The Excellent BioLite CampStove – Cooks & Generates Electricity!
The BioLite CampStove is an amazing device, feed it twigs/small sticks (isn’t that what a twig is anyway?), pine-cones etc, that you find along your way and it will not only boil your water and cook your food quickly, it will also charge your mobile phone and other gadgets by converting heat from the fire into usable electricity. This powerful little biomass stove has a very nice modern/innovative design ( for those that’s important to) and it is very solid and well made. Everything about the stove says quality!
Once you get the fire going you turn a fan on that provides more air, and creates a turbo-like effect, making the stove burn hotter and more efficiently. Once the stove is going well it can boil a litre of water in 8-10 minutes. The stove is great for charging mobile phones and pretty much any gadget (LED lamps etc) which has a USB port. It obviously takes a while to charge phones so you do need to keep feeding the fire and keep it ticking over nicely to charge effectively if you are after a full charge.
The BioLite CampStove stove is a truly unique stove, it runs on twigs, it cooks and boils water fast, and it charges phones. It is too big and heavy for a single bug-out-bag, but it would be an excellent stove for a family or small group, to use either at home (due to power loss) or out surviving in the wilderness. We all rely on our phones too much and having the ability to recharge our phones with a device which doesn’t relay on solar energy, makes the BiloLite CampStove worthy of your consideration.
Currently the stove retails at $129, which admittedly is more expensive than many traditional liquid fuel stoves BUT, you don’t ever need to buy fuel canisters and it charges your phone, which in an emergency situation could be priceless.
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