Not out of line at all pmojoe389. I just bought this for under $80 on ebay.
No particular brand. I thought it was going to be one of those appliances that I'd use a couple of times and than stick it on the top shelf of the pantry with the popcorn and waffle makers. But it's brilliant. I always take Biltong ( beef jerky ) with me whilst sailing or kayaking and by packing up strips of 6 in each packet it's so convenient and keeps it dry. Never thought about the batteries Bob. Good thought. I have matches and paper sealed up as well just in case the gas cooker doesn't work.
I've yet to find bags that are suitable for 'boil in a bag' food. It would be so convenient for what we do. If you know of if they exist or where to get them, please let me know.
Don't take life too seriously................it ain't permanent.