“Chop your wood and it will warm you twice”. This saying is the starting point of many of our products. Figuratively, it means that if you work towards something, the journey itself can be rewarding. Literally, the act of chopping wood for a fire will make you warm up just as much as the fire will. Both meanings explain the thought behind our fire-based products, like the Dutchtub and Outdooroven.
Reconnect to your surroundings with the Dutchtub
For Floris Schoonderbeek, designer of the Dutchtub, one of the main appeals of this outdoor bath is the fact that it lets you reconnect with your surroundings. There is no electricity involved in heating the Dutchtub. Everything is naturally heated and you are the one to make sure it heats up. You do this by collecting and chopping up firewood, lighting a fire and waiting for the fire to warm up the water. In every step of the way, you are connected to nature. And you actually have to put in some effort to be able to enjoy your bath. And this is exactly what will make that warm bath in the outdoors even more rewarding!
Floris explains his thoughts behind the Dutchtub: “I feel a strong need for direct contact with my surroundings. I want to experience the pleasure of discovering things yourself, that feeling of independence. Products you can do things with, that come to life when in use. You can heat the Dutchtub yourself with wood. After some effort you can just lay back with a satisfied feeling and enjoy your surroundings from a comfortable warm bath.”
The social aspect of the Outdooroven
For the Outdooroven, a similar explanation can be given. If you want to warm up, it takes more effort than just turning on the heating, and if you want to eat food, you can’t just easily turn on your stove. However, the chopping of wood, building a fire and waiting for the fire to build really is half the fun.
For Dick van Hoff, designer of the Outdooroven, it seemed natural to combine the practical with the pleasurable. Just as in the old days this outdoor stove is used for both heat as to prepare food. “It strengthens the social aspect of cooking together and spending time together around the fireplace.” The entire experience of working to get your food or warmth is what turns the Outdooroven into a bonding experience.
In short, the journey to be able to use these products might be just as rewarding as actually using the products! Collect your firewood, chop it in smaller pieces, build a fire and just enjoy the entire process. It will really be half the fun.
Curious on how to chop wood? Read our tips on how to split firewood using our Splitting Axe here.