Here’s a camping tool to get all hot and toasty about
WORDS Grant Hanan & Linda Bloffwitch
IMAGES & VIDEO My Aussie Travel Guide
If you love a good piece of toast like we do, you’ll know it’s one thing that can be eaten at any time of day with your favourite topping. So when it comes to having that toast fix while camping, there’s no shortage of camping toasters that you can choose from. But after receiving the Uniflame Stove Toaster as a birthday gift a short while ago, we were keen as mustard to try this new kid on the block that had made it into our camping kit.
At first glance, it’s easy to see it’s a quality product. The Japanese-made unit is robust and comes in two pieces. It comprises the toaster unit itself and an accompanying mesh – both are made of stainless steel. But being stainless steel by no means makes the toaster heavy. In fact, it’s extremely lightweight and robust, weighing just over 300 grams. The folding toaster handle has also been cleverly incorporated into the design by holding the mesh in place for storage. Once folded down, the entire unit would only be the size of a family block of chocolate, so it’s easy to store.
What we soon realised when using the toaster was its versatility, especially as it can be arranged in a few different configurations. It holds two slices of bread (that’s a bonus compared to some other stove toasters), and the slices can be placed either horizontally onto the toaster’s mesh or raised on an angle (which we found useful for our single burner).
We also found the toaster was a good all-rounder. Whether it was breads, hot x buns, crumpets, or muffins that we wanted toasted, it didn’t matter. This toaster accommodated the lot. Then any burnt residual bread (or in the case of fruit for fruit toast) that was left on the mesh simply brushed off once the toaster was cool. Unlike our old toaster’s gauze, there’s no need to replace the mesh on the Uniflame Stove Toaster. This puts our new camping accessory towards the top of our must-pack list that we simply won’t leave home without. RRP$38.