to crush ice or work as a food processor, so smoothies, sauces, and more are now part of the trailside menu. $160.

Avana Beckridge

Avana Breckenridge

Don’t let its sleek, minimalist looks fool you. The 32-ounce Beckridge has substance. The construction is stain- and odor-resistant stainless steel, with double-walled vacuum insulation that can keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12. There’s a retractable carry loop and a patented spout that lets you sip or swig your drink (the choice is yours). Available in five colors, including Deep Ocean (pictured). $45.

Tested: Tin Cup Straight Rye Whiskey

Tin Cup Rye Whiskey

We took a bottle of Tin Cup’s newest to a social event at Alpine Shop — pre-COVID, of course — and passed it around. Reactions ranged from the pervasive “mellow” and “smooth” to the more astute “touch of cinnamon”, “nice warmth on the throat”, and “no chaser needed”. We say the taste is both bold and balanced, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and even a hint of tobacco. It’s 90 proof, which is about average for a whiskey, and made of 95-percent Midwestern rye and 5-percent barley, distilled and aged for three years and then cut with Rocky Mountain water. Tin Cup is crafted for the backcountry: the tip cup top makes it easy to pour and share with a friend, and the hexagon shape of the bottle prevents rolling downhill and into trouble. $35.

Author: Brad Kovach is the editor/publisher of Terrain Magazine.