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BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

    BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

    The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove™ combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite. See details

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    The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove™ combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite.

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    The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove™ combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite.

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    The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove™ combines the benefits of a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets at a backcountry campsite.

    • There's no need to buy or carry heavy fuel canisters with this stove—simply collect twigs during your journey and burn them when you get to camp
    • Using patent-pending thermoelectric technology, the stove converts heat to electricity that charges an internal battery and powers a fan to increase the efficiency of the fire
    • Extra electricity can be used to charge small electronics like cell phones, headlamps and rechargeable batteries via the USB port; devices and charging cables sold separately
    • For an Apple iPhone® 4S, 20 min. of charging with a strong fire gives you about 60 min. of talk time; charging times vary by device as well as by the strength of the fire
    • During a full burn, the CampStove can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 min. 30 sec.; place your pot or pan on the built-in pot support
    • Like a campfire, you can sit around the CampStove and watch the flames dance while you roast marshmallows and spend time with friends
    • Twigs from hardwood trees, like oak, maple and hickory, will burn hottest and cleanest; choose wood that's dry, and avoid burning leaves, as they can be smoky
    • CampStove can also burn wood pellets (available at many home and garden stores) if you're camping in a spot where you're not allowed to collect twigs or trees aren't present
    • BioLite CampStove weighs about 2 lbs.and is about the same size as a 1-liter Nalgene water bottle; power module stows inside the fuel chamber when the stove is not in use
    • Anodized-aluminum legs create a stable platform for cooking; legs fold in for compact storage when you're done making dinner
    • CampStove's starter battery helps kick-start the fire before the stove begins generating its own power so it's best to charge the battery for 2 - 4 hrs. before leaving home
    • BioLite CampStove comes with firestarter, stuff sack, USB cord for charging the internal battery and instructions for use; does not include a cable for charging devices

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    BioLite Wood Burning CampStove Specs
    Specification
    Description
    Best use
    Backpacking
    Wood
    Wood
    No
    Not applicable
    4 min. 30 sec.
    5 x 8.25 inches
    2 lbs. 1 oz.
    Fuel type
    Fuel
    Auto ignition
    Burn time (max flame)
    Average boil time
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    BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

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    BioLite Wood Burning CampStove is rated 4.1597 out of 5 by 119.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from revolutionary product After practicing using the Biolite at home (you must do this), we took it on a 8 day 7 night prim camping, hiking, mountain-biking trip. 1. The park restrictions were using a containerized stove". The Biolite gave us the real camping experience of making a camp fire in our "containerized stove" with less work, smoke, and wood (see below). It would be difficult, perhaps impossible, to make a such a small camp fire using so little wood and cook your food. Much of the time we just sat in our "alite" chairs chilling and picking up scraps of wood right under our feet. 2. Because the fuel i.e. wood was everywhere we ended up having luxury camping, making hot coco, hot tea, hot coffee, hot water to desensitize our titanium pot, spoon and spork. We heated our hard boiled eggs and bacon jerky making the best hot breakfast ever. We sat by it to keep warm. In other words, used it in a way we never EVER would, with snow-peak propane fuel. The weight of the propane + plus stove would have been much heavier than the 2lb Biolite stove. 3. The Biolite gave us security, by knowing we would not run out of fuel, something that's always in the back of your mind when using propane. 4. The Biolite is nowhere near as smoky as a real camp fire. It was wonderful to not get in the tent with the reek of smoke on my hair and clothes (unless you like that sort of thing). I have long, thick curly hair, so smoke from campfires has been a big downside for me, not to mention allergies from the smoke. 5. The Biolite will turn the outside of your pots black, a downside to using real wood. 6. It charges any usb device as advertised. Be sure to fully charge the battery the first time before using it. Don't just wait till the charge meter turns green thinking it's charged all the way. To clarify, the green indicator lets you know the battery is ready to charge your devices, it does not mean the battery is fully 100% charged. Remember, it also uses this battery to blow air on your fire. The device must always have enough stored energy to blow the fan, if not fully charged you will have to wait a bit longer burning wood to fully charge the battery. We would always make it our goal to try to insure the bio- lite battery was nice and green for a long time before ending our fire. 7. If you don't want to charge anything and just want to heat up your water/food quickly, put it on high, get your heated water/food and turn the fan to low and wait for it to turn off on it's own. Do not force a shutdown of the fan, it can damage it. You can heat water this way in a 2 - 3 minutes, using just a few twigs (it's pretty amazing). 8. The fan does make a blowing noise, it is a fan after all. It's not too loud but just something to keep in mind (You can still hear the birds chirping). 9. On rainy days, when storing the battery/fan separately, under the vestibule to keep it dry (while the ashes cooled down in the stove), I accidentally turned it on a few times. On a windy, rainy day, you could turn it on, while looking for other gear in your tent and not be able to hear you turned it on. So be carful when moving it around to get to other gear. This is not an issue when, after cooling down, the battery is stored inside the stove. But something to watch out for, as you want the battery as fully charged as possible. It's meant to be turned on easily while a fire is burning in the stove, otherwise one might tip the whole thing over. 10. On very windy days (got up to 30mph gusts) the three legs held the stove firmly in place, and the deep stove kept little embers from flying away i.e. much safer than a real fire. 11. If you have a smaller pot, a small metal triangle is provided to put on top of the stove. The triangle falls off, gets in the way while adding fire wood and is just not worth the effort. We ended up not using the triangle at all after two days, without incident. I hope I haven't forgot anything. I know it's 2 lbs., but the benefits, security, warmth and charging ability for long prim camping trips makes it a no brainer. This is a revolutionary product, for a company helping reduce smoke inhalation in 3rd world countries. Thanks Biolite for turning our camping trip into warm luxury adventure.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for car camping & power outages I began using this camp stove in the summer of 2012 when car camping in the White Mountains, and have continued to use it since. The design is well thought-out. The orange power unit stores inside the cold burn chamber. The three sturdy legs fold under the burn chamber. The integrated tripod pot rest is effective. The mistake I most often make when starting up the stove is putting too much wood in the burn chamber. All the fuel you need to get the fire going is a handful of small twigs--dry enough that they snap when you break them. I have boiled water; heated up many lunches; used a small frying pan for hot dogs, onions, red peppers; and roasted marshmallows on this camp stove. The kids request that we make fires with the BioLite CampStove & I am happy to oblige, in part because it is fun for me, too. I have charged a variety of small devices including Apple products and the Petzl Core battery. Finding fuel is easy, free, and non-hazardous. The thermoelectric unit charges the integrated fan which helps to burn the wood efficiently--usually with little to no smoke. The fan turns itself off if when the unit cools down. There is usually very little ash left to dispose of. It is a great, little camp stove--solid, well built & fun to use. I am glad to see REI has added it to its offerings.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stove! This thing works very good. The grill works well also. I use wood pellets for stove/pot cooking and wood chips for the grill portion. hickory chips are good for cooking burgers. It is mostly smokeless except for when you add new wood to the fire. It puts out alot of heat. wood pellets I would add about every 7 minutes and wood chips about every 5 minutes to maintain constant heat. it charges a phone well if you keep the flame hot. I was gonna buy a usb light to hook up for cooking at night or some usb christmas lights. the possibilities are endless. I give it an A+.
    Date published: 2014-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Excellent Stove I've been using the BioLite Campstove both in the city in our small backyard and on several camping trips. It was great when we took it out with our kayaks and canoes, and it worked well in the wooded areas where we camp, and we just did that in really cold weather. Not only is it a great stove and useful for charging our electronics, but our kids sit around it like they would a large campfire, except we aren't burning huge logs, just a few sticks. They like the idea of being able to charge their devices, and we like the powerful flame for fast cooking. Can't wait to try to the new grill which looks to make a great stove even better. Although a few people have commented that it's a bit heavy, if you factor in that you don't have to carry fuel and a charging device like a solar panel, then it's probably a wash. Also, I imagine that it wouldn't be my first choice taking it backpacking above treeline for any extended period of time. But aside from that, it's just a really well designed, quality product that my whole family loves. Thanks, REI, for adding this to your stores.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excels as a wood-burning stove After reading the reviews, I wasn't expecting much from the charging capabilities. What I wasn't expecting was how well it simply worked as a small, wood-burning stove. Plus, it can charge. First, it's a stove. For the people who say it needs to be fed often, they probably haven't cooked much on an open fire. Yes it does because of its size, but if you've cooked on an open fire, the amount of wood you need with this is minimal. Open fires have to be maintained, and this one does want constant attention, but only as far as fuel is concerned. Simply drop in a couple sticks, and it does the rest. No rearranging, shuffling coals, or restarting if it flames out. The fan is does the job of the person who needs to blow on the fire to get it or keep it going, but it can keep blowing the entire time without passing out. This means the wood fire is always burning better than any open fire ever could. The air guides inside the stove are well designed and keep the fire burning at the bottom, but really encourage it to roar at the top. Once you drop a fire source in, the fan does the rest of the work. Fire dies down? Flame goes out? Just drop in more sticks. No more coaxing embers back to life. On the cons side, the charging is slow, but it is functional. However, keep in mind that the primary purpose of the power source here is to self-sustain the fan that makes the fire so simplistically possible, which it does very well. I see the charging capability as a bonus to a self-sufficient, incredibly efficient, wood-burning stove. Weight is another concern, with the charging unit weighing more than the stove, but I've backpacked with a very light stove and bottled fuel, and the overall weight was more there, assuming wood is available for this one. Depending on party size, this plus a Whisperlite and one bottle on a week-long trip could weigh less and take up less space than the extra fuel. But, it's not meant as a minimalist stove. I like it, and I'm very pleasantly surprised with how well it functions simply as a wood-burning stove. It can't be all things for all people. The charging is an extra bonus for me, and it may not outweigh lugging along a couple extra batteries if I'm on my own.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from inconveniently small for softwood fires I bought this product looking for backcountry electric charging options. I live in Alaska where solar is plentiful in the summer but not in the winter, so getting electricity from heat is an interesting option. However, due to the small size of the burn chamber, your fuel, must be only 3-4 inches long and not more than 1/2 inch in diameter. With softwoods this does not give a lot of heat so the stove must be fed constantly and few coals will develop. If you have access to hardwoods like oak or maple you may have a very different experience with this stove. It does produce quite a bit of heat for the amount of fuel used with the blower fan running and not too much smoke once you get it going. Fire starter is very handy. I used slices of fake fire log. Very dry tinder will work for the more patient. Just don't forget your hatchet. For charging devices the stove will need to be run for quite a while. It took 3 hours to fully charge an iphone 4 from 0% with a maximum fire. Without a pot on top to keep the heat in the stove, the green charge light would go out every few minutes. Placing a can, open on both ends, on top of the stove, to act as a chimney, contained the heat better and created more complete combustion. It also allowed longer sticks to be placed in the stove, for slightly fewer refuelings. During a long burn with my homemade 'chimney' the power units plastic top needed a heat shield (tin foil worked). Not very hot, but efficiency would be reduced by preheating the incoming air. Electricity is generated because of the temperature difference between incoming air and the heat of the copper heatsink in the flames. More power is generated as the air temperature drops. Im looking forward to testing it this winter. I would like the product more if I were in an area with hardwood or if the burn chamber were doubled in volume.
    Date published: 2014-04-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great stove, but a little limited Purchased this about a month and a half ago as I was intrigued by the use of wood and not being bound to carrying fuel. Took it on several "shakedown cruises" in the backyard including cooking corn and other pot dishes. Also grilled several items using the grill attachment. I really like this stove, but, if you are not an avid fire starter, make sure you use the firestarter sticks provided or some other type. It has a tendency to give you fits otherwise. Once you get going it rocks! Granted, you do have to feed the fire along the way and dry hardwood is definitely wise. Damp or wet wood slows the process, but you can slog through. The grill accessory is aces! I have done asparagas, salmon, pork chops, burgers and dogs on mine and they tasted just as good as if they had been done on my Weber charcoal grill. If you use hardwood chunks you get the added flavor bonus. Admittedly, charging devices from the power unit is spotty and takes a consistent, hot fire. Once you learn to manange the fire, you can get juice back into your iPhone. One drawback. It works well if the pot/pan you are using is close to the size of the stove, Pinacle MicroDualist for example. If the pan is too much bigger than the stove, heating is not real even. Finally, and I believe the coolest aspect of this stove, is the ability to have a mini, personal campfire without having a fire ring, etc. Sinc my son is a Scout, we practice the "leave no trace" ethic and this really helps. You can sit and have a comforting fire, all be it small, but psychologically, it is still a fire and is comforting on a chilly night. All in all, I would recommend.
    Date published: 2014-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stove. I really like the way I can load this fully with twigs/debris and cook/boil for 25 minutes without reloading or fiddling with it at all. No smoke either. Here's a vid showing it in batch mode.
    Date published: 2014-04-08

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