I hate carrying big packs. There’s no secret to it. I prefer ultralight day packs for multi-day trips and lumbar packs for day trips. If I can get rid of something, I will. As an answer to my own problem, I’ve designed a minimalist tactical wallet that turns into a functional camp pocket stove. Call it a wallet stove, or a stove wallet, or whatever — this thing is sweet. I’m carrying a wallet with me at all times anyhow, so might as well make it something that could be something useful.
Minimalist Wallet First, Pocket Stove Second
For starters, the Hack Outdoors Tactical Wallet is a wallet. It’s a minimalist wallet that follows the design of two metal plates bound together by nylon or a silicone band. In this case, it uses a standard youth-sized silicone wristband measuring about 7in x 1/2in. If you want a little personalization on your wallet, this makes things easy.
The plates themselves are bare aluminum of decent quality and the thickness is about 2mm. This feels high quality and has a premium look to it, before being used as a pocket stove.
A Tactical Wallet that Turns Into a Camping Pocket Stove
As a camp stove, there are better options. The Pocket Stove Wallet doesn’t have 4-walls, adding a level of risk to balancing your cup or pot. However, at the thickness, rigidity, and fitment, the two plates hold up a full kidney-bean pot easily. It does take a little care to make sure you’re on a level surface but I didn’t lack any confidence when putting my pot onto the camp pocket stove.
Using a cotton ball in petroleum jelly, I boiled a hot cup of coffee at the top of the mountain on my morning hike. The cotton ball in petroleum burned for several minutes giving me ample time to warm my drink over the Jonny Ranger wallet stove.
The petroleum fire did cause soot to appear on my wallet plates, but rubbed off easily, enough to put my credit cards back in without worry about filth.
Tactical Wallet Stove
The ultralight Pocket Stove Wallet changes your everyday carry game. Not only does this wallet stove serve as an RFID blocking minimalist wallet, it also transforms into a functional pocket stove. Use this spartan platform to raise your pot off of the ground and control directional wind. Use solid fuel, like cotton balls in petroleum jelly, to bring your cup to a boil, or use tinder and kindlin…