BioLite Camp Stove – High & Low Tech


Biolite Campstove

The BioLite camp stove is a recent development in the technology department that sounds like it’s too good to be true. The BioLite camp stove is a high tech stove that burns wood with the aid of an internal fan, and produces enough electricity to run the fan and recharge your cell phone.  The part that’s too good?  It’s costly, and you have to burn something to get juice.  It probably weighs as much as most liquid fueled alternatives, when you include the weight of the fuel.  And you do need to continue to feed the burner to make the internal fan operate and the generator to work.  Still, nicely designed piece of gear.

Here’s some specs from their website:

Fast to boil: 4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water
Fire power output (peak): 3.4 kw (lo) 5.5 kw (hi)
USB power output: Max continuous: 2W @5V, Peak: 4W @5V
Compatible Devices: Most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones
Fuel: Burns sticks, pine cones, pellets and other biomass
Packed size: Height 8.25 inches, Width 5 inches
Weight: 2 lbs 1 oz / 935 grams
Pot weight limit: 8 lbs or 1 gallon of liquid
Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum, plastic



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