This boat, with it's beefy generator and what not, has a lot more 110V gadgets than our last boat had. One such item is a toaster. We never had a toaster on Rasmus and yet we ate toast and peanut butter for breakfast just about every single day. We ate it so much, in fact, that this time around Scott asked in genuine wonderment, "Now that we have a fridge on this boat, I wonder what our "go to" breakfast will be? Will it still be toast and peanut butter?" His question was not tounge in cheek or sarcastic. It was legit. I am that uncreative in the galley.
Anyway, I am getting off topic.
We never had a toaster, but we did have a stove and we found toasting over an open flame with an old fashioned heat diffuser worked just fine. We plopped our toast on it, watched it closely, turned and flipped it a copule times and voila - perfect toast in minutes (well, *most* of the time...toast made over an open flame is more prone to burning). By the time we got to Trinidad, however, the ole diffuser was a rusty mess and needed to be retired. It did not make it on to this boat.
That said, just because we can run more 'gadgets' on this boat doesn't mean we will. Energy consumption is still something we will be very cognizant of and frugal with and firing up a generator to run an AC powered gadget just to make some toast makes zero sense to us. As such, we opted to get rid of the toaster (one less bulky thing to store!) and go back to the way that served us so well for two years: toasting over an open flame. Home, home on the range....
This time however, I found a great little camping toaster. I have been using this thing for the last week and I love it. It folds up to about the size of a CD, is stainless steel, and works great. As I mentioned earlier, you do need to keep an eye on it and turn your toast a couple of times so that it browns evenly. You also should keep an eye on it so you don't start a fire. This little puppy gets HOT and if left unattended, your bread WILL catch on fire.