BIOLITE CampStove

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BIOLITE CampStove
 
3.9

(based on 9 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      • Camping (4)
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      (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works exactly as advertised

      By Al

      from Buffalo, NY

      Pros

      • Good In High Winds
      • quick boil
      • Unlimited Fuel
      • USB Charging

      Cons

      • Difficult To Simmer
      • Need To Feed Fuel Often

      Best Uses

      • Camping
      • Long Multi-day Hiking

      Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

      We took the BioLite stove on a 4 day family canoe trip. The trip involved multiple portages, and weight is always an issue on these trips. I usually use a whisper-lite or Jet-boil stove. I considered bringing one for a backup, but in the end decided only to bring the BioLite. It weighed in at 2 pounds 2 oz (My jet-Boil with two 3.53 oz canisters weighs just under 2 pounds, and takes up more room as only one canister fits inside).

      The stove was easy to light using birch bark and small twigs, followed by pieces of wood from the size of a short pencil to the size of my thumb, and occasionally small pine cones. It took two to three minutes to get the wood gas re-ignition to create a "fuel jet pattern"

      Once fired up it boiled 2.5 cups (20 oz) of water In under 5 minutes using a well filled GSI halulite one quart tea kettle. The stove needed to be fed about every 30 seconds with small pieces of wood to keep the burn up.

      We also used the stove to fry sausages, pancakes, eggs, and to make dessert cakes out of brownie mix using an 7.5 inch fry pan from a Texsport kangaroo mess kit. It was a bit of a pain to keep feeding the stove. Using the low speed fan the pancakes came out very well and did not burn. We made bananas Foster the first night, and it was difficult to simmer. I needed to hold the pot up off the rest.

      My whole family took turns lighting and using the stove, and none had difficulty with it.

      While the flames were remarkably clean, there was some soot build-up on the bottoms of the pots, and slightly up the sides. There was very little smoke. (much cleaner than cooking on a campfire)

      While the stove is heavy, the lack of carried fuel well makes up for this. On this trip we also boiled water a lot of water for not only dehydrated food and hot drinks, but also for cleaning dishes. We had no concerns for wasting fuel as it was plentiful.

      The stove did charge my SteriPen Freedom and also charged AAA batteries using the Goal zero battery charger

      A few pointers
      1. Collect enough wood scraps for the entire cook time, and break them up into pieces less than 4 inches long.
      2. Carve wood shavings off a stick to use to reignite flame. (When the stove is not fed often enough it can burn down to coals and the flame will go out. Just throwing in a few shavings will be enough to have the flame start up from the coals)
      3. Use a "push stick" to move the pieces to the bottom of the stove to maximize the amount of wood gas that enters the bottom holes and exits though the re-ignition holes at the top
      4. Bring a small tarp to make use in the rain easier. (a three foot square piece of nylon fabric will suffice)

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      • Yes

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WORTH EVERY PENNY

      By BOO

      from NEW LONDON, CT

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Charges cell phones
      • Charges Cell Phonesetc
      • Charges Cell Phones Etc
      • Clean burning
      • Compact
      • Light Weight
      • provides heat
      • Safe To Use Inside
      • Small

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Heat
        • Power Outages
        • Prepping

        Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

        I bought mine this last spring after we got a huge snow storm in New England and were without power and heat for 4 days. Having dying cell phones and nothing hot to eat or drink was very stressfull.

        It's light weight, and the fact that any bio degradable material can be burned in it is fantastic. If you use harder wood in it, it the fire burns longer. So I have some 4 in long X 1-to 1 1/2 in thick blocks of hard wood.

        I also went to a store and picked up 2 steel dog bowl holders, put the legs on the bottom one and attached to two holders one on top of the other. This brings a stable platform around over the top of the stove. I then took the grated shelf out of our old toaster oven and placed it on top of the platform and that provided a good cook surface to place pots and pans, there by keeping that weight off my stove. It works fantastic.

        Of course if I was going to use this for just camping, I would either buy or make a lighter weight platform for the stove. The heavier steel one is really good for home and local use.

        One big plus is this was designed to use inside also. So in cold weather without electricity and heat, I won't be cold. And I can have hot food and drink. If you want to see more on how to use this you can go to the Bio Lite website.

        I bought mine at my local EMS,(1) I didn't have to pay for shipping,(2)I could ask question of their awesome employees,(3)it's nicer to see it in person.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Heats great, charges your tools too

        By Scouting in VT

        from Windsor, Vermont

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Charge Your Usb Toys
        • Quick to boil
        • Scavenge For Free Fuel
        • Works Well In Winter

        Cons

        • Charging Isn't Fast
        • Hard To Simmer
        • Requires Constant Feeding
        • Some noise

        Best Uses

        • Long Trips To Save Weight
        • Small Group Cooking
        • Winter Camping

        Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

        I bought mine before EMS carried it. It's best at heating water fast or cooking on high - a low simmer is tough to maintain. I can get it running full-steam in about 4 minutes from starting, provided I've gathered and broken up the kindling first. From there, I can boil 2 cups of water in another 4 minutes, pretty good for having picked up my fuel along the trail!

        I normally use white birch bark for tinder and now that I know to light it in the upper part of the burn chamber, I can get it started pretty quickly and easily.

        The major down-side is you have feed fuel every few minutes unless you're simmering or keeping stuff warm.

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        • No

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        A joke of a stove

        By Josko

        from Cape Cod

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Charges Gadgets
        • No need to carry fuel

        Cons

        • Finicky To Light
        • Hard to adjust
        • Long Boil Times
        • Needs Fuel Often

        Best Uses

        • Gadget Charger

        Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

        I find this stove is a joke when compared to typical liquid-fuel stoves, particularly in wintertime. It's awkward to light without (provided) fire starter sticks, chokes on even a small piece of green/wet wood, and heat output is much lower than a white-gas stove. I had difficulty bringing a 1.5L pot to boil in 15F temps, even with good, dry hardwood chunks.
        Wood needs to be cut/sawn into small chunks and is used up at a rate that will keep one person quite busy just sawing and feeding. Someone else needs to be gathering.
        I haven't tried charging gizmos with it, but I suppose it would, although I expect it'll get pretty old sawing and feeding wood chunks long enough to charge a typical battery.

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        • No

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Like it.

        By S Payne53

        from Greenville, SC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Back packing
            • When Without Power

            Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

            Like the fact that you can charge gadgets.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            I was pleasantly surprised

            By JMAC

            from Hingham, MA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Charges USB devices
            • Easy
            • Non-toxic

            Cons

            • a bit heavy

            Best Uses

            • Camping

            Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

            Wow...what a surprise. I really took a long time in the store deciding whether to buy this. Finally, I went on other vendors to see the reviews. It had high marks and so I took the plunge. What a great stove. It was easy to cook with such scrappy bits of wood. I agree with some comments - yes it was hard to control the temperature, but with a little observation, I could lift the pan off the heating surface and control the temperature just fine. The USB charging feature was "cool", but slow. We got a few % increase while we cooked breakfast. If you wanted a serious charge, you would really have to run it...but again, you are running off of twigs...that in itself is pretty cool. Also, comments about the weight...not having to carry a canister of fuel definitely outweighs the perceived initial weight.

            C'mon it cooks with twigs...how cool is that

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            3.0

            Great if it hasn't rained in a while

            By JaCo

            from Manchester CT.

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Boils water fast
            • Charges my phone
            • No Fuel Necessary

            Cons

            • Have To Feed It Allot
            • Kind of Heavy
            • Need Perfectly Dry Wood

            Best Uses

              Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

              I've used this stove a few times now. I really like it as long as it hasn't rained in a while. If it's been dry it's awesome! No stopping to resupply fuel! Took it on the AT and there aren't allot of clearings to find dry twigs. It goes out really easy if anything is damp of course. It can be frustrating trying to boil water when you have to keep taking the pot off and feed it. We ended up using our other stove for cooking the rest of the trip but still used the Biolite for charging phones. Even with damp wood it'll stay hot enough to generate power. It has it's uses but I'm glad I had a backup. I'd never sell it. I still love it but I think it is best if you know it won't always work very well. Best use would be take it along and use it on long trips whenever possible to save fuel and use another stove if it's been damp.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love, love, love this gadget!

              By J.J.

              from New Jersey

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Efficient
              • Light
              • Well Designed

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Camping
                • During Power Cut
                • Roasting Marshmallows

                Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

                My husband is always skeptical about my purchases but he was happily playing with it in the backyard when we tried it. We plan to take it to camping. We love it that you can control the strength of the fire and it really charges the cell phone pretty fast! It's great that you can use any kind of 'biomass'...

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                I was shocked how hot it got so fast

                By John The Scout Guy

                from Poughkeepsie NY

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to feed
                • Gets HOT fast

                Cons

                • bulky
                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking 3days
                • Leave No Trace

                Comments about BIOLITE CampStove:

                With small twigs the thing really cranks. Got a liter of water to boil, in a broad based pan, in 4 min. You need to add bigger stuff so the flame is not so hot. Plan to have lager stuff cut to size (3"long) before you start cooking. Great for "Leave no trace" it can act as your camp fire. And it charges your USB stuff!

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