Off The Grid Toast

The Stovetop Toaster You Always Wanted

By Liesl Clark

Our toaster oven stopped working last week and coincidentally I found a camp stove toaster a day later. I’ve wanted one of these for years. They’re the foldable lightweight stovetop toasters that enable you to toast your bread right over your burner. Coleman makes them and they cost less than $5 at Walmart. But if you’re patient, you’ll likely find one at a yard sale.

Stovetop Toast-Makers Rule. © Liesl Clark

Stovetop Toast-Makers Rule. © Liesl Clark

These toasters are perfect for the homebody interested in downsizing and therefore getting rid of their small electrical appliances. One by one, we’ve offloaded our excess ones, those we rarely use, and our cupboards are so much easier to deal with! We’re finding alternative ways to make things off the (electricity) grid, like yogurt, and are rediscovering the pleasures of simplicity. No, we aren’t feeling deprived. We aren’t missing our toaster oven at all, thanks to the camp stove toaster. I keep our new toast-maker on our stovetop day and night because toast is a staple around here since we bake our own bread. But it’s also foldable, so this gizmo won’t take up much room in your cupboard.

Simple, lightweight stovetop toaster. © Liesl Clark

Simple, lightweight stovetop toaster. © Liesl Clark

Not only are we saving electricity but we’re convinced our toast tastes better as it’s toasted lightly over a diffused flame over the course of a few minutes, the same amount of time it would take in an electric toaster. I de believe Bagels are much better toasted with this thingy.

Oh, and I’ve found the small plate with holes on the toaster makes an excellent chili pepper roaster, too.

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2 Comments on “Off The Grid Toast”

  1. DJL
    August 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    When I first moved out on my own, I loved toast but couldn’t afford a toaster. I made one like Elwood had in “The Blues Brothers”. Basically it is a wire coat hanger folded nearly in half. One side sits on your burner, and the bread sits on the other with a gap of a little over an inch in between. It’s close enough to toast, not close enough to burst into flames. I hardly ever see wire coat hangers anymore, but sometimes. Free, simple, portable, and durable.

    If my instructions are unclear, watch the movie. I never get tired of it.

    • August 9, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      This totally rocks, DJL. I am so in love with the fact that we no longer have a toaster oven and make toast the way it was meant to be made — over an open flame. It’s the best toast I’ve ever made (and rarely burn.) In a pinch, folks, try Elwood’s method!

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