The HotMat is available worldwide through its website. The HotMat is available worldwide through its website. The HotMat is available worldwide through its website. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

This foldable hot plate is every traveler's dream

Forget the bulky big plates of the past with this innovative invention that's both stylish and smart.

It's June, and that means it's National Camping Month. You and your buddies are planning a trip to some nearby campgrounds. You'd like to bring a hotplate to keep your food warm and toasty, but they're just too darn bulky to bring with you.

Meet Rafi Gabbay. He may just have the solution you're looking for with his new HotMat invention. Made out of durable Teflon, it's a foldable hot plate that can fit right into your backpack.

Rafi Gabbay, seen here in a YouTube video, invented the HotMat as a student project in design school.Rafi Gabbay, seen here in a YouTube video, invented the HotMat as a student project in design school. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The Jerusalem-born Gabbay, an Israeli industrial designer, said he came up with the idea because regular-sized hotplates can be bulky and clumsy. He studied at the Haddasah Design School and at the Bezalel Academy of Art, both in Israel. He sketched the design for the HotMat as his final student project and decided to turn it into a real product after graduation. His work was also been presented in the contemporary design exhibition "Dream Makers" at the Israel Museum.

Anita Atwell Seate, who lives in rural Pennsylvania and likes to camp so much she registered at REI for her wedding, was nothing short of ecstatic when she found out about the HotMat. "Wow, this looks awesome!" she told From The Grapevine. "I like that it has multiple burners, which a lot of portable camping stoves don't have. So you could heat up water for coffee on one side while scrambling eggs on the other."

A screengrab from the HotMat website shows the various benefits of the new product.A screengrab from the HotMat website shows the various benefits of the new product. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

The new device has already sold thousands of units and is available for purchase through the HotMat website, now that a beta test of the product is complete. "Sales have been amazing," Gabbay told From The Grapevine. "We are going to be out of stock for the third time."

So forget cumbersome metal buffet trays and dangerous sternos. And the next time you're traveling or just need to heat up that quiche you brought to the office party, this space-saving solution may be for you.

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This foldable hot plate is every traveler's dream
The HotMat portable camping hot plate will make bulky metal plates and dangerous sternos a thing of the past.