BioLite recently introduced their revolutionary CampStove at the 2012 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The company specializes in the development of advanced energy products for third-world, disaster, and backcountry applications. Their stoves operate on an efficient, wood-burning technology to provide for a clean and safe cooking platform while simultaneously generating electrical power for charging small electronics off-grid.
The BioLite CampStove is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen in a backpacking stove! For starters, this stove doesn’t require the use of traditional canister or liquid gas fuels. Simply fill the fuel chamber with twigs and light them up like a small camp fire! The stove’s thermo-electric technology then converts heat from the fire into electricity that powers a fan to make the fire burn more efficiently. Excess power from the generator supplies a USB port which can be used to charge small electronics while the stove is running! The stove packs down to the size of a 1L Nalgene bottle and weighs in at just over 2lbs.
The concept of the BioLite CampStove is very exciting and I’m particularly drawn to the idea of a stove that can also supply power on-demand! I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one of these stoves to verify if some of the impressive specs such as boil time and charge time are up to snuff. Thankfully, the folks at BioLite believe that independent product testing is important and have agreed to supply a stove for me to try and report on. Stay tuned for this much anticipated review and more!