Brice Hoskin’s wife, Karen, claims that he has to always have something that he’s designing, inventing, creating, or making. “We call them Brice Devices,” Karen laughs. Together, Brice and Karen produce award-winning batches of rum as Montanya Distillers on Elk Avenue.

But in his latest endeavor, Brice, the innovator, has cooked up an entirely different project to help with disease-causing smoke emissions from cookstoves in third world countries.

Initially, the idea grew from Brice’s weekly backpacking trips into the wilderness when carrying butane fuel for his camp stove seemed inefficient and burdensome, instead of having a lightweight stove that used the abundance of dead wood lying around the campsite.