Gear Review: Pocket Bellows

Gear Review: Pocket Bellows

Make some flames with the V3-Pocket Bellows by Epiphany Outdoor Gear.

We've all done it.  In the hopes of coaxing a roaring fire out of some meager embers, we drop to the ground and try to blow a steady stream of air into the heart of the crackling glow, stirring up some impressive flames.  In return one usually gets a face full of heat, ash, and embers.  An ill timed deep breath in the smokey environment can be dangerous.

That's where the Epiphany Outdoor Gear Pocket Bellows comes in.  The tapered stainless steel tube allows the user to concentrate and direct their breath directly into the fire from 20 inches away.  The added infusion of oxygen allows for a denser fire than one would normally build, and makes damp fuel much easier to work with.

The tube collapses down to 3.5 inches, and weighs in at 0.8 ounces, making it compact and light enough for even an ultralight kit.  Beyond campfires, I can imagine it would come in equally handy at home for fireplaces or BBQs.

It's pretty foolproof to use.  Just extend the tube, direct it into some smoldering embers, and blow into the wide end to see your fire burst to life in seconds.  Even damp kindling will be reduced to coals in a short amount of time.  Its ability to quickly reduce fuel down makes it especially useful if you plan to cook over your base of coals.

Anyone planning on building a fire in the outdoors should learn the proper techniques.  Add the Pocket Bellows to that base of knowledge, and you can build a blazing fire with ease in less than ideal conditions.

-The Pocket Bellows is available from the Epiphany Outdoor Gear website for $14.99.

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