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Spring Skiing, Spring Campfire



The snow is finally melting away and the spring flowers are coming here in Idaho!  We are celebrating the end of the ski season with the beginning of camping season by just hanging out roasting marshmallows with friends. As you can see, we have come up with some other interesting interesting uses for the Rolla Roaster, in this case using it as a salad fork. We thought it was great you could eat an entire meal outdoors with the rolla roaster, salad for the main meal, and marshmallows for desert.  This was also part of a video that we’re working on, it will make more sense once you see that, but for now just enjoy the scene of winter leaving and spring coming! Get ready for camping!

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First Campfire of 2013!

First campfire of the year!IMG_1811c-rrZ

It was a beautiful sunny day here in Idaho on March 15th, so we decided we would try and bring in summer early by starting a campfire in the front yard and having a spontaneous Rolla Roaster cook out. Who needs to cook regularly, inside when you can just use the Rolla Roaster outside. There was a moment when we thought a storm would blow in, as Idaho is know n for its fluctuating weather, especially in this time of year. We decided to seize the day and make the most of a semi warm spring evening and enjoy some time around the campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows around the campfire! It was a great night telling stories, laughing and cooking, we look forward to the warmer spring nights ahead!IMG_1835czThe Rolla Roaster makes roasting marshmallows easy!  You can get the perfect golden brown marshmallow for the smore. I even put my graham crackers and chocolate together and put it in between the forks to warm the entire smore up. It was delicious!

IMG_1806RR-czInventor Bob Holzer leading the way using his invention.  This is how we test our products! First hand.


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The story of the Rolla Roaster


The Rolla Roaster has changed camping for us! Coming out of Idaho, it only makes sense, camping is one of our main outdoor activities. There is a saying “Life is good around the campfire.” Time spent just enjoying time with family and friends in the outdoors.

So here is a brief history of how this all got started, over a campfire. A one armed inventor named Bob Holzer, moves to Idaho and soon the evening campfires in the front yard with his wife and friends is just the normal routine.  Soon Bob has an idea to make something that roasts marshmallows and hot dogs over the fire with something other than sticks and the idea to have a camping fork that telescopes out. Then the work begins, he makes a few prototypes with TV antennas in his small shop beside their even smaller home located right along the Clearwater River. Soon the fork is welded on, the wooden handle added for heat resistance, and it is ready to telescope out and be tested.

There was a bet made on how many could be sold before Christmas, his wife Jan bet him he couldn’t sell 100. Before you know it 500 roasters are sold and assembled by Bob in the small shop. There it is, the start of the business known as CMS Manufacturing.

This was 30 years ago and still today when people learn about the Rolla Roaster, the ultimate marshmallow roasting stick, they are amazed and overjoyed and want all their friends to have one too!  Bob didn’t see this small camping fork being a thriving business for this long, but due to the originality and practical use and just his perseverance and passion for his invention, CMS Manufacturing is still here and growing. We hope that all campers one day can say goodbye to searching for sticks in the woods, those can be saved for the kids to play with, build a fort or something. We hope that in the years to come families will come together around the campfire and all the cooking will be done on a Rolla Roaster!


If you haven’t seen or heard of the Rolla Roaster yet check out the website,

It is the original telescoping camping fork, ideal for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs over the campfire. Enjoy camping!

rolla-historical-1The Original Rolla Roaster