I saw this posted on another site and thought it might be of interest to some here. It appears the failure of the wood/charcoal/propane kickstarter project may have impacted the entire CFIAC company. All products are now showing 'Currently out of stock' on their website Products - Campfire In A Can
Darned shame because the propane
model is a good product and I had a great experience with this company when sourcing a replacement part damaged by my carelessness. I hope this is just a temporary setback and they'll return soon.
We want to thank all of you for your support of this project. Despite our best efforts we are not able to complete this project. There are many reasons; one of the biggest causes was the significantly delayed timeline. The project also involved relying on others to do their part. We received the revised sample from the factory and it is not satisfactory. Unfortunately the people that we relied upon did not do their part.
New products are always risky, even with our experience in making similar products things can still go wrong. Unfortunately that’s what happened with this project. The production development had too many time delays and unsatisfactory product samples from our partners in China. This was a shock for us after working on similar projects in the past and being able to work through many challenges that arose during the same sort of endeavor.
This is our final update. It is with a heavy heart that we have to stop working on this project.
Here is a basic representation of the allocation of Kickstarter funds.
Production Development Costs
10% Commissions paid to Kickstarter & Amazon payment processing
10% China factory visits
12% Safety testing & approvals
23% Tooling costs
20% Production development administration costs
17% Prototypes, samples, engineering work, CAD drawings