Touched down in Japan.
Massively impressed with the quality of the final product, as well as how small and light they pack down.
After a balmy weekend (got up to 20°C on a public holiday - Emperor’s birthday - ride yesterday), it looks like it’s going to turn cold again, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to test it in the mountains here soon.
Also, thanks for the masks. They look really great, are useful, and my three year old daughter loves the design too!
Used mine for the first time today, it was normally weather where I'd use my insulated gillet but the beauty of the burner is it worked just as well and I could also take the gillet in my pocket in case it was actually too cold. And I could even access my pockets without unzipping anything.
Really interested in picking up one of these burners.
A very nice aesthetic thing: I wore it with a form fitting jersey on top and it's not noticeable because it compacts so well. If it was just a chunk of normal puffy gilet it'd look and feel bulky but it just disappeared underneath (and kept me warm)
Sad I missed out on these, sounds like its perfect for that weird in between weather.
I did however like the mask so much that I bought one. Top design!
I'm also in for the next round, should there be one.
Has been well used, really is a great item, a great cause and done by a fabulous human. Much respect.
I'd be in for another if there is a round two.
Perfect weather to test burner. Set off early in merino base, long sleeve jersey and windstopper gilet.
By the time the sun came up I felt overdressed but comfortably so and
didn’t bother stopping to remove it.
Thanks for this excellent product @Chopsicle so simple and elegant. Also being part of this thread has been a joy and added to the pleasure of ownership and emotional connection to the product... I show it to anyone who might be interested!
Similar situation here, 8am morning start, it was too cold (1C or so) and I had set off with a LS merino baselayer, teh burner and a 3-layer windproof jacket. No gilet.
At the coffee stop I removed the burner... By the time it was noon I was cooked and the baselayer was soaked, so I stopped, removed the baselayer and put the burner back in as I didn't feel comfortable with just the jacket (and also there was no space left in my pockets...)
Perfect, except the gloves (neoprene in 13C weather isn't good)
Thank you everyone for the feedback from out in the wild - glad to hear they've been well received. Breathing a big sigh of relief they're getting to everyone around the world :)
Not sure how I missed this thread (actually thought it was something else!). Looks great, defo in if you do a 2nd round.
These look great, gutted to miss the first batch. Definitely keen for round 2 if it happens!
Not sure how I missed it either! would be well in for a round 2
If you do round 2, I'll readily buy 2 more. I really really like it.
Got a compliment on the mask earlier as well.
@Chopsicle Teary eyed to miss this. If you do another lot I will buy 2 for me and 1 for a mate!
Hope that convinces you hahaa
For those who are desperate for a burner and who missed out on the first run, Albion have them in stock again on their website.
@Chopsicle If you do round 2, happy to volunteer to help you with any logistics whether that's organizing spreadsheet, packing stuff, post office run etc... 👍
Cheers for the continued interest everyone, and sorry for the silence of late - will come to that in a sec
I’ve still a few gone silent from original list(!) will round these up tonight, and then bump orders onto those who have expressed interest. Will message this eve, hold tight!
Being straight-up, I’m not going to be able to do another run like this^, for a couple of reasons;
First, I’m almost out of fabric (black is completely out), but I’m working on a solution, for this ....and other ideas.
Second, it’s been an awesome experience, but financially/time-wise it didn’t really make sense. I do want to continue making, so I’ll give a bit more detail below
Third, thanks @andyp Burners are back in stock. Now in black, and a lovely rich, burnt yellow.
More details on the workings; This isn’t a gripe, far from it, but an insight into my approach/thinking, and planning/expectations for the future. I mentioned I genuinely thought I’d be making a handful on a Saturday afternoon, so it’s made me realise I should crack on and initiate more maker projects like this.
I purposefully set an affordable, good value price, because I love the product, felt passionate about it, and wanted to get it out there. I thought it would be a nice thing for the forum (after all the entertainment it’s given me), and as a versatile bit of kit, I wanted the price to be accessible to all. - a reaction to members-only, hype, limited-release sales, if you will. I wasn’t counting on the admin/logistics side of things (thank you @M4xime for the message above!), which possibly took nearly as much time as the make, but all-in, it probably worked out at below minimum wage. Nothing wrong with that, and it’s my decision, but it’s hard to juggle the time with other commitments. I also realised it would make more sense for me to include donation cost in a price, so I could add Gift-Aid on top (and I’d also like to include a system to get product to juniors/youth teams). Anyway, this is a long way of saying I’ll need to price correctly in future, to make sure it’s sustainable, but know that I want to make sure things remain good value.
I’ve spent the last few weeks making some improvements to my home setup, including buying tools and machinery. My IG will has a recent addition, which sets me off like that big bloke out the Pottery Throwdown when I look at the quality of the mechanism.... The machine is small, but has huge potential :)
So! I’ve a couple more ^new^ things in work, which are ready after a couple of years tinkering and road-testing. They’re genuinely novel/unique and super handy. I’ll be able to give more details in a few weeks, and would love to do a similar thing; LFGSS special, made by me, money to a good cause, custom/team versions if needed. ....cheers for reading this far :)
TLDR: more stuff coming, slightly higher price.
Sounds very good!
Sounds exciting, you've done an amazing job so far.
I remember several maker/craft lecturers during my studies saying that if you can afford to pay yourself minimum wage within the first 2 years your doing well. The fact you've managed to incorporate donation money into this says what a winner you're onto. Good luck, look forward to seeing what's next.
which sets me off like that big bloke out the Pottery Throwdown
which sets me off like that big bloke out the Pottery Throwdown
I love this reference
Can I also register interest if there's any left over, looks great
Same, if you´ll ship to Vienna. Regret not jumping in the first time around.
Great idea and project!
word on the street is there is another drop
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