Campfire idea sparks teen entrepreneurs to launch new business in just 9 months


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  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    July 1, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Old idea that probably does not deserve a patent. (Unless there is something unique in the way the handle is attached to the cooking end.) Interesting that it won great idea awards; maybe we have moved too far away from our roots so that old time cooking methods are new and interesting. Also wondering how many would be sold. It is not something I was waiting for.

  • David TX harris, TX
    July 1, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    wow when i saw this i thought they ripped off the people in San Diego, they put on the pioneer days in old town to commemorate the arrival of the Mormon battalion . they cook up dough and put real cream in it and fresh honey and fresh churned butter. they have been doing it this way for years. I wonder if they applied for a patient. and will the Santee ward have to pay a royalty to them ?

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    July 1, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Yay for these boys. Our country needs inventors and entrepreneurs. It needs kids who are visionary and motivated. In short, it needs more up and coming citizens like these two. The only problem I had with the article was the need to wade through so much verbage to find out what the guys created. Disappointed with the journalistic style, but was crazy about the kids. I wish them every success.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    This shows valuable initiative. This is a quality I look for in the employees I hire for the business that I built. I applaud these young men.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    I also want to complain about the story structure. It was annoying.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    To "Daddiooh", I had the same problem with the poorly structured story. I eventually resorted to skipping to the end, like reading the end of a whodunnit novel without a good enough plot to wait to find out.

    Jason's bio states he has received some rewards for good journalism, so maybe he wrote this one on a bad day and pushed it out without enough editing.

    Nevertheless, the story was good even if the writing needed some help.

  • DebAdams Safford, AZ
    July 1, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    I forgot to add, please be careful using campfires. Perhaps, you could encourage your product even in a kitchen stove setting. Again, congratulations on creating a product and business. You have inspired many!

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    July 1, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    Way to go young men!

    I'm mostly impressed with their ingenuity, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit; especially at their age.

    Instead of wading themselves through the typical teenage doldrums of fast-food vending or sitting at home playing mind-wasting games for hours on end they are developing business plans, websites and contracts, as well as working their own manufacturing assembly line. These two get it, and I wish them all the best!

    Don't be surprised if you eventually see these two on the cover of Mr. Forbes' magazine one day.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 1, 2013 6:24 a.m.

    Pretty impressive, like people in the Northwest I wouldn't have thought you could make a business of it, but I would have been wrong. Congratulations.

  • DebAdams Safford, AZ
    July 1, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story! Congratulations Tanner and Spencer! I found it amazing how you had an idea and ended this success story by creating a product and a business! You both are an inspiration! Last month I graduated from NAU with B.S. in Elementary Education. We have five daughters ages 13 to 32, and three grandchildren ages 1 to 6. I will share your "American dream" story with my family and future students. Thank you!
    Sincerely, Debbie Adams, B.S.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    July 1, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    The idea's been around for years... This is a common enough activity in boy scouts all over utah. I went to round table last month and they had folks doing their own versions, these boys just capitalized on a trend by providing equipment for it.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 1, 2013 5:14 a.m.

    This articles doesn't state what the product is until about 17 paragraphs in. That's really poor construction. It should have been stated in the first two paragraphs.

    Good for the boys. I wish them well.

  • Daddiooh Orem, UT
    June 30, 2013 10:49 p.m.

    The story on the kids is inspirational.

    However, I felt like the story itself could have been structured better. I, as a reader, had to wade through 70% of the article before you even told me what the product was, but you teased me with the product in the headline. Maybe that was your tactic, but I found it extremely annoying. Come on D-News! Get your A-game back. Please! Your newspaper means a lot to Utahns. Please deliver. Please.

  • clara PORT ORCHARD, WA
    June 30, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    It's a fancy slug stick! We've been doing the biscuit dough on the end of a long dowel for years in the NW. We can them slugs. My favorite fillings are chocolate pudding or cinnamon and sugar.

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    June 30, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    Unbelievable. I would have never thought something so simple would win $48,000 in prizes and sell even hundreds of copies. Perhaps they are very convincing in their presentations.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    June 30, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Ah...the smell of burned wood in my s'mores.