BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

A cross between a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger, this innovative stove lets you cook your food and charge your gadgets with nothing more than the twigs you collect around your camp.
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  • 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
  • Stove 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Comes with firestarter, stuff sack, USB cord for charging the internal battery and instructions for use; does not include a cable for charging devices

BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

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

BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

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Rated 4.2239/5 based on 134 reviews
Rated 3out of5
by fromGreat Stove, Poor Charger This works amazing as a stove! Only downside is you have to take off your pots to add more wood. I found it works best to cut 1" diameter sticks about 5 inches long once the fire gets going they will fit perfect. People say the stove is big but it's about the size of a nalgene bottle and you don't have to carry fuel which is a huge plus! Boiled a liter of water in about 3 minutes once the stove was heated up and burning ( by the way takes little effort to get it going hot) This did not charge my phone at all. I have a Nexus 4 while the phone was on the charging symbol would go on and off every second so it wasn't putting out a constant charge. I had my phone off and kept the stove burning strong for at least an hour and didn't charge it at all. Once the phone was dead completely the charger wouldn't put out enough charge for the phone to turn on. It may work with other devices but wouldn't charge my phone.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 3out of5
by fromGreat idea - but not perfect To start - love the idea! No fossil fuel to bring on a hiking trip, love it!!! I would like to give it 5 stars but i just can`t. I took the biolite on a 10 day bike/hike trip and really used it three times a day. Without fire starters you need some patience to get it going (To bring fire starters kind of defeats the idea to not have to bring fuel, i think) but it works – with lots, and i am talking LOTs of smoke. Once it has a good flame going the biolite heats your food extremely well. That you have to constantly feed it with wood i don't care, it is really no big deal and, hey, it gives you a campfire illusion. If the flame gets to low, a lot, and i mean A LOT of smoke starts to form and you have to blow in the fire to get it going strong again. I had extremely nice weather, i tried to work with the biolite with wet wood in our yard, it kinda works but it's, again, a very smokey, business. (I understand that wet wood creates smoke, but the biolite really gets every bit of smoke out of wood that is possible…) I really don't want to have to completely depend on the biolite in a long period of rainy weather…. Your cooking would take extremely long time. That's one of the five star gone. The second star it doesn't get is the very limited charging power. 45 minutes of cooking gave about 15 percent of the iPhone charge, it's better that nothing but it's not great. I was able to get about one batterie-sybol of a go pro charged in the same amount of time. "It's great to get something out of it, but it's not great" My conclusion: It's a great and FUN product, but i have a hard time believing that you really can rely on it in rainy weather, the charging power it very limited.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 4out of5
by fromNice item Works well. Does take constant feeding of wood to cook for long period with. Boiling water is much easier than cooking food.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 4out of5
by fromBoils with ease So far just test runs of the Biolite. It lights with ease. The amount of wood it will burn through is surprisingly high.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 4out of5
by fromGreat for charging devices on the trail My girlfriend and I recently bought this for our first backpacking trip. We tested it at home before leaving (I ALWAYS put new gear through testing before taking it anywhere) and it worked great, but needed fuel added every few minutes. Out on the trail at our campsite, we gathered up a large pile of sticks and twigs, and got this thing going. It took us awhile to get it going due to damp wood, but once going it produced enough heat to dry out damp sticks shortly after adding. We even managed to find dry sticks to add later on, and worried less about wet wood. The only problem is that it still needed to be "fed" every 5 minutes, and our pile of sticks ran out quickly. It took more fuel to keep going because it had to dry out wet stuff before it would burn. I think we ended up scavenging most of the sticks around our campsite inside an hour. This stove was not ideal with damp sticks (no fire is...), and I ended up naming it Garfield on the trip due to its voracious appetite. The heat coming off of the stove (once the fire was well established) was more than enough to heat up 4 cups of water to boiling for our freeze-dried meals. Unfortunately, that took longer than it should have (and longer than it did in testing) due to constantly having to add fuel and re-position the pot support ring. We bought a JetBoil Sol system as a backup in case of wet wood again. It worked great when testing it, as we had a plentiful supply of bone dry sticks. We still had the same pot support ring issue. You have to use the pot support ring, otherwise you end up all but snuffing out the fire. All in all, this is a great little device. Once you get it lit, the fan really helps things take off. If you have a lot of smoke and heat, but no flame, just carefully blow into the top of the chamber to displace the smoke. After a few blows, the smoke cleared out and flames took over. The fan kept it blazing from there. Make sure you have a large supply of fuel (larger sticks) to keep the fire going. Keep in mind that the high fan setting gives you more heat, but burns through fuel faster. It takes longer to boil water than backpacking stoves, but it's cheaper in the long run when you don't have to buy fuel cans. We're keeping this stove and plan to use it when conditions are ideal and dry fuel is plentiful. Also, it's great to have along to recharge our phones, radios, and flashlights. We like how it's useful for cooking, heat, and charging. However, we're going to take along the JetBoil as a backup in case of wet wood again.
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 4out of5
by fromOutdoor Stove So far it's the best product I've seen out there. Pretty easy to use but it will take time to understand temperature control. Burning sticks of wood is pretty easy to start but controlling the fire and keeping it constant was a bit challenging for me. With more practice of using the Bio-Lite CampStove, I think anyone could master it. The USB charger really works well with the iPhone 4S and 5.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 4out of5
by fromOnly camp stove I'll take with me I love this camp stove for its compact size and efficiency. I love that it burns twigs, small sticks, and pinecones. It produces very little smoke, boils a pot of water in 4-5 minutes, and when you let it run down it leaves nothing but cold white ash. The only downside is the usb port cover is molded rubber that shows wear pretty quickly. I think that could have been designed better. Other than that, this is the perfect camp stove!
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 4out of5
by fromAdded weight worthwhile on long trips I used mine for the first time after 24 hours of rain. Get tiny (dead) kindling from under overhanging brush. Then get some larger stuff. It takes less wood that I imagined to cook, but it does need constant attention. Using one of their starter sticks was no problem. If you're going to be the only one cooking, get a lot of wood and pre-break some a good pile of it. Once going, this thing would burn dead, wet 1/2 inch pieces no problem. It is heavy, but I think the weight of not carrying fuel is a 2+ night payback. I ended up carrying my Whisperlight and some fuel anyways. It's nice to boil water for your coffee while you cook your spam for breakfast! I didn't try out the charger or the pot holder (I was using the grill).
Date published: 2013-07-20

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