Boilerwerks Work Trade

by Devin on September 13, 2012

The closer I get to receiving the first batch of new Boilers, the more I think I sure could use some help around here. So I’d like to try something out…

The Boilerwerks Work Trade Program

  • Duties: Assembling, picking, packing, and shipping Boilerwerks products from our wonderful, new Boilerwerks studio.
  • Qualifications: Desire for a Backcountry Boiler or FlyGrill, a friendly disposition, innate conscientiousness, and the ability to follow rarely-arbitrary instructions.
  • Compensation: $10 in Boilerwerks credit for every hour worked with a minimum commitment of 8 hours. So that’s a FlyGrill and retying kit for 8 hours, a Backcountry Boiler for 10 hours, or a Hard Anodized Backcountry Boiler for 12 hours. No cash compensation for these positions, sorry.
  • Benefits: You get to check out the studio and hang out with me and my buddy Mat. We’re both pretty cool.
  • Limitations: Work trade times must be scheduled in advance and are subject to my availability. For now, there is a limit of one work trade term (8-12 hours depending on desired product) per person.
  • Location: Would love to make it virtual, but just Pittsburgh for now. Why not plan a visit to the exotic City of Bridges?

If you’re interested, please drop me a line @ I think this could be a lot of fun. I could also sure use the help, and what better way to get a Backcountry Boiler?

[ 7 comments… read them below or add one ]

Greg September 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I would love to take you up on this offer if i wasn’t across the country in California

Jim Hughes September 20, 2012 at 3:33 am

Silly question, have you thought of asking a local scout troop?

4-5 kids and an adult leader (or more kids & adults) could soon reduce your backlog over a weekend or two.

Devin September 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

@ Greg: Well, if you ever want an excuse to visit exotic Pittsburgh, you’re more than welcome!

@ Jim: Not silly at all! That’s a great idea, and it was actually my younger Scout self I had in mind when setting the program up. I always loved cool gear but the paper route money (cliche but true) only went so far. The first work-trade recruit is coming tonight, so I’m going to try to make it work with one person so I can take on 4-5. :)

Tibeu September 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Devin: I’m a fan of your products. I just received my FlyGrill and I’m looking forward to receiving the anodized Backcountry Boiler I ordered few weeks ago. My advice: now that you made this a full time job and consider/dream of distributing your products to stores such as REI, you need to think about a sustainable business model. This means hiring employees – not relying on scouts or other volunteers to assemble/pack your products. At least this is how we’d do business here North, in Canada.

By the way, you’re making great products!

rj October 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I agree with you 100%, but your second last sentence will surely be grating to Devin. He has in fact seen how we do business in Canada–it was a Canadian company that caused him and his potential customers no end of headaches.

Les November 3, 2012 at 2:55 am

I just received my BCB and love it. It’s a beautiful machine. On my first use I boiled a half litre in 6 minutes.
One small comment- the edge of the water inlet felt sharp and I was worried it might cut the silicone stopper. A couple minutes with a piece of fine sandpaper wrapped around my finger smoothed it out. I’m looking forward to an extended field test in the Sierras. Good job!

Devin November 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

@Tibeu – Thanks for the kind words on the Boiler! On the sustainability of work trade, however, I respectfully disagree. I think there’s substantial evidence for the effectiveness of episodic, novice labor to augment skilled supervision. Right out of college, I lead volunteers in the construction of affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity, which operates on this model. And last year, they were the US’s 6th largest home builder!

@rj – Despite my experience with one manufacturer with whom no one else should contract with, ever, under any circumstances, I love all other Canadians!

@Les – Thanks for the kind words, and sorry about the burr! The new assembly shop is excellent in a whole number of ways, but they missed some of these. I de-burred those I found myself, but I must have missed yours as well. It’s on the tick list for improvement.

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