How The Idea Came About | The Electronic Bellows - Poke N'Stoke
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How The Idea Came About

Jim Olson / Founder
The idea of the Poke N’ Stoke came about a few years back when I was on a cross-country camping expedition with my 5 boys. Needless to say, as we started out, our first few nights around the campfire were difficult and cold in the Rockies on cold September nights. We tried everything from blowing until we turned blue, to fanning with paper plates, which pretty much proved futile. Well, we moved on to the Grand Canyon and then the West Coast. As I was sitting around the campfire with my son at Big Sur, it dawned on me that I had a mattress blower in the car. Well, as we turned on the mattress blower, we were excited to see that with the excess airflow, our fire flourished, but one problem; the airflow was too strong, and was blowing ashes and embers all over the place.

Well, we didn’t want to be those people on the news for burning down a National Forest, so we stopped, but it sparked an idea. We also were constantly finding sticks or other long objects to try to move our firewood around, but were always frustrated when they weren’t strong enough, and snapped and became part of the fire. Well, after many nights around the campfire and lots of brainstorming, we came up with the idea of the Poke N’ Stoke. We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so we started with a simple mattress blower (which comes in handy on camping trips), and designed an adjustable stainless steel shaft with a stainless steel hooked tip that allows controlled airflow to stoke your flame, without blowing ashes and embers on your friends across the campfire from you. So basically, you get a 3 in 1 tool for your enjoyment; a fire stoker, a poker for moving your firewood, and a mattress blower. It also takes 8 AA batteries for your outdoor experience where you have no power, and also comes with an AC adapter for your indoor experience, or outdoor fire pits where power is available. Oh, I almost forgot; it also comes with a drawstring bag so that you can break it down and tote it with you, or for storage. It’s perfect for all of your fire experiences.