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BioLite CampStove

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    Date night.

    Imagine this— freshly foraged chicken of the woods filets, pan cooked over an open fire courtesy of the BioLite CampStove, served with a side of wilted dandelion greens, and aromatic rosemary sprinkled atop warm, buttery rice. If your mouth is watering with anticipation and dreams of recreating such an idyllic, delicious scenario, you're in luck because the CampStove can make your gourmet camp food dreams a reality. Thanks to such an innovative stove, long gone are the days when your vittles were restricted to watery mac'n'cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, and questionable dehydrated food.

    The CampStove doesn't just provide savory meals—it's a stove, electrical power, and heat source all rolled into one. This convenient, self-sustaining stove is about the size of a 32 oz, BPA free water bottle, emanates smokeless flames, and its' advantageous powerpack easily nests within the heat mesh stove (just make sure the stove has cooled down before nesting). In place of cumbersome, excessive, and rather expensive fuel canisters, this easy-to-use stove only desires to be fueled with scrounged up twigs, pinecones, or any other flammable biomass that you discover whilst travelling. So you can forget about those eyebrow-raising fuel receipts and spend your money more wisely elsewhere, like on additional delicious frothy beverages or s'mores supplies.

    One of the most appealing aspects of the CampStove is its intuitive recycling of energy. While your chicken of the woods simmers in a sea of butter, your phone charges in 20 minutes time, providing an additional 60 minutes of talk time to the pre-existing battery life. However, in order to harness the electricity that's required to charge your phone, lights, or squirrel-sized jet pack, the BioLite's patented core technology captures otherwise wasted fire-heat through a heat probe attached to the brightly colored, orange powerpack. The powerpack then converts the heat into usable electricity via a thermoelectric generator—this little doo-dad then powers a fan and sends surplus energy into the USB charging port, ultimately extending its little electric tentacles into your electronic item of choice.

    • Charging time varies by device and strength of fire
    • Renewable biomass fuel
    • Fire quality is 1.6oz of wood to boil 1 liter of water
    • 4.5-minutes to boil one liter of water
    • Powers most USB-chargeable devices
    • USB power output max continuous 2W at 5V and peak 4W at 5V
    • Thermoelectric generator
    • 2W USB port
    • Internal fan and gas jets
    • Scalloped pot stand
    • Honeycomb heat mesh
    • Aluminum legs
    • Item #BIO0008

    Tech Specs

    Material
    stainless steel, aluminium, high temperature plastic
    Fuel Type
    renewable biomass (twigs, pinecones, wood pellets)
    Boil Time
    4.5 min
    Heat Output
    [LO] 3.4 kW, [HI] 5.5 kW
    Includes
    stuff sack, instructions, USB cord (for internal battery charging), BioLite Stove, firelighter
    Dimensions
    8.25 x 5 in
    Claimed Weight
    2.06 lbs
    Recommended Use
    camping, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

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    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    I have used mine mainly for the BBQ.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Would I take this with me on a hike or climb? No.

    Would I take this with me on a picnic or to the beach? Yes.

    Car camping? Yes.

    If the power goes out for days on end? Hell Yes!

    Pellet fuel is supposed to last longer and Biolite has just started selling their own brand.

    I have never used charcoal briquettes, but I have read you can use them. They would last a long time without having to refuel over and over.

    It is a great product for any 'Oh Sh!t moment'

    Anyone who has seen it has asked about getting one for themselves. Add the grill and you have a grill that will make the best tasting food if you use wood chips that you would use for smoking meat.

    Is it perfect? No. It is just a neat product to have if the sh!t ever hits the fan.

    Everyone who I show this to wants one

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased the bundle which includes the grill, pot, and light in February, and I have never gotten so much use out of a piece of gear. This thing is incredible. First the elephant in the room. Everyone wants to complain about how stupid it is to burn a massive amount of wood to charge your device (very slowly) when you should be enjoying the outdoors. Well, if you don't like that, don't use the usb port. The charging ability is a gimmick that people get hung up on, but I see it as more of an afterthought from the manufacturer. This stove is about efficiant use of energy, so if there is an over abundance of energy being converted, why not spit it out to a port rather than just ignoring it exists. If you live in an area that is prone to severe storms that can take out your power for days on end, you need to have this. This will cook for you, treat your water, and throw enough charge into your phone that you can maintain your ability to make emergency calls.



    Since I have acquired this, I have not used my grill. I pick up the twigs around my yard, get out my stove and grill, and in the time it would take to prepare the coals in my Webber, I have a perfectly cooked steaks for me and my wife with the 800 degree wood seasoned flames (did you know that magnolia adds great flavor to beef - neither did I) searing the outside and cooking through perfectly before the meat gets dry. I've cooked hotdogs in the rain on this grill faster than you can cook them in a microwave. I put them on, went to get the buns out, and had to flip quickly because they were already browning.



    Is this larger and heavier than a fuel stove - sure - but factor in that you don't need to carry fuel! I've always been worried about fuel leaking or running out, I don't have to worry with the BioLite. Fuel is everywhere, and once the flame gets hot, it'll burn anything. This is not a wood burning stove, it is a portable mini forge, it is ready to cook on about 5 minutes after you get it lit. Lighting without the engineered firestarter sticks is a little bit of trial and error, but practice and you'll have it down. I've found making a ball of long hardwood shavings set atop a layer of 3 inch long, twigs standing on end, with some finger sixed split sticks at the ready, and is the way to go. I've read reviews that complain about a lot of smoke, but if you keep the fire hot, use more knife-split wood, and less full diameter twigs, and avoid sappy wood, then there is less for the fire to dry, and less smoke generation. You do have to feed the fire regularly, because it will eat up the material quickly, but just be prepared. before you light-up, get together a small stack of wood trimmed to an appropriate length, and every once in a while, throw another stick in, not a big deal. This uses every bit of fuel, and will burn till the flame is cold-out. After an hour of burn you'll be left with about 1/4 cup of loose powdery ash to get rid of.



    This has a very sturdy base so you don't have to worry about it tipping, something I was always concerned about with gas burning or alcohol stoves. The feet on the BioLite can be set into the ground, an you can cook with confidence. So far, I have only cooked using the grill, and the kettle pot has only been used to boil water (I can boil 4 pot-fulls in about 25 minutes). I'm hesitant to use a skillet over the flame because it seems like the heat would be very localized in the middle. I'd like to see BioLite introduce some sort of defuser that could be be clipped around the collar at the top of the stove and spread the heat out over a larger radius while creating a broader surface to support a skillet.



    Ignore the gimmick, but that USB port will be there when you need it. Be self-sufficient, don't carry fuel, cook and heat efficiently, safely, & effectively, and enjoy. This is the best gear I've gotten to date.

    Everyone who I show this to wants one

    Renewable energy in wilderness.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This does a really good job, for what you're getting. Solar is tricky, because the sun has to be just right. But, in most places there is always something to burn. So, it's a guaranteed energy source.



    This cooks pretty fast, about as long as cooking on the fire. The electronics take a lot longer, though. This is new for me, so I'll have to update it when I've used it more.



    It's best to keep up on your electronics. Recharge them as often as you can, whether the battery is low or not. They usually take a long time just to get enough power to turn on. So, don't let them die out completely.

    Renewable energy in wilderness.

    Total nonsense

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    this thing is at best a car camping gimmick. It's stupid heavy, burns half a handful of twigs, and might give you a eighth of a charge if you spend a few hours feeding it twigs nonstop. If you wanna burn wood, get a real woodburning stove (aka a few grams of titanium sheeting). If you want to charge your phone, bring a battery. If you like giving random corporations money for no reason, buy this!

    Corporation? It is actually more like a bunch of annoying tree hugging hipsters.

    If the power goes out and you need to charge your phone? It will do that, where without it you would be SOL.

    Does it have its drawbacks? Yes, it does. But getting to second base is still better than not getting any action at all.

    Brilliant heating and charging solution

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had this stove for about a year, and I've taken it on every backpacking and camping trip I've been on. When I first used it, I was instantly impressed with how fast the fire catches and takes off. It gets water to a boil much quicker than a traditional camp fire. A great perk is that you don't have to carry any fuel with you on your trip - just pick it up at the campsite. One drawback is that on the high fan speed, it chews through little sticks pretty quickly, so having a small hatchet to split some wood into small bits helps.

    Not to mention that it will charge all of your USB devices. Just make sure that it's well charged before you leave, or else it will take some time to charge itself up again.

    Great product! I've used it ~15 times, and I am still impressed.

    Why pay for fuel when the earth provides

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had my Biolite stove for a little over a year. I was first introduced to it on a climbing trip to Squamish, B.C. My friend pulled it out of her cooking bin and I was instantly intrigued, it uses sticks, it has a built in fan and it charges my phone. I was sold and bought one right away.



    The stove works on bio fuel, that means any stick I pick up off the ground, and those are free. The unit has a built fan that stokes your fire for you with two speed settings. In addition once you have generated enough heat you can charge devices via a USB port. In this photo I'm charging my Outdoor Tech Kodiak power bank which can charge my Iphone three times.



    When your done cooking the fire burns hot enough to leave you with just ash, which is easily dusted around camp and leaves no trace or damage of a camp fire with the benefit of cooking on the efficient heat a real fire can produce.

    Why pay for fuel when the earth provides
    Unanswered Question

    Soot? Charges ALL devices?

    Leaning towards the BioLite as I'd really like to not rely on fuel canisters OR fossil fuels. But wondering about soot? What is the cleanup like for BOTH the stove and any pots/pans used? Also, anyone used this to charge an iPhone and a GPS watch like a Garmin Fenix3? Thanks in advance for any info.