Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Product Review on Flameless cooking system

I was sent a flask and a cooker to review for the guys over at Gear we are. This flameless cooking system is a revolutionary new system that as the title says doe not use flames to produce heat as such therefore no danger of setting fire to your tent or clothing.

the bag of chemicals
The flameless cooking system uses a small pack, marginally bigger than a teabag, that when added to water produces a chemical reaction that produces heat and warms up your food. It advertises itself as a Revolutionising outdoor cooking technology.

It is ideal for when you want to go out fishing, camping, trekking etc. It produces no fumes, just steam, and therfore can be used inside a tent with no risk at all. 

the chemical bags afterwards

the contents of what you buy
So what comes in your pack
It consists of a neoprene cover that houses a Heat resistant plastic outer box with airtight locking lid and 850ml medical grade stainless steel inner cooking dish  and if you buy one comes supplied with two High Power (20g) and two Super Power (50g) heatpacks, a water measuring cup, reusable plastic storage pouch   and full user instruction.

This will sell for £30 and the refills will cost £10 for 5

The two different heatpacks produce different amounts of heat for different lengths of time, so you can choose which one suits you beat

First of all I tried the cooker with the super power heatpack which tell you it  heats to 90 oC  and will still be producing that heat after 40 minutes.

So we set it up ( in the garden) on a miserable afternoon with an outside temperature of 11oC with a slight drizzle.

the heated ravioli
I followed the instructions and put a 440g tin of heinz ravioli into the stainless steel container, there was probably enough room to have put in 2 tins but that might have taken longer to heat.  I opened the sachet, placed it into the bottom of the heat resistant plastic box, poured on the recommended 120ml water, put it all together, clicked the lid on and left it. It immediately began to produce steam and you could hear the reaction happening. Went back ten minutes later and the ravioli was warm, but not piping hot, so we left it for another 5 minutes, and by this time is was indeed piping hot, took 15 mins which was fine. We transferred the ravioli to a dish, which was safe and easy to do as there was no water left in the metal tin.We then added a 440gtin of  heinz spaghetti bolognaise and resealed the tub. Went back 7 mins later and it was still cold, so I added some more water and placed it back together, and another 15 mins later it was warm enough to eat but not hot.

Next we tried the flask, it uses the smaller heat packs and advertises itself as
The 360ml Flask allows you to heat and cook liquids without the need for flame!
Using the water activated heat pack the flask produces no Carbon Monoxide unlike gas or petrol and is therefore safe to use inside a tent!

 The pack contains 360ml medical grade stainless steel inner cup

•  Heat resistant plastic outer Flask with airtight locking lid and drinking spout

•  Supplied with three High Power (20g) heatpacks, neoprene sleeve, reusable plastic storage pouch and full user instructions

This will sell for £20 with refills readily available at a pack of 7 for £10

I filled the flask with cold tap water, added the heat pack in the bottom of the  outer flask, added the specified amount of water and sealed it all together. After 12 minutes it had reached 88 oC, more than hot enough to make a cup of tea, a cup-o-soup, hot bovril or a couple of pot noodles. We used the water and added some more to see whether you would get 2 heatings out of it, but you didn't, so I also tried adding more water to the chemical pack but this but it didnt make any difference, and it barely made the 2nd lot of water blood heat.

So my finding on these products are they would be ideal for taking fishing, camping or trekking.  lightweight easily portable with no need for gas or matches. Safe to use in a tent or out, and once the small amount of initial water has been absorbed there is no risk of spillage or burning.

 We thought the flask could benefit from a neoprene handle or two to make it easier to lift and pour. Also felt the chemical bags were the wrong shape and/or size for the small round flask and this would benefit from a small round bag.

We liked the idea of this system producing fresh, hot food and tea rather than something you have kept warm and stewed that is served tepid from a conventional flask.

The downside is the replacement packs work out  rather expensive but would heat enough for 2 or 3 people if you were using tins of soup or beans rather than chunky ravioli as we tested it on.

We were sent a beta version of this product free of charge to test on behalf of Gear we who specialise in doing outdoor gear reviews, but we were not paid for this. The review is, as usual, my honest findings on the product not influenced by the fact it was free.


  1. Great idea and fab review! A lot of festivals and such these days don't allow some types of cookers so this would be ideal.

  2. good one Sarah, hadnt though of that, yes cos even drunk no chance of being burnt or scalded, or forgetting you turned it on!!

  3. Great review and fab idea's for fishing and camping or even for emergency use if there is a power cut and you dont have a gas cooker.
    would recomend!

  4. Im mum 2 kids and love camping i have 2 cook boxes and one flask . saved us loads on eating out while away with tent . no car either light enough to carry and dont have pans spare gas .just buy refills even in winter

  5. Great info! I admit, this is a bit late of a response but I stumbled onto this article just today – definitely going into my bookmarks section. Thanks for sharing the info!

  6. Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences.I appreciate your guidelines. It’s nice information for us.


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