_Machineart’s design for the Sterno Inferno Ultralight Camping Stove evolved out of its exploration of compact camping stove concepts – shown elsewhere on this site. The initial rendering was so well regarded by the client, who recognized its potential to expand its line of cooking gear, that it gave Machineart the go-ahead to develop the “Tube Stove” in addition to the Camping Kit.
The design of the Inferno evolved around the size of the standard Sterno cooking fuel can for compact transport and easy set-up when backpacking, motorcycle or bicycle camping. All parts nestle inside or surround the red anodized heat chamber containing the fuel can. To set up for use, stabilizing feet pivot out from the injection molded plastic base to support the heating chamber on uneven ground. The 16 oz. cooking pot fits on top with a sealable plastic lid, and vinyl coated handles pivot out for safe handling.
The design process included multiple rapid prototyping stages, and sample making by the final manufacturer. Machineart completed the brand recognition statement by also designing the Inferno logo, and red anodized with natural aluminum brand color scheme.